Coffin Mew secures high praise in the latest Legal 500 directory

Posted on: September 27th, 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have secured a number of top tier rankings in the latest Legal 500 directory – the definitive guide to law firms and solicitors in the UK and abroad. The research undertaken by the Legal 500 includes a review of the types of cases handled and feedback directly from our clients and contacts.

Building on our high performance in previous years, we have continued to maintain our strong tiered rankings across our Family Law, Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury, Real Estate and Commercial Property, Commercial Services, Corporate and Employment teams.

Following a fantastic year for our Insolvency & Restructuring team, including winning Insolvency Law Firm of the Year 2018 (up to three partners), and again being shortlisted at this year’s awards, we are delighted to see the team rise from Tier 3 to Tier 2 this year. Described by one client as a “forward thinking practice, of both technically competent and commercial individuals,” our team, led by Ian Dawes, specialises in corporate and financial restructuring, and working with lenders, investors, boards and insolvency practitioners. The team is also working with an increasing number of private equity houses.

We have been recognised for our work within the Technology Sector, rising from Tier 3 to Tier 2 for TMT – IT & Telecoms, led by Mark O’Halloran, who is described as “very business literate and focused, able to cut to the chase and get fast results.” The Legal 500 has identified Coffin Mew as having “a strong cross-border practice, acting for clients on investments and projects from and into foreign jurisdictions. It also acts for challenger brands and those seeking to disrupt established markets.” 

Over 20 of our staff have been recognised and named across the directories as experts in their areas with many being singled out as leading individuals and notable practitioners including Leon Deakin, Employment Partner, who has been described by clients as, “an outstanding employment law specialist; he spends time getting to know the business in order to give sensible and sound advice’ and “Where competitors may say no, Leon will ask what the favoured outcome would be and works with you to reach this”.

Sue Bowler has also been identified as a leading individual, praised for her “professional manner and expertise, giving clients the utmost confidence that whatever problems may occur, or whatever needs to be done will be resolved and carried out with speed and professionalism – Sue Bowler is knowledgeable with a great sense of judgement and tactics.”

Additional high praise from the directory includes:

“Coffin Mew’s family team is a strong performer in complex financial remedy cases, and is also adept in contested children matters, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and issues between same-sex or unmarried couples.”

“Coffin Mew has a varied private client practice, which covers matters such as tax planning, will drafting, trust administration and succession planning. Court of Protection work – where the firm acts for applicants and respondents – is another major specialism. It also fields a specialist inheritance and wills dispute team, which is experienced in challenging wills, making applications for financial provision from estates, the variation of trusts and complex capacity issues.”

“Knowledgeable, friendly, efficient and commercially sensitive”.

“A down-to-earth, diligent and amiable team.”

Thank you to our clients and contacts who took part in the research.

You can view the full rankings here.