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The Legal 500 2016 results have been announced and once again Wortley Byers Law maintains it's reputation as a professional 'go-to' legal expert across a broad range of services offered by the firm in Essex and beyond. The Legal 500 highlights leading UK law firms who have demonstrated unrivalled experience in the legal market. 

The Legal 500 recommends Wortley Byers Law for excellence in the areas of corporate and commercial, commercial property, litigation, employment, personal tax, trusts and probate and intellectual property law. 

The Corporate and Commercial team at Wortley Byers Law won accolades for being 'excellent' and 'exceptionally responsive'. The team are noted for its 'out of the box' solutions. Head of Department Sue Dowman is recognised for being 'commercially astute'. 

Commercial Property received praise for its 'first class industry knowledge'. 'Nothing is too much trouble' for Partner Jane Winfield who is recommended alongside 'exceptional' practice Head, Aaron Cane and Partner David Chapman whose experience is 'second to none'. 

Also commended were the Commercial Litigation team which attracted praise for its 'strategic approach to difficult litigation'. Head of Department Nick Hatchett joined the firm in 2014, following 30 years' experience at City law firms. Particular praise went to 'hardworking' and 'versatile' Associate Sarah Stanyer also Partner Wendy Beach who 'fights her client's corner really hard'.

Our Private Client department, which is headed by Partner Anne Elliss, rose up in the rankings yet again for tax, trusts and probate advice. The 'extremely professional' team 'consistently provides timely, knowledgeable and appropriate advice'. Associates Poh Shan Chong and Nicola Healy are noted as key contacts.

We would like to thank our clients and business contacts who were contacted by the Legal 500 and gave their time to act as referees.

Lexcel is the Law Society's practice management standard, and certifies solicitors have met high standards through independent assessment. Lexcel-accredited practices undergo rigorous independent assessment every year to ensure they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.

The Lexcel practice management standard is only awarded to solicitors that have and maintain the highest management and customer care credentials.


The Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) is a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices. Achieving membership establishes a level of credibility for member firms with their stakeholders (regulators, lenders, insurers and consumers) based on:

  • the integrity of the Senior Responsible Officer and other key conveyancing staff
  • the firm's adherence to good practice management standards
  • adherence to prudent and efficient conveyancing procedures through the scheme protocol.


Resolution is an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales, who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Resolution also campaigns for improvements to the family justice system.

The cornerstone of membership of Resolution is adherence to their Code of Practice which sets out the principles of a non-confrontational approach to family law matters. The principles of the code are widely recognised and have been adopted by the Law Society as recommended good practice for all family lawyers. 


STEP's primary purpose is to improve public understanding of the issues families face in relation to inheritance and succession planning and promote education and high professional standards among our members. Members are subject to an extensive Code of Professional Practice and are also required to keep up to date with the latest legal, technical and regulatory developments. 

Members work with families, helping them with problems such as advising a husband following his wife’s death, while protecting the interests of their children; ensuring elderly or vulnerable relatives are cared for and supported; helping families with interests spread across the world to be compliant with the laws and tax rules of different countries; ensuring that a family business will pass safely from one generation to another; and helping clients to support charitable causes in an effective way. 

SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and chartered legal executives who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.All SFE Full Accredited Members are specialists in the field of older client law. 

The main areas of law members cover are: 

  • Making a Will
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills 
  • Tax planning
  • Asset preservation
  • Trusts 
  • Probate
  • Paying for care 
  • NHS Continuing Care Funding
  • Court of Protection 
  • Elder abuse

SFE members provide independent advice, which is in the older or vulnerable client's best interests. Members must have spent a substantial amount of their time working for older and vulnerable clients and have to fulfil our own criteria for membership. They must also follow the SFE's own code of practice.