Head of Business Development and Marketing
Wortley Byers Law is proud to announce another excellent year of Legal 500 achievements, being described as a ‘Top-Tier Firm’ and ‘Leading Firm’; with ‘Leading Individuals’, ‘Next Generation Lawyers’ and ‘Recommended Lawyers’ providing its professional legal services.
Lucy Folley, Managing Partner of the firm, comments “Once again Wortley Byers Law maintains its reputation as a professional 'go-to' legal expert in Essex and beyond. The Legal 500 highlights leading UK law firms who have demonstrated unrivalled experience in the legal market and we are proud to be amongst the elite of the profession.”
The Legal 500 recommends Wortley Byers Law for excellence in the areas of corporate and commercial, commercial property, litigation, employment, intellectual property, personal tax, trusts and probate and family law.
The Commercial Property department is one of only four firms in Essex to have received 'Top-Tier' ranking. Legal 500 praises the 'pragmatic, punctual and proactive' team which is 'very perceptive of clients' needs' and 'sets a high standard' through 'first-class industry knowledge', a 'very progressive business view' and 'detailed, comprehensive advice of exceptional quality'. The team has expertise in property development, development finance, property management, funding, investment acquisitions and tenancy aspects as well as property conveyancing.
Leading Individual Jane Winfield is noted as a 'strong negotiator and excellent leader' and her 'knowledge of property law is second to none'. 'Friendly, approachable and hardworking' Head of Commercial Property Aaron Cane again excels as a Next Generation Lawyer, as does Laura Harrison. Additionally other team members include the 'insightful and responsive' solicitor David Grainger and 'indispensable' conveyancing specialist Tom Moulsdale.
This year, our 'excellent and vastly experienced' Family department has been promoted 2 Tiers by Legal 500 to Tier 2. The Family team has a 'pragmatic and highly professional approach' and a 'long-standing, exceptional reputation' of 'representing clients in a patient, conciliatory and effective manner'. ‘Collaboratively trained partner and mediator Louise Margiotta handles divorce and financial remedy disputes involving substantial wealth, family businesses, company directors and inherited wealth, in addition to private and public law, children and domestic abuse matters and the negotiation of marital, civil partnership and separation agreements’. Louise is again recommended as a Leading Individual in Family Law. Solicitor Caroline Andrews brings ‘niche expertise in fertility and surrogacy matters’.
The Corporate and Commercial 'approachable' team is recommended for its 'exceptional "one-stop-shop" service and overall time and cost effectiveness'. The team’s 'above-average expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector' is highlighted. The 'focused' Sue Dowman 'always finds the time to deal with issues promptly’. Lucy Folley represented Benfleet Forwarding's shareholders during the multi-million-pound sale of all of the company's issued share capital.
For Intellectual Property, with a 'brilliant service and response', Wortley Byers LLP ‘always lays out all the details clearly and concisely’ for IP instructions and Sue Dowman ‘is very pragmatic and responsive, with a fair and unbiased viewpoint’.
The 'superb, very professional and helpful' Litigation practice of Wortley Byers LLP delivers 'a strong performance, a good balance of pragmatism, first-rate response times and a reasonable pricing dynamic'. The team covers a range of services, including contract and negligence disputes and banking, employment, property and insolvency litigation, as well as general contentious corporate management and partnership matters. 'Responsive' employment specialist Sarah Stanyer is recommended as a Next Generation Lawyer.
Led by Head of Private Client Anne Elliss, the 'professional, timely and efficient' Private Client department at Wortley Byers LLP 'keeps clients well informed throughout the process', applies 'prompt internal communication' and provides 'invaluable, appropriate advice'. 'Professional, prompt and understanding' inheritance tax, Court of Protection and elderly client specialist Nicola Healy is again acclaimed as a Next Generation Lawyer. ‘Knowledgeable, compassionate and quick-minded' property and trust expert John Southan is also recommended.
“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.” Lucy Folley, Managing Partner.
About Wortley Byers Law: Established over 50 years ago, Wortley Byers Law is a well-respected Essex partnership offering a wide range of legal services to businesses and private clients. Wortley Byers Law serves clients nationwide whilst retaining strong links with the local community.
The professional and dynamic team are specialists in commercial property and corporate commercial work as well as in the traditional areas of litigation, conveyancing, family, wills and probate.
About Legal 500: The Legal 500 United Kingdom is the leading guide to law firms in the UK which is aimed at buyers of legal services, particularly general/corporate counsel. Published annually, it is researched and written by an experienced team. The research process involves inviting submissions from law firms across the UK and contacting clients for references.