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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 has recommended Wortley Byers Law for excellence in the areas of: corporate and commercial, commercial property, litigation, employment, personal tax, trusts and probate and family law. The firm is described as a ‘notable example’ and ‘key player’ in Essex; an ‘extremely competent, professional and efficient firm’ that fosters ‘good liaison between departments’ and provides an ‘exceptional combination of people skills, ability and hard work’.

The ‘exceptionally responsive and out-of-the-box thinking’ Corporate and Commercial practice is well known for its experience in the pharmaceuticals sector and also serves the engineering industry. Sue Dowman is seen as being ‘commercially astute and practical’ alongside the ‘excellent’ Lucy Folley.

The Commercial Litigation Team provides ‘invaluable advice in dealing with disputes’ Sarah Stanyer work with clients in the energy, hospitality, pharmaceutical, property and transport industries.

The Family practice covers all kinds of matters from marital agreements to separations and children issues. The key person is ‘dedicated, sincere, competent’ and recently promoted associate solicitor Louise Margiotta, who also trained as a collaborative lawyer and mediator and specialises in negotiating and drafting agreements, high-value financial matters and international matters concerning private and public children law.

Recommended are ‘capable’ head of private client Anne Elliss and the ‘patient and approachable’ John Southan, who specialises in private client matters involving property and also handles deputyship applications, was promoted to associate level in 2016. The ‘supportive, knowledgeable and confident’ Nicola Healy works across the field, but has particular expertise in estate planning and administration (including wills and intestacy) and is ‘good with elderly and high-net-worth clients’.

The Commercial Property department is recommended especially for its ‘prompt, attentive service’ (with ‘response times that were quicker than expected’), ‘thoroughness’, ‘clarity in response’ and a ‘professionalism that starts at the door’. The team has expertise in property development, development finance, property management, funding, investment acquisitions and tenancy aspects. All team members also work on property conveyancing.

Head of Commercial Property Aaron Cane provides ‘superb knowledge’ and has a ‘practical attitude, sound commercial approach and exceptional dedication to customer service’. Additionally recommended are the ‘efficient’ Jane Winfield, whose ‘first-rate service regarding leases’ is conducted with ‘enthusiasm’ and a ‘professional approach’, as well as the ‘clear and concise’ Laura Harrison, who is ‘easily accessible’ and was promoted to associate in 2016. Property conveyancing and finance lawyer David Grainger has ‘attention to detail’ and the ability to ‘come up with alternative ideas’. Solicitor Tom Moulsdale joined from an East Kent firm in November 2016.

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.

The Family Law Advanced Accreditation covers specialist areas of family law work. Members will have shown that they have and will maintain a high level of knowledge, skills, experience and practice in selected, specialist areas of family law. Members will have demonstrated those skills in two or more areas, comprising: children law private; child abduction and wardship; cohabitation; violence in the home; advice in and conduct of ancillary relief; international issues and complex asset cases.

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.

Our Family Law Partner Louise Margiotta has been awarded the Law Society’s Family Mediation Accreditation. As a qualified mediator, this proves that Louise has been independently assessed as competent to provide high quality mediation. It also confirms that she follows a code of practice and our clients can trust that she is up to date on best practice and maintains that expertise.