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25 October, 2011 - 19:08 By News Desk

Mills & Reeve hits Chambers UK top 5

Terry Gould of Mills & Reeve

Law firm Mills & Reeve is basking in the glory of a sensational set of rankings in the new Chambers and Partners legal guide.

The national practice, with major operations in Cambridge and Norwich, was placed in the top five firms - in terms of numbers of top tier rankings - of all the ranked practices in Chambers UK 2012.

Almost 60 per cent of its 45 rankings were in the top tier, Business Weekly can reveal.

Chambers and Partners’ UK Guide lists solicitors in over 70 specialist areas of law. It approached Business Weekly to publicise this year’s findings and a special feature appears in our end-October edition.

Ashton KCJ, Birketts, Eversheds, Greenwoods, Hewitsons, Howes Percival and Taylor Vinters also earn stellar ratings from Chambers across a broad range of legal disciplines and have clearly forged an elite in the region’s law advice pantheon.

The construction industry in East Anglia clearly benefits from phenomenal advice: Eversheds and Mills & Reeve hit Band 1 with Birketts not far behind in Band 2 and Greenwoods and Hewitsons in Band 3.

Mills & Reeve take the Corporate/M&A work plaudits as stand-alone Band 1 leader. Birketts hold down a Band 2 rating; Ashton KCJ, Eversheds and Taylor Vinters a Band 3 berth.

The list of leading rainmakers for deal work shows the quality of Corporate lawyers on the East Anglian block. Mills & Reeve have Nick Fischl, Terry Gould, James Hunter, Anthony McGurk, Craig Hodgson, Claire Clarke and Zickie Lim in the upper echelons. Stephen Hamilton is ranked as an up and coming individual along with Robert Colman of Howes Percival and Geoff Hazlewood of Ashton KCJ.

Birketts has Adrian Possener, Adrian Seagers, James Austin, Mark Henry and Nigel Thompson in the leading individuals.

Taylor Vinters’ John Short, James Allen, Adam Bradley also make the roll call along with Hewitsons duo Helen Drayton and James Lawrence; Edward O’Rourke of Ashton KCJ, Glynne Stanfield of Eversheds and David Woods of Greenwoods Solicitors in Peterborough.

In other legal disciplines, Mills & Reeve takes top billing for Information Technology, followed by Eversheds and Taylor Vinters.

Real Estate has been a good source of law for the region’s practices in recent years and Mills & Reeve beats Birketts into second place here. Hot on their heels come Ashton KCJ, Eversheds and Hewitsons. Howes Percival, Greenwoods and Taylor Vinters also score well.

The Agricultural & Rural Affairs rankings put Birketts on a par with Mills & Reeve, pursued by Hewitsons, Taylor Vinters, Ashton KCJ and Howes Percival.

It seems you can’t go wrong in dispute resolution work if you plump for Birketts, Mills & Reeve, Ashton KCJ, Taylor Vinters, Eversheds or Greenwoods.

A trio of firms top the East Anglia employment law rankings – Eversheds, Mills & Reeve and Taylor Vinters. Ashton KCJ, Birketts and Greenwoods are in the vanguard.

And in environment law, Hewitsons, Mills & Reeve, Birketts and Greenwoods are the leading quartet. Kathryn Gilbertson of Greenwoods is a star performer.

To view all the rankings go to

And don’t miss Business Weekly’s in-depth feature on Chambers & Partners in our end of October issue.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Terry Gould of Mills & Reeve

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