Myerson is delighted to have been recognised in the latest edition of the Legal 500, published on 29th October 2018.

The Legal 500 Series provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries and is widely regarded as offering the definitive judgement of law firm capabilities.

In this year’s edition, Myerson has been recommended as a Top Tier firm in four practice areas and also recommended in a further eight practice areas.

At an individual level, Akeel Latif (Partner and Head of Corporate Commercial), Adam Maher (Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation), Joanne Evans (Partner and Head of Employment), Helen Thompson (Partner and Head of Contentious Trusts and Probate) and Jane Tenquist (Partner and Head of Family Law) are listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list of outstanding lawyers nationwide.

Twenty nine of our lawyers were ranked as “Recommended” with five individuals also noted as "Next generation lawyers".

This recognition comes from the firm’s continued growth and success over the past 12 months and highlights the work undertaken in the following areas:

Commercial Litigation

Within Commercial Litigation, we are ranked as a first tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

The ‘dynamic, positive, forward-thinking, effective and tenacious’ team at Myerson Solicitors LLP gives ‘sound and sensible legal advice’ and is ‘very client-friendly’. It handles general commercial litigation including shareholder disputes and professional negligence, in addition to contentious trusts and probate, IP, banking and property litigation and commercial agency matters. The team is representing CGL Group in a £6m professional negligence claim against a solicitor relating to the mis-selling of interest rate swap agreements. Team head Adam Maher is an ‘excellent communicator and an outstanding team leader; he harnesses the best from his team’. Also recommended are the ‘very experienced’ Tim Norman, who is a ‘very clear thinker’ and advises on commercial and property cases; and the ‘proactive’ Jonathan Hassall, who specialises in IP, financial and regulatory disputes. Helen Thompson leads on contentious trusts and probate work and is ably supported by senior solicitor John Lambe, who joined from Hillyer McKeown in 2017.  Property litigator Seán Hackett joined the team in 2018 from Pannone Corporate LLP, as did Suzanne Carr.

Leading Individuals – Adam Maher

 

Corporate and Commercial

Within Corporate and Commercial, we are ranked as a first tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

The ‘top-quality’ department at Myerson Solicitors LLP is regularly instructed by owner-managed businesses across the technology, professional services, manufacturing, media, franchising and charity sectors on transactions, and often advises banks, venture capital institutions, and plcs. Recent work includes advising Evans Textiles on its acquisition of Bedmaker Textiles and acting for CCP Building Products on the acquisition of a quarry in Flintshire. Corporate finance specialist M Akeel Latif heads the practice, which includes Andrew Brown, who routinely handles M&A, equity investments and restructuring matters; Scott Sands, who handles transactions across the technology, charity and professional services sectors; and Carla Murray, who is experienced across IT, IP and commercial matters. Recently promoted senior solicitor Philip Ball is also noted, as is managing partner Carl Newton.

Leading lawyers – Akeel Latif

 

Commercial Property

Within Commercial Property, we are ranked as a first tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

The ‘very professional’ team at Myerson Solicitors LLP is ‘exceptional’ across development matters and property management mandates for a range of private property companies and investor clients. Jeremy Lee advised Fortis Developments on the acquisition and development agreements for several sites including Furness Quay in Salford Quays, Bridgewater Point, Bridgewater Gate, Bridgewater Wharf and Adelphi Wharf in Salford. Andrew Chapman, who is ‘hugely knowledgeable and practical; and even when working with experienced developers he can still bring a new angle to a deal, coming up with solutions that are helpful, timely and full of business acumen’, advised Mosley Street Ventures on the leasing of the remaining floors and ground floor commercial units of 2 St Peter’s Square, Manchester. Mark Gillies is ‘diligent and timely’ and advised Cheshire Concrete Products Group on the acquisition of a quarry business in North Wales. Deputy department head Joanne Perritt’s ‘thorough knowledge and experience shines through’, and department head Richard Lloyd is ‘brilliant’.

 

Agricultural and Estates

Within Agricultural and estates, we are ranked as a first tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

Amanda Freeman heads a ‘very amenable, knowledgeable, sensible and well-informed’ team at Myerson Solicitors LLP that ‘overall provides a very high level of service’. Freeman has many years of experience of dealing with a wide range of private client matters for its rural clients with particular expertise in acting for high-net-worth individuals. The ‘very experienced’ Andrew Chapman is ‘always available and is very quick at getting his head around complex problems. He then produces good solutions and is also very nice to deal with’. Chapman routinely advises rural landowners and farmers on a myriad of property issues including on the development of land for residential development and on diversification issues. He also frequently advises on the granting of option agreements, on the sale and purchase of land and on the granting of easements over land. The ‘knowledgeable and approachable’ Jane Tenquist has significant experience of dealing with divorces that involve farms, agricultural land, trusts and businesses and Andrew Brown regularly advises on partnerships, LLPs, shareholder agreements and group reorganisations for its rural clients.

 

Employment

Within Employment, we are ranked as a second tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

Myerson Solicitors LLP's ‘reliable and highly professional’ team is headed by the ‘extremely thorough and diligent Joanne Evans, whose 'great communication ensures that all parties are comfortable with the likely outcomes’. The 'excellent' Joanne Henderson and ‘very knowledgeable’ senior solicitor Charlotte Gilbert are also recommended, as are solicitor David Jones and Helen Littlewood, who was promoted to senior solicitor. Clients include Eastern Airways, Humberside International Airport, TATA Chemicals and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

Leading individuals – Joanne Evans

Next generation lawyers – Charlotte Gilbert

 

Wills, Trusts & Probate

Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, we are ranked as a second tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

Myerson Solicitors LLP   has a ‘professional and client-focused’ team. Head of department Amanda Freeman has ‘experience that is second to none and she provides a very good and no-nonsense service at a fair price’. The ‘very professional, kind and supportive’ Bik-ki Irving has ‘fantastic knowledge of her field which she always communicated to me very efficiently’. The ‘very personable and practical’ Clara Staunton is ‘able to prioritise things well and is prompt at responding’. The ‘exceptionally professional, solution focused and realistic’ team has three STEP qualified lawyers. It advises on a wide spectrum of issues to high-net-worth individuals and families such as inheritance tax mitigation and on complex family structures, trusts and estates.

Next generation lawyers – Clara Staunton

 

Wills, Inheritance & Probate Disputes

Within Contentious trusts and probate, we are ranked as a second tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

Myerson Solicitors LLP   is an ‘expanding firm with an increasing presence in this area’. It is one to watch. The team undertakes a large number of Inheritance Act cases together with complex trusts and private client litigation. Head of team Helen Thompson ‘puts clients at ease and is bang up to date with the law’. The ‘experienced’ Adam Maher 'guides his clients through a notoriously difficult and technical area of law with skill. He has a knack of explaining difficult concepts in a way that clients find easy to follow’. Thompson has undertaken numerous contentious Court of Protection matters and along with senior solicitor John Lambe regularly advises on proprietary estoppel claims. The team has been retained on 150 active and complex contentious probate cases.

Leading individuals – Helen Thompson

 

Family

Within Family, we are ranked as a second tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

Myerson Solicitors LLP has a ‘strong team’ that frequently works with affluent people in the Cheshire belt and is well-equipped to handle complex multi-jurisdictional issues. The family team provides ‘first-class advice that it delivers with empathy and care’. Jane Tenquist  heads the department with ‘confidence and flair’ and is ‘very skilled at high-value financial remedy work. She really fights her client’s corner’. Senior solicitor Nichola Bright is ‘always very well prepared and has a good attention to detail whilst not losing sight of the bigger picture. She gives robust advice but always maintains good relationships with her clients’.

Leading individuals – Jane Tenquist

Next generation lawyer – Nichola Bright

 

Intellectual Property

Within Intellectual Property, we are ranked as a third tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

Myerson Solicitors LLP ‘has a really strong IP team, which is growing’. Jonathan Hassall leads on contentious matters with ‘a lot of experience of litigating unregistered IP rights; he has a very strategic mind and is extremely thorough’. Hassall routinely advises on a broad range of disputes relating to trade marks, copyright, patents, confidential information and data protection. He is also skilled at advising on design rights and reputation management issues and is regularly instructed by clients from the arts, media, textile and clothing sectors in the UK and internationally. He is ‘attracting work from a broad range of clients’. Carla Murray leads on non-contentious IP matters. Scott Sands has a ‘good tactical awareness which is invaluable when considering commercial strategy’. The team is representing International Pastry Concepts LLC (a New York based pastry house which invented the CRONUTS products that are sold worldwide) on various matters such as enforcing the client’s international trademark. The ‘excellent’ Vicky Biggs is now a senior solicitor in the team.

 

IT and telecoms

Within IT and telecoms, we are ranked as a fourth tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

Carla Murray   at Myerson Solicitors LLP is ‘very adept at identifying the crux of the issue and then provides clear and concise plans on how to get a solution’. Philip Ball was promoted to senior solicitor. The team continues to advise a diverse range of clients from individuals to owner managed businesses, SME’s and public limited companies on a variety of IT matters including outsourcing contracts as well as software development and licensing agreements (such as cloud computing). The team has gained substantial experience in FinTech and RegTech matters. Major clients include CDL Production Services, Customs Connect and Atlantic Commerce Solutions.

Next generation lawyers - Carla Murray

 

Banking Litigation

Within Banking Litigation, we are ranked as a fifth tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

Myerson Solicitors LLP acts for individuals, owner-managed businesses and SMEs on a variety of banking litigation matters. The team advised for CGL Group in a £6m Court of Appeal and Supreme Court care regarding the mis-selling of two interest rate hedging products (against the RBS and NatWest. Department head Jonathan Hassall ‘understands clients’ needs very well’ and is an ‘experienced and determined litigator’. Senior solicitor Vicky Biggs is ‘diligent, reliable and committed to an impressive degree’.

 

Property Litigation

Within Property Litigation, we are ranked as a fifth tier firm.

Legal 500 commented:

The ‘timely and experienced’ team at Myerson Solicitors LLP advises property owners, landlords and tenants on a range of commercial and residential property disputes such as dilapidations, forfeiture of leases and relief from forfeiture, rights of way, Land Registry issues, service charge issues negligence issues and property covenants. Philip J Davies (Holdings), Taskers and Fortis Developments are clients. Tim Norman heads the team, which features Jeremy Lee and senior solicitor Laura Pile, and was recently bolstered by the arrival of senior solicitors Seàn Hackett and Suzanne Carr from Pannone Corporate LLP.

Next generation lawyers – Sean Hackett

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