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Private client and planning remain in band 1, family move to band 2 and litigation recognised for the first time

Chambers and Partners UK has just published its latest rankings for 2015. Debenhams Ottaway is recognised in five categories, including a new entry for commercial litigation.

The private client team maintained its band 1 status (highest recognition) for the third year running. The directory quoted partner Susan Glenholme as “very personable, good with the clients and talks in plain English.”

The planning team also maintained its band 1 ranking with partner Bernadette Hillman noted for her ability to “see beyond the legal points – she has a good awareness of the practical reality.”

The family team increased their position moving up to band 2 this year. Partner Helen Young was recognised for being “extremely helpful – there wasn’t one of her decisions where I was unsure it was the right thing to do.”

The commercial property team kept their band 2 ranking and a client commented that “they get on with things, show themselves to be client-focused, and turn the work around quickly.”

The litigation team received recognition for the first time this year with a band 3 ranking. They were quoted by clients for being “exceptional” and “commercially very aware and they adopt a good strategy to litigation.”

Executive partner, Louise Attrup, was also recognised for her work on significant employment law cases, and noted for her “pragmatic and risk-based approach to clients’ problems, taking into consideration the needs of the business. She is willing to be decisive, and always gives clear and realistic advice.”

Chief Executive Ian Hopkins comments “Recognition in Chambers and Partners UK reinforces the high level of knowledge, expertise and client care our lawyers provide across a range of practice areas serving businesses and individuals. This acknowledgement is well deserved for the energy and imagination our teams give to ensure the best service is provided for our clients.”

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