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The Legal 500, one of the leading legal directories, has published its latest results that celebrate the leading law firms and lawyers in the UK. Debenhams Ottaway is recognised in nine practice areas, two of which are top tier, and 16 lawyers are recommended, including four leading individuals. There are new rankings this year for commercial litigation partner Juliet Schalker and the contentious trusts and probate team.

Debenhams Ottaway continues to be top tier for divorce and family law with clients commenting that “they have a talented team of individuals offering a broad range of traditional family law services alongside mediation, collaborative law and ADR. They are a pleasure to work with.” Partner Helen Young is a leading individual who “repeatedly delivers a wonderfully personable service to her clients”. Also ranked is rising star Natalie Lester who is “very approachable and she has shared her expertise with compassion and warmth”.

The firm also keeps its top tier ranking for Wills, personal tax, trusts and probate. “The team is prepared to go the extra mile to assist their clients, many of whom will be experiencing significant stress.” Managing partner Susan Glenholme is recognised as a leading individual who is “very well respected in the local business community and has built this reputation from her hard work and commitment to her clients.”

The newly ranked contentious trusts and probate team is commended for its in-depth knowledge and experience that is comparable to a London City firm.” Senior lawyer “Michael Henry is very good; his client care is outstanding in my opinion. His knowledge and interest in the subject area is vast and he cares about his work and his clients.”

Debenhams Ottaway’s long and successful history as a leading private wealth adviser is now matched by a reputation for helping medium-sized businesses, owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs. It’s corporate and commercial, commercial litigation, commercial property and employment teams and lawyers all continue to be ranked in The Legal 500.

“The [commercial property] team take a creative approach when dealing with problems in the property industry, always looking for solutions where others tend to settle for unsatisfactory compromises.”

“The employment team’s direct and efficient approach in explaining legal arguments ensure that we are presented with all the information required to make decisions on how we proceed with litigations.”

“The [commercial litigation] team had a good knowledge and understanding of the details of the case and guided us every step of the way.”

“The [corporate and commercial team] is very helpful, quick to respond, approachable and their advice is top notch.”

The Legal 500 UK is one of the leading legal directories. It benchmarks UK law firms and individual lawyers based on independent research and recommendations by fellow professionals and clients. You can find a full list of our rankings on The Legal 500 website.

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