Triple win for Anthony Collins solicitors at Legal Awards

Legal Awards winners

It was another night to remember for Anthony Collins Solicitors at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards, with the firm picking up three awards for the second year running.

Trainee solicitor Rebecca Kershaw won ‘Trainee Solicitor of the Year’, while Helen Tucker and Rankeshwar Batta walked away with the ‘Commercial Solicitor of the Year’ and ‘Private Client Solicitor of the Year’ titles respectively. Continue reading


Judges give final verdict on winners

(L-R): Passing their verdict on this year’s Legal Awards winners were His Honour Judge William Davis QC, Professor Bernardette Griffin and Kevin Martin.

With just over a week to go, the judges of the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2010 have given their final verdict on who will be crowned this year’s winners.

Having considered the evidence, the judging panel, chaired by Kevin Martin, former president of the national Law Society, has chosen the winners in the ten individual categories. Fifty finalists were short-listed in total.  Continue reading

Two Brum law firms in running for top accolade

The private client team at law firm Mills & Reeve has scooped second prize in a prestigious national awards scheme.

The firm was beaten to top slot in The Lawyer magazine’s private client of the year prize by international law firm Taylor Wessing. The award, which celebrates excellence in the legal profession, was judged by a senior advisory panel drawn from City institutions and the media, as well as being based on the publication’s own research.

Mills & Reeve was not the only firm with a Birmingham office in the running for the honours: HBJ Gateley Wareing reached the shortlist.

For Mills & Reeve, the accolade follows on from winning the private client and family team of the year awards from Legal Business in February, and being shortlisted for the British Legal Awards’ title of the same name in November.

Matthew Hansell, a partner in the private client team in Birmingham, said: “The team goes from strength to strength, and it’s great that this has been recognised at a national level.”

Mills & Reeve now boasts both the largest family team in the world and the largest private tax team in the UK.

Law firms hope improvements in business confidence will lead to new instructions

Fee income at the UK’s Top 100 law firms decreased by 4.3 per cent in Q4 (quarter ended 30 April 2009) compared with the same period last year, according to the latest figures from business advisory firm Deloitte.

As many firms’ annual results are being released, Deloitte’s Quarterly Legal Sector Survey found that performance in the sector has continued to decline with the Q4 results having a noticeable negative impact on firms’ full year results. 

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