Leading Firm in The Legal 500 UK Solicitors 2024

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We are celebrating great news at Longmores with the release of The Legal 500 UK Solicitors 2024 directory. Once again we have been ranked as a Leading Firm. Seven of our teams and 19 solicitors have also been ranked making these our best ever results.

Two of the partners have achieved a “first” for Longmores with a Leading Individual ranking: Victoria Sandberg for her work with Rural clients and Richard Horwood in Private Client. Leading Individual is one of the top rankings in the guide which defines them “as true market leaders, with long-established reputations in their sector, lead roles in multiple recent significant matters, and exceptional, widespread recognition and endorsement from peers in the market and clients alike”.

One of the firm’s youngest solicitors, Jessica Few, has also achieved her first ranking as a Recommended lawyer in the Family team which is an impressive accolade early in her career.

Richard Gvero, Joint Senior Partner, said of the results “We are once again delighted to have been ranked as a Leading Firm and I am so proud of my colleagues for their well deserved recognition as top lawyers.  We would also like to thank our clients and professional contacts who provided so many fabulous testimonials.  This is a brilliant firm because we have such brilliant people here.  Well done Team Longmores!”

Here is a summary of the latest rankings in The Legal 500 UK Solicitors 2024 directory.

Employment: Tier 2

The team is described as offering “impressive and commercial solutions across the board”.

Richard Gvero: Recommended
“Richard Gvero has an unparalleled knowledge of the employment law field and an eye for a commercial solution.”

Miranda Mulligan: Rising Star
“Miranda Mulligan is diligent, efficient, supportive, strong, understanding, and above all else, successful in helping me stand up for what I believe in and enabled me to fight for change for other women.”

Private Client: Tier 2

The team are described as “very personable and helpful. Equally, they are extremely professional and efficient”.

Richard Horwood: Leading Individual
“Richard Horwood is the only professional that I recommend consistently to my clients. The work he does and the knowledge he has is second to none in my personal opinion.”

Alastair Liddiard: Recommended
Alastair is acknowledged for having “extensive expertise in drafting trusts, handling powers of attorney, and winding up trusts”.

Company Commercial: Tier 3

The directory says that Michael leads the team “with his expertise in early stage fundraisings, group reorganisations, and shareholder disputes”. Their work highlights include commercial contracts and corporate services that support growth, acting for a client on its acquisition of a quantity surveying consultancy, and advice on capital reduction.

Michael Budd: Recommended
Zoe Loo: Recommended

Dispute Resolution: Tier 3

The directory describes this team as “outstanding”.

John Wagstaffe: Next Generation Partner
“John Wagstaffe is very approachable. His advice on the interpretation of key clauses in leases is excellent and he has helped us overcome many difficult problems.”

Nat Young: Next Generation Partner
“Nathanael Young is a star. He is an instantly reassuring presence for clients and completely on top of all his cases. He is the man you want with you in the trenches on a difficult case. He always provides innovative and commercial solutions to complex problems.”

John Wiblin: Recommended
“John Wiblin stands out as very competent, professional, knowledgeable, and committed. John thinks hard about his cases and gives clear, realistic and sensible advice. He provides exceptional levels of service and is always clear, honest and concise.”

Lauren Mackenzie: Recommended
“Lauren Mackenzie has been a marvellous help. She has guided us through a very difficult time and process with kindness and compassion whilst being super efficient, knowledgeable and professional. We are very grateful.”

Rural Land: Tier 3

The team is noted in the directory for having a “a strong background in agriculture and estates”.

Victoria Sandberg: Leading Individual
“Victoria Sandberg is very proactive and robust in negotiations. Her expectation management is excellent, and she is very approachable.”

Rachael Spalton: Recommended
“Rachael Spalton has deep knowledge and an excellent understanding of commercial matters including leases, planning and development.”

Richard Horwood: Recommended
“Richard Horwood has a deep understanding of trusts, tax, and capital tax treatment in relation to rural property issues. He is responsive and very approachable.”

Family: Tier 3

Tracey Dargan: Recommended
“‘Tracey Dargan is the head, the heart and soul of the family department. She is an extremely fierce litigator who anticipates problems. I cannot recommend her enough.”

Kerrie Hall: Recommended
“Kerrie Hall is a meticulous lawyer with excellent attention to detail. She is highly professional and simply wonderful to have on the other side of a case. She is robust and stands up for her clients with diplomacy and skill and very often in some of the most challenging and complex cases.”

Jessica Few: Recommended
“Jessica Few is excellent. She deals with cases with a maturity, insight and forensic precision that is well beyond her years. Jessica Few is simply a star. Compassionate, focused and very bright. As a team, Tracey Dargan and Jessica are better than Batman and Robin.”

Commercial Property: Tier 3

The team are noted for having “Technical and commercial awareness to ensure advice is prompt and gets to the point”. Recent work highlights include property acquisitions and sales, promotion agreements and advice regarding strategic development land.

Rachael Spalton: Recommended
“Rachael Spalton has deep knowledge and excellent understanding of commercial matters, including leases, planning and development.”

Victoria Sandberg: Recommended
“Victoria Sandberg is exceptionally smart, diligent, and efficient. Highly impressive knowledge of a range of matters including leasing and letting, purchase and sale, commercial property and planning and development. I never hesitate to recommend Victoria to clients and contacts.”

John Wagstaffe: Recommended

About The Legal 500

The Legal 500 UK Solicitors 2024 directory is published on their website and you can see the history of our rankings over the years on our Awards page.

The Legal 500 is a leading directory of law firms and solicitors in the UK with rankings determined by independent research, client interviews and the opinions of other professionals.