Great Results for Longmores in The Legal 500 UK 2020 Guide

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The Legal 500 rankings have been released today for their UK 2020 guide with Longmores achieving rankings for five of its practice areas and eleven of its solicitors. It is a great set of results for the firm in the year that we are celebrating our 200th anniversary.

Employment: Tier 2

The Employment team achieved a tier 2 ranking and individual mentions for Richard Gvero, Head of Commercial and Employment and Joint Senior Partner, alongside solicitors Miranda Mulligan and Jennifer Mansoor making their first appearances in the guide.

What the guide says

Longmores Solicitors LLP’s employment practice advises employers and high-net-worth individuals on a comprehensive range of issues, including complex disciplinary and grievance matters, discrimination, reorganisations, TUPE and employment-related aspects of commercial transactions. The team specialises in the recruitment and education sectors and is particularly well versed in competition and restrictive covenants and injunction remedies. Richard Gvero heads the practice. Solicitors Miranda Mulligan and Jennifer Mansoor are also recommended.


“They are customer focused and do what the say the will do. They never let the ball drop.”

“The team stand out for their unswerving commitment to getting the best outcome for their clients, and the creative approach they take to resolving their clients’ employment issues.”

“The team at Longmores Solicitors is always professional and very helpful. They listen to any issues on any HR matter we discuss with them and provide detailed and precise advice.”

“Richard Gvero is an imaginative problem solver and very committed to addressing his clients’ needs. He works exceptionally hard and clients love him.”

“Miranda Mulligan is a fine employment lawyer and a safe pair of hands for employment disputes.”

“Jennifer Mansoor discusses any and all issues in a very calm manner. Her knowledge of HR issues we have discussed with her is excellent.”

Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2020 

Richard Gvero, Miranda Mulligan and Jennifer Mansoor.

Private Client: Tier 2

Private Client also achieved a tier 2 ranking with individual mentions for Richard Horwood, Partner, and Alastair Liddiard, Senior Solicitor – also his first appearance in The Legal 500. The department is described as “particularly experienced in advice on inheritance tax and associated taxation consequences, including the creation and administration of lifetime trusts”.

What the guide says

Longmores Solicitors LLP’s private client department is particularly experienced in advice on inheritance tax and associated taxation consequences, including the creation and administration of lifetime trusts. Clients include individuals and families from the local farming and rural community, as well as local business owners. Working with elder and vulnerable clients is a niche specialism. The practice is headed by Richard Horwood. Senior solicitor Alastair Liddiard is also recommended.


“I have always been impressed by their technical knowledge with regard to legal and tax matters. They are also extremely helpful and provide a fast, efficient service.”

“On the occasions that I have asked for work to be undertaken on very short deadlines, the team has always produced what was needed in the timeframe asked.”

“Focused and effective team delivering advice in a timely and efficient way.”

“I have found the private client team at Longmores to be the easiest with whom to work based on timeliness and ease of engagement.”

“Richard Horwood is my preferred adviser with regard to trusts and estates. He is very knowledge and helpful.”

“Richard is quick to respond to my queries and the work that he produces is of exceptional quality.”

“Richard Horwood is outstanding. He brings excellent knowledge and a good insight from a ‘real world’ prospective in a calm and effective way.”

“Alastair Liddiard was able to manage the work required and answer queries in a timely and professional manner making what was a difficult time much easier.”

Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2020 

Richard Horwood and Alastair Liddiard.

Company Commercial: Tier 3

What the guide says

Hertfordshire-based Longmores Solicitors LLP’s corporate and commercial team is ‘strongly experienced, personable and client-focused’. The practice advises clients on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions as well as IP-related transactions. Rina Sond, who heads the practice ‘is outstanding, her commitment and dedication shines through’ and senior associate Agata Rumbelow is also recommended.


“The team is very focused and works well to ensure the client is always made to feel well looked after.”

“They are always prompt to respond and work really hard to ensure deadlines are met on time.”

“The team at Longmores kept me updated with progress on the cases they were assisting me with. Some of the competitor firms are not often as pro-active in reporting back with progress.”

“They have always provided us with brilliant advice.”

“We were impressed with Rina’s ability to understand all facts and negotiate the best for us to swiftly conclude the issue.”

“Agata Rumbelow is very dedicated and has always delivered all work in the timescales promised.”

Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2020 

Rina Sond and Agata Rumbelow.

Dispute Resolution: Tier 4

What the guide says

The dispute resolution practice at Longmores Solicitors LLP has in-depth experience in commercial litigation, property litigation and contentious probate. The team is also well versed in injunctions and other emergency remedies. Recruitment and property management are key industry sectors. Practice head John Wiblin and senior solicitor John Wagstaffe  are the names to note.


“Reliable local firm, with very good subject knowledge.”

“Longmores are small enough to provide a partner-led service to clients, and large enough to maintain specialist expertise in a broad range of legal areas.”

“John Wiblin has not only expertise in law but also a commercially pragmatic approach.”

“John Wagstaffe is an superb lawyer. He is genuinely interested in his work, someone who takes time to think through his intended actions, intellectually very capable and a pleasure to discuss cases with.”

“John Wagstaffe is excellent. His subject knowledge is excellent, he gets to the point quickly and deals with our work succinctly. He has produced some excellent work and results for us.”

Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2020

John Wiblin

Rising Stars in The Legal 500 UK 2020

John Wagstaffe and Nat Young

Commercial Property: Tier 4

What the guide says

The commercial property team at Longmores Solicitors LLP acts for a wide range of clients from the public and the private sector, with a traditional focus on landowners located both within and outside Hertfordshire. The team is experienced in rural/strategic land sales with options and overage provisions and promotion agreements. Rachael Spalton heads the practice. Victoria Sandberg is another name to note for her expertise in rural affairs.


“Long-term relationship with clients and wide experience enable Longmores to deliver advice in a timely and focused way.”

“I rate Rachael Spalton very highly. She combines a excellent legal understanding of her area with a strong commercial understanding.”

“Rachael Spalton and Victoria Sandberg always provide sound advice and are not only alert to potential problems but also to possible solutions.”

Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2020 

Rachael Spalton and Victoria Sandberg.

The firm’s Joint Senior Partner, Richard Gvero, is delighted with the outcome:

The Legal 500 results confirm what a special firm we are. Well done everybody involved! The accreditation underlines the firm’s strength across a wide range of specialisms.