The Legal 500 success for Hay & Kilner 

November 1, 2017

Newcastle-based full service law firm, Hay & Kilner is celebrating their recent success and recognition in the prestigious Legal 500, an independently researched guide to the legal profession

Renowned for its high-quality partner-led legal advice, Hay & Kilner has been recommended in 19 practice areas in The Legal 500 2017.

Named as a ‘regional heavyweight’ the full-service firm is regarded for its work in a large number of fields, including corporate, commercial property, employment, dispute resolution, clinical negligence, private client and agricultural law.

Three of the firm’s lawyers are also listed in The Legal 500 elite ‘leading individuals’ list.

Jonathan Waters, Hay & Kilner’s managing partner, comments:

“We are delighted that our excellence in so many different practice areas has been recognised by The Legal 500, and to have three of our lawyers listed as leading individuals is a great achievement.

“It is testament to the continued hard work and dedication of everyone at the firm.”

In the corporate arena, The Legal 500 has praised Hay & Kilner for its ‘exceptional advice’ and highlighted the work of partners Jonathan Waters and Mark Adams. The team were also recently praised at the Insider North East Dealmakers Awards 2017, where two of their corporate deals were shortlisted for Deal of the Year.

The commercial property team at Hay & Kilner continues to represent clients throughout the country. Nicola Tiffen leads the team, which includes ‘leading individual’ Richard Freeman-Wallace and ‘highly regarded’ Paul Taylor.

Hay & Kilner’s employment team also performed well throughout the year and saw an increase in the number of clients they provide training to through their dedicated, bespoke training service. Partners Neil Dwyer, Sarah Hall and Sarah Furness are all ‘recommended’ in The Legal 500.

The ‘efficient and professional’ litigation team at Hay & Kilner is praised for their ‘unsurpassed knowledge’. ‘Approachable and hardworking’ leading individual Martin Soloman is recognised for his mediation expertise. Key areas of focus for the ‘highly experienced’ group include the technology, construction, financial services, agricultural and rail sectors.

Partner Lucy Gray is noted for her ‘professionalism’ while partner, Neil Harrold is singled out for his ‘practical and common-sense approach’.

In the private client field, Hay & Kilner receives praise for being ‘highly experienced, with a wealth of knowledge and a strong reputation that other firms struggle to match’. Leading individual and department head Alison Hall is ‘highly recommended’ in the prestigious legal guide.

In June, the firm was named Private Client Team of the Year at the Northern Law Awards 2017 in recognition of its impressive client base, broad range of expertise and commitment to staff training and development. Nicola Matthews heads the Family team at Hay & Kilner and has notable experience in high-value divorce cases.

In rural matters, department head Alison Hall is hailed as a ‘key figure’ advising on farm successions and assisting with drafting farming partnership agreements. Senior associate John Luke is noted for his experience in advising on the sale of agricultural buildings, residential dwellings and woodland.

During the past year, the firm has strengthened its commercial department with the appointments of commercial property lawyer, Chris Anderson, commercial disputes lawyer, Sara Malik and corporate lawyer, Ben Jackson. And as Hay & Kilner expands further, it will continue to look to attracting high calibre lawyers.

The Legal 500 is an independently researched guide to the legal profession. The directory carries out research to produce ratings of law firms. Firms are assessed on criteria that include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence and commitment, and other qualities a client considers relevant

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