Smith Partnership, one of the largest firms of solicitors in the Midlands, is delighted to have been recognised again as a leading law firm with a reputation for being clear, approachable and very experienced in this year’s Legal 500 report, the annual guide to UK law firms. Smith Partnership have achieved their best results in the 2017 Legal 500, earning recognition across the East Midlands within every category entered.

Celebrating its 30th birthday this month, the law firm has been moving up the rankings in the Legal 500 report year on year and is very excited to have recorded its best year ever, maintaining its position offering one of the only Family and Crime legal services team in Leicester with Legal 500 ‘Top Tier’ status.

It is also clear from the report that the focus it places on customer service has remained central to the way it works today, as it has since it was established 30 years ago!

Smith Partnership has always prided itself in delivering excellent service and building long lasting relationships with its clients, with the Legal 500 reflecting this belief with a commendation of having a stand-out reputation for openness, friendliness and no-nonsense straight-talking, being quoted as “great with clients”.

The Legal 500 is an annual guide to all law firms in the UK, aimed at buyers of legal services, to see who is leading the way in the profession, naming both practises and individuals. Law firms are invited to submit their details each year, with expert researchers interviewing lawyers and clients to grade each firm.

The aim of the Legal 500 is to build up a detailed bank of information, as well as an insight into law firms that excel in a variety of respective fields. The Law firms are then ranked in a number of league tables by legal discipline, such as crime, employment law or family law with leading individuals in each field also listed.

Alison Neate, Partner at Smith Partnership and Head of Claims Against said: “Our performance this year has exceeded all our expectations again and we are so pleased for our teams of professionals, who work so hard every day for our clients, across all areas of private and commercial law. 2017 sees our Professional Negligence team ranked for the first time in the Legal 500, quoting us as “very detailed in her approach” and “excellent client-handling”.

“Legal 500 gives us a benchmark of where we are as a law firm and this year’s rankings show we are continuing to compete strongly, in a very competitive market.

“To retain being one of the only Family and Crime legal services team in Leicester with Legal 500 ‘Top Tier’ status is an amazing achievement and I want to thank both teams for this great performance. The Legal 500 quote our Family team as being “‘professional and knowledgeable’ and the Crime team are quoted as having ‘a vast array of dedicated and knowledgeable criminal lawyers, who work tirelessly for their clients’ as Kevin McGrath leads the ‘impressive and hardworking’ team at Smith Partnership, which provides an end-to-end service, from investigations to representing clients before the Magistrates Court, the Crown Court, and the Supreme Court.

Smith Partnership offers a full range of legal services to help clients manage the most important events in their lives; with sensible planning to ensure peace of mind and legal protection.

The law firm has over 30 specialist commercial lawyers at hand to support the business community with a national and regional network of associates including accountants, HR professionals and tax consultants. They also have specialist legal experts, for example in the aviation field, who work alongside over a dozen national and international airlines to provide a liability claim service.

Smith Partnership has a network of offices throughout the Midlands in Derby, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Burton-on-Trent and Swadlincote.

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