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The Legal 500 2018: Actons maintain recommendations in eight practice areas

Actons has yet again been recommended in eight practice areas in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 UK, the definitive guide to law firms.

Leading the pack is the insolvency and corporate recovery team, maintaining their tier 1 position, with Nicky Calthrop-Owen included again as a leading individual. For the first time, Director Annabel Whittaker has been included as a ‘Next generation lawyer’ within the insolvency section.

Here are just a few of the comments from this year’s Legal 500:

Corporate & commercial (Nottingham & Derby)
“Actons’ team of ‘experienced’ advisers provides ‘clear and concise advice’. ‘Very knowledgeable’ practice head Simon Dakin, impresses with ‘an abundance of common sense and good commercial instinct’, Peter Flowerday led in advising a telecoms players on the sale of two businesses.”

Dispute resolution – commercial litigation (Nottingham & Derby)
“Actons’ ‘responsive’ department provides ‘good commercial knowledge’ and handles a broad spread of commercial litigation for a clientele that includes international companies as well as SMEs and individuals. Newly promoted partner Caroline Bowler specialises in equine law, professional negligence and property disputes, while practice head Victoria Dunstall focuses on insolvency-related litigation. Key support comes from associates Rosalind Keen, Annabel Whittaker and Daniel Harley, whose arrival from Fraser Brown has bolstered the firm’s property litigation offering.”

Dispute resolution – debt recovery
“Actons is noted for its expertise in the retail, real estate, architecture, education and professional services sectors. Victoria Dunstall heads the practice, which includes litigation executive Yvonne Thomas.”

Finance – insolvency and corporate recovery
“‘A good spread of knowledge’ and ‘quick response times’ make Actons a popular choice not only for insolvency practitioners, but also for lenders. Well-versed in both personal and corporate insolvency, the team is noted for its strength in contentious work, thanks in large part to litigation specialist Victoria Dunstall, but is also experienced in non-contentious matters.
Practice head Nicky Calthrop-Owen and Annabel Whittaker are licensed insolvency practitioners.”

Human resources – employment
“Actons attracts praise for its ‘personal service’ and ‘business-savvy’ advice.”
“‘Very personable’ practice head Nic Elliott, who took over the role from the now retired Claire Bell, also leads the employee investigation team which handles large-scale investigations, in particular regarding fraud, whistleblowing and harassment.”

Insurance – personal injury and clinical negligence – claimant
“For Actons, ‘client care is always at the forefront of its work’. Known for ‘not being afraid of taking on challenging cases’, the team is noted from its niche expertise in hair and beauty claims, claims involving children, dog attacks, and accidents involving horses, whilst maintaining a strong presence in general personal injury work including slips, trips and falls.”
“Practice head Gary Chadwick ‘will fight tenaciously for a good outcome for his client’. Tom Payne, who is noted for his ‘excellent attention to detail’ and the ‘vastly experienced’ Heidi Gleadhill are other names to note. “

Private client – personal tax, trusts and probate
“Actons ‘provides excellent comprehensive service with a personal touch’. The ‘very professional and trustworthy’ team advises on the full range of will, trusts and probate work, often collaborating with the firm’s corporate and commercial departments to better service owner-managed and family businesses.”
“‘Exceptional’ practice head Mandy Kelly ‘is very thorough’ and ‘always goes beyond the remit’ and solicitor Bindiya Patel ‘has an open approach with clients, excellent knowledge in her field and empathy, often dealing with difficult situations’.”

Real estate – commercial property (Nottingham & Derby)
“Praised for its ‘superb business acumen’, Actons’ real estate practice handles commercial and development transactions, landlord and tenant work and secured lending matters, especially for banks.”
“The team is led by the ‘extremely hardworking and dedicated’ Amanda Gordon and includes the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Caroline Pearson.”

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Posted on October 30, 2018

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