Thomson Snell & Passmore has achieved outstanding rankings in this year’s Chambers & Partners – with an impressive 24 lawyers recognised as “leaders in their field” – four more than last year.
Chambers & Partners is one of the foremost independent guides to the legal profession and this year Thomson Snell & Passmore has maintained its strong reputation across all its practice areas. Chambers & Partners is used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, FDs and professional advisers – as well as by other referrers of work both nationally and internationally.
Band One highlights:
This year, the firm has an unprecedented five teams ranked in Band One. Of these the Charity, Construction, Corporate/M&A and Personal Injury teams are all new additions, rising from Band Two, and the Clinical Negligence Team maintained its excellent ranking.
The Charity team continues to be heavily involved in the third sector, with clients ranging from modest local concerns to significant nationwide charities. Partner Jeremy Passmore leads the team and is highly regarded for his expertise in the formation of trusts.
The Construction team is described as “excellent - responsive, clear and practical”. Consultant Chris Whittington is recommended as being “helpful and clear in his advice and explanations” while Associate Chris Kirby-Turner is praised for his “sensible approach to case management”.
The Corporate/M&A team is noted as “a very professional local team that can hold its own against the big city teams”. Senior Partner James Partridge specialises in M&A, joint ventures, corporate structuring and complex commercial contracts. Partner Joanne Gallagher is described as “a professional, who gets the job done whatever hour of the day”. Partner Nicholas Gabay is lauded as “excellent in speed of response and in explaining complex legal issues in layman’s terms”.
The Personal Injury team handles mostly claimant work and specialises in catastrophic injury claims for both adults and children. Partner and team leader Jonathan Clement is noted for his fantastic ability to deal with brain injured clients, and his incredible patience.
Finally, the Clinical Negligence team maintains its Band One ranking yet again with Partner and joint head of the team, Patricia Fearnley, described as "excellent", and fellow partner and joint head of the team Fiona Mills described as “wonderful" with“no weaknesses at all” . The team represents claimants in a wide range of clinical negligence matters, and offers in-house services from other departments in matters including Court of Protection and employment issues.
Band Two highlights:
This year, Thomson Snell & Passmore has five Band Two ranked teams. The Real Estate Litigation team has risen in the ranks from Band Three while the Employment, Family, Private Client and Real Estate teams have maintained their excellent Band Two ranking.
The Real Estate Litigation team, headed by Partner Nick Horton, goes from strength to strength. Senior Associate Mark Steggles earns accolades for being “incredibly approachable, personable and knowledgeable”.
The Employment team is praised for being “reliable and knowledgeable”. One client says of Susanna Gilmartin: “I trust her and her advice. She explains things in an easy manner”. Meanwhile head of department Nick Hobden is “an expert in his field, and offers timely advice”.
Head of the Family team and Partner Joanna Pratt is credited for her contribution to the growth of the family practice, and is described as “great to deal with” while Partner Sarah Judd is highlighted as “very good and very client focussed”. One source said of Partner Kirstie Law that she is “pragmatic and sensible. I couldn’t rate her highly enough”. Leading Associate Desmond O’Donnell is applauded for his “good response times, good knowledge and sympathetic treatment”.
The Private Client team services a wide array of clients from media personalities to traditional farming families. It is headed by Partner Jeremy Passmore who is considered particularly adept at advising clients with offshore assets. Partner Simon Brown has particular expertise acting for individuals in the music and entertainment industries.
The Real Estate Team is described as “delightful to work with”. Richard Ellard “has a big presence in the area, all the way up to the Thames Estuary” while Gilbert Green has a long-standing and “huge” reputation in property development.
Band Three highlights
The Agriculture and Rural Affairs team and the Court of Protection team both achieved Band Three status.
The Agriculture and Rural Affairs team is headed by Partner Gilbert Green who is praised as having a great deal of experience in land development. Senior Associate Sue Lister is recommended as “helpful, friendly and methodical – I was very reassured working with her”.
The Court of Protection team acts principally as deputies for individuals with catastrophic injuries. Partner Eddie Fardell heads the department and is described as“impressive”. Meanwhile Partner Martin Terrell is considered to be “a real leader on Court of Protection matters”.
Thomson Snell & Passmore Senior Partner, James Partridge commented:
“This is an excellent set of results for Thomson Snell and Passmore – never before have we held five Band One rankings. Everyone at the firm has worked very hard over the last year and this is reflected in our Chambers & Partners rankings. We are very pleased that the firm has earned this recognition from its peer group and clients, and I congratulate the teams on their hard work over the past year”.