Partners and staff at leading regional law firm Taylor Walton have been enjoying the summer season with a series of recent achievements.
The firm has welcomed new partner Caroline Hume to its highly reputed residential conveyancing team. Caroline was previously head of department at Neves Solicitors and strengthens the extensive and already successful team based in the firm’s St Albans office.
Caroline’s arrival comes on the back of three partner promotions announced on July 1. Tom Caterer (residential conveyancing), Steven Hamilton (private client) and Will Mercer (family law) were appointed to partner as a result of their exceptional hard work and commitment to delivering a first-class service to their clients.
Managing partner Dermot Carey, said: “We are delighted to promote these three new partners. Our new partners have all demonstrated that they support the firm’s ambition for growth. I am particularly pleased to see two of the three promotions in our St Albans office where our range of services, number of staff and number of clients continues to increase year on year.”
Taylor Walton has also welcomed three new trainee solicitors to its ranks and has retained two newly qualified solicitors into the corporate and real estate departments.
After a stringent review process, the firm has requalified for the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark Lexcel. It is designed to assure clients that the firm meets high client care and business management standards and is only awarded following an on-site visit from an independent, experienced and highly trained assessor.
Robert Bourns, President of the Law Society of England & Wales, said: “Delivering good client care and maintaining a strong relationship are essential for solicitors and those gaining and maintaining Lexcel show their dedication to go above and beyond. Committing to high standards in customer service and practice management is fundamentally important.”
Mr Carey said: “It has been an excellent summer for Taylor Walton. The firm continues to go from strength to strength, both in terms of the excellent quality of staff we are able to attract and retain and in terms of the excellent quality of work we are able to win and deliver to our clients.”
There was further cause for celebration after Taylor Walton received a string of plaudits in this year’s Legal 500 guide, the ‘client bible’ for the law profession. The firm is renowned for the quality of its corporate and commercial expertise and this year’s guide praises the work of its senior lawyers.
It applauds the recruitment of experienced Simon Hughes, formerly the head of global private equity at City law firm Baker & McKenzie LLP, which “bolstered its private equity credentials”, the guide says. It also hails the work of Mike Pettit and his team on the advice to Luton-based industrial equipment supplier TRUMPF and its UK group company SPI Lasers on the acquisition of JK Lasers.
The work of the commercial litigation department headed by James Carpenter is rated highly in the guide. High net worth clients receive excellent service from the private client team headed by Richard Crocker, the guide says, while the commercial property department headed by partners Angela Thomas, Mike Kelly and managing partner Dermot Carey has acted for clients involved in several major deals. Mr Carey said: “As we move into autumn, we are looking to further cement and grown our reputation for excellence across the region.”