Thackray Williams in the Legal 500 2024 Guide!

News  |   6 October 2023

We are pleased to announce we feature in the 2024 Legal 500 guide! We are ranked in band 2 for Private Client, band 3 for Employment and Real Estate and band 4 for Family.

The following was said about us in the guide:

Personal Tax, Trusts And Probate - Band 2

Covering wills, trusts, inheritance issues, tax planning, elderly client care, LPAs and Court of Protection work, the ‘incredibly knowledgeable, personable and conscientious’ solicitors at Thackray Williams LLP are well versed in handling matters for clients in the entertainment industry including issues relating to the management of royalties and the associated rights. The practice is jointly headed up by Bromley-based Elliot Lewis, who regularly advises wealthy clients on wills, estate administration and tax issues, and STEP accredited Anthony Macey, who has a ‘good manner with clients’ and focuses on advising families and individuals including celebrity recording artists and business owners on tax planning and high-value estate administration issues.

Practice head(s):

Elliot Lewis; Anthony Macey

Other key lawyers:

Nima Stepney


‘Knowledgeable, organised, very competent and easy to work with.’

‘Anthony Macey has a good manner with clients and a good understanding of the issues and pressures affecting them.’

‘All the solicitors at Thackray Williams are incredibly knowledgeable, personable and conscientious. They always put the client first and provide a first-class service. I have referred clients to Thackray Williams for many years and the feedback has always been incredibly positive. Their client communication is second to none and I would be happy to refer my clients to any of the solicitors at Thackray Williams, assured that the knowledge that they would be provided with is first class.’

Employment – Band 3

Based in Bromley, the ‘outstanding’ and ‘well-prepared’ team at Thackray Williams LLP regularly provides HR and specialist employment advice to clients in the education, finance, retail and leisure industries; the group has also recently grown its involvement in matters relating to senior executive exits. Practice head Emma Thompson excels in assisting commercial clients with tribunal disputes and has a specialism in advising public and independent schools and nurseries.

Practice head(s):

Emma Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Elliot Flockhart


‘I am always very impressed with how well prepared they are, everything is as it should be and I can focus on the case. The fee earners usually pick up their phones and if not, it is always clear where they are and when they’ll be in touch.’

‘Emma Thompson, Faye Shortall and Lisa Rothon are all outstanding. They are ably supported by Elliot Flockhart.’

Commercial Property– Band 3

The property and real estate practice at Thackray Williams LLP specialises in leasehold enfranchisement mandates. Other work involves residential property issues, plot sales, new build work and property litigation. Team leader Yildiz Betez splits her time between Bromley and London, covering all aspects of commercial conveyancing and land development work. The respected Vikki Herbert heads up the residential property department, covering residential conveyancing, new build and leasehold enfranchisement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Yildiz Betez

Other key lawyers:

Vikki Herbert


‘The firm appears to be well connected to the surrounding community and able to assist clients with contacting others with whom they could have a successful working relationship.’

‘My main contact is Vikki Herbert who often makes me feel as if I am her only client and that her desk is always clear to make way for the matters she deals with on my behalf! All matters are dealt with quickly and efficiently. She is always open to suggestions I make to progress matters, and I have great respect for her and her team.’

Family – Band 4

Increasingly assisting high-net-worth individuals with business interests on pre and post-nuptial, cohabitation and separation agreements, including cases with an international element, the Sevenoaks and Bromley-based family law team at Thackray Williams LLP is ‘well-known in the area as a powerhouse’. Team leader Stuart Ruff is described as ‘the strength of the family team’ and handles court orders, injunctions for domestic violence, disputes concerning children and properties as well as pre and post-nuptial agreements. ‘Perfect partner’ Caroline Burstein is experienced with enforcement actions and variations of existing orders.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Ruff

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Burstein; Galbraith Gorman


‘Thackray Williams is well-known in area as a powerhouse. Unlike other firms in the area, it has a powerhouse of individuals available to offer advice in a wide-range of fields.’

‘Galbraith Gorman is a very impressive individual. His preparation and eye for detail is only surpassed by his client care. He has his eye firmly on the bigger picture.’

‘Thackray Williams really do have a lawyer or expert for every occasion. I ended up needing an array of lawyers to deal with my divorce case, including, property, employment, IP and family lawyers. The communication and collaboration between the teams was seamless and very thorough.’

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