The Legal 500 Guide - where do we rank?

News  |   29 September 2022

The latest Legal 500 Guide has just been published and we are pleased to announce that this year we feature in 4 categories - Private Client, Employment, Family & Commercial Property.

Comments from the guide are below and the full guide can be found here: South East | Law firm and lawyer rankings from The Legal 500 United Kingdom - Solicitors guide

Private Client - Band 2

The private client team at Thackray Williams LLP has recently taken on many new instructions from high-net-worth individuals, and has a solid reputation for advising those who work within the entertainment industry, as well as specialist expertise in dealing with royalties-based challenges, across the literary and music industries. The team is jointly led by Elliot Lewis and Anthony Macey, based in Bromley and London respectively, and includes recently promoted partner Zahra Kanani, who has a notable reputation in providing advice on the issue of Sharia law and its interaction with UK inheritance tax.

‘Thackray Williams are a dynamic, ambitious and growing company. They are very diverse and the people that work there are all incredibly knowledgeable and approachable. Every client I have referred to them has been happy with the service and attention they have been provided. They always put the client first and are looking at ways to improve their offering.’
Anthony Macey and Elliot Lewis are incredibly knowledgeable and brilliant with clients.’
‘We have valued the attention to detail and myriad of ideas coming from the particular individuals with whom we had contact. Where there has been any need for extra clarity this has been provided until all parties are clear which is very helpful.’

Employment - Band 3

As well as maintaining trusted relationships with longstanding clients, Thackray Williams LLP‘s Bromley employment team has also seen the introduction of a number of new commercial clients to the business in the past year. The team is led by Emma Thompson, who has particular expertise in representing high net worth individuals in exit negotiations and complex litigation in the education sector.

‘It is unusual in the fact they genuinely care about clients. They have an effective and efficient progression process in place, from initial instruction to billing, everything is arranged to optimise client care.’
‘TW has gone way beyond what one would usually expect from a firm, they are strong contributors to the community, generous not only offering financial support but in ensuring their team attend local events and meetings in person. TW is very much appreciated and well liked within the Sevenoaks area.’
‘Thackray Williams provide a great service. Straight forward and easy to work with. The communication was good, keeping me informed throughout and their billing easy to understand.

Commercial Property - Band 3

Real estate is a key practice at Thackray Williams LLP , contributing to around 60% of the firm’s turnover. Vikki Herbert heads residential property, while Yildiz Betez heads commercial property. The commercial property team has experience acting for both landowner and developer. With the firm’s network across London and the South-East, the team is able to attract many high-value work. ‘Friendly, personal attention’ has underpinned the success of the team during the pandemic.

Yildiz Betez is responsive, knowledgable and consistent in her approach to Clients needs. A rare find in this day and age.’
‘I appreciate the friendly, personal attention and the fact that I am listened to and feel well supported.’
Vikki Herbert seeks to achieve all the amendments which I need in the companies’ new leases, and usually succeeds. She is very prompt, practical and straight to the point in her dealings.’

Family - Band 4

Thackray Williams LLP‘s family law team has extensive experience dealing with the affairs of high net worth individuals including those who have business interests and cases with an international element in a cost-effective way. Team head Stuart Ruff is a ‘capable, thoughtful and conscientious solicitor with a good understanding of his cases, their strengths and weaknesses.’

‘Thackray Williams are a well regarded local firm with a small but dedicated family department. Their strength is the personal service that they give their clients.’
‘A strong team who provide clear and cogent advice and support throughout the proceedings.’
Stuart Ruff has lots of experience. He is a capable, thoughtful and conscientious solicitor with a good understanding of his cases, their strengths and weaknesses. He is very good with clients, being friendly and sympathetic, without being afraid to give advice which the client might not like.’