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Another strong year for Hay & Kilner

07 Oct 2015

North East law firm Hay & Kilner has once again featured strongly in independently researched guide to the UK legal profession, The Legal 500.

The leading Newcastle based firm is regarded in the highest terms for its work in a large number of fields, including corporate & commercial, commercial property, employment, dispute resolution, clinical negligence, private client and agricultural law.

Named as a regional heavyweight, The Legal 500 recommends Hay & Kilner:

“Hay & Kilner impresses with the breadth of expertise in its private client department, and is a key adviser to many of the region’s SMEs and other mid-market players on commercial matters.”

Hay & Kilner’s corporate and commercial team has gained a number of new national clients in the last year. The team is noted for its core and longstanding client base of owner-managed businesses in the healthcare and charity sectors. Jonathan Waters is praised for his ‘expertise and strategic focus’. Partner Mark Adams is also recommended.

The commercial property team at Hay & Kilner continues to excel representing clients throughout England and Wales. Nicola Tiffen and Richard Freeman-Wallace are recommended.

Hay & Kilner’s Employment team performed well throughout the year and saw an increase in the number of clients they provide training to through their dedicated training service, HR Showcase. HR Showcase offers a range of different training styles including seminars with interactive scenario based role plays, covering all HR related topics. Partners Neil Dwyer and Sarah Hall are both recommended.

Experienced litigator Martin Soloman heads the dispute resolution team at Hay & Kilner. His broad client base includes a high street chain, for which he acted in a defective goods case; a farming family involved in a complex dispute; and the Abbeyfield Newcastle upon Tyne Society, which brought a claim against a local authority over the fairness and correctness of care payments. Hay & Kilner saw a significant increase in their involvement in complex disputes relating to and arising out of Trusts and Estates.

Martin Soloman, Hay & Kilner’s senior partner, is widely recommended in The Legal 500 and is named as a leading individual in this year’s Legal 500 guide. He commented:

“We put our clients at the heart of everything we do and provide a tailored and personal service, which has helped us win new clients and retain our many loyal clients over the years.We are the current holders ofthe LawNet Mark of Excellence Award in recognition of our commitment to delivering an excellent level of service. The award is based upon feedback from our clients and reflects the dedication and hard work of our people in delivering a first class service across many areas of legal expertise.

In the clinical negligence field, Hay & Kilner is again positioned as a top tier firm by The Legal 500. Hay & Kilner has a ‘very extensive knowledge in the field, and has gained the respect of the country’s leading experts’. Partner Clare Thompson has handled a considerable amount of birth-related cases; practice head David Bradshaw ‘knows clinical negligence inside out’; and partner Helen Morland is also recommended.

Hay & Kilner has long been regarded in the highest terms for their private client department. Hay & Kilner’s practice head Kirstin Cook acted for the executors of a very large agricultural estate. Partner Alison Hall has been named a leading individual. Hay & Kilner’s family department, led by partner Nicola Matthews, has a strong presence in all areas of family law work.

Hay & Kilner’s agricultural team moved up the rankings in this year’s guide. The team represent a number of clients on a range of matters encapsulating estate planning, property and dispute resolution. Alison Hall handled a number of high-value farming transactions and estate administrations.

Hay & Kilner continues to grow, consistently attracting high calibre solicitors. With the full complement of this year’s qualifying trainee solicitors being retained, the firm continues with a busy graduate recruitment programme to further develop its talented team.