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Diversified firm looks forward with confidence

06 Oct 2011

North East law firm Hay & Kilner has marked the release of this year’s Legal 500 by setting out plans to expand its diversified offering to meet the ever-changing demands of the market.

The fast-growing firm, which has once again received a myriad of praise in The Legal 500, will look to continue broadening its range of expertise in the coming months as it targets ongoing expansion.

While many firms have put their growth plans on hold until signs of better times ahead, Hay & Kilner is proactively investing in its future having emerged from the economic storm with a stronger, diversified business model.

Manned by what The Legal 500 calls a ‘highly professional yet accessible team,’ sectors such as commercial property, employment law and corporate finance have all performed strongly at the Newcastle-headquartered business over the last 12 months.

And now, after being recommended in 24 different work areas by The Legal 500, the firm is looking forward with confidence and believes it is well positioned to continue to grow and diversify in the future.

Senior partner Martin Soloman, who has seen Hay & Kilner double in size and build up a 160-strong workforce over the last decade, said: “Our recognition in this year’s Legal 500 demonstrates that we have a spread of genuinely experienced expertise across a large range of work.

“Our strength lies in the diversification of our business. It has enabled us to remain very busy throughout the economic slowdown.

“It’s important for us to continue to make the right quality of investment in the future and we are confident that our plans for the year ahead will play a major role in continuing our successful growth and development.”

On the back of a successful rebrand, Hay & Kilner has breathed new life into its online presence with the launch of a website which better reflects the firm’s diversified offering. Not only does it allow clients and potential clients to interact with the business online, the website will also help the firm target new opportunities in emerging markets. Significant investment in Hay & Kilner’s IT infrastructure later this year will also enable the group’s operations to become more efficient by harnessing the latest technology.


Meanwhile, two partner level, key appointments are imminent and will provide a significant boost to the firm’s commercial property and private capital capabilities and take the number of partners at the organisation up to 27.

One of the most prominent private capital solicitors in the region, Alison Hall, has joined the firm, bringing with her a high level of expertise in wealth management which directly compliments Hay & Kilner’s offering. The move comes as the firm’s private capital arm is upgraded from a third to a second tier service provider by The Legal 500 in recognition of the quality and quantity of work handled by the experienced team.

In the commercial property sector, another key player in the North East’s legal circle, Richard Freeman – Wallace has left his role as partner at a fellow regional firm to join Hay & Kilner. He is a partner in what The Legal 500 describes as an ‘excellent’ commercial property team which includes Paul Taylor and the valued expertise of Nicola Tiffen.

Among the areas of Hay & Kilner’s expertise highlighted in The Legal 500 this year is its corporate and commercial team, which recently acted in the deal which landed the European Deal of the Year title at the Islamic Finance News Awards. The accolade came for its pioneering work with International Innovative Technologies in its procurement of US$10m of shari’ah-compliant funds.

In the clinical negligence field, Hay & Kilner is positioned as a top tier firm by The Legal 500 thanks to its ‘excellent grasp’ of the subject and ‘excellent manner’ with clients.

Moving forward, the firm will continue to develop its broad range of key areas of expertise over the next 12 months.

As well as making heavyweight appointments and investing in improving its services, Hay & Kilner will also step up its support for the regional business community through its comprehensive seminar programme in areas such as debt, construction and employment law.

With exciting plans ahead for Hay & Kilner’s commercial, private client and litigation services, the business looks set to continue its growth into 2012.