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Further success for regional heavyweight

02 Oct 2013

North East law firm Hay & Kilner has once again received a plethora of recommendations in The Legal 500 and will continue investing in its future and developing its range of expertise in the coming year as it targets on-going expansion.

Hay & Kilner ‘maintains a solid reputation’  in sectors such as corporate finance, commercial property, private capital, employment law, insolvency and construction which have all performed strongly at the Newcastle-headquartered business over the last 12 months.

Hay & Kilner’s senior partner Martin Soloman, who leads the firm’s dispute resolution services, is highly regarded by clients as an ‘experienced and thorough litigator’ for his work in commercial dispute resolution, intellectual property, IT and telecoms. He is one of four partners to be named as a leading individual in this year’s Legal 500 guide. He has seen Hay & Kilner double in size and build up a 160-strong workforce over the last decade. He commented:

“Our recognition in this year’s Legal 500 once again demonstrates that we have the correct mix of genuinely experienced experts across a large range of work areas. Our strength lies in the diversification of our business.

“Our investment in the future has been the key to the achievement of our goals. We are confident that our plans for the year ahead will play a major role in continuing our successful growth and development on solid foundations.”

Among the areas of Hay & Kilner’s expertise highlighted is its corporate and commercial unit, with recommendations for all 3 partners. Highlights included advising a care home operator in the South East on a substantial business acquisition from administrators.

In the field of Health and safety, the three-partner practice continues to act on serious accident prosecutions, with recent matters including advising on a fatal accident at a steel works. Alun Williams, Robert Hart and Bruce Howorth are all recommended.

The success of Hay & Kilner’s HR Key service, which helps employers tackle the ever increasing burden of compliance, has led to further expansion. The firm is also poised to launch its new training division known as HR Showcase.

The commercial property and construction teams have seen a steady year with a spread of interesting assignments for a mix of local, national and international businesses. Work highlights included acting for Pajunk Medical Products on the relocation and expansion of its business premises.

Neil Harrold who leads Hay & Kilner’s insolvency practice ‘has a strong reputation in the region.’ The unit has acted for liquidators on a broad range of complex cases.

Hay & Kilner’s three-partner private capital team, one of the largest in the region, is led by Kirstin Cook and includes Alison Hall. It is active across the full range of private client matters including estate planning, wills and trusts, and has recently dealt with a number of multimillion-pound instructions. The team is widely recommended by many of the leading professional advisers in the region as is Hay & Kilner’s family unit led by partner Nicola Matthews.

Hay & Kilner’s rural team has considerable expertise and has acted for a number of interesting clients on a range of matters encapsulating estate planning, property, employment and dispute resolution. Plans in the pipeline include an event at Newcastle Falcons Kingston Park on 26th November.

In the clinical negligence field, Hay & Kilner is again positioned as a top tier firm by The Legal 500. The team led by David Bradshaw and including Clare Thompson and Helen Morland, has a wealth of clinical negligence experience. The personal injury team, led by Bruce Howorth, regularly acts in complex cases involving multi million pound catastrophic injury claims.

Hay & Kilner has recruited and promoted a number of solicitors during the year including Lucy Gray to associate in commercial dispute resolution and Holly Clegg in personal injury. 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 talent pool.

As well as continually improving its services, Hay & Kilner has also increased its support for the regional business community through its comprehensive seminar programme in fast-changing practice areas. With exciting plans ahead for all Hay & Kilner’s key service sectors, the business looks set to continue its growth into 2014.