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Hay & Kilner celebrates continued success in The Legal 500

17 Oct 2017

Renowned for its high-quality partner-led legal advice, Hay & Kilner has been recommended in 19 practice areas in The Legal 500 2017, a clear sign of the quality and breadth of service offered to its loyal client base.

Named as a regional heavyweight, the full-service Newcastle based firm is regarded in the highest terms for its work in a large number of fields, including corporate, commercial property, employment, dispute resolution, crime, clinical negligence, private client and agricultural law. Three of their lawyers are also listed in The Legal 500 elite ‘leading individuals’ list.

Jonathan Waters, Hay & Kilner’s managing partner, commented:

“We are delighted that our excellence in so many different practice areas has been recognised by The Legal 500, and to have three of our lawyers listed as leading individuals is a great achievement. It is testament to the continued hard work and dedication of everyone at the firm.”

In the corporate arena, The Legal 500 has praised Hay & Kilner for its ‘exceptional advice’, and highlighted the work of partners Jonathan Waters and Mark Adams. The team were also recently praised at the Insider North East Dealmakers Awards 2017 where two of their corporate deals were shortlisted for ‘Deal of the Year ‘.

The commercial property team at Hay & Kilner continues to excel representing clients throughout the country. Nicola Tiffen leads the team, which includes leading individual, Richard Freeman-Wallace, and the highly regarded Paul Taylor.

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, bespoke training service. Partners Neil Dwyer, Sarah Hall and Sarah Furness are all recommended.

The ‘efficient and professional’ litigation team at Hay & Kilner is praised for their ‘unsurpassed knowledge’. ‘Approachable and hardworking’ leading individual, Martin Soloman is recognised for his mediation expertise. Key areas of focus for the ‘highly experienced’ group include the technology, construction, financial services, agricultural and rail sectors. Partner, Lucy Gray is noted for her ‘professionalism’ while partner, Neil Harrold is singled out for his ‘practical and common-sense approach’.

Hay & Kilner’s Crime & Regulatory Team maintained tier one status, with partner, Mark Harrison praised for his notable specialism in computer-related crime. Partners Rob Hart & Jonathan Pigford and solicitor Matthew Purves are also recommended. In June, the firm was named Crime & Regulatory Team of the Year at The Northern Law Awards for the third year running. The judges praised the team members for their legal expertise and unparalleled dedicated round-the-clock service to clients.


The firm’s clinical negligence team also maintained tier one status. Department head, David Bradshaw was viewed as being ‘highly accessible and effective’. Partner Clare Thompson is recognised for her birth injury expertise, with particular emphasis on cerebral palsy. Partner Helen Morland attracts praise for her track record in cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal injury and cancer claims.

In the Private Client field, Hay & Kilner receives praise for being ‘highly experienced, with a wealth of knowledge and a strong reputation that other firms struggle to match’. Leading individual and department head, Alison Hall is highly recommended. The firm was named Private Client Team of the Year at the Northern Law Awards 2017 in recognition of its impressive client base, broad range of expertise and commitment to staff training & development.

The ‘exceptional’ Nicola Matthews heads the Family team at Hay & Kilner and has notable experience in high-value divorce cases. Rob Hart is praised for his ‘incredible knowledge of the law, which he applies with sound common sense’. ‘Brilliant’ associate solicitor Kerry Sutherland, and associate solicitor Leanne Sutherland who has ‘outstanding client-care skills’, are also recommended.

In rural matters, department head Alison Hall is hailed as a key figure advising on farm successions and assisting with drafting farming partnership agreements. Senior associate, John Luke, is noted for his experience in advising on the sale of agricultural buildings, residential dwellings and woodland.

Hay & Kilner continues to grow, consistently attracting high calibre lawyers. During the past year, the firm has appointed eight lawyers across its commercial, litigation and private client departments.

Hay & Kilner is one of the region’s leading law firms, offering a full range of legal services to businesses and individuals.