Bumper rankings for legal firm

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A leading Cornish law firm has increased its rankings in independent guide to the legal profession Chambers 2015, with several teams and individual lawyers achieving Band 1 status.

'Leading individual' Michael Beadel
‘Leading individual’ Michael Beadel

Stephens Scown LLP, which has offices in Truro and St Austell, was ranked for the first time for its corporate work in Cornwall, achieving Band 1 ranking and is the only team to be ranked in the region.

The firm’s commercial property team was also ranked for the first time in Cornwall, gaining Band 2 status.

Several of Stephens Scown’s teams retained their Band 1 status for Cornwall in Chambers 2015 guide including: family law, agriculture, private client, planning and social housing.

Chambers also ranks individual lawyers and Stephens Scown now has several “leading individuals”, with Michael Beadel, the firm’s chairman and a partner in the commercial property team, being named as a leader for the first time.

Several of Stephens Scown’s partners in Cornwall retained their individual Band 1 rankings including family law specialist Jo Stone, Graham Murdoch from the private client team, expert in agriculture law Richard Baker, head of the firm’s social housing team, Keith Wright and planning expert Ian Lamond. Sally Norcross-Webb, a consultant in the corporate team also saw her ranking increase to Band 1 this year.

Robert Camp, Stephens Scown’s managing partner said: “Chambers is valued so much because it places a lot of importance on what clients say. At Stephens Scown we have been focussing on improving our client service and these fantastic results show that we are moving in the right direction.”