Law firm praised for client service

Clockwise from top left: Band 1 ranked Liz Allen, Mark Chanter, Sarah Atkinson, Kate Theophilus, Richard Bagwell and Jill Bruce

One of the south west’s leading law firms has been praised for its expertise, experience and high level of client service in the latest edition of an independent guide to the legal profession.

Employee-owned law firm, Stephens Scown LLP, has confirmed its position as a regional heavyweight with another strong performance in the Chambers & Partners’ UK 2022 guide. The firm has ranked in 16 sections of the guide, with three teams and six of the firm’s lawyers receiving the highest Band 1 ranking, and several clients citing client service as one of Stephens Scown’s key strengths.

The firm’s managing partner, Richard Baker, retains his standing as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’ and “an expert in rural land and mineral rights matters.” While corporate (M&A) lawyer, Giles Dunning, has once again been recognised as an ‘Up and Coming’ individual for his: “…broad range of experience in corporate and M&A matters, notably in relation to transactions for IFA firms”.

A total of 28 lawyers from Stephens Scown are ranked individually, including new rankings for Laurie Trounce from the firm’s corporate team for her work within the charities sector and for Sean Jenner, who is ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ for his wide range of experience in both corporate and personal insolvency matters and for being “meticulous and thorough”. Meanwhile, Chris Tofts, already ranked for his work in the mining industry, has received a new ranking in the guide for planning, with a client stating “Chris Tofts is excellent – he’s responsive and he offers good-quality advice”.

The firm’s family, rural and corporate teams have once again topped the rankings, with the family team being the only Band 1 firm ranked in both Devon and Cornwall. Three of Stephens Scown’s family lawyers – Liz Allen, Mark Chanter and Sarah Atkinson – have also retained their Band 1 individual rankings, while Jill Bruce, who joined the family team earlier this year, also has Band 1 ranking.

Specialist in agriculture law, Kate Theophilus, has also maintained her Band 1 ranking a specialist in rural land and agricultural tenancy matters, alongside property disputes specialist, Richard Bagwell.

Managing partner Baker said: “With a strong focus on delivering an outstanding client experience, it is wonderful to receive such high praise in the latest Chambers guide. Every ranking is testament to the hard work put in by all our teams, who go above and beyond to offer each of our clients with a personal and individual service tailored to their needs, helping them through the good and tough times.”