Employee-owned law firm, Stephens Scown LLP, is celebrating another strong performance in the latest edition of Chambers UK Legal Guide.
Confirming its position as a “regional heavyweight”, the firm has no fewer than 29 legal advisors ranked in 15 sections of the guide, with six solicitors receiving the highest Band 1 ranking.
The firm’s family law team – one of the largest in the south west – had another strong year and remains the only team to receive top ranking across both Cornwall and Devon in the Family Law section of the Guide. Joining Sarah Atkinson and Jill Bruce as top-ranked lawyers in the firm’s Truro office, Andrew Barton and Mark Smith have risen to Band 1 in Devon. In addition, the previously Band 1-ranked Mark Chanter, has been ranked as one of Chambers’ Senior Statespeople. The guide says: “Mark is highly experienced and never misses a beat. He advises clients to enable them to establish a strategy from the off, and provides clear, focused advice in a friendly manner.”
As well as the firm’s corporate team retaining its Band 1 ranking, corporate (M&A) lawyer, Giles Dunning, receives Band 3 ranking for the first time in recognition of his broad range of experience in corporate and M&A matters.
Commercial dispute resolution lawyer, Catherine Mathews, adds to her ranking with a new Band 2 for professional negligence. Meanwhile, in the firm’s planning team, Duncan Tilney also ranks for the first time.
Managing partner, Richard Baker, who once again retains his standing as an Eminent Practitioner, commented: “It is wonderful to see the hard work of all our teams rewarded with increased rankings in this year’s Chambers Legal Guide.”