Cartmell Shepherd recognised as a “gem of a practice” in the Legal 500 2017

Cartmell Shepherd have been recommended in the Legal 500 guide across 9 areas of law and are described in the guide as a “gem of a practice led by the very knowledgeable Peter Stafford”

The legal guide recommends 18 of the firm’s solicitors and names Deborah Flynn as a Leading Individual and Mark Jackson as a Next Generation Lawyer.

Cartmells’ Agriculture Team have had excellent results in this year’s Legal 500 having kept their Top Tier ranking and Mark Jackson recognised as a Next Generation Lawyer.

Practice head Jonathan Carroll attracts praise for his ‘detailed technical knowledge of agricultural landlord and tenant legislation’ and for his ‘firm but approachable manner and sound advice’. Katherine Pretswell-Walker is lauded for her tenancy expertise and Mark Jackson is singled out for his approachable nature and ability to work collaboratively.

The firm was also recognised in the Legal 500 for the following areas:

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate,
  • Commercial Property
  • Personal Injury:Claimant
  • Employment Law
  • Contentious Trusts and Probate

Cartmells are the only Cumbrian firm to be recognised in the Legal 500 for their work in Contentious Trusts and Probate. Managing Director Peter Stafford and Associate Stephanie Johnson were named for their work on recent disputes. The team receive praise for their niche specialism in the issues arising from NHS continuing healthcare.

Managing Director Peter Stafford has been recognised three times by this year’s Legal 500 for his work in Commercial Litigation, Contentious Trusts and Probate and Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate. The guide describes Peter as having “marked experience” and receives praise for his “practical and strategic approach.”

Members of Cartmell Shepherd ranked in the Legal 500 2017 include:

  • Carol Fish has been recognised by the national guide her catastrophic injury expertise.
  • Deborah Flynn is noted twice in the guide for her work in both Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate and Personal Injury. Deborah is named in the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual.
  • Claire Davies who heads the Employment Law team has been recognised by the guide her contentious and non-contentious matters including TUPE transfers and employment tribunal claims.
  • Nick Hodgson for Corporate and Commercial – “Nick provides sound advice that is always level-headed”
  • Caroline Smith for Commercial Litigation, Family Law and Contentious Trusts and Probate – “extremely approachable and empathetic”
  • Mark Aspin for Commercial Litigation and the guide described Mark as being “able to hit the nail squarely and succinctly on the head every time.”
  • Stephanie Johnson is recognised in the Legal 500 for her work in Commercial Litigation and Contentious Trusts and Probate.
  • Julian Nelson and the Family Law team are praised in the Legal 500 with the team described as “highly professional” and praise for Julian whose “skill and experience is evident at all stages of an issue”.
  • David Kendrew was recognised for his work with collaborative law and mediation.
  • Zoe Calway attracted praised for her work in Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate.
  • Diana Armstrong was noted as being a key figure in the Private Client team.
  • Rebecca Armstrong was noted in the prestigious guide for her work in Employment Law
  • Andrew Marquis and Mike Little are both mentioned for their work in our Commercial Property team.

Peter Stafford has said “we are extremely pleased to be named across nine areas of law in the Legal 500 2017. We are particularly proud that our Agriculture Team achieved Top Tier ranking and that eight other areas of law across the firm have also been recognised in the Legal 500. The recognition of our staff and teams not only demonstrates our commitment to our people but also to providing a quality service for our clients, who are at the heart of our business.”

Cartmell Shepherd are nationally recognised experts on your doorstep. For legal advice please contact us on 01228 516666.


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Excellent service, advice, considerations made, friendly, confidence in Cartmell Shepherd handling my affairs.

Client 28th May 2015