Impressive year for Wiltshire firms in 2023 Legal 500

By Nick Batten on 5 October, 2022

Local law firms Wansbroughs, Goughs Solicitors and Thrings – have all seen impressive recommendations in the latest Legal 500 directory.

Published on an annual basis, The Legal 500 is widely regarded as a “definitive” list of leading UK and worldwide law firms. 

As part of the process for inclusion in the directory, input is sought from clients and referrers alike to determine the level of service provided and the calibre of work being conducted by firms. Clients are contacted by The Legal 500 to provide anonymous testimonials in support of the rankings.  

Devizes-based Wansbroughs has once again been recommended in the 2023 edition of the directory. The firm’s Private Client team – which provides a wide range of expert advice and guidance in matters relating to complex wills, trusts, tax and probate matters through to large estate planning – has moved up to ‘Tier 2.’ 

The Commercial Property team ranked ‘Tier 3’ and continues to be recognised for its efficiency, reliability and attention to detail. The Family team ranked ‘Tier 4’ and was recognised for its strong reputation across the South West with Team Leader Naomi Owen receiving many positive testimonials. 

The newly formed Corporate and Commercial team, led by Partner and Team Leader William Ingram Hill was also listed in the category ‘Firms to watch.’

Testimonials from Wansbroughs clients included: “Top people, good advice, timely service” and “Attention to detail and view things commercially. Dealt with some very complex transactions with tight deadlines efficiently and quickly but without compromising on detail.”

A spokesperson for Wansbroughs said, “We would like to thank those clients and referrers who assisted the Legal 500’s researchers and provided such positive feedback for the firm.”

You can view the full Wansbroughs’ 2023 Legal 500 entry here.

Meanwhile, Wiltshire law firm Goughs Solicitors was recognised as one of the South West’s leading law firms for the fifth year running and its Private Client and Real Estate departments both received exemplary feedback and accreditation.

The Goughs team at the firm’s summer party

This year, clients praised the firm’s “fantastic depth of experience”, and “personal and impeccable service”. The firm has also been commended for treating clients with “compassion and warmth during what is for most, unchartered territory.”

Lawyers at Goughs were described by clients as “incredibly friendly and knowledgeable”, noting that the “client always comes first”. The family team was noted as “particularly impressive” and the Private Client department was described as “very approachable, reliable, courteous and informed.”

Goughs’ Real Estate Team was described as ‘providing an ‘equally high level of service regardless of the scale of the job and the fee attached to it.’

Emma Taylor, Partner and Head of the Private Client Team at Goughs, said, “It is a great testament to the level of hard work and commitment from across the firm that the team has been recognised again by such a prestigious organisation. The commitment shown to our clients has been gratefully rewarded.”

View the full Goughs’ 2023 Legal 500 entry here.

Simon Holdsworth, Managing Partner at Thrings

Finally, lawyers from Thrings – which has offices across the South West including Swindon – were also recognised.

Thrings teams working in Bath and Bristol were recommended in 19 practice areas: The firm’s Private Client specialists are recognised for expertise in family law, contentious trusts and probate, and personal tax, trusts and probate. The Thrings Corporate and Commercial teams are well represented, with recognition for the firm’s dispute resolution team’s expertise in commercial litigation and debt recovery. 

The firm’s work in the world of finance is recognised with a recommendation for its South-West Banking and Finance team, including its experts in insolvency and corporate recovery. Its strength in Real Estate in the region results in recommendations for teams working in commercial property, construction, environment and planning. Also recommended in the South West are the Employment team and specialists in IT and telecoms and intellectual property. 

Alongside outstanding teams, the Legal 500 also recognises individuals, with a total of 38 Thrings lawyers mentioned by name for their standout contribution to their respective practices.

Moreover, there are six listings for Thrings people as Leading Individuals, which refers to true market leaders with long-established reputations in their sector and widespread recognition and endorsement from their peers and clients. This list included Ramona Derbyshire from the Swindon office.

Simon Holdsworth, Managing Partner at Thrings, said, “We are proud to see our teams and individuals so well represented in this prestigious guide to lawyers working across the UK. Recommendations in the Legal 500 are especially highly valued because they are based on feedback from clients and others we work with. 

“Our strong presence reflects the Thrings reputation for pragmatic, clear advice from specialist sector teams working in private wealth, banking and finance, agriculture and development of land, and the role we play in all our regions as trusted advisers to support businesses and entrepreneurs.” 

View Thrings’ full entry here.

Pictured: (Top of page) Wansbroughs’ private client team