Success for South West law firms in Legal 500

By Nick Batten on 5 October, 2021

A number of South West-based law firms have been named in the 2022 Legal 500, which was published this month.

The Legal 500 is widely regarded as the leading guide to both UK and worldwide law firms. Not all firms obtain a listing within the guide and inclusion is based on an independent assessment of the firm using a combination of research and client feedback.

Goughs Solicitors

For the fourth year running Wiltshire-based law firm, Goughs Solicitors has been ranked as a Leading Firm with a number of Recommended Lawyers by the prestigious legal guide.

This year, three areas of the firm have been specifically identified – Real Estate, Family and Private Client. Each of the departments and a number of the individuals within them have received commendable feedback.

Many of the firms’ clients were contacted by The Legal 500 to report on the services they received, and comments on that included “first-rate”, “excellent” and “second to none”. The firm was described as “an outstanding multi-site rural practice offering city firm quality” yet “reasonably priced with its fees” and “nice people to deal with”.

Many individuals within the firm were also credited with being “very capable” and “highly skilled in their field,” treating their clients “with professionalism” and “fairly and equally whatever the circumstance.”

Andrew Given, Partner and Head of the Land and Development team which sits within the Real Estate Team, commented, “I’m incredibly proud of the team. We have worked so hard to build up a serious reputation for pragmatic, accessible and expert legal advice, it’s very satisfying to be recognised for this. A testament to the quality of our lawyers.”

Stone King

Bath-headquartered Stone King has retained its top-tier rankings for the key areas of Education, Charities and not-for-profit, and Crime.

In addition, the Legal 500 praised the work of many of the firm’s lawyers with Education Partner Graham Burns again in the guide’s Hall of Fame, alongside Julian Blake, Charity & Social Enterprise Partner, and Consultant Ann Phillips.

Leading Individual rankings were also awarded to Head of Independent Schools, Helen Tucker, Tim Rutherford, Head of Charity & Social Enterprise, and Head of Immigration Julie Moktadir.

Senior Associate Alexandra Steffensen achieved ‘Rising Star’ status while Joanne Burton is recognised as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ as well as a ‘Rising Star’ for her practice in the commercial property team.

There is also further recognition for dozens of lawyers across the firm’s sectors of business, charity, education and private client law.

The top-tier crime team was described by the Legal 500 as “exemplary”, saying, “It has been praised by multiple clients for the assistance it provided in relation to court hearings during the Covid pandemic. Safeguarding is a key area for the group and other practice strengths include inquest and public inquiry work.”

Steven Greenwood, Managing Partner of Stone King 

Steven Greenwood, Managing Partner of Thrings,  said, “We are delighted with this year’s Legal 500 rankings awarded as a result of client feedback and independent research.

“To see so many of our lawyers recognised as well as retaining our top tier rankings is a fantastic outcome for their excellent work in supporting our clients. I would like to thank all our people for such hard work for the firm, particularly in these challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”


Teams and individuals from Swindon headquartered Thrings have also been recognised in the guide, which acknowledged the firm’s expertise and high-quality legal advice in a number of practice areas including Agriculture and Estates; Banking and Finance and Commercial Litigation.

Partners Megan Jefferies, Mike Tomlin, Ramona Derbyshire, Russell Reeves and Sally Pike are also ranked as ‘Leading Individuals’ in the directory, and Elaine Meyrick and Robert James are named as ‘Next Generation Partners’ for their expertise in Corporate and Commercial and Agriculture respectively.

Simon Holdsworth, Managing Partner of Thrings

Simon Holdsworth, Managing Partner of Thrings, said, “I would like to congratulate the individuals and teams at Thrings who have been ranked. They have all worked incredibly hard, and it is great to see the outstanding legal expertise and client service that they continue to provide being recognised in this way.”

Mogers Drewett 

Finally, Law firm Mogers Drewett has announced that a record number of its lawyers have been featured in the Legal 500 for their standout contribution in their respective practices.

Tom Webb, David Hill, Maeve England, Frank Collins, Rebecca Beresford, Victoria Darvell, Cara Burr and Emily Eccles have all been recognised in the new guide, with Jonathan Cheal of the Agriculture and Estates team being named in the elite ‘Hall of Fame’ again this year.

The law firm – which has offices in Bath, Frome, Sherborne, and Wells – has also been ranked as a top tier firm in the M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire region for five practice areas; Corporate and Commercial; Agriculture and Estates; Personal tax, trust and probate and Commercial Litigation.

Partner, Sean McDonough said, “We pride ourselves on the quality of our people at Mogers Drewett and are delighted to be recognised by the Legal 500 which recommends firms and individuals purely on merit. We are very proud of everyone recognised this year.”

To view the full listings, please visit the Legal 500 website.