The 2014 edition of Chambers UK, an authoritative national guide to lawyers and law firms, awards the merged firms top rankings in 16 different practice areas. The guide also praises 32 named individuals with expertise in areas as diverse as agriculture, planning, litigation, charities, private client, intellectual property, healthcare, corporate and real estate.
An independently researched directory, Chambers UK incorporates feedback from law firm clients as well as the opinions of rival lawyers and other legal commentators.
“These are fantastic results,” said Michael Stevens, Senior Partner of Cripps Harries Hall. “Combined, they indicate that we are seen by others as the top law firm in the region and set a new regional record both in terms of the areas ranked and the number of individuals singled out for praise as leaders in their field.
“The results are particularly pleasing in that they are based on what clients and peers say about us. This success is a testament to the breadth of expertise that we offer and the level of service to which we are committed.
“Our rankings as individual firms are excellent, together they are exceptional. The complementary areas of expertise and pooling of resources that our merger brought about means that we are very well positioned for future growth.”
Cripps is described by Chambers as a leading regional law firm that is “nationally recognised for its services for individuals, its property expertise and for providing pragmatic commercial advice” and has a “firmwide standard of client service excellence”.
Speaking about Vertex, Chambers says its lawyers are “responsive and reliable and they deliver legal services at the pace dictated by the business needs of the client”.
Cripps Harries Hall and Vertex Law are listed separately in Chambers as information for the guide was compiled before the two firms formally merged at the end of September. The firm, which has more than 300 staff, operates from offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kings Hill, Sandwich and London.