Law firm receives praise for its sector support across Lincolnshire in major national directory

Law firm receives praise for its sector support across Lincolnshire in major national directory

A KEY national legal directory, The Legal 500, recognises the strength of Lincolnshire’s largest law firm in supporting clients within the county’s key business sectors of agriculture and renewables.

Wilkin Chapman solicitors, which has its main county office at The Maltings, Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln, features strongly in the 2020-2021 release.

This directory is a ‘legal bible’ – ranking law firms in their individual regions from Tiers One to Four. Any ranking within those bands shows a high level of expertise, with One being the highest.

The Lincoln, Louth and Horncastle offices of Wilkin Chapman are judged, along with Grimsby, within the East Midlands region. With a total of 13 rankings, four Tier One, the firm’s expertise within agriculture and renewables is highlighted as a particular strength.

The agriculture team, led by Catherine Harris, retains its top Tier One status with the report noting the firm’s role as the East Midlands representative on the National Farmers Union legal panel.

Agriculture, along with the renewables sector, is also mentioned within the firm’s Tier Three banding for property litigation, which praises the whole team’s excellent focus upon commercial property disputes, contested landlord and tenant matters, recoveries, and forfeiture disputes. There is mention of senior partner Andrew Holt’s specialist knowledge of renewable energy and alternative technology.


Andrew Holt & Catherine Harris

Retaining its Tier One status, the family team receives praise for its ‘particular strength and expertise’ in handling financial cases involving complex and high-net-worth financial divorces and divorces with farming assets, whilst also specialising in military matters including pensions.

Head of the Lincoln’s corporate and commercial department Russell Eke is singled out for his ‘notable expertise’ of renewables as his team retains its Tier Three banding. Anaerobic digestion and compressed natural gas projects are among his successful projects, says the report.

Elsewhere the employment team retains its Tier Two banding with mention of its team-working and expertise within the public and private sectors, and the military. The personal injury and clinical negligence team also retains its Tier Four status for its work advising on accidents at work, agricultural accidents and fatality claims.

There is a Tier Two retention for Wilkin Chapman’s work within social housing, whilst the debt recovery team retains its Tier One bandings.  Also retaining Tier One status is the commercial property department. Led in Lincoln by Peter Hanson, the report highlights the advice given to Lincoln Corn Exchange Markets on several high value lease agreements relating to the refurbishment of the city centre retail premises under the Cornhill Quarter redevelopment scheme.

The personal tax, trusts & probate team receives a Tier Three banding with partner Imogen Holmes praised for her knowledge.

Wilkin Chapman senior partner, Andrew Holt, said: “There is little doubt that we have some exceptional solicitors working within all of our teams who will go above and beyond to offer their clients the very best service they can. We see that in Lincoln in abundance, where relationships with clients are professional, personable and strong.”

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