Accreditations and Recognition

Awards and Recognition

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Nockolds Solicitors has been recommended in the following practice areas in the 2019 edition:

Human Resources - Employment (Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middlx) - Tier 3
Recommended Lawyers: Darren Hayward and Gary Smith
Nockolds Solicitors' 'very approachable' employment team is noted for its 'fantastic response times and great advice'. Clients single out Gary Smith, who is 'accessible, professional, listens, and has excellent knowledge and a great sense of humour'. The practice's clients span the gamut of employers, from start-up businesses to PLCs, and has established a strong reputation acting for senior executives  and assisting with UK employment issues on behalf of the Latin American Trade and Investment Association (LATIA), which comprises 19 Latin American companies. Practice head Darren Hayward is also recommended.

Insurance - Clinical Negligence: Claimant - Tier 1
Recommended Lawyers: Jennie Jones, Yasmin Ameer 
Leading Individual: Yasmin Ameer
The 'accessible' clinical negligence department at Nockolds Solicitors is 'very well respected' and 'provides excellent support to clients'. The lawyers cover complex brain and spinal injury, including cerebral palsy, birth injuries, tumour misdiagnosis, severe burns, MRSA infection, strokes and gender realignment negligence. Apart from joint settlement meetings, practice lead Jennie Jones also champions alternative dispute resolution in regulated healthcare sectors, with one example being the firm's Optical Consumer Complaints Service. In a recent highlight, the 'supremely able and vastly experienced' Yasmin Ameer represented an 11-year-old claimant in their £20m claim for a brain injury which was due to a nine-hour delay in their delivery as a baby. In a claim of a similarly high value, she acted for a toddler who suffered cerebral palsy and a brachial plexus injury because the midwife did not follow the correct procedure at birth.

Insurance - Personal Injury: Claimant - Tier 2
Recommended Lawyers: Jennie Jones and Yasmin Ameer
The  personal injury department at Nockolds Solicitors is 'vastly experienced and knowledgeable, with excellent client skills', especially concerning brain and spinal injuries. Recent highlights include a young girl's £28m to £30m claim for severe brain and orthopaedic injuries after she was hit by a car, resulting in the need for constant care for the foreseeable future, as well as a £12m claim brought by a cyclist following a motor accident with a delivery driver which led to life-changing brain and orthopaedic injuries. Key team member and Court of Protection professional deputy Yasmin Ameer is recommended. Practice lead Jennie Jones also engages in alternative dispute resolution in the healthcare sector.

Private Client - Contentious Trusts and Probate - Tier 3
Recommended Lawyer: Daniel Winter
Nockolds Solicitors is 'an excellent regional firm with a strong offering in this area'. Daniel Winter is 'an extremely good, energetic lawyer' with more than 13 years' experience acting for high-net-worth individuals on a range of trusts and probate disputes. He heads the practice, which handles will validity claims, Inheritance Act matters, breach of trust claims and professional negligence cases.

Private Client - Family (Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middlx) - Tier 3
Recommended Lawyers: Lynn Cowley, Peter Dodd and Karen Pritchard
Nockolds Solicitors is 'a professional outfit with a strong emphasis on compliance and client care'. Lynn Cowley heads the practice, which includes Peter Dodd and Karen Pritchard; collectively they are praised for their 'determination, proactivity and ability to achieve the best possible results for clients in a proportionate and cost-effective way'. The 'pragmatic and knowledgeable' Pritchard handles divorce proceedings, for medium-to-high-net-worth clients, private children matters, pre-and-post-marital agreements and cohabitation matters, and Court of Protection work. The practice is also noted for having extensive collaborative expertise, and regularly handles cross-border issues, including enforcement and recognition of orders outside the UK as well as foreign orders inside the UK.

Private Client - Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate (Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middlx) - Tier 2
Recommended Lawyer: Peter King
Nockolds Solicitors advises its high-net-worth clients on the full range of private client matters, including will preparation wealth management including inheritance and capital gains tax planning; Court of Protection work including applications for deputyship, statutory wills and appointment of funds; and high-value estate administration. Practice head Peter King is particularly noted for his contentious trust and probate expertise.

Real Estate - Commercial Property (Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middlx) - Tier 3
Recommended Lawyers: Michael Talbot, Andrew Fernandes, Michael Shapiro, Elena Nicolaou and Lucy Riley
Nockolds Solicitors attracts praise for its 'very good level of service, expertise and value for money; it compares very well to other firms practising in this area'. The real estate practice acts for local and regional developers, as well as retailers, restaurant owners and property investors, with an emphasis on handling acquisitions and disposals of sites for commercial and residential development. Michael Talbot heads the practice and focuses on high-value residential development mandates. Other key figures include Michael Shapiro, Andrew Fernandes, Elena Nicolaou, whose expertise covers regeneration and development projects, and Lucy Riley, who handles lease enfranchisement matters on behalf of landlords and tenants.

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