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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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First-rate firmAddleshaw Goddard is ‘one of the best in the region’ and ‘definitively deserves it place at the top of the table’. Sally Emerton heads the group and ‘always gives sensible advice and keeps a watchful eye to constantly adapt to whatever the case throws at her’; other key practitioners include Ian Hastings, who is ‘hugely experienced with a great well of knowledge to draw on’; the ‘absolutely top-notchBen Lowans and managing associate Steve Walpole, who is ‘a highly tenacious and energetic lawyer with excellent tactical skills and an ability to know when to fight and when to negotiate’. The team’s work spans asset finance and asset based lending issues, professional negligence work and international asset recoveries; it also has niche experience in racial discrimination claims arising from sanction breaches, investment fraud, mis-selling of interest rate hedging products and push payment frauds. The team recently defended Clydesdale Bank in litigation relating to third parties’ investment in a fraudulent investment scheme; HSBC Bank, Yorkshire Building Society, Nationwide Building Society, Santander and Shawbrook Bank are also clients.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘superb’ practice fields ‘first-class, London-quality lawyers’ who are ‘exceptionally friendly, strong commercially and hugely experienced’. Department head Adam Ibrahim has ‘an enormous amount of expertise that makes him highly dependable’; he handles financial product disputes, cybercrime and fraud issues, insolvency work and retail banking matters. Hugh Evans and Ben Johnson are also names to note; Evans has ‘great instincts’ and Johnson ‘consistently achieves excellent results’. Evans recently defended RBS in an issue relating to the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products and Johnson acts for banks, payment service providers and asset-based lending clients. Other practitioners to receive praise from clients include legal director Sharon Duncan, who is ‘a friendly, client-facing lawyer’; legal director Chris Harvey, who is ‘extremely hardworking’; ‘highly knowledgeable’ senior associate Sohail Ali, and senior associate Claire Clayton-Stead, whose ‘hands-on approach makes her excellent with clients’. Aviva, Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, Clydesdale Bank and Standard Chartered Banks are clients.

Andrew Beck leads Walker Morris LLP’s ‘exceptionally strong’ practice, which acts for financial institutions including Lloyds Banking Group, Leeds Building Society and Bank of Ireland. In a recent highlight, the group acted for a high street lender in obtaining a freezing injunction over the assets of two companies; the team also handles lending disputes, fraud investigations, residential mortgage disputes and professional negligence issues. Other key names in the ‘highly professional’ group include Andrew Bennett, who is ‘a safe pair of hands; Louise Power, who is ‘personable, commercial and tough at just the right moments’; Richard Sandford, who has ‘a calming nature which assists with driving good results’; and Rob Aberdein, who joined from Aberdein Considine in 2017 and handles debt and asset recovery matters.

Clients praise Gateley Plc for its ‘ability to ensure that the correct level of legal services are provided while always being on hand to provide prompt, relevant and commercial advice’. The group, which is ‘a highly valued provider of regional legal services’, is led by Rob Payne who advises financial institutions and insolvency practitioners across pre-insolvency assessments, asset tracing and recovery efforts, claims arising from the sale of bank products, secured and unsecured lending enforcements, and professional indemnity claims. Clients include Macquarie Equipment Finance, Henry Howard Finance, Aldermore Bank, Tower Leasing and Scania Finance Great Britain.

With ‘a keen eye for both the legal arguments and the facts’, Gordons LLP’s practice is led by ‘complete star’ Andrew Breckenridge, who is ‘a very intelligent and experienced bank recovery litigator’. Clients include clearing banks, commercial lenders, receivers and corporate pension trustees; Breckenridge recently acted for Santander in a possession action against a bankrupt borrower relating to a residential property in Herefordshire, defended James Hay Pensions Trustees in two High Court actions alleging negligence and breach of duty, and was instructed by Computershare Mortgage Services in its attempts to recover debt as administrators of NRAM. Goldcrest Finance and Paragon Mortgages and Mortgage Trust are also clients. -Matthew Howarth joined Shoosmiths LLP in 2017.

Squire Patton Boggs has ‘an outstanding banking practice with a roster of high-profile banking clients’ including banks, mortgage services, building societies, bondholders, issuers and investment funds. Simon Miller !Leeds heads the Leeds team and is highly recommended for professional negligence matters; clients also praise Manchester-based Anthony Taylor, who is ‘a very committed partner with a strong grasp of the commercial imperatives of any particular case’ and is ‘an astute negotiator, who is brilliant at deploying the right pressure points to secure a strong settlement’. Recent highlights include conducting investigations for six non-US banks regarding compliance with US sanctions, acting for a building society in a professional negligence claim and defending a retail bank in a case alleging the mis-selling of investment products. Clients also single out associate James Peel !Leeds, who is ‘a diligent and reliable young lawyer’.

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