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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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    • Sarah Holsgrove - Birketts LLP
    • Tej Thakkar - Leathes Prior

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Clients praise the ‚Äėexpertise in insurance, shipping and commodity matters'¬†at Birketts LLP, which¬†supports clients in the¬†all sectors of the transport industry including logistics, haulage, warehousing, freight forwarding and ocean shipping. Shipping and logistics partner¬†Nicholas Woo¬†is the key contact. Henry Adams¬†and associate Pamela Dunning are key members of a practice that provides ‚ÄėCity expertise delivered on a more personal basis'. 'Response times are quick, the industry knowledge is good, the advice is always thorough and excellent value for high-quality service', says one client of the¬†shipping practice, which frequently handles¬†cargo claims and charterparty disputes. 'The quality of service standards compares to renowned London City shipping law firms', he adds.¬†Alex Davey¬†and¬†senior associate¬†Sarah Holsgrove¬†'provide thorough and commercial advice'.¬†Barrister Matthew Gowen¬†and senior associate Philippa Dyer¬†are recommended for contentious matters and clients remark that they are 'attentive, proactive, approachable, understanding and knowledgeable'.¬†Barrister and¬†Deputy Traffic Commissioner¬†Laura Thomas¬†is recommended for regulatory matters.¬†Associate Daniel Hart¬†in Cambridge is part of the¬†firm‚Äôs corporate criminal defence group and specialises in transport regulatory matters.

The practice at Gotelee Solicitors  is 'excellent, always a pleasure to work with, by reason of the skill and experience of their solicitors, and the dedicated high quality of their preparation', says one barrister. 'The firm's ethos is one of rigorous professionalism and an intensely thoughtful approach to achieving the best outcome for their clients', he adds. The firm has the only recognised road transport practice with an office in Felixstowe, and it frequently advises transport and logistics clients on trade through the Port of Felixstowe. Practice head Howard Catherall is 'an extremely tough and decisive lawyer beneath a calm and engaging exterior; he really is the solicitor you want when the going gets rough, he never panics and he gives his clients clear and hard-headed advice'. Litigator Hugh Rowland is 'an elegant and highly intelligent lawyer' and he excels in regulatory matters. Catherall assisted a national trade association with its preparations for the HMRC's regulation of fulfilment houses. Stephen Brown left the firm to become a supply chain consultant.

The service from¬†Ashtons Legal¬†is ‚Äėfaultless‚Äė, according to one client, while another recommends the firm for 'a thorough job done at a sensible rate'. The firm's regulatory department was created in 2017 with the hire of a team from¬†Woodfines LLP¬†that included two experts in road transport. Practice head Tim Ridyard¬†in Bury St Edmunds is¬†‚Äėvery knowledgeable in his field and knows everybody in the industry; information is usually at the tip of his tongue and he goes above and beyond to help'. Specialist road transport and regulatory lawyer Tim Norris¬†is also recommended. Together they defended an international operator in a large-scale investigation of drivers' hours that covered 650 alleged offences. In another highlight, they advised a¬†national Plc with transport operations throughout the UK on its¬†enforcement policy, national scheduling of drivers‚Äô hours and tachograph exemptions.

Leathes Prior has a strong track record in road transport law and it frequently acts for operators of passenger and goods vehicles in contentious matters, as well as handling licensing and employment issues. The firm's innovative Traffic Lawyers online service provides a national service to UK drivers, giving them access to specialist knowledge of laws and procedures. Tim Cary leads the practice and has extensive experience in road traffic and criminal proceedings before the Magistrates Courts and Crown Courts. He also handles the licensing of goods and passenger vehicles, taxis and private hire vehicles, and he frequently appears before the Traffic Commissioner and local authority licensing committees. Rising star Tej Thakkar is also recommended.

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