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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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Demonstrating a ‘high understanding of client business requirements’, Rothera Sharp Solicitors’ team is led by Anton Balkitis. It is renowned for its activity in the road haulage industry and acts for a variety of operators, mostly in goods and passenger transport area, including assisting operators moving goods abroad. The agriculture and farming sector is another area of focus. The group provides ‘superior service’ to clients dealing with public inquiries, prosecutions and appeals of court judgments as well as challenging the decisions of the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. The team recently represented an operator in a licensing public inquiry pertaining to the accumulation of prohibitions and infringements allowed by the company’s manager. On the non-contentious side, the firm handles acquisitions and variations to operator’s licenses. Olivia Maginn and Laura Newton are highly recommended.

The group at Browne Jacobson LLP handles commercial work such as warehousing and distribution agreements as well as criminal cases, regulatory work and insurance claims. Although the team’s niche area of focus is acting for retail clients, it has a diverse client base, including Loomis UK, Downton Haulage, Deltec Intenrational Courier, Arla Foods and Interlink Express Parcels. Associate Claire Burns specialises in real estate and handles acquisitions, sales and management of warehouse properties. Burns recently advised a major retailer and a logistics company on developing distribution warehouse centres in the UK. Caroline Green leads the team from the London office.

The ‘approachable and helpful’ Bally Atwal leads the team at Smith Partnership, which is well regarded for its aviation expertise. The group handles insurance claims as well as contractual breaches and matters arising from travel regulation. The team routinely handles claims stemming from cancelled and delayed flights for several European aircraft operators. In other work, it successfully defended an airline operator against a damages claim arising under Article 17 of the Montreal Convention and assisted another airline with a claim filed by its employee for injury at work.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s team acts for some of the key transport companies and logistics operators, particularly in matters pertaining to commercial property and employment. Corporate partner Duncan Taylor leads the team, which also includes employment specialists Keeley Baigent and Jenny Kinman. Property expert James Coningsby continues to advise Petit Forestier on commercial property management and acquisitions, which recently included the purchase of new premises in Birmingham and renewal of a lease in Southampton. The team is also defending an operator against an unfair dismissal and detrimental treatment claims under whistleblowing legislation.

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