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12 Oct 2020


Legal 500 success for Harding Evans

A record number of Harding Evans’ teams and individual lawyers have been named in the 2021 edition of the Legal 500 directory, a prestigious guide that is published each year to recognise the best lawyers worldwide.

Each year, The Legal 500 reviews and benchmarks the strength of law firms and their lawyers based on extensive research and feedback from clients.

For 2021, Harding Evans was ranked in 8 different practice areas, with 3 of these receiving their first Legal 500 entry:

  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Family & Matrimonial
  • Public Sector Law
  • Debt Recovery
  • Employment
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal tax, trusts and probate

As well as receiving recognition for the different teams across the business, several individuals working within the Newport and Cardiff-based firm also received a special mention.

Ken Thomas, Harding Evans’ head of clinical negligence, was named as a ‘Leading Individual’ again this year for his “standout reputation” on behalf of clients across a range of clinical negligence mandates, including those of the utmost severity. He was praised for his “excellent track record for claimants in complex matters, including those involving fatal injuries and brain damage”.

A partner in the clinical negligence team, Lauren Watkins, has been listed as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’, and was recognised for her key role in developing the department and her expertise in running a range of complex cases.

Senior associate, Craig Court, who leads the firm’s Actions Against the Police and Public Authorities team, has been listed once again as a ‘Rising Star’ for his growing reputation in pursuing complex public law actions, particularly those linked to civil liberties and human rights. Craig was described as “outstanding” with “a healthy determination to win”.

And finally, William Watkins, solicitor in the dispute resolution team, has also been recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ for the first time this year, as acknowledgement of his growing reputation and the excellent work he has done to grow the firm’s debt recovery department. William was praised for “his ability to provide clear and concise advice” when advising clients on the enforcement of judgement debts.

Joy Phillips, chief executive at Harding Evans Solicitors, welcomed the news:

“The fact that more of our teams and individuals than ever before have been named in this year’s Legal 500 really is testament to their hard work, dedication and expertise. I am particularly pleased that some of our younger solicitors have been recognised for the part that they are playing in the success of the firm as they are establishing themselves as leading experts in their field and these rankings can only help to grow their already strong reputations.

“I am very proud of the service we have been able to continue to deliver over the last year, despite the challenging times that many individuals and businesses are facing, and to receive this recognition is definitely something that the whole of the Harding Evans team is proud of.”














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