Six of the best for Blanchards Bailey

Award-winning law firm Blanchards Bailey LLP has been independently recommended as one of the leading law firms in the South West for the sixth successive year by the Legal 500, the go-to guide to legal firms and solicitors in the UK. The latest edition of the annual publication, The Legal 500 2021, endorses the firm in six different practice areas, with seven individual lawyers receiving recommendations and mentions. These impressive results make expanding Blanchards Bailey, which is headquartered in Blandford with offices in Poundbury, Shaftesbury and Weymouth, once again one of the top firms in the South West. The Legal 500 is one of the primary directories to law firms in the UK. The guide is independently and impartially revised and updated every year as part of client feedback and a comprehensive research programme. Its rankings highlight and provide reliable and up-to-date information on law firms who are providing the best advice, dealing with complex matters, giving an excellent service and offering exceptional client care. Blanchards Bailey Managing Partner Paul Dunlop said: “We are delighted to have been recommended as a leading firm across six practice areas, as well as receiving recommendations and mentions for seven of our lawyers. “It has been the most challenging year ever for the legal profession, but throughout the Covid-19 crisis we have sought to maintain our second-to-none service to clients. Our loyal and hard-working team has been innovative in their professionalism and unwavering dedication. “That we have been commended by such a long-established, independent, impartial, and internationally important organisation as Legal 500 is very much the icing on the cake, but also very much a reminder that we must strive to maintain our exceptionally high standards.” Recommendations were received for the firm’s work across the South West in Agriculture and Estates with Paul Dunlop, also head of the litigation team, being singled out as being ‘highly experienced and definitive in his advice and guidance’. The Contentious Trusts and Probate team was recommended across the South West and Associate Lucy Mignot was praised as being ‘superb, knowledgeable, humorous, focused, empathetic and dogged’. The firms large Personal Tax Trusts and Probate team were ranked above other local firms and received recognition also for its ‘its strong local client base and estate planning and tax advice’. Jerome Dodge, Partner and Head of Private Client, was recommended for his ‘excellent service [and] clear and sound advice’, with Senior Associate and Head of Probate Linda Hardy praised as being ‘exceptional, very professional and easy to communicate with’. Laura Martin’s Family Law team was recommended for being ‘the first port of call for army personnel in the region for its expertise in matters involving army pensions’.  Laura’s clients praised her for her ‘hardworking and conscientious’ approach, with Julie Keogh recognised also as part of an ‘amazing team that always gives 100 per cent’. Blanchards Bailey’s Employment team was recommended across Dorset, Devon and Cornwall with specialist HR advisor Jane Eldridge singled out as a ‘standout professional, providing robust, reliable, up to date advice and guidance of the highest quality’. The Commercial Litigation team was praised as being ‘a popular choice for owner-managed and family-owned businesses in Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, particularly for construction, manufacturing and residential property disputes’.
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