Both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 are widely perceived by the legal sector as the world’s most extensive legal referral guides, which analyse individual and team performance across a variety of practice areas in order to rank the capabilities of law firms around the world.
The Legal 500 2023, reflects the result of months of analysis by the in-house research team, who conduct thousands of interviews with private practice lawyers to assess the firm’s performance, while collating extensive feedback from clients.
Thorntons retained their rankings across 12 different categories including corporate and commercial, social housing, family and employment, securing a higher tier two ranking in commercial property, intellectual property and personal injury.
The influential publication additionally singled out five Thorntons specialists as Rising Stars, including a first appearance for Legal Director, Kirsty Stewart.
Lucy Metcalf was named a Next Generation Partner for her work in the family law team while an additional 37 lawyers and practice heads across the firm were recommended.
The Chambers UK Legal Guide ranks lawyers and law firms throughout the UK, with its 2023 edition published on 20 October 2022. Chambers and Partners has been the leading source of independent legal market intelligence for over 30 years, with more than 70 researchers ranking the best law firms and solicitors working in the UK legal market.
Thorntons was recommended in 13 practice areas including real estate, healthcare, education and product liability, achieving top tier ranking for personal injury.
Partners, Sandra Sutherland and Gordon McBean were recognised for their expertise in family and personal injury law respectively, securing a prestigious tier one ranking. An additional 16 lawyers in the firm were also recommended, many for the first time.
Lesley Larg, Thorntons Managing Partner, said: “Being recognised in two prestigious directories for another year, across a number of specialist areas of law, is an incredible endorsement of the quality of our work and the expertise of our team.
“The rankings reflect our commitment to high service standards for our clients, and our desire to find the best solutions no matter how complex the case.
“We’d like to thank all of our valued clients and professional contacts who took the time to recognise the support they receive from Thorntons. That recognition inspires us to continually go the extra mile for our clients.”