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Legal 500 Leading Firm

Girlings is delighted to rank as a Leading Firm in the Legal 500 2021 for two of our practice areas. Legal 500 is the largest independent survey of the UK legal market and is recognised as the authoritative guide to law firms in the UK. An annual publication, achieving rankings in the directory is increasingly competitive and based on research which includes client feedback as well as detailed submissions from law firms.

Private Client team

Our Private Client team is ranked in the Legal 500 for the third year running and the Legal 500 editorial had this to say including the independently sourced client quotation below.

One of the largest private client practices in East Kent, Girlings advises on the full range of matters across tax, estates, and probates. The firm's clients include entrepreneurs, companies, and landowners. The team also has a dedicated Court of Protection service, and is active in working with charities. Lesley Rushton has a proven track record in working with vulnerable individuals. Charlotte Nock is fluent in French, frequently advising on matters related to French law. Senior associate Louise Wilson specialises in wills and probate.

'Girlings has a very professional and understanding group of staff. They are very knowledgeable. From answering the telephone or returning telephone calls, nothing is too much trouble. There are many solicitors firms close to us which are constantly attempting to gain our business and we have had dealings with many if not all of these companies but they can never compare with Girlings. All of the receptionists are polite and helpful, I cannot fault any of the Girlings staff and I have been using them for over 30 years and find them to be extremely consistent.’

Lesley Rushton, Charlotte Nock and Louise Wilson are also mentioned as Legal 500 Recommended Lawyers.

Corporate & Commercial team

Our Corporate & Commercial team have also achieved ranking in the directory this year, a recognition of Head of Department, Chris Brightling’s excellent work over the last two year’s in developing this practice area.

The Legal 500 editorial had this to say about our Corporate & Commercial team, including the independently sourced client quotation below.

Girlings' corporate and commercial practice is led by Chris Brightling, who provides advice on matters such as share sales, acquisitions, restructurings, and shareholder exits to SME clients, particularly owner-managed businesses. Based in Kent, the firm receives referrals from local accountancy firms. Brightling is praised by a client for his 'very sound knowledge of company law'.

‘Chris Brightling has always been very supportive and co-operative. On the two large transactions that he has worked with us on, he has been extremely calm and organised in getting the deal over the line and always working with a smile on his face. No question is too difficult for him to take on and he is always very accommodating.’

Chris Brightling is also mentioned as a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer.

Girlings Personal Injury Claims

Our sister company Girlings Personal Injury Claims are also ranked for the second year running.

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