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From East to West - Legal 500 2024 rankings showcase HCR’s continued growth

From East to West - Legal 500 2024 rankings showcase HCR’s continued growth


Feedback from clients and industry peers indicates that Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ investment in industry leading legal experts in specialist practice areas has paid off.

Whilst the firm retained its position as a tier 1 firm in many areas, it achieved new rankings for the award-winning Technology team in Wales. The powerful double act of Nicola McNeely and David Beynon resulted in the team being promoted to tier 1 for IT and Telecoms and Intellectual Property.

For HCR’s specialist Education sector team, led by Partner, Kristine Scott there is a new tier 1 ranking in London as well as a tier 2 in the South West. Both Nicola and Kristine are named as Leading Individuals in their specialist areas – with Kristine also added to the Hall of Fame.

Newly ranked this year is the firm’s Sport offering, led by Partner Raj Pahuja.  Wayne Beynon is noted as a Leading Individual for his specialist Sports dispute resolution expertise. Rachel Khiara also comes recommended for her Partnership expertise.

In Cambridge, the firm's stronger offer is reflected with a Commercial Property team tier 1 ranking, as Partner, Helen Mutucumarana joined the team earlier this year; a new ranking for Health and Safety with Regulatory specialist Partner, Kathryn Gilbertson in the Hall of Fame, and Roopa Ahluwalia being recommended for Family law.  

In Thames Valley the team continues to stand out with rankings for Corporate and Commercial, Construction and Commercial Property. Family law Partner Kate Grant builds on the firm’s offering  as a Leading Individual, along with Private Client Partner, Emma McCarthy who comes recommended.

In the East Midlands, the Family team, one of the largest in the country is noted as a Firm to Watch – maintaining its position held in the 2023 rankings. Overall, the Family team is ranked across five regions this year including tier 1 for West Midlands, tier 2 for Birmingham and in the South West,  and tier 3 in East Anglia and Wales.

These new rankings complement the firm’s solid full-service offer from Wales to Cambridge, and Birmingham to London. HCR achieved 15 top tier rankings in the newly published guide across 41 ranked practice areas. There are 127 individual lawyer mentions, 34 of whom are noted as Leading Individuals and 11 colleagues noted as Rising Stars and 14 Next Generation Lawyers.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has more than 800 staff and partners based at offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Central England, Cheltenham, Hereford, London, Thames Valley, Worcester and the Wye Valley, providing a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients regionally and nationwide.

The firm has global reach via its network of independent law firms, LawExchange International. It also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual sectors, including health and social care, education, technology, agricultural and rural affairs, finance and financial services, defence, security and the forces, and construction.