The Legal 500

The latest Legal 500 rankings have been released, featuring a number of Bondholder firms. 

The Legal 500 is the leading guide to law firms, assessing strengths in over 100 jurisdictions and highlighting those providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice. Research and ranking is then verified by researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market, including interviews with clients, peers and other professionals.

Flint Bishop

Bondholder Flint Bishop LLP, has been recognised in multiple disciplines in The Legal 500’s recommendations. 

Managing Partner for Commercial Services and Head of Litigation, Qamer Ghafoor has been acknowledged as one of only seven “region-wide” Leading Lawyers specifically for Commercial Litigation. The Legal 500 commented that Qamer “makes a client’s dispute his own, battling for the very best outcome with passion and steely charm.”

His Commercial Litigation department has been ranked Tier 1 (the highest tier achievable) for its work in the past twelve months, including defending national insurance firm, Haven Insurance in the Supreme Court. Partner, Nick Wells and Lorna Trueman from their Commercial Litigation, Property Litigation, Debt Recovery and Professional Negligence departments were also recommended.

Senior Partner Andrew Cochrane has once again been highlighted as a Leading Lawyer in his field of Licensing, leading a team undergoing a period of significant growth working with national pub and hotel operators.


Bondholder Freeths has been recognised for its corporate and commercial services, with John Heaphy and Karl Jansen recognised as leading individuals. 

The Legal 500 noted that Freeths'  "responsive team draws upon its ‘years of experience’ to provide shareholders and board members with ‘pragmatic and tailored’ advice on matters ranging from private equity funding to acquisitions." 


Bondholder firm Geldards' corporate and commercial team was recognised by the Legal 500 for its engagement with the automotive, retail and healthcare sectors, with David Tilly noted as a leading individual. 

Nelsons Solicitors

The Legal 500 recognised Bondholder Nelsons Solicitors' commercial litigation services, as well as its debt recovery services. 

Smith Partnership

Bondholder Smith Partnership has achieved its best results in the 2017 Legal 500, earning recognition across the East Midlands within every category entered.

The law firm has been moving up the rankings in the Legal 500 report year on year, and is one of the only Family and Crime legal services team in Leicester with Legal 500 ‘Top Tier’ status.

Swindell & Pearson

The Legal 500 noted that Bondholder Swindell and Pearson has notable strength in trade mark prosecution and litigation, and is ‘ideal for any university wanting to capitalise on its in house IP and knowhow in the field of medical engineering’.