Flint Bishop

Golden IIP

Bondholder Flint Bishop has been awarded the prestigious national Investors in People (IIP) Gold accreditation until 2022.

The firm, which has offices in Derby and Ashbourne, received the award following a rigorous assessment process and detailed positive feedback from employees.


Since its last assessment in 2016, the firm has improved its IIP rating from bronze to gold; a standard which remains challenging and aspirational for many organisations.

The announcement follows a sustained period of growth and the most successful financial year to date for the law firm, posting record revenue, profits and newly recruited staff.

IIP assessor, John Walden, noted that “people referred to ambitions and objectives that relate to expansion, continuous improvement of the services provided to clients and financial stability.”

Holly Dixon, HR Manager at Flint Bishop said: “It is fantastic to see our Investors in People rating grow from bronze to gold in just three years and is testament to the firm’s ongoing commitment to developing and taking care of our people.”

Qamer Ghafoor, Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by Investors in People and handed the gold award. It is pleasing to see that values, actions and behaviours demonstrated by the management team are reflected by the staff to deliver an excellent service to our clients.”

House of Lords Embassy celebration

Marketing Derby hosted its first joint Derby and Derbyshire Embassy event at the House of Lords, Palace of Westminster in October to celebrate the strength of Derby and Derbyshire.

Two hundred guests from the city and county joined London ambassadors and to hear from speakers including the Earl of Cavendish about connections with the capital.

John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby, who opened the event, commented: "Marketing Derby has been running these unique and innovative Embassies for over ten years. We started at the House of Commons and we are delighted to finally be at the House of Lords".

Event host Bishop Alastair Redfern former Bishop of Derby encouraged guests to work together and told them that real innovation comes from creative relationships and the spirit of confidence.

This year Marketing Derby were especially delighted to receive the support of headline partner Pick Everard and associate partner Burnthebook.

Messages of confidence also came from Derby City Council Leader Cllr Chris Poulter who announced that with support from Flint Bishop, Geldards, Rigby & Co and D2N2 LEP, the Council had just completed the purchase of run-down buildings in the Becketwell area of the city to open it up for much-needed regeneration.

Echoing these sentiments from the City was Frank Horsely Head of Economic Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council who said: “Derby and Derbyshire share a fantastic identity, and we're a world class destination. I strongly believe we have a unique offer that makes us stand out from the rest for investment.”

Headline sponsor of the Marketing Derby Embassy, Pick Everard’s Managing Partner Duncan Green, who spoke about some of their recent successes said: “Building mutually beneficial relationships has resulted in the significant growth of our business. We’re seeing significant regeneration taking place in Derby - and across the region - and our relationship with the capital is continuously strengthened by this.”

William Cavendish, Earl of Burlington and Chancellor of the University of Derby announced the launch of a strategic partnership between the Chatsworth House Trust, the Devonshire Educational Trust and the University of Derby.

The partnership will generate new opportunities for students to take up a variety of work and volunteer placements at the stately home, to stage events there and deliver agreed activities.

Click here to view our exclusive MDTV film report on the Embassy.

Businesses collaborate for classical concert

More local businesses have joined forces to work with Bondholder Derby City Council and secure the return of this year’s Hannells Darley Park outdoor classical music concert on Sunday 2nd September.

Sponsors include Bondholders HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry, Flint Bishop Solicitors and Stratstone BMW Derby who have enabled the City Council to bring the much-loved concert back to the city last year.

These companies have again pledged their support for the concert this year and have been joined by Redrow Homes and Invictus Communications.

The expanded corporate sponsorship will bring some exciting new features to boost the enjoyment for the thousands of people from across Derby and beyond who come together to enjoy an evening of live music and the spectacular closing fireworks show.

Bondholder Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra based in Derby will play at the concert with pieces inspired by the theme will be Peace, Hope and Reconciliation – ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Hannells Darley Park Concert will take place at Darley Park on Sunday 2nd September from 6pm, with gates open from 2pm.

Tickets can be purchased from 01332 255800, online at derbylive.co.uk, or booked in person at the Sales and Information Centre, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby. 

New Chief Exec and Management Board for Flint Bishop

Bondholder Flint Bishop LLP has appointed Qamer Ghafoor as Chief Executive, and established a new Management Board to advance the firm’s ambitious growth plans.

Flint Bishop’s three Equity Partners, Qamer Ghafoor, Andrew Cochrane and Ian Beardmore, have decided to revamp and streamline the management structure of the business, with a move away from traditional law firm management arrangements to a more corporate-style board structure.

With effect from 1 March 2018, Qamer, who was the Managing Partner of Commercial Services, has assumed the new role of Chief Executive for the firm, and will oversee the new Management Board. Wai Yan Fung joined the firm in 2017, from multi-national vehicle rental firm Sixt, where she spent many years as Finance Director of the UK arm of the business and has taken on the role of Chief Finance and Chief Operations Officer - working closely with Qamer on financial management and strategy.

Ian Beardmore, as well as being Head of Commercial Property, is now also Head of Compliance; and Andrew Cochrane has taken up the position of Chairman and Senior Partner of the firm. 

The new Management Board comprises of a small number of Partners who will participate in formulating the strategic objectives of the firm, and will play a vital role in management and planning for the future. The Board consists of Qamer Ghafoor (as Chair of the Board), Wai Yan Fung, Andrew Cochrane, David Miller, Bev Simms, Robert Tice and Nick Wells.

Qamer Ghafoor, Chief Executive of Flint Bishop comments: “I am delighted to be appointed Chief Executive and to have the opportunity to lead and shape the firm in the coming years. The firm is in a very strong position and the focus will be to develop further specialist areas of law, recruit key lateral hires, make significant investment in people and technology and, overall, to ensure that clients continue to receive exceptional and affordable advice. I have appointed Wai Yan to bring her wealth of finance and business knowledge to the firm and I hope that her experiences from other sectors will help us to break from the traditional law firm model. The members of the new Management Board are all very experienced lawyers and have excellent commercial knowledge. Importantly, we all share the same vision, passion, ambition and drive for the future of Flint Bishop.”

Bondholders Secure Goods Yard Investment

Bondholder Derby Cathedral has announced that Friar Gate Goods Yard will be the home of its new secondary school.

Derby Cathedral School, as indicated above, will occupy the western half of the derelict site once the state-of-the-art facilities are built over the next two years, it has been confirmed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

The school will occupy nine acres of the 20-acre site, off Great Northern Road.

Revd Canon Dr Stephen Hance, Dean of the Cathedral, said: “We are delighted that we can now announce where the permanent site for the school will be. Friar Gate Goods Yard was our preferred location from the very beginning of the process due to its central location within close proximity to the Cathedral, and its need for development to enhance the infrastructure of the city.”

Set to house 1,200 students, the secondary school will be a purpose-built facility and does not include the Listed bonded warehouse.

Bondholder Clowes Developments, which owns the goods yard site are looking at options to refurbish the building and the remainder of the site. Andrew Bock said “Clowes are committed to the commencing the restoration of the Bonded Warehouse within the next 12 months. We have a number of exciting ideas that we will be exploring with Derby City Council.”

Russell Rigby from Bondholder Rigby & Co, who represented Clowes Developments in negotiations, said, “This is one of the most significant deals completed in Derby in the last 12 months. The introduction of such a high-calibre educational facility will completely transform and re-energise the emerging new Masterplan for the remaining site. Rigby & Co were delighted to have assisted Clowes Developments in opening up what I believe is a jewel in Derby’s regeneration crown.”

Bondholder Flint Bishop were also involved in securing the investment with Christine Owen, Partner, commenting, “Flint Bishop has worked alongside Clowes Developments for many years on various high profile projects and it was a great pleasure that I was involved in delivering such an exciting redevelopment scheme in Derby.”

HSKS Increase Presence in Midlands

Bondholder HSKS Greenhalgh has increased its presence in the region following its acquisition of Wollaton accountancy firm Cobb Burgin & Co.

The acquisition coincides with the retirement of Cobb Burgin founder Chris Cobb, who started the business in 1981.  Neil Burgin, who joined the practice in 1985 and became a partner in 1987, will remain as Associate Director and he will be joined at the firm’s Middleton Boulevard offices by Peter Rimmington, who has been with HSKS Greenhalgh since 2000.

Colin Peacock, HSKS Greenhalgh Managing Director, said: "When looking to expand our business through acquisition, we are always keen to identify opportunities with firms who share our philosophy of establishing long-term relationships with clients and this is definitely the case with Cobb Burgin, which is one of the reasons why we are so excited to have completed the deal.  

“We look forward to getting to know Cobb Burgin’s clients, who can rest assured that they will continue to receive the same high level of client service.  The acquisition means that they will now have access to a range of additional services, such as Corporate Finance and Estate Planning and Probate Services, as well as the expertise of our specialist sector advisors where appropriate.”

Legal advice was provided by Rachel Bennett, Corporate and Finance Partner at fellow Bondholder Flint Bishop LLP.  

Rachel commented: "The Corporate department at Flint Bishop were delighted to work with Colin and his team on their latest acquisition. The deal was a classic fit for both businesses, giving HSKS Greenhalgh a great opportunity for expansion, whilst securing the succession of the business for Chris & Neil. I'm sure there will be many positives for the combined business and their respective clients moving forward."

The deal was financed by Bondholder NatWest, who were advised by David Kaplan of Bondholder Nelsons Solicitors.


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’.


Flint Bishop Wins National Accolade

Bondholder Flint Bishop has won the Collections accolade at the 2017 CCR Credit Excellence Award.

 This is the second time their Commercial Debt Recovery team has won this prestigious award.

Qamer Ghafoor, Flint Bishop’s Managing Partner of Commercial Services and Head of Litigation, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our well-deserving team. Without their commitment, dedication and loyalty over the last 12 months, this would not have been possible.

"Our legal experts have shown the necessary experience and expertise to handle high volume, low value recoveries as well as more complex high value disputes, acting for leading brands in the UK. 

"To win the Collections category at this years’ CCR Credit Excellence Awards again signifies the quality of the work we do. It gives me great pleasure to lead such a commercially astute department.”

Hannells Darley Park Concert Returns

One of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts is set to return to Darley Park this Sunday, thanks to Bondholders Derby City Council, Derby LIVE and private sector sponsors. The Hannells Darley Park Concert will feature performances from Bondholder Sinfonia Viva, as well as a spectacular firework display.

The programme for this year's concert has links to Derby's 40th year as a City with performances of famous cricket theme Soul Limbo and Youth of Britain March. The City’s industrial heritage will also be celebrated with Funiculi Funicula, Runaway Train and Come Fly with Me, whilst Bondholder Derby County Football Club is also acknowledged with a performance of Steve Bloomer’s Watching.

Peter Helps, Chief Executive of Sinfonia Viva, said: "It is the most wonderful setting and it also feels highly appropriate to be there as we jointly celebrate the concert's 25th anniversary and Derby's 40th year as a city.

"The event has become a real annual highlight and is democratic in its nature, appealing to all ages, cultures and tastes. And this year, for the first time, the public have also been invited to choose their three favourite tunes to be played."

The event is sponsored by fellow Bondholders Flint Bishop Solicitors, HUUB, Mortgage Advice Bureau, PKF Cooper Parry and Stratstone BMW


Success for Flint

Bondholder Flint Bishop Solicitors has announced excellent annual results after securing contracts with high-profile blue chip clients such as G4S, Panasonic, UK Mail, Autoglass and Costcutter.

Revenue has increased by 11% to £10.8m, smashing the Derby-based firm’s target for the year. This strong financial growth has been seen across both its commercial and private client offerings.

At the company’s recent annual general meeting, Senior Partner, Andrew Cochrane said agreements to provide support and legal advice for leading firms, which also include Opus Energy, Office Depot, SIG and Haven Insurance, were key to its success. The firm has also launched several new projects into the market to encourage further growth this year.

The superb financial results follow a succession of awards and national recognition for the Flint Bishop team.

The education team received a hat-trick of nominations at the Education Investor Awards and the Managing Partner Forum recognised Qamer Ghafoor alongside firms 800 times larger for his work in obtaining new clients. The Lawyer also shortlisted Flint Bishop as a regional firm of the year while the firm’s Debt Recovery arm won nationally recognised awards with the Chartered Institute of Credit Management, Credit Collections and Risk and Credit Strategy.

Qamer Ghafoor, Managing Partner for Commercial Services and Head of Litigation, said: “I am extremely pleased with our results for 2016/2017. We have seen growth across the business and our positive results are a testament to the quality of our legal offering as well as the dedication and hard work of our staff.

"Financially we are in a very strong position and we have already made several plans for further growth for each department in our new financial year which in itself has got off to a strong start”.

Bondholders set to Fundraise at Ramathon

A number of Bondholders are set to compete in this year's Ramathon, organised by Bondholder RunDerby, to help fundraise for fellow Bondholder Safe and Sound.

Bondholders in the Safe and Sound team include Nathalie Walters, Chief Executive of Safe and Sound; Anthony Lomas, Partner at BB&J; Claire Tonks, Partner at Flint Bishop LLP; and Sean Price, Director at RDS Global.

When asked why she was fundraising for Safe and Sound, Claire Tonks said: “I have decided to run my first half marathon, (much to the surprise of my three boys – “you’re quite old mum to run that far.”) to help raise funds and awareness for Safe & Sound.

"Having a teenager myself and working with schools and colleges, it is impossible not to be aware of the dangers to our children in the digital world. Safe and Sound is a fantastic, local charity providing specialist support to children and young people affected by sexual exploitation.

The race is also sponsored by fellow Bondholder Dains



Marketing Derby Bondholder League Results!

20 bondholder teams took part in the Central Health Derby 10K on 9th April, organised by fellow bondholder Sporting Futures.

Now the results are in, the first ever Bondholder League is live, and Sporting Futures are thrilled to announce Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK as this year’s winning bondholder! After coming third in the overall Business Team Challenge, ‘The runner in front is from Toyota’ team have scooped the victory, beating off competition from their own colleagues and other teams from around the city.

There was more inter-company battles as DCFC Stadium leapfrogged DCFC Academy to claim 4th place, and Flint Bishop climbed the ranks from 13th in the overall challenge to take 3rd place amongst other bondholders. Geldards LLP also jumped up a huge 22 places to grab a top ten spot.

Rolls Royce Digital proved that the tortoise is in fact faster than the hare, with 5 Rolls Royce teams in total taking on the 10K challenge, giving them the title for most overall runners entered, along with some of the most inventive team names!

Points were awarded to bondholders based on numbers of runners in each team, along with their finishing times.

The winning team at Toyota are entitled to a free team entry into next year’s event, where we hope to see more bondholders take on the challenge. Thanks to all this year’s business teams who came out in force to support Sporting Futures’ biggest event and fundraiser.

Enterprising Women of the Year

East Midlands Chamber toasted Derbyshire's Enterprising Women of the year, at a gala dinner last week. 

The awards recognise the achievements of women in business and are co-Chaired by Jean Mountain, a Director and Immediate Past President of East Midlands Chamber.

A representative for the awards said: '“We were very impressed with the quality of the applications this year and level of support for women in business.”

Winners of the night included many Bondholders. 

Megan Morris, from Bondholder Sky Recruitment Solutions, was awarded Apprentice of the Year, while the Geldards Family Team walked away with Team of the Year. 

Zoe Dowthwaite from Bondholder Flint Bishop was highly commended as Female Employee of the year, as was Natalie Bamford of DerbyDaysOut.co.uk, as Enterprising New Business Woman of the Year.

The Perfect Circle Team at Bondholder Pick Everard were also highly commended as Team of the Year. 

Bondholders' International Advisory

Bondholders Flint Bishop and Smith Cooper have acted together on the sale of Belper-based Arbo, to Carlisle Companies Incorporated, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Julian Miller, Finance Director at Arbo, said “We were keen to find the right succession plan for the Arbo business and Carlisle presented us with a great opportunity. We are excited to become part of their Group, which undoubtedly brings new opportunities for Arbo. We were delighted with the advice and support we received from the teams at Flint Bishop and Smith Cooper.”

Flint Bishop Corporate Partner, Rachel Bennett led the legal advice and commented, “This is an excellent deal for all parties.

"The shareholders have done a fantastic job progressing the business since their acquisition nearly 10 years ago and this deal gives them an excellent platform to develop the business further as part of a global group.”

Janet Morgan, Audit Partner at Smith Cooper added, “We are delighted for the team on the completion of this deal. We have worked with Adshead Ratcliffe (Arbo) since 2007, when we advised on the successful management buyout of the company.

"We have continued to work with the business over the years as both auditors and advisors. We wish the team well in their future ventures.”

National Recognition for Flint Bishop

Managing Partner of Bondholder Flint Bishop, Qamer Ghafoor has been recognised for his contribution to the professional services sector, at this year’s Managing Partner Awards 2017 by the MP Forum.

MPF is a membership organisation dedicated to helping professional firms grow by providing insights to improve performance, increase profitability and prepare for their future - some of the UK's largest law firms are a member.

The region's largest independent law firm has been recognised for its “Best co-ordination in winning new work”. 

The nomination recognises strategies implemented by Qamer in the fields of Litigation, Debt Recovery and Insurance Litigation, which have resulted in obtaining new business from several household name clients including the likes of LexisNexis, UK Mail, Virgin Media Business, G4S, Costcutter, Office Depot, Autoglass, Marley Eternit and Haven Insurance, to name a few.

Flint Bishop are up against some of the largest law firms in the world, are validation of Flint's reputation. 

Qamer said: “Law Firms are always benchmarked against other firms based on size, locality and turnover, however, this award evidences that our capabilities are at least equal to the delivery and operations of firms that are many times larger than Flint Bishop.

"I am delighted that we have been nominated for an award of this nature and to be recognised for the efforts of our specialist team of support staff and Lawyers, who continue to support and grow our business on a day to day basis.

"We are seeing growth in every area of the firm and we’re pleased to be recognised for this, at this year’s MP Forum 2017 Awards.”

Flint Bishop Award University Students

Bondholder law firm Flint Bishop has awarded bursaries to two students from fellow Bondholder, the University of Derby.

Sayra and Molly, both third-year Law LLB (Hons) students, competed against other applicants to gain a position of work within the firm.

David Hodgkinson, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Derby, said: “Both Sayra and Molly have gained commercial awareness, knowledge of the importance of client objectives and attained advanced legal skills to support their understanding of substantive law during their studies at Derby Law School.

“It is clear that their academic and professional creativity has been developed as well as an inherent ability for learning legal consequences and applying them in real world practice. I am certain both Sayra and Molly will be valued assets to Flint Bishop and I am very happy for both as they develop their legal careers.”

Andrew Cochrane, Senior Partner and Licensing Lawyer at Flint Bishop, said: “There was an overwhelming number of applicants, so much so that we had to go forward with a second round of interviews.”

University Launch Internship Programme

Bondholder the University of Derby has launched its 2017 internship programme. 

Originally started in 2013, the scheme is managed by the Employer Engagement team and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, looks to support SMEs in the D2N2 area to access the university's student and graduate talent.

To date the programme has placed over 200 interns in roles ranging from film production to community engagement.

Not only is the scheme beneficial to students looking to gain valuable work experience, but many employers also use the internship programme as a pipeline for future recruitment. Many previous interns have gone on to secure longer-term employment where they have completed their internship.

Bondholder law-firm Flint Bishop found the service invaluable: "The team were fantastic and guided me through the entire process. They were on hand to answer any questions, and sent through excellent candidates for interview. It was a struggle to make a choice between the three that I had seen.

"The University's support and service was excellent. The process for me was quick and easy and I would have no hesitation in recommending other businesses looking for support to contact the dedicated team.”

If you would like more information about the scheme, please give Amber Woodfull, Programme Manager a call on 01332 592939 or employerteam@derby.ac.uk

Flint Bishop Partners with Children's Charity

Bondholder firm Flint Bishop is working in partnership with a charity, to give young people who have experienced parental separation a platform to promote their views and to equip them with useful support and information.

Kids in the Middle is a charity which seeks to help parents reduce conflict, promote communication and encourage co-parenting to provide their children with safe and loving homes.

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The law-firm is working in conjunction with the charity on their Voices in the Middle project. The project offers a website which gives practical advice to young people, and promotes services for children offered by organisations collaborating with Kids in the Middle, including specialist family lawyers and mediators.

Kirpal Bidmead, Head of Family Law, said: “As a solicitor who has specialised in family law for over 20 years, I have seen the emotional turmoil that couples go through when separating.  I try to remind parents that their children’s needs, wishes and feelings should be the paramount consideration. Children should not be pressured into taking sides, keeping their parents’ secrets or blaming themselves for the separation.  They should not be used as pawns or left feeling isolated.”  

"Separation can have a devastating impact on children. Every effort should be made to help both parents and children through the separation process with access to comprehensive counselling, practical and legal support.

"Voices in the Middle is playing an invaluable role in giving young people a platform, an outlet and a voice. I greatly admire the project’s objectives  and will do all that I can to support them.”

Flint Bishop's Eleven

Bondholder company Flint Bishop has announced several promotions across the business. The law-firm has appointed three solicitors to the partnership, and have welcomed two new Senior Associates and six new Associates to the firm.

New partners include: Andrew Perry, who specialises in construction and engineering; employment lawyer Emma Tice; and Raj Sumal a personal injury lawyer.

New senior associates at the firm are Jo Milward-Hyde, who has caseload of litigation, property, debt recovery and insolvency matters; and Julie Sims who is responsible for Flints Direct, a conveyancing ‘at a distance’ service.

New associates are: schools and commercial employment lawyer – Andrew Nicklin; Ashbourne-based conveyancing lawyer – Jane Pearson; wills, tax, trusts and probate specialist – Jo Robinson; specialist schools employment lawyer – Natalie Spink; defendant personal injury lawyer – Paul Bayliss; and defendant personal injury lawyer – Philip Thompson.

Andrew Cochrane, senior partner, said: “I’m delighted to welcome our three new partners to the firm, as well as two senior associates and six associates."

Each of the applicants showed myself, Ian Beardmore and Qamer Ghafoor their continued commitment and passion to the business and all of them should be incredibly proud.
— Andrew Cochrane, Senior Partner

Derby Law firms top the Legal 500

The Legal 500 is an annual publication of leading law firms in the UK across regions and sectors.  Bondholders Flint Bishop, Freeths, Geldards, Nelsons SolicitorsSmith Partnership and Swindell and Pearson are all celebrating the latest edition which scores the profession across multiple disciplines.

Managing Partner of Commercial Services and Head of Litigation at Flint Bishop, Qamer Ghafoor, said: "I'm pleased with this year's Legal 500 results and for the recommendations across both the commercial and private areas of the firm."

Freeths maintained its strong regional reputation, which continues to leverage the firm's expertise in contentious matters to attract a steady work flow in the commercial litigation and insolvency areas across its offices in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.

Geldards chief executive, Jeff Pearson, said: "Legal 500 gives us a benchmark of where we are as a law firm and this year's ranking shows we are continuing to compete strongly, in a very competitive market."

Derby partners at Nelsons Solicitors Simon Waterfield and Kevin Modiri are highlighted for their work in property litigation and insolvency and corporate recovery respectively.

Russell Davies, partner at Smith Partnership said: "Our performance this year has exceeded all our expectations again and we are so pleased for our teams of professionals, who work so hard every day for our clients, across all areas of private and commercial law."

Patent and trade mark attorney firm Swindell & Pearson were delighted to be named as one of the UK's top intellectual property firms and several of their attorneys were also specifically recommended for the quality of their work.


For an overview and to view all results visit the Legal 500 website