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Recognition for the exceptional Miles & Partners team in 2022 Legal 500

The 2022 Legal 500 rankings for UK Solicitors have launched, and we are delighted that Miles & Partners has firmly held its place among other top-ranking law firms in London.

The firm is once again listed for three of its core practice areas, family law, family mediation and Court of Protection, achieving tier two across the board. Twelve of our lawyers are also recommended within their respective fields for their continued hard work and dedication to getting the best outcomes for their clients.

Family law

The ‘exceptional’ family law department is described by the Legal 500 as a ‘supportive and diverse team with strength and depth’ and an ‘unwavering commitment to clients’.

Partners mentioned include Gemma Hodder and Lorraine Green who are recognised as ‘outstanding solicitors’:

‘Their knowledge of family law and client care is second to none. This leaves clients feeling that they are well represented and confident at a time when they are probably most vulnerable.’

Congratulations to Gemma who is also identified as a next-generation partner.

Michelle Uppal, head of the matrimonial law department is ‘skilled, authentic and authoritative, and very much top of the list for recommendations to partners of clients’. She is highly praised as being ‘adept at helping couples and families to reach an amicable agreement relating to any family issue resulting from separation or divorce, living together agreements or pre-nuptial matters.’.

There is a special mention of the ‘brilliantly efficient and dedicated’ teamwork carried out by Linda Pope and Michelle Uppal:

‘They have ensured that clients feel supported every step of the way and always thinking one step ahead as to what may be needed to best progress a case next. They have a very collaborative approach to working with counsel, which makes them a pleasure to work with but also means that clients feel supported by an entire team.’

Others who receive a commendation include managing partner Kate Hammond, children’s law expert Amanda Dench and solicitor Katie Coles, who are all highly recommended lawyers in the field.

Family mediation

The ‘thriving’ family mediation department, expertly led by ‘skilled accredited mediator’ Michelle Uppal, has gone from strength to strength over the past year, overcoming many challenges presented due to the pandemic. Michelle is highlighted as a recommended lawyer and a leading individual along with these wonderful testimonials:

‘Michelle is skilled and empathetic, yet robust when she needs to be. Her excellent knowledge of the law, combined with her warm and relaxed style of communicating, makes her a mediator of the top rank’.

‘Very easy and friendly- Michelle Uppal is an excellent mediator who is very able to deal with clients from all walks of life’.

Mental health & capacity: Court of Protection

The Court of Protection team had some glowing feedback and is described as ‘a specialist team that is able to bring real expertise and experience to matters of all complexities’. It is further commended for being ‘highly professional and committed to representing some of the most vulnerable people in society’.

The joint heads of the department, Floyd Porter and Rachel Turner, were both recommended as top lawyers in the field of mental health and capacity and the Court of Protection.

Floyd Porter is described as ‘wholeheartedly committed to representing some of the most vulnerable people in society. He is robust and fearless in fighting for his client’s best interests’, and ‘brings considerable expertise and experience to each case. He has a keen strategic eye and is able to see all angles to a case. He is well-respected by others engaged in the litigation process.’

The Legal 500 also praises Floyd’s ‘in-depth knowledge of Court of Protection issues’ and how ‘he is willing to help clients in difficult situations and will go above and beyond in providing a Rolls Royce service.’

Rachel Turner received some fantastic feedback which complimented her skill in communicating effectively with both her clients and legal professionals within the system:

‘Rachel has great experience in communicating with clients who lack capacity. She is very clear in her approach and very personable. Rachel is also very good at communicating with staff. She has tremendous knowledge of the area which I also find very useful. I completely trust her judgment and value her advice.’

Other key mental health & capacity solicitors recognised include Andrew Bowmer as a rising star and Kaileigh Hazeldine as a recommended lawyer in the field.

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice. The law may have changed since this article was published. Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.