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Withers earns leading firm status in 24 areas in latest Legal 500 UK guide

7 October 2021

As a firm, the role we play in supporting our clients in their personal and professional lives has evolved and grown, as businesses and individuals throughout the UK continue to navigate a new normal and adapt to relentless change.

Our expertise and the service we provide to UK clients has, once again, been recognised in the latest set of rankings and reviews to be published by the new Legal 500 UK directory. The guide helps successful individuals, businesses, charities and not-for-profit organisations identify law firms that best suit their needs, and Withers has been recommended as a leading choice of advisor for 24 practice areas, including these few highlights:

Agriculture and rural affairs

Strength and depth is particularly evident at Withers. A range of specialists in a wide range of fields and when issues arise that are particularly challenging, there is always a professional of equal standing on hand.’

Art and cultural property

The team at Withers was relatable, responsive and extremely knowledgeable. Its response times were better than others in the sector and the team was able to translate complex information into clear, digestible formats.’

Banking litigation

It’s a strong team and clearly going from strength to strength. Associates are, as one would expect, dedicated and always available, and they’re delightful to deal with.’


The lawyers have always provided fast, personable and professional information, expertise and services to our charity. Over the last 18 months, during Covid-19 pandemic, we have needed expert legal services, contracts and advice with a fast response and turnaround; the Withers team has been able to provide that every time with exceptional professionalism.’

Commercial litigation

The Withers team has a strong presence in the market with great international capabilities. Excellent, quality lawyers who are very approachable. Really good interaction between partners and associates (and good partner/associate ratio on the teams).’

Contentious trusts and probate

This team is outstanding and rightly gets the most high-profile cases. It has handled this year one of the biggest court of protection cases but is involved in all the high-profile probate and family provision work. The depth of expertise and experience is notable and this is a large team which can offer its clients excellent client service.’

Corporate and commercial (Cambridge)

The Withers team is very responsive, efficient, effective and experienced in start-ups and able to address a broad range of legal needs from funding rounds through employment contracts to academic sponsored research agreements.’

Court of Protection

The Elderly and Vulnerable Client Team has exceptional knowledge of incapacity law and dispute resolution, having acted in many leading cases.’

Education: institutions and schools

Great ethos. Very can-do attitude, will work with you to find the best solution.’

Employment: employers

The team has provided valuable assistance on a number of challenging assignments. They adapted quickly as the engagements evolved and provided clear and thoughtful advice on some unique issues. We had absolute confidence in the advice and recommendations from the team.’

Employment: senior executives

The firm’s expertise in advising senior executives in the city is peerless. What makes all the difference is the individuals and the depth and breadth of offering.’

Family / matrimonial

Withers is the standout star of the family law world, with a full team of experts who are able to deal with the most complicated technical legal matters, especially those involving trusts and companies or with international elements. Withers does not just know the leading cases; it acted in most of them.’

Family: mediation

Withers’ team is a top drawer family practice with some of the most talented and experienced practitioners in the country. Its mediators combine legal experience and ability with excellent mediation skills so that if there is a possibility of a sensible arrangement being reached they will find it.’

Financial services: contentious

Extremely motivated to help the client succeed. Highly responsive and very thorough.’

Fraud: civil

An excellent team. A very thorough knowledge of disclosure techniques and the tools required for fraud litigation generally.’


Withers LLP’s key strengths are in advising on global immigration programmes for financial and media companies – as well as a growing roster of technology sector clients – and acting for senior executives and founders of major international companies.’

International arbitration

The Withers team is a first-class outfit that is at the top of its game.’

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m

With expertise in luxury retail M&A, Withers LLP is frequently sought out by emerging and established brands on high-profile acquisitions, sales and investments.’

Personal tax, trust and probate

The private client team at Withers always goes the extra distance for client deliveries and services.’

Professional negligence

A very experienced and well-regarded team within a leading firm with wide range of expertise to draw on.’

Public international law

The members of the Withers team are professional and approachable, as well as being trustworthy and with high ethical practice standards. Clients can feel confident about the quality of advice they receive.‘

Reputation management

Global practice with an extremely strong reputation management team – particularly adept at dealing with HNW individuals. No one else I would rather have at my side in a media crisis!

Residential property

The team at Withers are excellent. They work incredibly hard and you know that, whoever is in charge of the deal, that person will be receiving the right advice.’

Venture capital

The Withers team work seamlessly with our team – they understand the urgency and timelines needed to execute at pace. Pragmatic advice and execution at all times whilst being superbly professional and a pleasure to work with. I cannot recommend them highly enough.’

Thank you to all our clients and contacts, the feedback you provide on how we work together is invaluable. Whatever your situation, whether you are facing unique challenges or finding new opportunities in our rapidly evolving world, we are here to help.

This document (and any information accessed through links in this document) is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from any action as a result of the contents of this document.


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