With 10 practice areas ranked, 31 lawyers recommended, 1 ‘Rising Star’, 2 ‘Next Generation Partners’ and 2 ‘Leading Individual’, we are delighted to announce our Legal 500 rankings for 2021.

Legal 500 is a world-renowned law firm rankings publication who, through in-depth, objective research, identifies and ranks the best lawyers and law firms.

Visit our Legal 500 firm page for more details on each of our rankings and see below for what our lawyers have been recommended for.

Crime General & Fraud

Daniel Martin’s (Next Generation Partner & Recommended) ‘is singled out for his expertise in financial and corporate crime expertise, including cybercrime and financial crime.’

Ben Langley (Recommended) ‘Skilled associate Ben Langley has a focus on motoring law. Emily Harman (Recommended) is ‘also recommended.’

The team ‘are great. They have a high level of ability and deal with practical issues quickly.’

Commercial Litigation

Alka Kharbanda (Recommended) ‘handles mediation and alternative dispute resolution regarding contractual disputes, civil fraud, and contentious probate.’

Jackie Ray (Recommended) ‘focuses on contract and IT disputes.’

Sangita Manek (Recommended) ‘has expertise in contractual disputes and contentious probate.’

Nina Bhatti  (Recommended) ‘joined from PDC Law’ and ‘senior associate Emma Bannister Dean (Recommended) joined from Royds Withy King’.

The teams ‘commitment to their clients and staff is of the highest possible standard.’

Debt recovery

Jackie Ray (Recommended) ‘leads the debt recovery team’ which is ‘known for its diverse sector knowledge, it caters for a number of industries such as manufacturing, food and media.’

Nina Bhatti (Recommended) ‘is recommended for her experience with commercial freight companies’

Daria Stepien (Recommended) ‘specialises in claims arising overseas.’


James Simpson (Leading Individual & Recommended) ‘Practice leader James Simpson is an experienced employment tribunal lawyer, with a strong track record on a wide variety of cases covering areas such as discrimination and redundancy.’

Jonathan Lilley (Recommended) ‘is also an experienced litigator, with expertise in defending discrimination and whistleblowing claims, outsourcing disputes and restrictive covenant issues.’

Personal injury

David Matthews (Recommended) ‘leads the practice.’

‘The core team comprises key senior associates Andre Castle (Recommended) and Victoria Harvey (Recommended)’

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Jonathan Gallop (Next Generation Partner & Recommended) ‘is highly regarded.’

Minesh Thakrar (Recommended) ‘Minesh Thakrar listened to my requirements, making suggestions where appropriate and pointing out considerations that I may have not thought of myself. I felt he understood me as a client as well as being able to provide the service I needed. He was approachable and I felt put at ease.’

Karen Woodison (Recommended) ‘has expertise in dealing with complex Court of Protection matters, probate, and administrating high-value-estates with foreign assets.’

Sarah Ripper (Recommended).

The team are ‘Highly professional, 100% clear on all process and communications, and 100% accurate on all costs’


Denise Herman (Recommended) ‘is known for her work on complex cases involving non-accidental injuries to children, neglect, and other highly sensitive issues.’

Naim Qureshi (Leading Individual & Recommended) ‘Naim Qureshi is the consummate professional – he is incredibly knowledgeable, understanding and effective, with an eye for detail.

Javita Malhotra (Both Rising Stars & Recommended) ‘Javita Malhotra is a real credit to Blaser Mills. She approaches each case with skill & sympathy for the client and is a pleasure to work with.’

Commercial property

Louise Benning (Recommended) and David Kemp (Recommended) ‘are the partners of choice for commercial and residential conveyancing work.

David Michaels  (Recommended) ‘The real estate team is excellent at providing timely service. David Michaels is a very knowledgeable all-rounder lawyer.’

Property litigation

Alka Kharbanda (Recommended) ‘leads the leads the dispute resolution group.’ She is ‘one of the toughest litigators you will come up against.’

Sangita Manek (Recommended) ‘is excellent. She is driven and always puts her client’s interests first. She will ferociously fight their corner, but is also pragmatic enough to tell them when it is not in their interests to pursue something.’

Jon Lilley (Recommended) is ‘a very experienced litigator justifiably well loved by his loyal client base.

Jade Brooks (Recommended) is ‘a hardworking and up and coming associate.’