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    30 September 2021

    Steeles Law celebrates Legal 500 success with recommended lawyer recognition

    Steeles Law, 'a high-calibre local firm', celebrates another year of client and peer praise across all firm practice areas as The Legal 500, the leading guide to law firms and solicitors in the UK, launches 2022 rankings.

    Having 14 practice areas recommended, alongside special mentions for the hall of fame lawyer, leading individuals, and new generation partners, The Legal 500 publication is a testament to our focus on providing solid and straightforward legal advice. We know our talented professional team make a difference for our clients as ‘personal, honest, direct, yet friendly whilst at the same time maintaining an extremely professional standard of engagement‘.

    ‘Client and peer testimonials give us a clear insight into our client expectations and improve client service. We use this information to ensure that we give our clients the experience they truly want’ said Marketing Manager Andrea Smith. ‘Reliability, and professionalism, expertise are important traits for a local business. As a firm, we constantly review how we communicate with our clients and the legal services we provide to ensure that we build and maintain customer trust and give clients the maximum opportunity to interact with the company.’

    The Legal 500 testimonials echo the hard work, commitment and resilience from every member of the firm to ensure that our business thrives during what has been a very challenging 18 months for the legal industry’, comments Managing Partner Oliver Brabbins.

    Below is an overview of our rankings within The Legal 500; to visit the full report please use this link for the Legal 500 site.


    Banking and Finance: 

    Norwich firm Steeles Law draws on corporate, dispute resolution and property practices to handle finance, banking and security matters. The group frequently advises high-net-worth individuals on the terms of guarantees for corporate debt. It assists them with corporate refinancing and restructuring, including personal guarantees, overdrafts, and factoring facilities. Corporate partner Richard Bailey leads the group, and Alistair Ponder advises lenders and borrowers on secured and unsecured lending.

    Charities and not-for-profit: 

    The level of service has been extremely high‘, says a client of Steeles Law, and the practice is praised as ‘personal, honest, direct, yet friendly whilst at the same time maintaining an extremely professional standard of engagement‘.

    Commercial Litigation: 

    Steeles Law handles litigation for clients in various industry sectors, spanning consumer litigation, partnership disputes, debt recovery and contentious employment matters. Many cases have a high media profile. 

    Commercial Property: 

    Handling a broad range of work for developers, investors, landlords and tenants, and landowners in various sectors, including the agriculture, charities and education industries, clients praise the team as ‘available and responsive, which in our business is essential and gives us an edge.’

    We have used Steeles for many years for aspects of its property estates strategy. They are efficient, well run, professional and have served us well.

    ‘Most of our work is handled by Michael Fahy. His effective expertise, professionalism and courteous manner mark him out as a significant factor in our use of Steeles for property work in his area.’

    Contentious Probate: 

    Practice head Damian Pitts is increasingly involved in contentious probate matters, with the hire of ‘sensible. empathetic with sound technical knowledge‘ Emerald Priscott the firm frequently advises clients on probate disputes involving significant property assets.

    Corporate and Commercial: 

    Clients appreciate the ‘professional and fast service’ and ‘excellent commercial understanding‘ the team act for large-scale corporate transactions, non-contentious intellectual property, partnership and LLP agreements, and directors’ duties.

    Debt Recovery: 

    2022 sees the team retain top-tier status in debt recovery work for corporate entities and cross-border matters.


    Maintaining a ‘strong expertise in the education sector‘ Corporate partner Richard Bailey co-ordinates the education practice and is ‘proactive and an expert in his field‘.

    Steeles team have a strong expertise in the Education Sector. My contacts have been able to access strong expertise in whatever area I have required from conversion to academy Status, HR issues and Tribunal support.


    the team is exemplary. It works collaboratively to ensure a seamless service to the client‘. Oliver Brabbinsuses his experience and expertise to provide balanced, risk assessed and strategic advice’. Robert Hickford advises multinational corporations and local SMEs on restructurings, TUPE matters, and the defence of Employment Tribunal claims.

    ‘As a client working on a complex change project, Steeles made the senior lawyers accessible at all times to all members of the HR team. The complex queries were distilled into easy-to-understand advice to assist the HR and management teams in progressing the project.’


    ‘A high-calibre local firm with compassionate family practitioners who are very swift at dealing with queries’. Vastly experienced solicitor Sally Harris leads the practice and is ‘well respected locally as a strong, pragmatic, experienced and client-focused lawyer‘. She is ‘calm and collected but also a formidable opponent’, focused predominantly on financial remedy cases. Solicitor Emerald Priscott handles divorce, civil-partnership dissolution, family finance and separation disputes.

    Intellectual property: 

    Acting for national and international clients, including numerous companies in the technology sector practice led by corporate partner Richard Bailey, handled a large IP licensing project in the US and Eastern Europe for a UK client in the industrial agriculture sector. Senior commercial lawyer Alistair Ponder plays a vital role in the practice, thanks to over 20 years of experience in supplier and procurement contracts, brand exploitation and protection, and agency and distribution agreements.

    Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate: 

    The team is known for ‘exceptionally good service, response and capability‘, and clients describe lead partner Karen Bacon as ‘highly efficient, knowledgeable, responsive and a pleasure to work with’.

    Property Litigation:

    Frequently instructed by commercial landlords and tenants in the lease renewal and dilapidations claims Solicitor Damian Pitts has ‘a willingness to cooperate which is rarely seen in other practices’ and is ‘Knowledgeable, capable and diplomatic’.


    Retaining a solid reputation in the automotive sector has led to working with high-profile sportspersons and vehicle suppliers. Legal work includes advice on contracts, branding and sponsorship agreements.

     **Current rankings and information are taken from The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2022 edition.

    For more information on our teams featured in The Legal 500, please visit our services for you, and services for your business, or complete the ‘Get in touch’ online enquiry form, and a member of the team will contact you. 

    *The information provided in this article is designed to provide helpful information on the subject, not specific legal advice.


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