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What Does Legal 500 Mean for Clients?

What Does Legal 500 Mean for Clients?
Legal 500 is a big deal for law firms across the UK – but what exactly does it mean for clients? Our Family Partner Catherine Polli breaks down what the rankings are all about.

 

What's your position at Pinney Talfourd?

I am head of the family team and have been since I joined the firm in 2004.  Prior to that, I was a barrister for 7 years practising in Central London. I then joined a smaller firm in Essex for a short period of time before moving to Pinney Talfourd. I lead a team which comprises of five partners, two senior associates, an associate and a solicitor.

 

What exactly is Legal 500?

Legal 500 is the largest and most in-depth independent survey of the UK legal market. Most lawyers regard it as the definitive guide! To enter Legal 500 you need to put together a very detailed submission referencing the most important and significant cases you have been involved in over the last year. Independent references are then taken from your clients, opponents and Counsel.  Only 14 firms in the whole of Essex are listed in Legal 500 for excellence in family law.

 

Why do you enter Legal 500 UK each year?

We believe Legal 500 provides us with independent recognition for the work we do. Being recommended by Legal 500 sets us apart from the rest - it provides clients and potential clients who are referred to us with an independent assessment of our ability and provides a flavour of who we are, the type of work we do and what makes this team special.

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In The Spotlight for International Women's Day

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For International Women's Day, we take a closer look at five of our women colleagues to understand what it’s like to work in what is still considered as a male-dominated industry.

International Women’s Day is an event that looks to celebrate women’s achievements across the globe and from all walks of life. Its roots can be traced back to 1908, when 15,000 women marched through the city of New York, demanding better pay, shorter working hours and the right to vote.

In celebration of IWD, we have interviewed five of our women colleagues to understand more about their backgrounds and get under the skin of what it's like to work in what is still considered as predominately 'a man's world' - the legal industry.

What is your role at Pinney Talfourd?

Catherine Polli: I am Head of our Family and Client Services departments.

Jackie Shallow: I am Finance Director, overseeing the day-to-day running of the accounts department.

Sue Nash: I am a Senior Associate within our Family team.

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