20th October 2017

Hamlins receives high praise from clients in The Legal 500 2017

Hamlins are delighted to have received high praise from our clients in the Legal 500 (2017 edition), one of the two leading directories which uses client feedback to rank legal services.

In this latest edition, 14 of our practice areas were ranked and 17 of our lawyers were recommended. The firm saw a move up in the rankings for commercial property and professional negligence. In addition, Head of Media Chris Hutchings received the highest accolade of ‘leading individual’ for the first time and recently appointed partner Martin Ochs was included as a ‘next generation lawyer’.

Commercial Property

The Commercial Property Team moved up the rankings and was lauded for being ‘focused, efficient and professional’. Particular recognition was given to its investment work, hotel and leisure, and retail sector expertise. Several of the Commercial Property Team were recommended including Joseph Holder, who was noted as a ‘transaction facilitator’, Mark Hurst, Paul Spacey, Ben Kilshaw and ‘commercially aware’ Nigel Mason.

Property Litigation

Within property litigation, the ‘always responsive, commercial and knowledgeable’ team is recognised for its notable experience acting for clients in proceedings before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal, and is also highly regarded for its expertise in alternative dispute resolution. Clients noted that department head Kate Andrews ‘works her socks off for clients and has strong commercial instincts’. Senior Associate Sarah Finch is considered ‘a formidable opponent and a force to be reckoned with’.

Property Finance

The ‘responsive, commercial and very proactive’ Property Finance Team was ranked with recommendations for department head Charles Bezzant, and partner Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood. It was recognised in particular for its development and investment financings which is what ‘it does best’. The ‘outstanding’ team is noted for its ‘strength in depth and lightning-fast deal-making’. The ‘pragmatic, technically knowledgeable’ Aselle Djumabaeva-Wood is a ‘tenacious, brilliant negotiator’ who is ‘thorough, diligent, forward-thinking’ and ‘very assured even under extreme time pressure’.

Commercial Litigation

The commercial litigation team is lauded for its focus on client service; its ‘overall level of service delights clients’. Head of Commercial Litigation Amanda Burge is described as ‘a top-class litigator who is unfailingly calm and has a can-do attitude’.

Professional Negligence

Hamlins professional negligence team went up a level in the rankings and was described as ‘quick and efficient’, whilst Amanda Burge was recognised as having ‘superior strategic insight and considers all options and the impact of any steps on other related proceedings’.


The Firm’s Corporate Team were recognised both for their small and mid-cap flotations and M & A deals up to £50 million. The ‘supportive, responsive and commercial’ team were noted for their ‘quick, accurate draftsmanship’ and commended for being ‘knowledgeable, friendly and excellent value for money’.  Head of Corporate Daniel Bellau was recognised as being ‘extremely service-oriented, very commercial and excellent at identifying the key areas of negotiation and risk’.

Reputation Management

The firm was ranked highly again in reputation management. Department Head Chris Hutchings who leads the phone-hacking litigation against Mirror Group and News Group received the highest accolade of ‘leading individual’ for the first time and was recognised for being ‘excellent at client care’. Consultant Andrew Stephenson was also ’highly regarded’.

Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT)

The Firm was recommended in the TMT section for its work in brand management, media and entertainment, and sport.

Within media and entertainment Hamlins is noted for being ‘pre-eminent in the area of protecting the public performance rights of musicians and record labels’ and recently promoted partner Martin Ochs who focuses on contentious music and copyright litigation received the accolade of ‘next generation lawyer’ and is described as ‘tenacious, well-organised, hardworking and intelligent’. Senior Associate Hayley Devlin was also recommended.


Partner Matthew Pryke was singled out for his experience in e-sports and short–form sports as well as more conventional sports such as football, cricket and motorsports.

Senior Partner Joseph Holder commented:

“We are delighted to receive ongoing recognition in The Legal 500 directory this year. It is always good to receive such complimentary feedback from our clients, and is a testament to the quality of our service.”

See Hamlins Legal 500 2017 ranking for our full listing



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