Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Legal 500 placing for firm's family law team

Matthew Drew, Ross Phillips, Jonathan Shipton, Richard Bebb and Thomas BoyceThe family law team at Wiltshire law firm Goughs has been listed in the top three tiers of the prestigious Legal 500 guide to law firms in the south-west.

The Legal 500 is widely regarded as a definitive list of leading UK and worldwide law firms and to be awarded its listing Goughs had to undergo a thorough and rigorous ranking process.

This included interviews with key employees, clients, and contacts, a detailed analysis of the firm’s specialist areas of practice, and the submission of specific examples of work undertaken in the preceding year.

The Legal 500 concluded that Goughs Solicitors has ‘a strong family team’ with ‘experienced and first-rate lawyers placed across a number of offices’.

Among its array of services, the firm was noted as providing niche family law expertise to military families.

The head of the family law team, Corsham-based Matthew Drew, was mentioned as he “acts for a number of clients overseas, particularly in high-value finance matters”.

Devizes based Partner, Jonathan Shipton is "a tough litigation lawyer who is not to be messed with" and has "excellent interpersonal skills, combining technical legal advice with guidance on risks and what is practicable and likely to be achieved through legal proceedings; he has particular expertise in trusts of land disputes."

Richard Bebb, Partner, Melksham is "a focused and intelligent man who cares deeply about providing a sterling service for his clients" and specialises in finance matters, marital agreements and collaborative practice.

Partner Thomas Boyce is also recommended as having a "high level of experience in this area" and associate Ross Phillips is “strong in cohabitee cases”.

Matthew Drew, head of the family law department said: “This listing, earned purely on merit, is testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, and the strong and trusting relationships we form with all our clients.

"We never forget that the client is central to everything we do and this listing is a ringing endorsement of our people, our approach and our focus on providing a high quality service”.