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The Legal 500 – A Who’s Who Of The Legal World

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

Yesterday the latest edition of The Legal 500 was announced, and a number of our teams were recognised for their expertise.

Many of our clients will not have heard of The Legal 500; for some it will not seem terribly relevant…but perhaps it should. 

The Legal 500 is an independent guide to the best law firms and lawyers, and the most in-depth independent survey of the UK legal market. It appraises the strengths of law firms and is based on detailed submissions referencing significant cases a lawyer, team, or firm has been involved in.

It is not the only measurement of expertise: it is one of many including membership of professional bodies, success for clients, and the frequency with which we are asked to deliver seminars, and expert insight in publications. We are pleased to see people or teams included, but it does not diminish the standing of those not mentioned who continue to deliver expert advice, to the delight of their clients.

Extracts from Legal 500:

Corporate & Commercial

Wilson Browne Solicitors is known in the Northamptonshire market for its work in company acquisitions and disposals, restructurings, and the drafting of commercial contracts, employee share options, equity investments and joint venture agreements. The firm has a strong following among local charities and education providers. Practice head Duncan CrowtherHolly Threlfall and Andrew Kerr are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Crowther (a role since assumed by Holly Threlfall)

Other key lawyers:

Holly Threlfall; Andrew Kerr


A very professional but personable approach to legal matters.

Professional in their attitude. When assistants are brought in to support getting things done you feel confident in their ability and they are always smart and friendly. We had a very good experience and would not hesitate to use Wilson Browne Solicitors again or indeed recommend them.

Andrew Kerr is the partner we always contact and we have found him to be courteous and effective. Andrew and his team have been of great service.

Commercial Litigation.

Well regarded for its commercial litigation and debt recovery practices across Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, Wilson Browne Solicitors is praised for its ‘outstanding commitment to achieving the best and most commercial outcome for its clients.’ Team leader Hayley Mauro represents clients in shareholder and contractual disputes as well as commercial professional negligence claims, while David Farmer is recommended for commercial property disputes and alternative dispute resolution. Highlighted for his ‘exceptional business knowledge and intelligence’, Kevin Rogers is a key contact for complex breach of contract, shareholder, and partnership disputes. All named lawyers are based in Kettering.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Mauro

Other key lawyers:

David Farmer; Kevin Rogers

Special mention – Noted as a “Leading Individual”:

Kevin Rogers


Very responsive and understands the need of the clients.’

Hayley Mauro is excellent, and I would highly recommend her.

I have worked closely with Kevin Rogers and the team. All very professional and very responsive, and give clear and precise advice. Fee estimates are always reasonable.

Family Law.

Helen York is Wilson Browne Solicitors‘ leading financial settlement expert, while fellow partner and head of practice, Ed Rawlins deals with all legal aspects of relationship breakdown, focusing on issues of land and business assets. Associate Jessica Leech ‘is up there with the very best junior solicitors.’

Practice head(s):

Ed Rawlins (a role since assumed by Heather Davies)

Other key lawyers:

Helen York; Jessica Leech


Jessica Leech was excellent very professional. Quick to answer any questions that I had.

Wilson Brown are an established firm and function the same way as any ‘Magic circle’ firm, providing a water tight service to not only counsel instructed but to their clients. The team is proactive and communicate well in relation briefs, future fixtures, deadlines and counsels fees, which are paid in good time.

Ed Rawlins and Helen York are excellent with clients and counsel protecting their interests at all times, leaving no stone unturned.

Private Client (Wills, Trusts, Probate).

Neelam Maher and Vicki Pearce  co-head Wilson Browne Solicitors‘ ‘professional, friendly, courteous and most of all empathic’ private client department. As a trusts and tax specialist, Maher primarily deals with probate and estate administration, inheritance tax planning, trust creation, and administration. Pearce combines her expertise and position as head of Court of Protection and care home teams to advise on administration of estates, drafting wills, tax implications and matters related to elderly clients.

Practice head(s):

Neelam Maher; Vicki Pearce


The team at Wilson Browne were always professional, but also friendly, courteous and most of all empathic. The process throughout was handled patiently and efficiently. It was a great comfort to know that all was in safe hands.

Neelam Mayher, took the time to have a friendly ‘chat’ with my dad to get to know him find out about his hobbies/ interests etc and earn his trust before any legal matters were discussed.

Vicki Pearce is wonderfully knowledgeable and conveys her wisdom in an easy to understand manner

Commercial Property.

The commercial property team at Wilson Browne Solicitors handles all types of commercial property transactions for a wide range of clients, including farmers, landowners, developers, trading companies and housing associations. The team is led by Ika Částka, who specialises in commercial, agricultural and rural property matters. Tom Warrender specialises in the acquisition and disposal of commercial property. John Punni and Nina Wilson are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Ika Částka

Other key lawyers:

Tom Warrender; John Punni; Nina Wilson; Vincent Skiplorne


Tom Warrender very knowledgeable in his field, excellent communicator, prompt and excellent replies . The same applies for Vincent Skiplorne and all of his team.

Nina Wilson and the team provide excellent advice which has been crucial on many occasions to ensure our Charity was protected and achieved a good deal in any negotiations. They are expert in the law and in the circumstances locally. They also understand our organisation in depth.

The team have experience in a number of areas concerning agreements relating to strategic and development…’

Social Housing.

The social housing team at Wilson Browne acts for a range of private and professional landlords, including charities and housing associations. The firm handles all issues concerning housing providers, such as land acquisitions, planning documents and affordable housing sales, while also advising on employment contracts and tenancy issues. Practice head Tom Warrender advises on all aspects of non-contentious property deals for housing associations. He is supported by Emma Oliver, who is experienced in the acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold properties.

Practice head(s):

Tom Warrender

Other key lawyers:

Emma Oliver

Wayne Jenkins


Wayne Jenkins

Business Development & Marketing Director

Wayne is an experienced Marketing and Business Development professional having worked in the UK, Europe and Asia for leading law and accountancy firms. Responsibilities include the firm’s marketing; advertising (online and offline); social media; all digital including SEO and PPC; PR; and business development, as…