Higgs & Sons named in leading legal guide

3rd November 2017

Higgs & Sons has been named in a leading UK guide as one of the best Black Country firms for Clinical Negligence, Family and Personal Injury, with a number of its lawyers receiving a top ranking for their work.

The 2018 edition of Chambers and Partners UK, considered to be the legal industry’s most prestigious guide, covers 70 specialist areas of law across 50 cities and counties in UK.

It comes just a few weeks after the firm received an outstanding show in the annual Legal 500, where Higgs was recommended as a top tier firm in five practice areas.

As well as departmental top rankings, Chambers and Partners named a number of individuals Band 1 including Philip Barnsley, Partner and Head of Family at Higgs & Sons; Andy Shaw, Partner and Head of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence; Partner Clare Langford for Clinical Negligence and Ian Shovlin for Personal Injury.

In all, 21 individual lawyers were recommended in the guide, with Susan Allen, Rhian Gray and Claire Burnell flagged up as ‘Associates to watch’. Susheel Gupta is listed as a ‘recognised practitioner’ in Tax.

The full list of department rankings is:




Real Estate Litigation



Corporate/M&A: SME/Owner-managed


Real Estate


Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant


Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant


And the ranked lawyers:

Clinical Negligence (mainly claimant): Susan Allen, Elizabeth Hickman, Clare Langford

Corporate/M&A SME/Owner-managed businesses: John Heaton, Nick Taylor

Employment: Tim Jones

Family/Matrimonial: Claire Darley, Philip Barnsley, Rhian Gray

Litigation: Matt Dudley, Carl Garvie, Julia Lowe

Mediators: Tim Jones

Personal Injury (mainly claimant): Claire Burnell, Andy Shaw, Ian Shovlin

Real Estate: Jon Austin, Peter J. Coleman, Sara Shepherd

Real Estate Litigation: Nyree Applegarth, Paul Barker

Tax: Susheel Gupta


Higgs & Sons is one of the Midlands' leading law firms and is headquartered at the Waterfront Business Park in the heart of the Black Country. A modern, forward thinking practice which employs more than 230 people offering a wide range of legal services, Higgs is proud of its heritage and remains true to its client centred values and commitment to quality.


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