Recognition for Rollits in renowned legal guide

Rollits has been awarded a second series of professional accolades following publication of the latest Chambers UK rankings.

Rollits LLP, which has offices in Hull and York, is recognised in a number of categories in the listings, which were released only weeks after the firm featured prominently in the Legal 500.

Chambers, which is renowned for insight drawn from tens of thousands of interviews with legal specialists and other experts, acknowledged Rollits’ Employment Team in the top band of firms in North and East Yorkshire.

The entry noted the firm’s “full-service employment offering, with experience advising on matters across multiple industry sectors including food services, education and manufacturing.”

It adds that the team “continues to advise family-owned and owner-managed businesses” and is experienced in TUPE, collective redundancy and Equality Act claims. In addition, the listing notes the firm’s work in employment tribunals related to claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal, as well as its help for companies to manage employee grievances and disciplinary actions.

The guide’s sources report: “Rollits are a great firm to deal with. Their service is excellent and they are keen to add value.”

Ed Jenneson is highlighted as “a well-regarded practitioner who frequently handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters” and advises employer clients on redundancy exercises and TUPE transfers, as well as their defence of discrimination claims.

Testimonials from clients describe Ed as “a great communicator who gets straight to the point when dealing with sensitive situations and is responsive to our requests" and they add: "His employment advice is excellent and is always given in a timely manner. I would describe the service we receive from Ed as truly outstanding."

Rollits is listed in band 2 for agricultural and rural affairs in York, Hull and the surrounding area and is described as “a renowned commercial firm with a strong focus on the agriculture and horticulture sector.”

The guide continues: “Acts for a wide range of prominent clients in the industry, including large corporate farming freeholders, horticultural growers and large landed estates. Matters handled include landlord and tenant issues, secured lending, and farm sales and purchases. Also has a notable renewables practice.”

The entry reports a client testimonial which says: "Their teams are easy to deal with. They are personable, competent and reliable."

It also lists Neil Franklin as a notable practitioner for his client work on a range of agricultural matters such as farm sales and purchases, farm tenancies and diversification.

A Chambers source contributed: "Neil Franklin understands all aspects of tenancy law including Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies, which is a skill harder and harder to find."

The firm’s Corporate Team is listed in band 2 for its “particular strength in advising on corporate law matters within the education and food sectors.”

The entry continues: “Acts for clients ranging from SMEs and owner-managed businesses to large public and private companies and financial institutions. Draws upon additional resources in its tax and estate planning teams to handle corporate work for private clients.”

John Flanagan is identified as a key contact and a Chambers source observes: “The attorneys are very good, pragmatic and commercial."

Other highlights in the guide include recognition for the Social Housing team with Partner Douglas Oliver considered  a “notable practitioner”, and Real Estate with Chris Crystal named as the key contact.

In Chambers' sister publication for High Net Worth rankings, in the Private Wealth Law category, John Lane, who leads the firm's private capital department is also ranked as a “leading Individual” with one interviewee stating: "He is a good trust practitioner." Another source comments that "he is mature, capable and good to work with. He knows his stuff."

In the recent edition of the UK Legal 500 Rollits was similarly recognised as a top tier firm in Hull and East Yorkshire in Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Litigation Commercial Property and Employment.

Across the Yorkshire and Humber region the firm was ranked in the top four tiers in 11 additional categories including Health and Safety, Planning, and Education.

In addition, three of the firm’s solicitors were recognised individually– John Flanagan in Corporate and Commercial, George Coyle in Commercial Litigation and Chris Crystal in Commercial Property.

Posted on: 16/11/2020

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