Repeat recognition for Rollits in Chambers legal rankings

A leading law firm has reinforced its strong credentials across its practice areas with a series of recommendations in the latest Chambers and Partners UK legal directory.

Neil Franklin and Caroline Neadley

The 2023 volume is acknowledged as a definitive mark of excellence across the legal sector and its publication comes just weeks after Rollits secured significant recognition in the similarly prestigious Legal 500.

In compiling their listings the Chambers researchers take into account attributes including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence and commitment.

Listing Rollits as a band 1 specialist for employment law in North and East Yorkshire, Chambers notes the firm’s “full-service employment offering” and highlights its extensive experience advising on matters across multiple industry sectors including food services, education and manufacturing.

The volume also recognises Rollits’ experience in TUPE and collective redundancy, as well as employment tribunals relating to claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal. In addition, it references the support which Rollits provides to help companies to manage employee grievances and disciplinary actions

Among the individuals noted in the 2023 publication is Caroline Neadley, who represents clients from both the public and private sectors in employment issues. The entry states that Caroline’s practice “encompasses issues such as executive exits, changes to terms of employment and disciplinary proceedings, among others.” It also includes a client testimonial describing Caroline as “a pleasure to work with who provides great support on sensitive matters.”

Rollits is listed in band 2 for agricultural and rural affairs and for its corporate work.

The firm is noted for its “strong focus on the agriculture and horticulture sector” across both of its offices, with specialist lawyers acting for large landed estates, farmers and landowners. Among the activities highlighted in the volume are landlord and tenant issues, secured lending, and farm and woodland sales and purchases as well as a “notable renewables practice”.

Neil Franklin, Partner and Head of Agriculture at the firm, specialises in commercial property and agricultural property work for rural clients and features as a notable practitioner for his experience of farm purchases and sales, and tenancies.

The corporate team stands out for its work with mergers and acquisitions and with SMEs and owner-managed businesses, with a particular strength being its work advising on corporate law matters within the education and food sectors.

The report also recognises Rollits’ flexibility as it reports: “The firm acts for clients ranging from SMEs and owner-managed businesses to large public and private companies and financial institutions. It draws upon additional resources in its tax and estate planning teams to handle corporate work for private clients.

Chambers awards Rollits a band 3 listing for the work of its social housing team in the North East and Yorkshire and for the contribution of Douglas Oliver as a notable practitioner.

The directory reports: “Rollits is an experienced practice with broad expertise in social housing work. The firm regularly handles property development, as well as transactional work, litigation and management issues. It also advises clients on compliance with charity law.”

Douglas is noted for his work for housing associations on a range of matters, including planning agreements, shared ownership leases, acquisitions and disposals.

Ralph Gilbert, Managing Partner of Rollits, said: “Chambers prides itself on the quality of its rigorous independent and in-depth research and a ranking in any band is seen as a significant achievement.

“As with the Legal 500 the Chambers team takes evidence from tens of thousands of people including lawyers and, most significantly, clients. Our strong performance in both directories demonstrates the high regard in which we are held in the legal profession and the consistently excellent levels of client satisfaction.”