Second Major Accolade for Temple Heelis’ Rural Expertise led by Peter Dodd

Hot on the heels of the Legal 500 results, today has seen the launch of Chambers and Partners’ UK legal directory in which Peter Dodd and Temple Heelis’s rural department are ranked as UK leaders.  This is the third consecutive year in which the firm’s Rural department has been recognised by both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.  Legal 500 and Chambers are the UK’s two leading legal directories which independently research and rank law firms throughout the UK and around the world.

Describing Temple Heelis as a ‘well-established firm based in Cumbria, with offices in Windermere, Ambleside and Kendal”, Chambers describe Peter and his team as advising on “agricultural land sales and purchases, agricultural tenancies and land law issues.”  Chambers’ also commented that “The group has notable expertise in nice rural litigation matters relating to boundary and septic tank disputes, boathouse litigation, and lake encroachment matters.”

Chambers places great emphasis on client feedback as well as speaking with professionals working in the rural sector, who describe Temple Heelis as “industry leaders in this particular region, great team players and are very easy to get along with” who are “extremely proficient in advising on a vast range of matters.”

In addition to the overall ranking, Head of Temple Heelis’s Rural Land and Property team Peter Dodd is ranked as a leading lawyer and ‘notable practitioner’.  He is described as acting for clients on a wide range of rural and agricultural transactions, often involving the thorny and complex issues arising out of easements, covenants, leases, and adverse possession.

Reporting on clients’ feedback, Chambers says Peter is regarded as being “absolutely excellent from start to finish in our transaction” by one client, with another commenting that “I felt totally safe in the knowledge he was acting competently on my behalf”.

In ranking Peter as a ‘notable practitioner’, Chambers highlighted feedback stating that Peter “takes on very complex cases, gets to the nub of the issue and translates it into great commercial sense” and “overall he is a great guy and very easy to work with.”

In a significant strategic move this year, Chambers and Partners redefined its geographic areas, consolidating all the previous sub-regions in the North West into one larger North West category from South Cheshire to the Scottish border.  This has resulted in Temple Heelis being assessed in a much larger area alongside firms throughout the region and in the larger legal communities of Liverpool, Manchester and Chester.

Commenting on Chambers’ ranking, Temple Heelis’ Managing Partner Jamie Hamilton says: “This is another excellent result for the firm and for Peter and his team.  Regarded as a ‘true expert and trusted adviser’ in the recently-published Legal 500 directory, I am delighted to see further endorsement for Peter and his colleagues in today’s launch of Chambers’ directory, again for the third year running.”

Continuing, Jamie says: “We live and work in a region which has a wealth of rural and agricultural work, with no two clients or matters ever the same.  There are many complexities in every transaction because of the variety of land, history and usage.  Peter is adept at advising on every scenario imaginable and I congratulate him on this latest outstanding result.”

For further information, please visit our Rural Land and Property page.