Clients have praised TLT for its "commercial awareness" and its "time-efficient, flexible, cost-effective and expert" service in a recently published independent guide to the UK legal market, Legal 500 UK 2012.
The guide, which is compiled using feedback from clients and peer firms, describes TLT's lawyers as "first-class", "outstanding", "excellent in all respects", and praises them for going "the extra mile’ for its clients".
TLT has received top tier rankings for its expertise in the guide's categories of employment, licensing, insolvency and corporate recovery, intellectual property, information technology and telecomms, and debt recovery (covering the firm's mortgage enforcement, lender sales, banking and financial services litigation, and professional negligence work).
The firm has improved its ranking in the guide's categories of financial services (regulatory work), commercial property; property litigation; personal tax, trusts and probate; and PFI. TLT is newly ranked for its banking litigation work in London. Overall, TLT is recommended across 34 different practice areas.
TLT is recognised as a "regional heavyweight" in the South West where the firm is headquartered, and is recognised for providing "London standards at Bristol prices". Since the guide was researched TLT has launched a new practice in Northern Ireland and merged with well-known Scottish law firm Anderson Fyfe, giving the TLT brand a UK-wide presence with operations in Bristol, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast.
Eight partners at the firm have been recognised by the guide as experts in their respective fields. Sasha Butterworth (pensions), Peter Carney (insolvency and corporate recovery), Bill Hull (EU & competition and franchising), Julia Lucas (leisure), Philip May (corporate recovery and insolvency), Managing Partner David Pester (corporate finance), Matthew Phipps (licensing) and John Wood (corporate finance) are all once again recognised as 'Leading Individuals'.
TLT's Managing Partner David Pester says, "We focus on delivering exceptional client service, efficiently and cost-effectively, to our client base of FTSE-listed, national and international businesses in chosen industry sectors and we thank our clients who provided feedback to the guide and in so doing helped us achieve these excellent results."
Legal 500 UK is an annual guide to the UK legal sector and used by buyers of legal services. It ranks law firms and lawyers across legal specialisms and geographic regions, identifying the most highly respected legal professionals in their areas of expertise. Legal 500 is compiled by independent researchers who conduct interviews with lawyers, clients and other professionals to help identify the strengths and capabilities of UK law firms across the multitude of legal practice specialisms.