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Ansons are leaders of the field in Chambers and Partners 2018

3rd November 2017

We are delighted to be recognised once again in the Chambers and Partners UK 2018 directory as a leading law firm in the West Midlands, Birmingham and surrounding areas.

Our expertise in a number of practice areas is noted, including a first tier ranking for agriculture and rural affairs. Corporate Director Hilary D’Cruz, and Agricultural Law consultant Simon James, have been noted as leading individuals in their fields.

Our Corporate Law team, which is regularly instructed by owner-managed businesses in company sales, group restructures and a range of other corporate matters, is praised for its “experience in small-cap private equity transactions”, with further recognition for “extensive expertise in healthcare and banking sector transactions.”


A strength highlighted by clients is that “they are a very committed team, who are customer-orientated, and offer appropriate advice for reasonable fees,” as well as being “strongly supportive and able to provide advice in different areas of law.”

Hilary D’Cruz is recognised as a notable practitioner and for being particularly adept in manufacturing, engineering, bioenergy and pharmacy issues. She is described by clients as “very capable in terms of technical ability” and “knows the law very well”. They also praise her “quite commercial and pragmatic” approach.

Our Agricultural Law and rural affairs team has been ranked as a first-tier firm for its experience in “agricultural joint ventures and partnerships, diversification and renewable energy projects and rural property transactions.” The team is noted for “rural land development and planning matters”. A client is quoted as saying “The firm has a good understanding of agricultural problems and the law relating to them.”

Simon James, Agricultural Law consultant is also recognised as a notable practitioner in real estate. Simon is described as “well versed in commercial property development, acquisitions and sales. He also comes recommended for his advice on agricultural land acquisitions and disposals, and projects including alternative uses of rural buildings and land.”