Published on 11 June, 2024 | James Brown

Hall Brown Family Law has described consecutive triumphs at the Manchester Legal Awards (MLAs) as vindication of its recruitment policy.

The boutique firm has been named Medium-sized Law Firm of the Year in the competition for the second time in a row.

Over the last 12 months, Hall Brown has seen strong growth among the ranks of its fee earners and administrative team.

It has also revealed that turnover had risen by one-sixth to £7.2 million in the same period.

Managing Partner James Brown said that the award success and performance demonstrated the merits of staying true to the firm’s founding values.

He added that Hall Brown’s reputation as one of the country’s leading family law specialists was also set to deliver further growth in personnel in the coming months.

“When we opened, we were convinced that only recruiting the very best talent available for every position would pay dividends, both for us as a business and for the growing number of clients who rely on us for help.

“That has certainly been the case in the last year, which has seen a strengthening of the support team which underpins the sterling efforts of our lawyers and the breadth of the services which we offer.

“We are not solely concerned with encouraging people to join but doing what we can thereafter to ensure that they can thrive.

“I believe that clients have become ever more discerning in choosing who they want to represent them.

“The fact that we continue to see a steady rise in instructions to act on very complex and delicate matters encompassing high value assets and extending across a number of jurisdictions is evidence of the trust which they have in us.

“That is something which we take very seriously and all those who have joined us are fully committed to the idea of doing their utmost to do the best they can to deliver a positive outcome.

“It is one reason why we remain so popular with family lawyers wanting to advance their careers and why we will be expanding our numbers at every one of our office in next few months.”

Mr Brown’s comments follow Hall Brown’s latest victory at the Manchester Legal Awards.

The firm claimed one of the 21 prizes on offer in the 15th edition of a competition which organisers describe as rewarding “the wide range of skills and talent of the brightest legal minds in the north west”.

The award is Hall Brown’s latest high profile recognition and comes just a month after it became one of only two legal firms nationwide and the only boutique practice to be named by the Sunday Times as one of the UK’s 40 Best Places to Work.

Last October, Hall Brown retained its position as one of the best law firms in England and Wales in a classification compiled by The Times newspaper for the sixth successive year.

The firm has also appeared once more in the top echelon of family law practitioners in two other prestigious rankings drawn up by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners respectively.

Having been dubbed “the crème de la crème” by Legal 500, Hall Brown was referred to as “incredible” by Chambers and Partners.

Hall Brown now employs a total of 69 people – 50 of whom are fee earners – at its five offices in Manchester, London, Sheffield, Leeds and Birmingham.

In April, seven staff were promoted for their contribution to the firm’s success.

Three solicitors at its Manchester headquarters – Hannah Currie, Hannah Pilling and Jodi Ford – were made Associate Solicitors, while Emma Hubbard’s role in Hall Brown’s Sheffield team became that of Senior Solicitor.

In addition, Joanne Wilson became Operations Manager, Eve Fitzpatrick the new Secretarial Manager and Annelise Stephenson was made up to Accounts Manager.

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