Tuesday 25 June 2019

Grosvenor House Hotel, London

Winner of

Boutique firm of the year

Backhouse Jones

Backhouse Jones is crowned as the 2019 boutique firm of the year in recognition of the haulage and transportation specialist’s success in its sector.

Directors James and Jonathan Backhouse, Ian Jones, Andrew Woolfall, Steven Meyerhoff and Mark Davies have led the firm to become one of the most recognised names in the sector, providing a key point of access for their clients. With offices in London and Clitheroe, Backhouse Jones creates a value and quality proposition for clients and won the firm panel places for key clients in its sector, including the Road Haulage Association (RHA), the Freight Transport Association and the British Association of Removers.

The firm illustrated its range of services by developing a range of subscription schemes for the RHA and its own-branded BACKup to provide operators with round-the-clock support for a fixed-fee, guaranteeing pricing security for its clients. Clients can now pay as little as 26p per vehicle per day for secure regulatory, compliance and HR advice as well as one hour of free advice on all other legal issues they may face, though this depends on the scale and complexity of the advice being sought.

Highly commended: Sharpe Pritchard

Public sector specialist Sharpe Pritchard has succeeded across a number of fronts in the last 12 months, acting on major Government projects, growing fee-income by 12 per cent and attaining a 50 per cent gender split in its partnership. All of those are contributing to the firm’s ambitious growth plans to double in size by 2026, largely through organic growth. Its focus on construction law has seen the firm develop a rapid response adjudication service, combining its construction and dispute resolution arms to provide advice in case of a client emergency. Its efforts were also rewarded with spots on the Government’s three key panels; CCS Central, CCS Wider Public Sector and Consultancy Two.

Commended: Euclid Law

Euclid Law was commended in this year’s category for consistent year-on-year revenue growth, commitment to emerging technologies to assist its work and a diverse client base, spanning tech start-ups to multinational corporations.

Shortlisted

ARC Pensions Law

Brightstone Law

Euclid Law

LXL

Northridge

Onside Law

Sharpe Pritchard