our accreditations

We take client service seriously. We work hard to provide all our clients with an exemplary client experience and value for money service.

Our accreditations

We are committed to providing the best service we can, along with achieving and maintaining quality standards such as Lexcel - The Law Society’s accreditation standard.

We believe that this approach is also reflected by the number of accreditations and recommendations that we regularly achieve with the UK’s leading legal directories, such as Chambers, The Legal 500 and The Lawyer UK 200.

For further information on what these accreditations, recommendations and quality standards mean, please click on the links below.

Legal directories

  1. Legal 500

    The Legal 500 is published annually and is the leading directory of law firms in the UK; with over four million users visiting The Legal 500 website each year. The directory is aimed at buyers of legal services, particularly general/corporate counsel.

    The directory is written by an experienced team of legal researchers, with the research process involving hundreds of submissions from law firms across the UK. The Legal 500 team contacts clients listed in submissions for references, and researchers conduct interviews with firms as appropriate.

    In the published directory, UK law firms are ranked according to location and practice area; leading individuals in each field are also listed. Every firm ranked – and every individual mentioned – in The Legal 500 UK is 'recommended'.

    Legal 500 2021 Recommendations

    Practice area

    Tier

    Region

    Agriculture

    Commercial Property

    Family

    Debt Recovery

    1

    East Midlands

    Corporate and Commercial

    2

    Yorkshire & Humber

    Family

    2

    East Yorkshire

    Property Litigation

    Employment

    Social Housing

    Dispute Resolution - Commercial Litigation

    Public Sector

    2

    East Midlands

    Corporate and Commercial

    Contentious Trusts and Probate

    Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

    3

    East Midlands

  2. Chambers UK

    The Chambers UK guide is published annually in October, covering 50 cities and counties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    The directory covers over 70 specialist areas of law, with the most developed practice areas, such as Corporate / M&A, Banking & Finance, Employment, Litigation and Real Estate being covered on a city-by-city basis. These cities are grouped by regions, such as South West, Midlands and Yorkshire, so clients can compare firms across a broader geographic area.

    The Chambers’ ranking tables and commentary, therefore, are fixed at the date of publication for the following 12 months. However, factual information, such as mergers or lawyer-moves, is kept up-to-date on the website throughout the year.

    Chambers 2021 Rankings:

    Practice area

    Band

    Region

    Family/Matrimonial

    1

    Lincoln &
    Surrounds

    Agriculture & Rural Affairs

    2

    Lincoln &
    Surrounds

    Real Estate

    2

    East Midlands

    Family/Matrimonial

    3

    York, Hull &
    Surrounds

    Individual Profiles Chambers 2021:

    Individual and Practice Area

    Category

    Region

    Catherine Harris
    (Agriculture & Rural Affairs)

    Band 1 Solicitor

    Lincoln &
    Surrounds

    Lisa Boileau
    (Family/Matrimonial)

    Band 1 Solicitor

    Lincoln &
    Surrounds

    Lisa-Jane Howes
    (Private Wealth Law)

    Band 1 Solicitor

    Lincoln &
    Surrounds

    Russell Eke
    (Corporate/M&A)

    Band 3 Solicitor

    Lincoln &
    Surrounds

    James Marsden
    (Family/Matrimonial)

    Band 3 Solicitor

    York, Hull & Surrounds

  3. The Lawyer UK 200

    The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report is published by the Lawyer magazine. The yearly report is the culmination of data collection, interviews and research into the financial health of the UK's largest law firms.

    In addition to the top 200 law firms, the UK 200 also includes an analysis of the UK's top 30 barristers chambers, the 30 largest international firms operating in the UK and individual analyses on each of the top 200 firms in the annual table.

    The Lawyer UK 200 2020 Ranking

    Law firm

    Rank

    Wilkin Chapman LLP

    111

Accreditations

  1. Lexcel

    Wilkin Chapman first achieved Lexcel accreditation in 1999 and, since then, has always passed its annual assessment with flying colours.

    Lexcel is the Law Society’s accreditation scheme, and is recognised as the gold-star legal quality mark. Adopted by legal firms in the UK and internationally, it's the quality mark that tells you you're in trusted, professional hands with your legal case.

    Lexcel firms go through a rigorous testing and inspection process to ensure that they have the very best practice in client care, file and data management and complaints handling.

    Accredited firms provide the highest standard of client care and practice management, so you can be sure you're getting the best possible service.

    As a Lexcel firm, we are committed to:

    • protecting client confidentiality

    • communicating with you clearly and honestly about your case

    • being upfront with you about costs

    • keeping you informed about how your case is going

    • dealing with any complaints properly

    If you want peace of mind and assurance that you will receive a quality service from your solicitor, look for Lexcel – the mark of excellence.

  2. Law Society Accreditation Schemes

    At Wilkin Chapman, we have earned special recognition for our expertise in particular areas of law by achieving membership of a number of the Law Society's Accreditation Schemes:

    • Clinical Negligence

    • Personal Injury

    • Family Law

    • Criminal Litigation

    • Family Mediation

    • Conveyancing Quality

    The schemes promote high standards in legal service provision and ensure that clients are easily able to identify legal practitioners with proven competency in given areas of law. They also ensure that scheme members maintain relevant standards of competency and expertise by means of periodic reselection, re-accreditation and re-authorisation.

    Law Society Accreditation Scheme membership is voluntary. The expertise of scheme members in a given area of law has been verified and their accomplishment is recognised by the Law Society.

    As an accredited law firm in a number of areas, the schemes:

    • promote high standards in legal service provision

    • ensure that clients are easily able to identify legal practitioners with proven competency in given areas of law

    • help consumers to make informed choices about whom to instruct

    • assure consumers that the Law Society has asked the questions that a discerning client wouldn't otherwise ask

    • ensure that scheme members maintain relevant standards of competency and expertise by means of periodic reselection, re-accreditation and re-authorisation

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