Standing as one of the UK’s top 200 law firms, Wilkin Chapman LLP is one of the leading law firms in the Lincolnshire, East and South Yorkshire regions with an unrivalled breadth and depth of expertise and experience. We have nearly 500 partners and staff located across a network of offices in Grimsby, Lincoln, Beverley, Louth, Horncastle, Alford and Doncaster providing a unique balance of legal and business services to meet the needs of our private and business clients.
Client service is at the heart of our business ethos and we ensure that all our legal advisors have the training and knowledge to meet your needs. Our specialist teams of qualified solicitors include experts in: corporate & commercial law, commercial property, regulatory and public law, agriculture, family and mediation, employment and HR, disputes, recoveries and insolvency, personal injury and medical negligence claims, residential property, wills and estate planning, immigration and advice to forces personnel.
Wilkin Chapman LLP consistently achieves recommendations in the UK's leading legal directories such as Chambers the Legal 500, the Lex 100 and the Lawyer UK 200. In the Legal 500 2016, we are recommended in 12 areas of the law for specialist expertise:
- Agriculture and estates
- Commercial property
- Corporate and commercial
- Debt recovery
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Personal injury and clinical negligence
- Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Social housing
We have also been recommended by Chambers UK 2017 for our expertise in 'Agriculture & Rural Affairs', 'Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions', 'Real Estate (Commercial Property)', 'Family/Matrimonial' and 'Private Client (Wills, Trusts and Probate)'. In addition to the practice area recommendations, there are categories within which lawyers can be ranked as exceptional individuals. A number of our solicitors have been singled out for praise, including Lisa-Jane Howes, partner and head of wills, trusts and probate; Ruth Brewin, partner and head of commercial property and Lisa Boileau, partner and head of family. Other staff members that are recognised include: Philip Day, consultant; Catherine Harris, partner and Russell Eke, partner.
Our commitment to quality
Our staff and partners have made a substantial commitment to quality standards across the business. We were awarded the Lexcel quality mark by the Law Society in 1999, and were the first law firm in Lincolnshire to receive the standard.
The Lexcel mark means that, as a firm, we have successfully implemented the Law Society's Practice Management Standards, which are designed to help firms improve client care and efficiency within the office. We also employ a Quality Auditor to audit and maintain quality standards. A copy of our firms' quality policy is available to relevant interested parties on request.
Our Chief Executive and Senior Partner
Our chief executive is Des Mannion, who joined us on 1 April 2015. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the firm and operational management, including accounts, IT, marketing and human resources. Des has a reputation for delivering value and has a depth of experience in professional service firms which enables him to focus on the continual development and growth of the firm.
Our senior partner is Andrew Holt who is a specialist in commercial litigation and has over 20 years' experience in this field. Over the last three years, in particular, he has coordinated the firm's representation for the National Farmers Union's legal advice scheme, where Wilkin Chapman LLP is the regional panel solicitors for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.