Dolmans ranked “Top Tier” in the UK Legal 500 rankings

Dolmans is once again recognised as a Tier 1 law firm in Wales in the category of Personal Injury: Defendant in the Legal 500 rankings for 2021. The Legal 500 seeks quotes from other legal practitioners operating in the same area of the law and clients of the practice. The quotations are gleaned from confidential research about Dolmans.


The 2021 guide states that Dolmans is a “real powerhouse in the personal injury insurance world” with a “long established reputation for excellence”, particularly in the defence of local authority clients, based not only in Wales but increasingly throughout England as well. Client testimonials cite Dolmans as “a leading defendant insurance firm” and comment that “the firm’s profile in the specialist area of local authority tort liability has grown hugely in the last ten years or so and is now one of the biggest, busiest and most experienced teams in this area in the UK”.


Senior Partner, Adrian Oliver, who heads the “overarching team” is recognised in the ‘Hall of Fame’ in the area of Personal Injury: Defendant. Managing Partner, Justin Harris, is once again a ‘Leading Individual’ in this category and clients describe him as “a match for any top-notch claimant partner in the country” and a “real titan of the personal injury world” who “commands the respect of his peers”. Peter Bennett, Partner, is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ in the area of Personal Injury: Defendant for the first time and is praised for his “commercial awareness and pragmatic approach to complex issues”. Clients describe Melanie Standley as “incredibly thorough and well-prepared” and Nicola Edwards as “a true expert in the field of social services negligence”. The firm is also recognised for the work undertaken in dealing with flooding, light pollution and Japanese Knotweed infestation claims.


Dolmans has also achieved Tier 2 status in Health & Safety. The team is spearheaded by Peter Bennett, who is also recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ and it is his “brilliant leadership and attention to detail which makes the magnificent team what it is”. Sources say “the way Peter Bennett gets to grips with the issues and works out the solutions, rightly gives his clients great confidence”. It is acknowledged that the Health & Safety team “turn over every stone but do not waste effort or resources”.


Tier 2 status is also achieved in Sport and Property Litigation. The Sports Law team, led by Adrian Oliver, advises Welsh sporting bodies across a range of matters. The Property Litigation team, headed by Partner, Philip Bradley, maintains its solid reputation across a range of contentious matters. Dolmans is recommended in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Corporate & Commercial and Personal Injury: Claimant, with Philip Bradley described as “very experienced and exceedingly thorough”.


The Legal 500 rankings also recognise other key lawyers across the practice areas in which Dolmans are recommended and these include Simon Evans, Clare Hoskins, David Boobier, Claire Thomas, David Cullen and Tom Harris.


Adrian Oliver, Senior Partner, said:


“It is pleasing to see the recognition which is provided by various legal entities and our clients as to the hard work and effort which goes into preserving and developing the reputation of our firm. We regularly receive excellent client feedback as to our ability to adapt and respond to the many challenges and developments in the law and we ensure that our clients understand our commitment to this area of practice. I am proud that so many of our individual lawyers are now receiving recognition in this way”.

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