Awards and Recognitions
The Legal 500
The Legal 500 has assessed the strength of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions for over 29 years and is based on the feedback received from 250,000 clients worldwide.
Fosters Solicitors have this been ranked as a 'leading firm' with 'leading individuals' and have been recognised in 11 areas of work in 2017-2018.
Published annually, The Legal 500 is regarded as a key guide for clients in choosing their Law Firm. The 2017 results have noted a total of 19 of our lawyers receiving personal recognition and recommendations for their individual skills and expertise.
Crime - Fraud
Leading Firm in East Anglia
Leading Individual - Chris Brown
Recognised as the leading firm in East Anglia, Fosters Solicitors was noted as "one of the best for Trading Standards and VAT fraud cases."
Led by Chris Brown, leading individual and recognised as the top lawyer for East Anglia, we are proud to also have "standout practitioners" Damien Moore and Debbie Reynolds defending clients to the highest standards within our Fraud department.
Crime - General
Leading Firm in East Anglia
Leading Individual - Chris Brown
Our Crime department have been noted as having an "excellent reputation locally and a caseload that is national in scope." Being recognised as a team that "runs a tight ship and has a team that always performs well", higher court advocates Damien Moore and Debbie Reynolds have handled and successfully defended in cases that include product mislabelling, serious sexual assault cases and dangerous and careless driving.
Chris Brown, Head of our Crime & Defence department, has been noted as a leading individual in East Anglia and has represented a 17 year old boy accused of seven offences under the Computer Misuse Act in a high level case on communications giant TalkTalk.
Corporate and Commercial
Our Corporate and Commercial department has grown significantly and has been recognised on the extensive experience and ability of the department. With Adrian Newborough leading the team and both himself and Chris Fielding recommended, the department was joined by Jamie Arnall in 2016 bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the firms Corporate and Commercial offering.
Both Adrian Newborough and Chris Fielding have been recommended and recognised for their "extensive experience in High Court and County Court matters."
Our Debt Recovery department have been praised for "prompt, efficient and good value for money".
Led by Adrian Newborough, the team perform "over and above expectations". The Legal 500 have also recommended Chris Fielding and recognises that Fosters is known for "recovering large sums in the aftermath of insolvency proceedings".
With Stephen Green leading the Personal Injury department, the team are recognised as a recommended firm. Fosters have experienced growth with the hire of "highly experienced" Ian Comer who joined following the merger with Comercrawley. Barry Grogan, solicitor, and Lynn Satchell, legal executive, are also recommended.
Private Client - Contentious Trusts & Probate
A recommended department with Chris Fielding highlighted as having a "niche contentious probate practice representing personal representatives, beneficiaries and potential claimants against estates".
Private Client - Family
Fosters' Family department are recommended due to their "highly experienced practitioners".
Iain McClay, Partner, has been recommended for his 25 years experience of family law and speciality in divorce.
Partner Lucy Simpson has been recognised for her "wide range of expertise, including knowledge of financial matters, deeds of trust, private law cases for children, international cases and special guardianship orders". Clare Sharpe, Senior Associate, is also recommended.
Private Client - Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate
A recommended department with a high level of experience and expertise. "Clients of Fosters are delighted with the level of service and specialist advice."
STEP-qualified Senior Associate, Trina Worden is noted as "friendly, professional, extremely efficient, approachable and knowledgeable". Rachel Chiarotti, Senior Associate, is recommended and praised as "very approachable, pleasant, friendly, conscientious, efficient and patient with people who know little about legal and financial affairs". Stephen Green, joint head of department is also recommended alongside Laura van Ree, Partner and joint head of department, who has been praised for her "overall level of service being excellent".
Recommended for their expertise and holding a "broad client base of developers, professional landlords and lenders", the department, with Senior Associate Rachel Appleton also recommended, have more than ten years experience in real estate, property sales, purchases and commercial lease matters along with being praised as "strong" in agricultural land sales and the acquisition of land for development.
Fosters' Property Litigation department, led by Adrian Newborough who is noted as "excellent on all counts", are recommended due to many highlighted cases demonstrating their wealth of experience and expertise. Chris Fielding is also recommended.
Lexcel is a nationally accredited award of excellence in legal practice awarded by the Law Society to law firms who meet a very exacting criteria and can demonstrate exceptional client care, support and development of their staff and the effective management of risk throughout the firm.
Fosters' first audit took place in February 2014 and we are proud to continue to be Lexcel accredited. As part of the process our auditor met with a number of staff across all branches, undertook a review of our files, both opened and closed, reviewed our central working documents and our approach to client care. His view was that staff were loyal, committed and keen for the firm to succeed and that the firm as a whole had achieved a very good result particularly given the relatively short time frame in which this had been achieved.
Our first Formal accreditation was awarded by the Law Society on 12 May 2014. We are extremely proud to have achieved this accreditation and feel that it is a reflection of Fosters' high standards and commitment to both our clients and staff. This award provides reassurance and confidence to those clients using Fosters' services for the first time.
Chambers and Partners
Chamber and Partners UK guide researches the UK legal profession, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Their reputation is based on the independence and objectivity of their research.
Fosters Solicitors are proud to congratulate to all in our Crime Department that have received an acknowledgement in the Chamber and Partners Directory 2016.
Halsbury Legal Awards
Regional Law Firm of the Year 2013
Fosters Solicitors named 'Regional Law Firm of the Year' at the Halsbury Legal Awards 2013.
The Halsbury Legal Awards are run by legal information provider, LexisNexis and are a celebration of excellence in the law and great contribution to the legal sector. Executive Director Andrea Spooner said "we are all delighted to have received this award. We are one of the oldest law firms in England, but to be judged as the best in the country outside of London is a tribute to our modern approach and the ceaseless hard work of all of our staff on behalf of all our clients."
Chris Brown, Fosters Solicitors Chief Executive, commented: "I am delighted that Fosters has been recognised for its performance and our inclusive approach. We pride ourselves on both and strive to ensure every client receives the best possible service."
360 Legal Group
Local Law Firm of the Year 2013
Fosters Solicitors, which has offices across Norfolk and Suffolk has scooped the title 'Local Law Firm of the Year' at a prestigious legal conference and awards dinner.
The law firm was announced as the winner of the award category, by the 360 Legal Group, at its annual dinner on Thursday October 3rd which took place at The Belfry, near Birmingham.
It is the fourth year that Bristol based 360 Legal Group, which helps law firms across the UK manage and market their practices more successfully as businesses, has held the awards to find and recognise practices of all sizes who are not only adapting but also responding to the fast changing conditions facing the legal profession and the difficult economic climate they are facing.
The Judges were looking for clear evidence of legal expertise and service delivery designed to meet the needs of the local community together with a willingness to engage with the local community and Fosters Solicitors clearly demonstrated their commitment to the local community.
There was a lot of competition for this award, but what made Fosters stand out from the rest was the variety of different ways in which they work within their locality. The firm runs career evenings for local schools as part of their citizenship programmes and offers internships to university law students. It has also teamed up with one of the strongest local brands, Norwich City Football Club, by becoming official legal partner to the club with a long term strategy to develop joint brand awareness, in launching specific offers to season ticket holders.
Whilst the firm had in mind exploring fresh opportunities to generate new work in these difficult economic times, they quickly came to realise that one of their greatest strengths lay in being local. The firm which has been based in its local Norwich community since 1761 has invested considerable time and effort in identifying, engaging and enhancing existing relationships within the community.
Presenting the award, Viv Williams, Chief Executive of 360 Legal Group said: "this firm has demonstrated how caring for local people from all backgrounds and all types of local businesses has been a key to success".
Stephen Green, Partner at Fosters Solicitors, said: "our firm is delighted to receive this award, which acknowledges our long-term commitment to providing top quality legal advice in an accessible local setting".
The Law Society Excellence Award
Winner 2012 - Excellence in Marketing & Business Development
The exceptional achievements of local firm Fosters Solicitors have been recognised by the Law Society in its annual Excellence Awards.
Fosters Solicitors were winners in the category of Excellence in Marketing & Business Development, which recognises firms that stay competitive through creative and inspiring marketing campaigns or by seeking new ways to improve and develop their business. The judges were impressed with the way Fosters Solicitors 'crowd-sourced' marketing ideas from its staff and used this to develop marketing plans for each department, enabling a collaborative, responsible approach to firm marketing.