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 LLP have this year been recognised in 11 areas of work in 2018-2019 with 'leading individuals'.
Published annually, The Legal 500 is regarded as a key guide for clients in choosing their Law Firm. The 2018/19 results have noted a total of 16 of our lawyers receiving personal recognition and recommendations for their individual skills and expertise.
Crime - Fraud
Leading Individual - Chris Brown
Led by Chris Brown, leading individual and recognised as the top lawyer for East Anglia, we are proud to also have Damien Moore defending clients to the highest standards within our Fraud department.
Crime - General
Leading Individual - Damien Moore
Our Crime department have been noted as having "a stellar reputation for defending criminal cases both in East Anglia and nationwide." Its cases include the acquittal of nurses charged with assault at large NHS hospitals, care homes and mental health institutions.
Chris Brown, Head of our Crime & Defence department, has been noted as a "leading light in the market", while higher court advocate, Damien Moore, has been noted as a leading individual in East Anglia.
Corporate and Commercial
Our Corporate and Commercial department has grown significantly and has been recognised on the extensive experience and ability of the department. Partner and Head of our Commercial department, Jamie Arnall, whose previously experience includes roles as senior legal counsel at Thomas Cook and head of legal at Norwich City Football Club, is also recommended for contractual and regulatory matters.
Our dispute resolution practice has been recognised as having "an experienced bench of talent". With Chris Fielding recommended and recognised for his "a strong track record in pursuing and defending claims in the High Court and County Court in relation to financial matters, goods and services, insolvency, intellectual property rights, land cases and contentious probate."
Stephen Green leads the Personal Injury department, an Association of Personal Injury Lawyers senior litigator who has been on the Law Society Personal Injury Panel for more than 20 years.
The firm is now on the panel of Headway and the Spinal Injury Association, and is part of the Injury Consortium at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Our five-lawyer practice has a "regular flow of industrial disease, product liability and stress at work claims". Barry Grogan and Lynn Satchell are also recommended.
Stephen Green leads the practice and has more than 20 years' experience in medical negligence claims against hospitals, GPs and the Ambulance Service. Fosters has experienced growth with the hire of "highly-rated associate and APIL-accredited litigator", David Gabell, who brings specialist expertise in gynaecology, fertility, orthopaedic and general surgery claims. David has also been recognised as a "Next Generation Lawyer" for the second year. Solicitor Barry Grogan is also recommended.
Private Client - Contentious Trusts & Probate
"Experienced litigation partner" Chris Fielding has more than ten years' experience in this area of law and works closely with the firm's "highly-rated" private client team to handle a growing caseload for personal representatives and beneficiaries, as well as other litigants pursuing action against estates.
Private Client - Family
Lucy Simpson leads the practice, which calls upon the experience of Iain McClay, who has 27 years' experience in family law.
Newly promoted partner Clare Sharpe has been recognised as a "Next Generation Lawyer", regularly representing parents in private and public law children matters including those with an international element.
Private Client - Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate - Norwich
Our team is noted as "excellent and good value for money" with senior associate Rachel Chiarotti recommended.
Our "experienced practice" has a growing client base that includes many high-net-worth individuals, and "generates new relationships through its legal partnerships with Norwich City Football Club and the Eastern Landlords Association".
Private Client - Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate - Elsewhere in East Anglia
Our "strong private client offering in Wymondham" is noted and clients remark upon the 'incredibly professional, sensitive and caring' team. Associate Lisa Glynne is recommended for her work in both the Wymondham and Lowestoft offices. Chartered legal executive Angela Ireland is also recommended as 'knowledgeable, friendly, understanding and efficient'. She is a member of STEP and has 15 years' experience in this field of law.
Senior associate Rachel Appleton has more than ten years' experience in this field and is especially recommended for advice to landlords and tenants.
The commercial property team at Fosters acts for developers, professional landlords and lenders in sales and purchases, commercial leases and the real estate elements of business sales.
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.