Awards and Recognitions

The Legal 500

The Legal 500

The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions for over 28 years and is based on the feedback received from 250,000 clients worldwide. Published annually, The Legal 500 is regarded as a key guide for clients in choosing their Law Firm. A total of 12 of our lawyers also received personal recognition for their individual skills.

Our Lawyers recommended on The Legal 500 are listed below.

Corporate & Commercial

The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016

"At Fosters, 30-year veteran Adrian Newborough focuses on the local SME market and acted alongside Chris Fielding for the seller of a training and publishing company bought by a US investor."

Crime: Fraud

The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016  The Legal 500 Top Tier 2016

Leading firm in East Anglia.

Leading individual: Chris Brown

"Fosters is ‘one of the best' for fraud matters including Trading Standards and VAT cases. Chris Brown’s team advised a former company director on fraud allegations in excess of £1m, and represented a member of the clergy accused of breach of trust and probate fraud."

Crime: General

The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016  The Legal 500 Top Tier 2016

Leading firm in East Anglia.

Leading individual: Chris Brown

"Fosters has the largest criminal defence team in Suffolk and Norfolk. Chris Brown represented a Norfolk landowner accused of conspiracy to supply drugs. Debbie Reynolds acted for a business director charged with child sex offences. Higher court advocate Damien Moore represented a former member of the judiciary accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice."

Commercial Litigation

At Fosters, 30-year veteran litigator Adrian Newborough has a strong local following. Chris Fielding is also recommended. Highlights included a £100,000 contract dispute for a national company.

Personal Tax, Trusts, and Probate

"Stephen Green leads the team at Fosters, which is noted for its ‘very knowledgeable and friendly manner’. STEP-qualified senior associate Trina Worden is also recommended."


"Fosters' 'highly experienced' team includes Iain McClay, who specialises in financial remedy and cohabitation matters; Lucy Simpson, who advises many high-net-worth clients; and senior associate Claire Sharpe."

Contentious Trusts and Probate

"At Fosters, Adrian Newborough and Chris Fielding acted in High Court proceedings relating to a dispute between executors of a £1m estate."

Commercial Property

"Simon Button's team at Fosters is singled out for its 'extremely good service'. 'Professional, knowledgeable, calm and efficient' senior associate Rachel Appleton advised a SIPP on commercial property purchases, and a local restaurant chain on the acquisition of McDonald's restaurant franchises."

Property Litigation

"Fosters' 'very impressive' practice includes Adrian Newborough, who advised on the forfeiture of commercial properties in North London, and Chris Fielding, whose highlights include a contentious business lease renewal, and advising an international company on alleged breaches of a lease."



Lexcel stands for Legal Excellence and 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 and will provide reassurance and confidence to those clients using Fosters' services for the first time.

Halsbury Legal Awards

Halsbury 2013

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

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 a Mock Trials programme in local schools as part of their citizenship programmes and offers internships to University of East Anglian 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

Law Society Excellence Awards 2013

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.

Chambers and Partners

Chambers UK 2016

Top Ranked

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 our 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.