Blacks Solicitors’ reputation as one of the county’s leading practices has been reaffirmed in 2016 with the law firm winning both crucial cases and a handful of glittering awards throughout the past 12 months.
Rounding off the year in an impressive fashion was the bestowment of the title ‘Best Law Firm’ at the Yorkshire Legal Awards in October.
Successful in the 11 – 30 partners category, the firm beat an impressive competitive line-up of Yorkshire-based firms to seal the title.
The judging panel, which included Sue Harris, Deputy President of the Leeds Law Society and Judge Geoffrey Kamil, presented the award to Blacks in recognition of the firm’s continued growth, enviable reputation, its wide range of experience across a variety of sectors, and its commitment to training initiatives and CSR.
It is the second time in four years that Blacks have won the coveted accolade of Best Law firm, and have previously also received Awards for Residential Property and Managing Partner of the Year.
Blacks’ emphasis on its strategy has meant that it has prospered at a time when competitors fell by the wayside, or merged with others to survive.
No other firm of its size has raised its profile more during the recession, with the business turning over almost £12 million in 2015/16
Chris Allen, managing partner at Blacks Solicitors LLP, was there on the night to collect the award. He said: “It’s truly an honour to even be shortlisted for Best Law Firm and to win it just shows that the hard work and commitment from the whole team is paying off.
“We wouldn’t be where we are without our loyal clients and dedicated, hard-working team, so this is for all of them.”
The firm’s high staff retention rate is yet another prime example of its achievement, with the headcount rising from 79 in April 2009 to 175 by the end of 2015.
Plans are afoot to move into larger premises to cope with the demand. This will see all of its commercial and corporate services brought together under one roof, to offer a powerful level of support for small and medium enterprises across the region.
The Yorkshire Legal Awards bring together the region’s legal community to celebrate its achievements and recognise the outstanding talent across Yorkshire.