Clients Put HCR at the Top of M&A Rankings in the South West

HCR clients have been busy moving their businesses forward this year, despite the impact of Covid-19, resulting in the firm’s best results ever in the independently verified Experian rankings. In the ‘M&A Review for the UK’ published earlier this week HCR did more deals than all but one other legal firm in the whole of the UK.  Other key achievements, in the number of deals completed for clients were:


  • 1st in the South West, completing 22 deals so far in 2020, more than twice the number of deals as the firm placed second who completed 8
  • 1st in the South East with 50% more deals completed than the next ranked firm
  • Up from 3rd to 2nd place in the Midlands, and only 3 deals behind the firm placed first
  • East of England – equal second place
  • London where client demand has led to a significant number of recent appointments the firm rose to 6th place, up from 11th in 2019.

Tim Ward, head of corporate in the Cheltenham office said: “I am delighted that the significant quantity of our corporate work for clients has been independently verified and is now reflected in these rankings. Historically, we have tended not to shout about what we do, our focus is on doing a good job of delivering what our clients want, because their feedback is what really matters to us. However, the data does not lie and reflects everything I’ve seen since joining HCR in 2018 – more businesses by far in the South West, and many other regions, are choosing HCR for their corporate M&A work. The quality of the work we do is often commented on both by clients and solicitors that join us from larger firms. Deals like the one we advised on during May, for Direct Online Services, in the heart of the first lockdown, are typical of the team’s attitude here, we do whatever it takes to get the deal done for our clients.”


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Pics: Tim Ward, head of corporate team, Cheltenham office

To find out more please contact: Elaine Haines on 07715 060329


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Award-winning firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys provides a complete spectrum of City-quality legal services to business and private clients across the South and West Midlands, Thames Valley and Wye Valley corridors, the southwest of England and in Wales.

The firm has grown through several mergers, both locally and with specialists, all answering client demand. It has more than 500 staff and partners operating out of offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Hereford, London, Thames Valley, Worcester and the Wye Valley and a turnover of c£35m.

The firm has specialist expertise in health and social care; defence, security and the forces; finance and financial services; construction and engineering; education; technology, and agriculture and rural affairs.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ work in all aspects of law is nationally and internationally recognised.  Clients’ comments about the quality of its work has led to the firm being listed in Tier 1 of the prestigious Legal 500 and Chamber and Partners directories of the major law firms in England and Wales.

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