Legal 500 2017
Blockslegal LLP is an established name in Ipswich, Suffolk and East Anglia and has been for over 135 years. The firm prides itself on its excellent customer service and meeting its clients’ requirements in the ever-changing legal market. The Legal 500 has recognised, once again, Blocks’ commitment to its clients. The publication has ranked Blocks in seven of its key practise areas. It has also singled out a number of the firm’s partners for individual recognition.
The firm’s Commercial Litigation department is singled out as providing a “dedicated personal service”. Graham Mead, the Litigation Department’s head “deals with projects both large and small professionally, often preventing the litigation from arising”. In addition Graham advises on risk management issues. He is also mentioned for his work regarding betting, gambling and liquor licensing.
In regards to Employment Law, the firm is “very strong in employment law and has a very highly rated practitioner”, referring to Partner Frances Barker, who leads the team which handles both contentious and non-contentious employment issues for both employers and employees.
The firm’s family department is praised with its Partner, Demelza Butler, being described as “fantastic – professional, friendly and knowledgeable enough to look at situations from many perspectives”.
In the areas of commercial property and social housing, the firm attracts praise with Andrew Fleming and Gerry Field being singled out in particular. The publication states “Property Partners Andrew Fleming and Gerry Field are key figures at Blocks in Ipswich”. They are also described as “two highly experienced practitioners”.
The firm’s Agriculture and Estates team is also recognised with Gerry Field being described as “a standout practitioner”.