Awards and Accreditations


  • THE LEGAL 500 UK AWARDS 2019 – FIRM OF THE YEAR (North) in the Private Client category
  • LALY Family lawyer of the year 2017 – Mary Shaw won in the Family Private (including Mediation) category
  • Northern Law Awards 2017 – Finalists in Property, Family and Crime categories
  • The Legal 500 UK 2017 awards – Regional Crime Team of the year
  • Chambers & Partners 2017
  • The Legal 500 2017 – Tier 1 ranked for Crime and Family, tier 5 Immigration
  • Family Law Award 2016 – regional Firm of the Year (North) 2016


  • Lexcel  – a quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care
  • Cyber Essentials – a Government-backed, industry-supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats
  • Conveyancing Quality Scheme – a recognised Law Society quality standard for residential conveyancing practices


  • Resolution:
    • Elspeth Thomson (National Committee member and co-chair of the Legal Aid Committee)
    • Mary Shaw (Dispute Resolution Committee member and specialist lawyer in Advanced Financial Provision, Private Children Law)
    • Lucy Mead (accredited specialist in Financial Provision, Cohabitation breakdown and Domestic Abuse)
  • Association of Lawyers for Children – Elspeth Thomson
  • Law Society Family Panel – Elspeth Thomson
  • Law Society Children Pane – Elspeth Thomson, Lucy Mead
  • Family Mediation Council – Mary Shaw (FMCA accredited family mediator)