Bartons’ Marine Department Gets Top Recognition

Bartons’ Marine Department was delighted to be recognised by The Law Society in the Excellence in Client Service category at the prestigious Excellence Awards ceremony, which took place in October 2019.

The awards celebrate the hard work and aspiring achievements of solicitors across England and Wales.  The team was highly commended by The Law Society, which said: “Clients will always have ever-growing expectations and this award recognises firms who place a strong emphasis on their client care and are committed to continued excellence”.  The Law Society reflected that Client Service was an exceptionally strong category and said of the team: “Bartons impressed the judges with the lengths they went to understand the world of their clients and their challenges. By creating empathy they experienced a greatly enhanced client service.”

The Plymouth based Marine Department at Bartons, established in 2000, offers a niche maritime law service for commercial clients, insurers and individuals in the UK and internationally.  The Team has close links with the marine and shipping industries and place emphasis on training and marine related experience, ranging from Trans-Atlantic yacht racing to long-lining in the Barents Sea. Members of the Bartons’ Marine Team are trained as commercial fishermen and at least to RYA Yachtmaster (Theory) level.

The Team has won several awards, being recognised for its outstanding programme of training by the BMF in 2015 and winning The Devon and Somerset Law Society Client Service Award in 2017.

More recently, the Team won the Legal 500 award for Shipping ‘Firm (Regional) of the Year 2018’.  The award citation states: “Bartons is praised not only for its excellence in law but for its impressive knowledge of the practicalities of the area”.

The Head of the Marine Department, Joanne Pummery said: “We are thrilled to be recognised by the judges for the team’s commitment to delivering an exceptional level of client service which reflects our ethos and commitment to our clients.”

The Law Society president, Simon Davis said: “There are more than 140,000 solicitors in England and Wales – to be shortlisted for an Excellence Award is to be recognised as among the very best of the profession.

The firms and solicitors shortlisted should be commended for going above and beyond to support their clients, often navigating tricky and sometimes contentious areas of the law.

With the justice system so under strain, we should take this opportunity to celebrate the incredible work solicitors do day-in and day-out – and to recognise the immense contribution they make to our society.”




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