4 December, 2019
Top-tier Dorset solicitors Steele Raymond are celebrating after one of their leading commercial partners has been shortlisted for The Legal 500 UK Awards 2020.
Company & Commercial partner Paula Eckton has been shortlisted for the ‘Corporate and Commercial: Individual (Outside London) of the Year’ at the prestigious awards in London in February 2020.
The Legal 500 Awards 2020 recognises and rewards the best legal teams and individuals over the past year. The awards are handed to the region’s best legal practitioners, based on one of the most comprehensive research undertakings into the UK legal market. The Legal 500 conducted over 70,000 interviews to determine the winners, who will be invited to a dinner in London, to celebrate with their peers.
Paula specialises in advising on complex corporate and commercial transactions for a wide range of businesses from start-ups to multi-nationals. Throughout her 18-year career she has developed significant expertise in all aspects of commercial contracts including franchising, outsourcing and data protection together with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures.
Commenting on the shortlisting, Paula said:
“I’m delighted to be nominated for the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020. I work alongside a tremendous team of legal experts at Steele Raymond and this is just as much of a shortlisting for them as it is for me.”
Tim Stone, Chairman and Head of the Company & Commercial Team at Steele Raymond said: “I’m thrilled for Paula who is already regarded as a Leading Individual for the region by the Legal 500. Paula’s nomination for this award not only recognises the excellent work of our legal teams day after day but confirms Steele Raymond’s position as one of the very best company & commercial specialists on the South Coast.”
The Legal 500 is widely regarded as the most authoritative guide to the UK’s leading law firms and recommends law firms and lawyers based on independent research, interviews and client feedback. The 2020 edition, which was published in October, ranked Steele Raymond’s Company & Commercial Team in Tier 1 – the highest category – with the firm’s Paula Eckton and Tim Stone also being recognised as Leading Individuals in The Legal 500’s most recent edition, in addition to recommendations for commercial partners Nick Davies, Paul Longland and Craig Hardman and commercial associate solicitor Shaun Guppy.