Top rankings and further growth for 140-year-old Suffolk law firm

Andrew West, managing partner at Gotelee Solicitors

Andrew West, managing partner at Gotelee Solicitors - Credit: Tony Pick

Suffolk law firm Gotelee Solicitors LLP has once again been recognised by The Legal 500 as Top Tier in two areas: general crime and fraud, and personal tax, trusts and probate.

The Legal 500 is an independent listing of legal firms and lawyers that has been published annually since 1987. It is recognised globally as the definitive guide for those seeking expert legal advice.   

Gotelee's other practice areas also ranked highly for the strength of its teams and the quality of client care and service it provides.  

For a mid-sized legal practice, with offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Framlingham, the excellent rankings illustrate the firm’s continuing commitment to providing a quality legal service and experience to its clients.  

Gotelee Solicitors’ managing partner Andrew West said: “What makes The Legal 500 rankings so important is that they are based on independent research, peer review and client feedback. Given how difficult the last 18 months have been for all businesses, the strength of our relationships with our clients was more important than ever, as we helped them to navigate through these extraordinarily challenging times. 

“It’s great to see that in The Legal 500’s findings we have six lawyers classified as leading individuals in East Anglia in their fields of expertise in company and commercial, commercial property, employment, crime, health and safety, licensing, private client and clinical negligence/personal injury.  

“The directory also acknowledges several of the firm’s lawyers including three next generation partners and two rising stars in personal tax, trusts and probate, contentious trusts and probate, family and personal injury. These are accolades that reflect the quality and expertise that we have in-house to help with any legal problem a business or individual may have.” 

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Andrew continued: “The testimonials from our clients highlight how we go about our business. When clients acknowledge our excellent technical knowledge, our personal and empathetic approach and how we focus on building and maintaining strong working relationships with them, you know you have strong teams operating at the highest level. We have been routinely praised for our quick response times, combined with our friendly but straight-talking way of finding commercial solutions to our clients’ problems, within sensible budgets.” 

Hugh Rowland, one of the firm’s longest-serving equity partners, also commented: “We are fortunate to have some of the highest-quality lawyers at Gotelee. Our teams across Suffolk have a strong work ethic and are valued by our clients for their specialist expertise and practical efficiency. It’s good to achieve this recognition as we continue with our plans to grow our teams across our Suffolk office bases in the year ahead. We’re excited about the future for Gotelee Solicitors.”