Thomas Mansfield takes to the streets in support of the London Legal Support Trust


Guildford London & TW Legal Walks 2022

Staff at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors are participating in not one, but three 10km Legal Walks in May and June, in support of The London Legal Support Trust, an independent charity that raises funds for free legal services in London & the South East.

The Legal Walks are just one of several fundraising events organised by the London Legal Support Trust and carried out around the country annually. The walks help to increase awareness of the challenges that some of the most vulnerable people are facing as they struggle to get access to justice and raise money for not-for-profit agencies that help these people by offering free specialist legal advice.

Thomas Mansfield recognised as “best business” at the Times Business Awards

Thomas Mansfield Winner Photo

Thomas Mansfield Solicitors has been announced as the winner of the best business 26+ employees category at the Times of Tunbridge Wells Awards 2022.

Neill Thomas, Emma Howlett and Anthony Kiernan represented the firm with a submission showcasing the range of initiatives which have contributed to the firm’s consistent growth and strong financial performance. Thomas Mansfield was also shortlisted as a finalist in the “resilient business” category in recognition of the firm’s response to the challenges presented by the pandemic and Brexit.

The winners were announced at an awards ceremony at Salomons Estate on 24 March 2022. The Times of Tunbridge Wells Awards seek to celebrate the success of businesses across the region and the evening was attended by over 200 people from over 100 businesses.

Neill Thomas, Managing Director at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors, said “we have expanded rapidly since 2017, adding three new service lines (family, private client and dispute resolution) to the firm’s original employment law practice. We believe that at the core of our success is our people and our clients. We are exceptionally proud of who we are and ensuring the culture of the firm stays true to its roots – a friendly, flexible and productive firm is very important to us”.

He continued “we have worked hard to differentiate ourselves from the competition and our key focus is and always has been providing excellent client care and the very best outcomes for our client. Our clients tell us our accessibility and responsiveness are major factors in selecting a lawyer, so we established new client onboarding procedures and a new team to enable our lawyers to focus on providing on the needs of our clients, without getting pulled into administrative and routine tasks”.

For more information about the awards, visit the Times of Tunbridge Wells Awards website.

Season’s greetings & a year in review

As the end of 2021 approaches, we want to say thank you to our clients, contacts, colleagues, families and friends for their support over the last 12 months.

It’s been another challenging year as the pandemic continues to run its course, but we want to share some of the positive news and exciting innovations which have been taking place at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors.

It has certainly been a story of growth for all our teams, with the number of people at Thomas Mansfield increasing by more than 60% to meet client demand. What has been particularly pleasing is the huge amount of positive feedback we have received about our client care. This is only made possible with our talented lawyers and dedicated support staff, who strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients and provide the best possible service.

2021 has also seen the firm launch a new dispute resolution service. Headed by new partner Paula Kumar, who has brought a wealth of expertise to the firm, the Dispute Resolution team advises on general commercial disputes across a wide range of industries, and is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Our work covers a wide range of areas, including shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims and High Court injunctions.

Under the leadership of Susi Gillespie our Family team expanded significantly across London, Surrey and Kent and broke into The Legal 500, a leading legal directory which analyses and ranks law firms across the UK on the quality of their expertise, client service and standing in the market. Building on the success of our French office, opened in 2019 to support British expats struggling with the France’s complex divorce laws, we have grown our international family law services and now offer both family and private client services in countries with large expat communities across the world.

Our Private Client team, headed by Emma Howlett, is now six people strong and has launched a fixed price ‘Simple’ range of services, which includes Wills, LPAs and Probate. Increasingly, our clients have an international connections of some sort and we regularly advise on cross-border probate matters and Wills and estate planning with an international dimension.

The employment law webinar programme we developed in March 2020 has gone from strength to strength under the direction of the joint heads of the Employment team, Angie Crush and Meredith Hurst. HR managers and directors of national and multinational companies are regularly tuning in to be updated on the latest developments and we are currently working on our new webinar schedule for 2022.

Re-opening our London office at new premises on 1 November has been a highlight of 2021. Our office in the Grade 2 listed building of Token House, next to the Bank of England in the heart of the City has been instrumental in bringing the teams together to benefit from shared learning and collaboration.

We have also welcomed the arrival of two new senior managers – Claire Wood as Marketing and Business Development Manager and Bradley Shortall as Finance Manager, both bringing a huge amount of experience and stability and becoming the bedrock of the firm’s future plans.

We look forward to the challenges and opportunities 2022 will undoubtedly bring and wish you a very happy New Year.

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Neill Thomas
Managing Director
Thomas Mansfield Solicitors

Thomas Mansfield Solicitors welcomes new lawyer to its private client team

Specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield Solicitors has welcomed a new lawyer with a background in education to its rapidly expanding private client team.

Vicky Mansell joins the private client team as a senior associate. Before starting her legal career, she worked as a qualified special needs teacher, accruing a wealth of experience in protecting the rights and promoting independence for vulnerable people, including children, the elderly and those with mental and physical disabilities.

Vicky is a specialist in wills, probate, special educational needs and disability law and a passionate advocate for those with learning, mental and physical issues resulting from brain injury, including brain tumours. She is an accredited mediator by the College of Mediators in Civil and Commercial Mediation and is a registered SEND Mediator.

Neill Thomas, Managing Partner at Thomas Mansfield Solicitors said:

I am pleased to welcome Vicky to our fast-growing team. It is important for our firm to recruit lawyers with diverse skills and backgrounds. Vicky’s knowledge of the education sector will further enhance the wealth of experience and specialist knowledge that we can use to provide all our clients and contacts with the very best advice and service.”