Chambers Recognition for CWJ Lawyers

John Bowden, David Greenhalgh, Ben Madden, Pritti Bajaria and Andrew Wright have all been ranked in the 2013 edition of The Chambers Directory, the UK's leading guide to the legal profession.

This is what Chambers had to say about our lawyers and their teams:

Corporate Team

The team at Clarkson Wright & Jakes specialises in advising and assisting owner-managed SMEs at all stages of their development. The group has specialist knowledge in aviation, construction, healthcare, software, manufacturing and distribution. Key mandates include advising Synchronica on its acquisition of Nokia's operator-branded messaging business. Other clients include F M Conway, On Assignment, Piaggio, Shaw & Sons and NetDimensions.

Key Individuals: Andrew Wright is deemed "commercial and very sensible" by sources. He acted on the Synchronica deal. John Bowden has a wealth of experience advising across a number of corporate M&A concerns. Ben Madden "gets the balance absolutely right between advising what is the legal viewpoint with understanding the importance of commerciality" in seeing a deal through.

Real Estate

The real estate practice of Clarkson Wright & Jakes is praised by clients for its speed and efficiency, with peers naming it as an "easy firm to deal with." The firm recently acted for FM Conway on the £3.3 million purchase of a new depot in South London.

Partnership - Medical

The team at this Kent-based firm is "professional and responsive" to its clients' needs and is commended for its specialist knowledge of the sector.


Clarkson Wright & Jakes "bends over backwards to meet clients' needs," according to sources. The "approachable"  employment team has been active in a range of tribunal representations and contentious matters. It has a growing medical and GP advisory practice counting Kent Local Medical Committee and Laerdal Medical amongst its client roster.

Dispute Resolution

This Orpington firm wins praise for its keen commercial awareness. Sources highlight its "active and broad appreciation"  of clients' unique business areas. The firm can boast a broad disputes practice encompassing IP, contractual, professional negligence and construction-related matters. Its client list features such names as Vivienne Westwood and Vespa manufacturers Piaggio. Clients say: "the firm takes the extra effort to really understand our business, saving me time and money because it can quickly get to grips with our disputes from a business perspective."

Key Individuals:  Amanda Mehlin is a key contact.

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

David Greenhalgh was said by one parent to be "a good communicator and always willing to discuss any points of concern regarding our child's case." He has recently secured settlements for various injuries including amputation, serious internal trauma and brain damage, including one instance where the individual was already under care.

Information Technology

This compact but effective team acts mainly on the supplier side for software companies, although it increasingly handles multimillion-pound customer-side deals and is keen to establish itself further on this side of the market. The team is also taking more and more outsourcing instructions. Clients include NetDimensions and Synchronica.