Schillings take first place at the Lawyer Awards 2009
on: July 3, 2009, 7:30 am
again Schillings has reason to celebrate the successes of their
legal team as one of its lawyers, Matthew Himsworth, wins first
place in the Assistant Solicitor of the Year category at the Lawyer
Himsworth is an associate at Schillings
and specialises in reputation
protection on behalf of corporations, brands and public figures.
He has developed his career over the last seven years, having
trained with Schillings, and has built a strong profile both within
the firm and externally within the legal profession and with clients.
award is presented to the solicitor who has demonstrated entrepreneurship,
business building skills and technical legal skills. Matthew's
commitment to both the firm and its clients extends beyond his
core role and is evident in the numerous projects he has initiated.
In particular he developed the firm's trainee coaching programme
with the objective to provide full training in the practical legal
tools as well as promoting thought-leadership on relevant topics.
This training programme helps prepare trainees so that when they
qualify they can build upon their legal technical know-how by
enrolling in the Schillings Academy.
highest profile success was for the stock broking firm, Collins
Stewart in its well documented libel action against the Financial
Times. This was the largest claim ever brought and Matthew helped
achieve a ground-breaking apology on the front page of the Companies
and Markets section along with and substantial damages
after the awards, Matthew Himsworth said, "It was a great
surprise and a huge honour to win the award. It's a tremendous
accolade to be recognised by your own profession."
has received praise from many of his clients, mainly from the
law practice, which he has been instrumental in developing.
Clients commend Himsworth as, "Personable whilst providing
clear and sensible advice", and that, "He offers excellent
strategic recommendations". One major sporting body went
on to state, "We have found Matt to be extremely professional
and we are delighted to be associated with him".
award follows a number of recent achievements at various industry
awards. Schillings won first place in the Partner of the Year
category in 2008 and has twice been winners of the Niche Firm
of the Year (2002 and 2003) at the Lawyer Awards. In addition,
the firm won the Young Solicitor of the Year at the British Legal
Schillings is one of Britain's top law firms dedicated to safeguarding
the reputations of international corporations, brands, celebrities
and high-profile business people. The firm's track-record in defamation,
law and copyright cases, as well as commercial dispute resolution
and sports law is second to none.
privacy and copyright are at the heart of the firm's work, prompting
The Independent newspaper to call Schillings a "spectacularly
efficient media law firm".
clients include supermodel Naomi Campbell, actress Kate Winslet,
seven times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, premiership
footballer Wayne Rooney, Harry Potter author JK Rowling, pharmaceuticals
maker GlaxoSmithKline, steel maker Arcelor Mittal, the Harrods
Group and the London Stock Exchange.
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