Ashtons Legal wins Law Firm of the Year

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Ashtons Legal is thrilled to have won Law Firm of the Year at the recent LawNet Awards 2019. The national event, held on Friday 8 November, brought together a wide range of highly accomplished law firms from across the country, with Ashtons winning the final award of the night.

The judges recognised that since 2013 the firm has been on a journey of investing heavily in its people, premises and technology having built a new culture, invested in IT
and moved to brand new premises in Bury St Edmunds while embarking of a comprehensive modernisation programme in its other offices.

Ashtons being presented with Law Firm of the Year award

Pictured: (l-r) Chris Marston (LawNet), Barry Wilkinson (Wilkinson Read & Partners – Sponsors), Antony Sloan and Edward O’Rourke (Ashtons Legal), Helen Hamilton-Shaw (LawNet).

Chris Marston, the CEO of LawNet said: “Ashtons’ greatest achievement has been their people. Their collaborative and trusting environment was illustrated across the legal community when they deployed a Paid Time Off policy in 2015; a policy which has subsequently been copied by a number of other firms including those within the LawNet community. The journey continues with an ever greater degree of flexible and agile working and outcome-focused objectives.”

Ashtons have had further recognition with having five lawyers named in the Legal 500 Leading Individuals list for East Anglia in 2014 to having 25 named in 2019. The firm has also gained the Gold status Investors in People standard, which is not commonplace.

Ashtons’ CEO Ed O’Rourke attended the Awards alongside others from the firm and comments: “I am hugely proud of my team here at Ashtons; this award recognises everything they do to make this firm one that has stands out against our peers as the law firm of the year.”


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