We are top rated by independent publications the Legal 500 and Chamber & Partners and have been for more than a decade.

Our latest editorial comments are:

Legal 500

2014: Known for its ‘thoroughness and personal touch’, Ashtons Legal is ‘one of the best PI firms nationwide’. The ‘extremely helpful’ Richard Foyster and Michael Wangermann are ‘willing to take on unusual and risky cases’. ‘Committed and impressive lawyer’ Hannah Clarke, who settled a £4m brain injury claim, is ‘extremely intelligent, proactive and compassionate’. ‘Engaging and assured’ associate Tom Ranson ‘delivers robust and sensible advice’.

2016: Ashtons Legal’s team is ‘unequalled in client service – diligent and hardworking, it provides a better service than most larger national firms and is a delight to work with’. Key figures include ‘extremely good negotiator’ Richard Foyster; ‘exceptional all-rounder’ Michael Wangermann, who ‘charms his opponents into submission’; Hannah Clarke, who handled a £1m catastrophic workplace accident case; and ‘tireless and resourceful’ associate Tom Ranson, who is ‘amongst the best in his field’.

Chambers & Partners

2013/14: Comprehensive coverage of the East Anglia market, with offices across the region. Provides a range of specialist services for personal injury claimants, with dedicated teams for areas such as catastrophic injuries, industrial disease and Court of Protection work.

  • Client service: “I couldn’t have asked for better people. It was a totally personal service; every step of the way it was personal contact.” “They never give up – if you’re an injured claimant you’ve got a good chance with them. I’d recommend them to anyone.”
  • Technical ability: “They handle high-value work with the skill and dexterity of the main players in central London.”

2016/17: Impressive strength in handling catastrophic and fatal injury claims, including a focus on brain injuries sustained by children. Also acts on cases such as industrial disease and motorcycle claims. Increasingly active in accidents abroad.

  • Client quote:“They provide exquisite client care. They get on and deal with cases swiftly and will often get far better results than others.”
  • Client quote: “They’re easy to contact and approachable, and respond quickly to queries.”

Key Individuals

Richard Foyster is based in the Ipswich office. His practice focuses on mesothelioma and employers’ liability cases, and he has significant experience with catastrophic injury claims. He is described as “excellent – always available.”

Department head Richard Foyster offers notable expertise in employers’ liability claims, including industrial disease cases, as well as acting on claims arising from RTAs. Interviewees praise his ability to “make something very complicated appear very simple.”

Hannah Clarke (formerly Hannah Rutterford) is a partner and is particularly well known for her work on spinal injury cases and fatal claims.

Hannah Clarke attracts significant praise for her “very knowledgeable” approach and excellent client care. She frequently acts on complex claims involving spinal and brain injuries, as well as handling psychiatric injury cases and fatal accidents.

Tom Ranson frequently handles claims involving chronic pain, spinal and complex brain injuries. Sources describe him as an “exceptional litigator” who “pays attention to detail and gives excellent client care.”


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