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Chambers and Partners rank Clarkslegal highly for 2023  

Clarkslegal is delighted to announce that once again we have been recognised as a Top Ranked firm by Chambers and Partners for the following practice areas; Construction, Employment, Litigation and Real Estate.

Chambers and Partners is an independent professional legal research company operating across 200 jurisdictions delivering detailed rankings and insight into the world’s leading lawyers.

Along with the recognition of our practice areas, eight of our outstanding lawyers have been highly recommended by the directory; Ashan Arif, Antony Morris, Chris Tayton, Helen Beech, Michael Sippitt, Monica Atwal, Simon Ralphs and Stephen James.

The strong rankings are further endorsed by highly complementary client and peer feedback. Please see below extracts from the editorial:


Clarkslegal has an accomplished team with the experience to handle an array of local, national and international matters. The firm advises a range of industry players, including contractors, developers and purchasers of construction services. The team provides significant expertise in procurement and contract matters for major development projects, while additionally representing clients in disputes, including arbitrations and adjudications.

“Clarkslegal do a fantastic job of taking very complicated facts and circumstances and consolidating them succinctly.”

Stephen James

Stephen James acts on both contentious and non-contentious mandates for a range of developers, architects, contractors and employers. He is able to handle the full range of transactional contractual matters, alongside professional appointments and amendments. Stephen is equally adroit at handling complex construction disputes, with a focus on back-end matters such as final account claims and defect issues.

“Stephen James is a seasoned litigator.”

“We were very pleased with Stephen’s support and, of course, enjoyed the highly successful results he obtained for us.”

“Stephen is equally adroit at handling complex construction disputes, with a focus on back-end matters such as final account claims and defect issues.”


Ashan Arif

Ashan Arif acts as the head of Clarkslegal’s corporate and M&A team. He has a wealth of corporate expertise that covers everything from private equity investments through to business restructures.

“He’s very practical, he speaks his mind, and knows what his clients want.”

“Ashan is straightforward, polite, and showed a good understanding of our position.”

Monica Atwal

Managing Partner

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Chambers and Partners is an independent professional legal research company operating across 200 jurisdictions delivering detailed rankings and insight into the world’s leading lawyers.


Clarkslegal advises on the full range of issues affecting employers and employees, with notable strength in restructures, TUPE transfers and senior executive matters. It also handles large-scale litigation, tribunals and problems with regard to industrial relations. The team acts for a range of clients from small businesses to large employers in the automotive, technology, pharmaceutical and gambling sectors.

“Clarkslegal truly understand our business and make recommendations that fit with the course of action we have taken previously, helping us to ensure a consistent approach and making sure we are fully aware of any associated risks.”

“Clarkslegal always offer a commercial solution.”

“They are always available, and make time to understand the full background, complexities and sensitivities.”

Helen Beech

Helen Beech maintains an extensive practice encompassing industrial relations and discrimination claims. She frequently advises her clients on HR issues, including disability grievances and restructuring matters.

“When working with Helen I am always reassured as Helen puts a great deal of thought, expertise and experience into the best approach for often complex and sensitive matters.”

“It is a real pleasure to work with Helen. She has a keen understanding of our business and what’s important to us.”

Monica Atwal

Monica Atwal is the managing partner of Clarkslegal. She has considerable employment expertise, including GDPR and gender pay gap matters. She is experienced in advising clients on sexual harassment allegations and TUPE issues, and is particularly adept at assisting clients with immigration matters.

“She provides razor-sharp advice on HR matters.”


Clarkslegal is regularly involved in high-profile disputes on behalf of clients in a variety of sectors, including the energy and automotive industries. The team’s expertise covers a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes, including contractual terminations, unfair prejudice petitions and breaches of directors’ duties.

“The firm were very knowledgeable and their guidance and predictions were very accurate. The firm are always very responsive and deliver what they’ve promised.”

“The team delivers first-class customer service.”

“They are always prompt and very thorough.”

Antony Morris

Antony Morris is a highly regarded practitioner active on a range of litigation including contractual cases and disputes concerning directors’ duties.

“He’s very knowledgeable, clearly understands his subject area and delivers practical and commercial advice.”

“Antony is very intelligent and very effective.”

Chris Tayton

Christopher Tayton is experienced in a wide range of commercial and contractual disputes, including procurement cases.

“He understands complex technical details and gives measured, practical advice.”

“Chris is a dynamic, driven and superb litigator with a wealth of experience. He is well able to foresee difficulties which might arise in litigation and cater for them at an early stage.”

Commercial Real Estate

Clarkslegal advises on major commercial and residential property transactions and development projects. The firm is also equipped to assist with complex investment and portfolio management matters. It regularly handles public sector work, including assisting education and healthcare clients. Its strong client base consists of notable regional and national organisations. The team has further strength in advising clients in the hotel and leisure sector.

“The team have a pragmatic and forthright approach to their deals. They always respond quickly and push deals through in good time.”

“Clarkslegal has a wide and varied team with specific skill sets.”

“The firm provides fast and detailed responses. They have never let us down.”

Simon Ralphs

Simon Ralphs is head of the Clarkslegal real estate team and splits his time between the firm’s London and Reading offices. His practice sees him acting for clients within the retail and hospitality sectors. He has significant experience in development and investment work.

“He has a consistent and calm approach to matters.”

“Simon provides reliable and timely advice.”

You can view Clarkslegal’s rankings on the Chambers and Partners website.

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Monica Atwal

Managing Partner

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