Crutes' philosophy is to focus on the needs of their clients
CRUTES' nationally recognised expertise in insurance litigation has seen it top the regional rankings in this year's Legal 500.
The firm, which has offices in Newcastle, Stockton and Carlisle was awarded top spot for its work in defendant personal injury and professional negligence. It was also named among the top five North East firms for public sector litigation, an area where the firm’s strong performance means it advises almost 60 local authorities across the UK.
Helen Ager, Crutes managing partner and Stephen Crute, partner, were named as leading individuals by the influential index which is widely regarded as the definitive judgment of law firm capabilities.
Crutes, which has seen its profits increase by 50% over the last year, was also recognised as the region’s top firm for health and safety and regulatory work and highly rated for its performance in commercial property, commercial litigation, criminal law arising out of white collar crime and private client work.
Helen, the first female managing partner of a North East commercial law firm, said: “We are particularly pleased to be rated so highly for our commercial work, given that this is such a challenging and competitive marketplace currently.”
Despite the accolades, the firm remains down-to-earth and focused on its clients, both public and private.
Helen explained: “Crutes is pleased to feature in Legal 500 as one of the region’s leading firms, but clients will only really understand the Crutes difference when they get to know us and our people.
“We know we are different – we are not the biggest law firm in the region, but people like us. Once they instruct us, they tend to come back to us, and we receive excellent client satisfaction results across the board.
“Crutes’ approach to legal services is based on a simple formula – hire the very best people, listen to what our clients want and match their needs with our people.
“We are always mindful that our work has to be in-line with clients’ objectives, whether business or personal. We won’t waste time or resources where it doesn’t benefit you or your business, and we won’t advise you to take a course of action that benefits our bottom line more than it does your own.”
Crutes has been in the North East since 1907 and today employs 93 staff and partners.
“We are a multi-disciplined practice with some of the region’s brightest lawyers at our core,” added Helen. “Technical brilliance goes hand in hand with a uniquely down-to-earth and straightforward approach to legal services and it is this that makes Crutes stand out from the crowd.”