Firm profile submitted by Clarke Kiernan LLP
THE FIRM Clarke Kiernan LLP has been recognised for many years as a leading firm in Kent and the South East offering the highest levels of service. With two offices in Tonbridge, within easy reach of London, it is perfectly placed to assist clients in the South East and beyond. The firm has acknowledged expertise in many areas of litigation including fraud, crime, prison law, civil liberties, matrimonial and childcare law. This boutique firm is flexible in its methods of working and provides excellent service at levels normally seen only in the larger London based firms. Clarke Kiernan LLP acts regularly for private, professional and corporate clients as well as offering publicly funded assistance. The firm has contracts with the Legal Aid Agency in crime, family and housing. Formed in 1997, the firm’s reputation has grown steadily. It prides itself on being a young, modern and progressive firm that adopts a bespoke problem-solving approach to clients’ cases and for thinking of novel and practical solutions. The firm and its lawyers are members of the Specialist Fraud Panel, Children Panel and Resolution. The firm continues to demonstrate its commitment to client care by being available 24 hours a day each day of the year to help those in urgent need of assistance because they, a member of their family or a friend has been arrested. There is an emphasis on treating all clients with respect and keeping them fully informed as their case progresses. The firm will fiercely pursue their clients’ interests regardless of background, the popularity of their cause or the complexity of their case.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK The firm’s lawyers specialise within five departments – fraud, crime, prison, family and civil – but where necessary it provides a team of lawyers across departments to cater for a particular client’s needs. The crime and fraud teams deal with a range of work from road traffic to murder, miscarriage of justice cases, complex fraud, professional misconduct, and regulatory work. The family law team specialises in ancillary relief, private law Children Act and public law Children Act proceedings. The civil litigation department deals with possession cases, homelessness, disrepair, anti-social behaviour and neighbour nuisance cases. It also handles employment, debt, contentious probate, and professional negligence cases. This broad expertise is what allows the firm to assist clients and to do so with much success. The firm receives many referrals from other firms in the region and beyond, demonstrating their acknowledged expertise. They will often take on a case or develop a point of law that others will not. A vein of human rights law runs through all the departments. The firm has significant expertise acting for professionals including lawyers, teachers, doctors, accountants, police officers and care home staff and owners.