News and Events

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors Recognised In Legal 500 Rankings

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors rated among the North East’s very best for client care as the 2019 Legal 500 rankings were announced.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine were given Legal 500 recognition in the following areas:

TBI’s Wynyard-based commercial teams enjoyed positive feedback across the board, including a top tier ranking for the firm’s Commercial Property department headed by Sara Garnett.  A testimonial described Partner Andrew Beattie as “very conscientious and attentive to detail’.

Our work with the likes of IPM Personal Pension Trustees on the acquisition of an industrial estate was one of many key – and complex – commercial property deals TBI assisted in this time. The firm also took on a brace of new legal advisors, Solicitor Nicole Tanfield and Paralegal Bethany Atkinson to strengthen further the real estate department.

“Clients always feel in a good, safe pair of efficient hands”, said one testimonial in the rankings.

TBI has also worked hard in its Wills, Probate, Tax and Trusts service to clients and individuals, which was rewarded with a rise in the Legal 500 rankings. The team – headed by Partner Nicola Dalzell – was given an added boost by the arrival of Solicitor Jessica Morton. The team was instructed to help in a number of multi-million pound estate cases, while TBI also supported local charities and hospice care. Managing Partner, Carolyn Tilly, and Senior Associate Solicitor, Annaliese Barber were also recognised in this year’s edition.

The ranking read, “the communication with the team and smiling faces from when you first enter the door makes them an absolute pleasure to deal with.”

Jessica and Andrew Beattie’s efforts alongside Partner Helen Dexter were also rewarded with recognition for Agricultural Law, while TBI’s Litigation practice was also given praise with a ranking for the team headed by Alison Leith, fellow Partner Nigel Broadbent and Associate Solicitor Gemma Smith.

Another Wynyard-based Solicitor, Michael Stevens, was chosen as a rising star for his work in assisting corporate businesses in Insolvency and Recovery processes, for which the firm was also handed a regional ranking.

Michael also forms part of TBI’s corporate and commercial department alongside Partners Craig Malarkey and John Walters, who celebrated their strong ranking following work, which included aiding the future of the Ad Astra Academy Trust.

“The team always respond to enquiries efficiently”, said one testimonial, backed up by another reading “large enough to have the expertise, but small enough to be flexible in their approach and not charge the earth.”

TBI’s Family Law team also earned praise with a first Legal 500 recognition for the Private Family department, thanks to the hard work of Shamin Ali and new department head, Wendy Beacom.

TBI’s managing Partner Carolyn Tilly said: “I am delighted that the hard work of all Partners and staff at Tilly Bailey & Irvine has been recognised even more so in 2019 by the latest Legal 500 rankings. It is an exciting time for the firm as we continue to grow and develop our solutions to make the client journey as effective as possible, and these recognitions only further cement the fact that these efforts are paying off already.”

If you require legal advice, please call the largest full service law firm of solicitors in Teesside on 0333 444 4422 or visit