Nottingham based Paragon Law, the East Midlands region niche immigration law firm has been awarded Mid-Market Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year by Global 100 and has been awarded Corporate Immigration Law Service Provider of the Year in England by the international network, Global Advisory Experts.
Both of the awards are given following peer recommendation and an assessment by a judging panel with no self-nominations from shortlisted firms taken in to consideration.
Global Advisory Experts (GAE) is a guide to the leading advisory professionals in the world, with a membership of over 2000 experts in over 140 countries. James Bailey of GAE said “this is our 11th Annual Awards and this year shortlisted candidates were judged on client testimonials, key transactions, rankings, overall reputation, publication contributions, speaking engagements and the performance and standing of teams and individual advisory experts. During the recommendations stage we received over 55,000 responses from business directors, finance professionals, independent advisory firms, high net-worth individuals, advisory associations and visitors to the GAE website and LinkedIn users. These recommendations were combined with GAE’s own independent research and following which Paragon Law were notified as being the winner.”
David Wakefield of Global 100 said “our publication consists each year of only 100 of the world’s leading firms and individuals, with votes received from our global readers, in over 163 countries worldwide. The purpose of the Global 100 is to provide our readership with a comprehensive understanding of those firms that are truly leaders within their chosen areas of specialisation. Once all the votes have been received an independent panel of judges review the votes and in 2020 the judges were asked to strongly focus on the complexity and strategic significance of the work conducted by the shortlisted firms. As a winner, Paragon Law demonstrated that they are an industry leader and are an exemplary team in immigration law.”
The firm also during lockdown once again secured a rating of Excellent with the Law Society’s Lexcel quality benchmark for law firms.
Lexcel sets the required Standard in seven different areas: structure and strategy, financial management, information management, people management, risk management, client care and case management.
Most importantly, according to Paragon Law’s Practice Manager James Firman, it helps raise standards and promote a quality management approach to practice management and client care. He said ‘this is our fifth Lexcel accreditation in a row and they are always an incredibly rigorous process. However, this year was made all the more challenging due to the unprecedented upheaval of the Covid-19 crisis and the associated Lockdown period. We were already working on a more agile approach to working prior to the crisis with remote and flexible working becoming more commonplace but that can present challenges, especially when you are working to the exacting standards expected of Lexcel.”
Paragon Law’s managing director said “the team have been quick to embrace the new ‘’normal’’ and we’ve been able to adapt very quickly to the changes as we have a very innovative culture here at Paragon. We are making major investments in our IT infrastructure and as well as working to the excellent guidelines of the Law Society. The support of the business community be it clients, suppliers, other professional services and organisations such as the East Midlands Chamber, MSDUK and Nottingham Partners has been invaluable to our business. Ultimately, our Lexcel rating and awards is testament to all Paragon people who have continued to provide excellent customer service and supported each other during this time”