Bath law firm Stone King has won praise for its high quality advice to families and individuals in the leading legal industry bible Chambers UK 2014.

The annual directory, which identifies the top solicitors and law firms through in-depth interviews with clients and industry insiders, places Stone King in the highest tier for its family and private client work.

Stone King's family & mediation team handles a variety of family issues - including matters involving children - and provides specialist mediation and arbitration services to separating couples.

A client quoted in the guide says: "Their strongest points are their good communication and empathetic approach". Another adds that the team are "very friendly, very understanding and sympathetic to my needs".

Notable practitioners include department head John Brownrigg who is singled out for his reassuring manner and experience in family law and complex financial disputes.

Stone King's private client team also receives glowing recognition in Chambers UK 2014. The guide says the team is  known for its commendable prowess across the range of private client work, with a strong focus on elderly client care planning. Advice on cross-border trusts and asset protection are also a forte.

A client says: "They show confidence in dealing with very complex matters. Most importantly, we were treated with kindness and understanding during an emotionally difficult period."

Notable practitioners include Alison Allen who specialises in elderly client care matters. Sources praise her ability to communicate effectively with clients and assert that "she is outstanding. Her expertise in long-term care funding is second to none." 

Stone King's managing partner Steven Greenwood said: “I'm delighted that the high quality legal advice we offer to individuals and families has been independently recognised in this important guide to the UK's best law firms and lawyers.

"I'm particularly pleased to see that we have been placed in the very highest tier for the specialist and sensitive work we do in this area. This is a fantastic achievement and reflects the professionalism of our lawyers and the first-class service they provide."