A BARRISTER from Rangeworthy has been ranked one of the top 100 in his profession.

Andrew Marsden, a member of Bristol-based St John’s Chambers, has been publicly recognised in The Chambers UK 100 Bar which lists the top barristers practising at the Bar of England and Wales.

Mr Marsden, whose family is well known in Rangeworthy, has achieved such prestigious recognition by being ranked in a mixture of commercial, company and partnership bands .

A barrister and mediator specialising in company, partnership, agency and commercial litigation, his practice covers contractual disputes of all types, company law, and partnership and agency disputes. He also handles certain professional negligence claims.

"It is great to have been included amongst the very top lawyers in my field,” he said.

“I believe that reflects the clear, commercial and practical approach that I always try to adopt when advising my clients.

“My specialist expertise as regards company, partnership and commercial legal matters is available right here in the West Country and I shall strive to continue to provide a first class service to all those that instruct me."

The lists are compiled by Chambers UK directory from its rankings of leading barristers in their specialist areas, and they name the top 200 out of a total of about 12,000 barristers in independent practices.

In citing Mr Marsden, the Chambers 100 UK Bar said: “Andrew is amongst the very best juniors practising on the Western circuit.

“He has a broad commercial practice and wins special praise for his work in the company and partnership sphere.

“His recent cases include Reynolds v Pedigree Books, where he defended a claim concerning alleged breaches of directors’ duties, and Beeny v MG Associates, which involved a claim arising out of the sale of an accountancy practice.

“Commentators say that he is ‘an approachable barrister with a keen eye to the commercial priorities of a case, who is ready to challenge and question the evidence before him.”