A SOLICITOR’S firm in the Tyne Valley has won a national award.

Stocksfield-based Claire Collinson Legal was named as the best dispute resolution solicitor outside of London at the Legal 500 Awards.

Judges from Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 conducted extensive research in the past year by carrying out 70,000 interviews with law firms and barristers across the country and came to the conclusion that Claire and her team in Northumberland were the best in their field.

Claire said: “It is very high recognition for us that we managed to achieve this, particularly as we are in a rural location.

“A lot of candidates in the category were from quite large firms with big offices and it is easier for them to gain a good reputation.

“To win this having a very small office in rural Northumberland really is a big achievement.”