Edward Smethurst

Recommendations From Key Clients

1. Gerry & Kate McCann in relation to Edward’s role as Chairman of Madeleine’s Fund

“Edward has assisted Kate and I since September 2007. His contribution has been immense: coordinating legal activity across 2 countries and encompassing both civil and criminal proceedings.

Edward is one of the most impressive people we have met- demonstrating clarity of thinking combined with a great deal of common sense. Above all he is a lovely man, giving freely of his time. He is passionate and determined and despite many other commitments has taken on the Chairmanship of Madeleine’s Fund. The search for Madeleine is in a much better place with Edward’s input and we are delighted that his achievements are being recognised by The Manchester Law Society with this special award.” – Gerry and Kate McCann


2. Patrick Stewart in relation to Edward’s role as Chairman of the Law Society Commerce & Industry Group North West

“Congratulations to Edward on being recognised by his peers in this manner. Edward is a widely respected member of the North West in-house legal community and has done huge amounts to promote the role and profile of the in-house lawyer. Edward has been Chairman of our Law Society North West Commerce & Industry Group since 2004. The North West has a vibrant and active in-house legal community and this is due, in large part, to Edward’s efforts and leadership of the North West Commerce & Industry Group.” – Patrick Stewart, Director of Legal & Business Affairs, Manchester United Limited


3. Rod Sellers OBE in relation to Edward’s role as Legal Director

“Edward was my Legal Director when I was Chairman of the Ultraframe Group of Companies. Edward’s capability, enthusiasm and passion for his job is self-evident. As well as being an excellent lawyer, Edward is also very entrepreneurial and business focussed and adds value in the wider context. Edward has also worked tirelessly for charities such as Cancer Research UK and Madeleine’s Fund and his award is richly deserved.” Rod Sellers OBE, Chairman, Diligencia Strategic Management Support


4. John Lancaster MBE, Founder of The Ultraframe Group of Companies and Chairman of The Lancaster Foundation


“Over the 12 years we have worked with him, Edward has proved to be an outstanding lawyer. He has a unique ability to fully appreciate and influence the commercial aspects of the diverse legal matters that he is involved in. He richly deserves his lifetime achievement award.” John Lancaster MBE – The Lancaster Foundation

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