December 13 2013 Latest news:
Shaun Lowthorpe , Business editor
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Plans for three Norfolk law firms to merge have taken a step forward after securing the green light from the solicitors watchdog.
Under the proposals which were approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) the firms - Greenland Houchen Pomeroy Solicitors (GHP), Hood Vores & Allwood Solicitors (HVA) and Overbury Steward & Eaton Solicitors (Overburys) will merge to form Spire Solicitors LLP.
Kevin Oelrichs, partner at the firm said the merger offers an answer to the significant changes taking place within the legal world and the issues currently facing many firms of solicitors.
“The merger of our three firms was the response to a shared vision of the need for a modern legal firm offering a service suited to both the traditions of the region and the demands of the future, providing our clients with the legal services they require, in the way they want them
delivered and at a fair cost,” he said. “However, the personal service which was at the heart of all three firms, will continue to be a cornerstone of the company and the heritage of each of them will form the foundation of Spire Solicitors LLP.”.
The newly created Spire Solicitors LLP is now one of the largest legal firms in Norfolk, providing a full range of legal services from eight offices across the county.
Its new head office will be in GHP’s main building on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich. Overbury’s partners and staff have already vacated their Tombland premises to join their new colleagues, and the firm is set to maintain a strong regional presence, with offices in Attleborough, Aylsham, Dereham, Diss, Long Stratton, Watton and Wymondham.
Alisdair Liddle, partner, said: “With offices across the county, we aim to make the full complement of Spire’s services more accessible to clients throughout Norfolk and we may well look to enhance this further by expanding our branch network in the future.”
David Rose, partner, said: “Our increased size and presence will also allow us to continue to expand Spire’s current areas of expertise for example – social housing, commercial property and agriculture.”
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