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Law firm all set for expansion in 2014

Phillip Gilmore and David Hawke of Vincents

Phillip Gilmore and David Hawke of Vincents

Lancashire law firm Vincents Solicitors is set to build on the success of the last 12 months with continued expansion in 2014 including a new office in Lytham.

The firm, which was established in Garstang in 2000 and is now headquartered in Preston, has grown turnover by 20 per cent this year to over £4m, and increased fee-earning staff across the business by 25 per cent over the last 6 months.

Marking the end of the first year of a five-year plan to double the size of the business by 2017, managing partner Phillip Gilmore has set out the firm’s ambitions.

Targeting new markets with appointment of experts in a variety of sectors, building on the firm’s existing strengths and expanding the geographic footprint are key to the strategy.

He said: “Vincents has long been associated with private client work, providing an excellent service for families, individuals and businesses across the region. The essence of the business is in the quality of our people and the service we provide.

“We are always on the lookout for good quality fee earners and support staff to join us, and are in the market for mergers and acquisitions for businesses that share our ethos. In the past 12 months we have recruited highly skilled professionals and expanded our expertise and offering in commercial, corporate, dispute resolution, employment, family - particularly child care proceedings- private client and conveyancing.

“Over the next six months we will be also looking to recruit legal executives and law graduates with a view to offering more training contracts to support our senior practitioners.”

Vincents’ recently appointed head of private client services Chris Mathews, will also lead the firm’s new branch in Lytham which is set to open in the coming weeks.

It follows the recent opening of an office in Colne, investment in refurbishment at the Garstang and Knott End offices, and a move to new larger premises in Longridge.

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