Leading regional law firms Coffin Mew and Charles Lucas & Marshall, have today announced that they are to merge, creating a legal services business with more than 270 years of combined experience across the central South.
The deal is a catalyst for Coffin Mew’s expansion in the South, taking the firm’s size to well over 200 employees across offices in London, Portsmouth, Southampton, Brighton, Gosport and now Newbury, Wantage and Swindon.
Charles Lucas & Marshall will continue trading as such for the time being, and will be seeking to deepen and enhance its relationships with clients and contacts.
Miles Brown, CEO, commented: “This merger will make Coffin Mew one of the largest law firms in the region – and sets us firmly on track to achieve our target of being a £20m turnover company by 2020.
“The ethos of Charles Lucas & Marshall is wholly compatible with our own. There is also a great synergy between our mutual specialisms. We can now present a bigger and better private client offering and bolstered corporate service offer, as well as expertise in the agriculture sector.”
Managing Partner of Charles Lucas & Marshall, Hemant Amin, added: “Merging with one of the South’s leading law firms gives Charles Lucas & Marshall the opportunity to remain in the vanguard of legal practice in the region.
“In Coffin Mew we have found a like-minded, highly respected firm that will enhance our expertise and depth of experience, making our client service second to none and a legal force to be reckoned with in the South.”
Contracts have been exchanged and it is anticipated that the merger will formally complete by the end of March 2017.
30 January 2017
Linda Robinson of law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall, has qualified as a licensed conveyancer.
A member of the firm’s residential property team, Linda studied for her exams and completed the practical part of the qualification this month.
“I worked as an office manager for a law firm in Faringdon for 15 years but decided I would like to move into conveyancing,” she said. “I started to study part-time and was then given the opportunity to move into residential property work.”
Linda joined Charles Lucas & Marshall earlier this year and is based at the firm’s Swindon office.
Chris Brierley, head of Charles Lucas & Marshall’s residential property team said: “We are delighted for Linda. Our team is accredited under the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. This means we are regularly audited to ensure our processes meet their exacting standards.”
You can contact Linda on 01793 511055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Brierley has joined Thames Valley law firm, Charles Lucas Marshall as head of its residential property team.
Previously a partner with north London firm, Farhi Jacob, he has been a practicing property lawyer for nine years and will lead Charles Lucas & Marshall’s residential property team across its offices in Newbury, Swindon and Wantage.
Charles Lucas & Marshall was one of the first firms in the UK to be accredited under the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) – set up by the Law Society to provide the public with a recognized quality standard for conveyancing services. The scheme requires firms to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self-reporting, random audits and annual reviews.
“I am delighted to be joining a firm with such a an excellent reputation in all its regional offices – and my aim is to build on the great work being done by the team and identify how we can get even better,” said Christopher.
A volunteer with the Royal Air Force, Christopher is a flight lieutenant of his RAF branch in Ruislip and leads a squadron of ten staff and fifty air training cadets.
You can contact Chris Brierley on 01635 521212 or email@example.com
Elianne Edgington and Mark Chapman have joined the family law team at Newbury solicitors, Charles Lucas & Marshall.
Elianne was previously with Reading solicitors, Field Seymour Parkes and prior to that was a family lawyer at Newbury firm, Horsey Lightly for eight years.
Mark Chapman was previously with Basingstoke solicitors, Wills Chandler and has also worked for Oxford law firm, Darbys.
Both have specialized in family law since 2006 and are members of Resolution, the family law group committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Resolution promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems which considers the needs of the whole family.
Thames Valley law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall has elected Hemant Amin as its new managing partner.
The firm, which has offices in Newbury, Swindon, Wantage and Hungerford, has been operating in the Thames Valley for nearly 150 years. With clients throughout the south of England, it advises many of the region’s leading commercial businesses and high net worth individuals.
Hemant Amin, who joined the Charles Lucas & Marshall in September 1989 has been a member of the firm’s management board for ten years. He will continue as practice development partner as well as taking over as managing partner from Malcolm Poynter on 1 August.
Malcolm Poynter will continue to head up the firm’s commercial property team.
David Thomas, head of Charles Lucas & Marshall’s Wantage office was re-elected as finance partner.
“We have a reputation for delivering a high standard of legal expertise from our specialist teams,” says Hemant Amin. “There has been a lot of change in the legal landscape and among regional law firms in recent years.”
“Our experience, reputation and loyal client base have enabled us to grow organically and ensure we are in the best possible shape to face the future.”
Hemant will also become president of Newbury Rotary Club in July.
You can contact Hemant on 01635 521212 or firstname.lastname@example.org