Law firms come together in merger deal

Posted by John Burrowes on Wednesday, October 01, 2014

We have agreed an exciting merger deal that will enhance our commercial law offering.

Hooper Burrowes Legal in Shrewsbury will join with commercial law specialist Blackbourn & Bond from October 1 2014, creating a combined legal team of 11 people.

It will also bring the commercial department to five people, each with more than 25 years experience working across all aspects of business and industry law.

Blackbourn & Bond will take the name of the larger company in the deal, with its founding partner Nick Blackbourn becoming a new director with Hooper Burrowes Legal.

Joining him in the move is legal assistant Val Whittall and consultant solicitor Stuart Rose who has already begun some consultancy work with the larger Shrewsbury-based practice.

“I have the greatest respect for Nick and I am thrilled that we’re able to combine our strengths. He and Stuart bring vast experience and specialisms that enable us to provide a full service to our commercial and business clients and will take the practice to the next level” said managing director John Burrowes.

Mr Blackbourn worked for major blue chip names including Guinness and United International Pictures before launching his business in Shrewsbury in 2003.

“The culture in our two companies is very similar, making this merger a very good fit for both us and good news for our clients” he said. “Client service level is of paramount importance and we both believe that the traditional model, whereby the cost of legal services is driven by fixed targets for lawyers, is both outmoded and can often work against the client’s interests.

“By having a team of largely self-employed and experienced lawyers working under one banner, the flexibility this provides means the value to the client governs the way things are done. I am very excited about the future of the merged practice”.

John Burrowes set up the practice at Battlefield Enterprise Park in 2011. The following year he was joined by director Robin Hooper, the former Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council chief executive, who is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts in planning, environmental and government law.

Hooper Burrowes Legal also deals with residential conveyancing, personal injury and medical negligence, wills, lasting powers of attorney, probate and estate administration.