March will see us complete the “big move” as staff from our Blackfriars office (formerly staff of Fruhman Davies Livingstone) move to our St James Square Office. We look forward to them joining us and all working together to drive the business forward.
We are already benefiting from the sharing of cultures and ideas and drawing on each others strengths. In doing so we look to improve on the service levels we provide to our clients.
Our expanded team and greater depth of expertise means we are better equipped to work more closely with our owner managed businesses and their families. The reason the talks went so well during the proposed merger was our shared belief in providing quality legal solutions that our clients can afford. This will remain the main focus as the business moves forward. We want to spend more time getting to understand our clients business and to provide legal services that make a difference to our clients businesses and lives. We continue to be focused on being a business which is big enough to trust small enough to care with us going the extra mile while taking ownership of our clients issues.
The firm continues to invest in new IT and communication systems which will allow us to continue to improve the delivery of our legal services.
Like most commentators have already stated we are beginning to see an upturn in the property market and anticipate increasing activity over the coming months in terms of site acquisitions for residential development, commercial property and house buying generally. We are well placed to benefit from this.
We are finding businesses are still careful with their cash and appreciate the importance of getting value for money as well keeping on top of cash flow. Therefore we continue to deliver legal services which help improve our clients collection.
As the Government continues to introduce changes in employment legislation we are making sure our clients are updated. We appreciate that a well run workforce is fundamental to a successful business and therefore we will work with our clients on this.
On a personal note, I am one of only 60 Deputies appointed to the Public Guardianship Office advising and representing people who are under a disability, as well as helping families cope with their issues with elderly parents and other vulnerable members of their family. This is an area of work which we find challenging and increasing. We are an ageing population and making sure plans are in place to look after ourselves (and our families) in later life can be achieved with some forward planning and foresight. Malcolm Abel and Chris Burrows head an expanded Wills and Probate team and offer solutions to issues many of us put off having in place till it’s too late. Inheritance tax planning and wills are something we should all plan for now.
As a business we also encourage people to volunteer a considerable amount of time to good causes. Many of us are involved in education as governors and representatives on local authority forums. We appreciate the importance of education and our experience has allowed us to advise families on the complex issues in education.
On a final note I want to convey to you all that we will continue to strive to improve the services we provide and to engage with our clients.