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Date: 04/04/2017

Growing client demand has prompted the latest expansion for leading law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys, with another merger broadening the firm’s reach.

The latest move brings together the Hereford teams of Harrison Clark Rickerbys (HCR) and Gordon Lutton solicitors, to combine their strengths to offer clients a breadth and depth of expertise and skills, especially in sectors such as defence and security.

The focussed growth and drive comes from HCR’s managing partner, Rod Thomas, who said: “Our route to growth has always been guided by client demand, and in Herefordshire that demand has meant this merger is the best step forward to enable both firms to realise their potential.

“As businesses grow, they need the wider resources and greater expertise which we can provide, and while we focus on delivering exceptional client service, our individual offices each have particular sector strengths and service offers which reflect the needs of local business.”

For example, Thomas cited the firm’s defence and security expertise and connections and recent expo which brought together more than 400 people from across industry and the community together at the first Herefordshire Defence and Security Expo this February. The ongoing impact of relationships made at that event is enabling the county’s expertise in defence to be recognised at a national level.

The same is true of other offices - in Worcester, HCR’s strong commercial, private client and health and social care teams are drawing in clients from across the country; the Cheltenham office has especially strong education, corporate and employment teams; in Thames Valley, commercial property and international expertise is drawing clients to HCR’s Green Park offices, and in Birmingham the firm’s insolvency and licensing skills are in demand.
Each office responds to the client demand around it, and then draws on other teams to offer the full range of skills needed, offering the skills and experience of a big city law firm, for both companies and private individuals, right on clients’ doorsteps.

“We know that mergers like this work very well for clients; they can maintain relationships with their own lawyers, and for staff; they can continue to nurture their own specialisms,” he said. “For the firm as a whole, mergers are a feature of our history after all - Harrison and Clark merged in the 1960s, and we have taken that route in Cheltenham with Rickerbys and in the Wye Valley with Shawcross, so this is familiar territory.”

Colin Gordon, managing partner of Gordon Lutton, said: “The merger consolidates the significant presence of both firms within Herefordshire and beyond. We will continue to invest in Hereford and to support local growth, and our clients will benefit from a wider reach nationally and internationally. There are many exciting opportunities of which to be a part.”

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has 420 staff and partners based across offices in Hereford, the Wye Valley, Worcester, Cheltenham, Birmingham and the Thames Valley, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, agricultural and rural affairs, defence, security and the forces, advanced manufacturing and construction.