Thomas Solicitors – which was bought by failed law firm Challinors three years ago – has been acquired by East Midlands practice Hawley & Rodgers.
The 14-strong firm, which has offices Loughborough and Long Eaton, has operated as a standalone brand in that time and continued to trade profitably despite its parent company’s financial difficulties, according to a statement issued yesterday.
Hawley & Rogers has offices in Nottingham, Loughborough and Bingham, and Thomas Solicitors will in time assume its name.
The Long Eaton office of Thomas Solicitors will remain and be developed, while the Loughborough office “will retain its separate identity for the foreseeable future to ensure continuity for clients”.
Alan Mangham, managing partner at Hawley & Rodgers, said: “We’re convinced that Thomas Solicitors’ expertise and market knowledge will benefit not only our existing clients, but new ones too.
“As well as safeguarding 14 jobs, we see this new partnership as an unrivalled opportunity to grow and expand our wealth of skills, as well as operate in Long Eaton – a new area for us – and add strength to our offices in Loughborough, Nottingham and Bingham.
“We believe the deal will strengthen our position within the East Midlands and enable us to meet the ever-changing challenges of the legal market from a position of strength, whilst at the same time maintaining our combination of traditional values and forward-thinking.
“It is just the start of our strategic plan to open new offices across the region, offering our well-balanced blend of publicly-funded and private work.”
The Hawley website claims that its lawyers “can help you and your business or family in ways you probably never dared hope for”.