A leading North West law firm is to create 50 new jobs as it reveals its new brand strategy.
Birchall Blackburn Law, which has offices in (Preston, Chester, Chorley, Formby, Leyland, Manchester, Morecambe, Penwortham, Preston and Southport, intends to create the new posts over the next two years across all its offices.
The firm, which employs 250 staff, specialises in business and company law, elderly client services, employment, family law, general litigation, industrial disease, personal injury, residential and business property, wills and probate, trusts and criminal law.
Earlier this year, the firm gained the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the quality mark for legal experts in buying or selling property.
Michael Foxford, managing partner at Birchall Blackburn Law, said: “It’s a period of huge change in the legal industry with new legislation allowing non law firms to enter the market.
“While this may increase competition, by sticking to our guiding principles of always being there for our clients whenever they need us, we believe that our business is more than ready to successfully face the new challenges.
“We are actively looking for motivated people across all our teams and offices. We are committed to encouraging new staff to consider a career in law with particular emphasis on training the next generation. We’re very much looking to the future.”
Over 200 guests attended a series of events over the past week to mark the firm’s launch of its new brand as it looks to take its staffing levels past 300.
“We wanted to create a more modern and approachable brand to represent our guiding principles. Our competitors are no longer just other law firms but household brands such as Co-operative legal services and WH Smith, which can now offer legal advice under the new Legal Services Act.
“Having tested this brand internally and externally we believe this proposition will allow us to continue our rate of growth to benefit our clients, staff and to build on our commitment to creating jobs across all our offices throughout the North West.
“The Conveyancing Quality Scheme accreditation will see us attract more conveyancing work across all offices. It’s a challenging yet exciting time for the firm.”
The Conveyancing Quality Scheme, supported by some of the UK’s biggest financial lenders, requires solicitors firms to undergo rigorous examinations to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills, to provide quality conveyancing advice to homebuyers.