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From 'corner shop' to national success story - Willans LLP solicitors celebrates platinum anniversary

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From 'corner shop' to national success story - Willans LLP solicitors celebrates platinum anniversary

Leading full service law firm Willans LLP is toasting its 70th anniversary this April.

The firm’s highly regarded lawyers advise national as well as local businesses, charities & not-for-profit organisations, international corporations and individuals, never losing sight of the core principle on which the firm was founded, its customer service.

Bridget Redmond, managing partner, said: “The firm today is very much the product of the hard work, professionalism and business acumen of the many partners and staff who have been involved with the firm during its 70 years.”

“We are better equipped than ever to look after our clients, their businesses and their evolving and complex needs. We have grown to a size that has enabled us to develop real depth of expertise in specialist areas including intellectual property and renewable energy, areas of specialism that Alec Willans wouldn’t have dreamed of back in 1947!

"Yet we are still committed to providing excellent, personal service to individuals, helping them with their wills or conveyancing, just as he would have done.”

The Lexcel-accredited firm is commended in prestigious legal guides, Chambers and Legal 500, as are a number of its lawyers. Today Willans’ multi-disciplinary team provides a range of services to clients, from wills, family law and conveyancing through to commercial matters, litigation, property and employment.

Willans in numbers

69,000 poundsraised over a snapshot of 5 years for local charities such as LINC, National Star, The Nelson Trust, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and Cobalt

99 per cent of clients who responded to our surveys say they would recommend us to friends, family and business connections

88 is the combined number of years that our lawyers spent working for City-based law firms

75 first-class,hardworkingpeople work at Willans LLP 

70 years ago Alec Willans hung up his brass plate, after wartime service in the Royal Navy

68 years ago Alec Willans acted for Mr Marchant in a case in front of the Western Traffic Commissioners. Gloucestershire’s leading coach operator Marchant Coaches remain a client

50 percent split providing highly regarded commercial and private client legal advice

28 years and counting(!) of dedicated service by conveyancer Steve Diamond and commercial property consultant Jonathan Mills

24 years ago we appointed our first female partner and we have had female managing partners in post since 2006. We are proud to have been ahead of our time in applying gender equality in our approach to recognising and promoting talent

13 partners steer our firm which provides comprehensive legal services in residential property/conveyancing; divorce & family law; wills, probate & trusts; agriculture & estates; dispute resolution/litigation; employment; commercial property; corporate & commercial; intellectual property; information technology & e-commerce; inheritance & probate disputes; property litigation; charity law and mediation

9 consecutiveyears we have held the Law Society’s quality mark (Lexcel) reassuring clients that we are a well-run firm and one that provides a high quality service. Only a handful of county law firms hold this accolade

8 smaller firm mergers make Willans the size we are today

4 office buildings on Cheltenham’s Imperial Square

2 cases making international headlines demonstrating our ability to handle ground-breaking court cases for clients as diverse as a dispute over a frozen embryo to a trade mark infringement case

2 prestigious national legal guides rate us year-on-year after speaking to our clients

Supporting the next generation

University of Gloucestershire law students with head of law school, Dr Tracy Jones (left, dressed in white) and senior law lecturer, Saba Yousif (front right) with Willans’ commercial lawyers (seated L-R) Caroline Leviss, Megan Bullingham and Jenny Hawrot.

Willans has formed a partnership with the University of Gloucestershire and is supporting its law school by helping to mentor and coach the next generation of lawyers.

Activities planned include legal master classes and Your Future Plan legal career talks. There is also a new award at the university, the Willans award for the best intellectual property student.

Lawyers with corporate & commercial, employment and litigation experience met with some of the students involved in the university’s law clinic last week (5 April) to talk about their career paths, a typical day at the office, handling caseloads and advising clients.

Bridget Redmond, managing partner of Willans, said: “We are excited to partner with the university in our 70th year and to be supporting the next generation of aspiring lawyers. We hope that by working with the university we will give students a flavour of what a career in law is really like.”

Dr Tracy Jones at the University of Gloucestershire commented: “This partnership with Willans will offer our law degree students invaluable practical experience through engagement with industry.

"The university is one of few in the country which strives to offer students opportunities to learn through practical and not just academic experience. We are grateful to Willans for their support.”


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