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East Anglia’s regional economy is highly diverse, having a strong agricultural industry and a thriving community of SMEs and owner-managed businesses alongside the burgeoning technology cluster around Cambridge University. It is also home to a large number of high-net-worth individuals.

In the wake of the EU referendum, commercial activity paused briefly, then came back strongly. Law firms have, therefore, been busy with company sales and commercial property work, as well as advising clients on the potential impact of Brexit, which could have a particularly strong impact on the agricultural sector, thanks to its reliance on European subsidies.

The trend among the region’s firms towards expansion on a regional, national or international basis continues. Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which has two offices in the region, combined with a US firm in 2017, further strengthening its international offering. Taylor Vinters has a flow of work through its Singapore office and now has a clear focus on a client base of innovative and entrepreneurial companies and individuals across a wide range of industry sectors. Mills & Reeve LLP continues to target the best of regional work alongside a growing portfolio of national and international matters. Ashtons Legal and Birketts LLP have a strong regional offering across their office networks and both have key practice areas that handle work from across the UK and, in a growing number of cases, overseas. Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough now has an international connection through its close alliance with CastaldiPartners, which has offices in Milan and Paris.

In other developments, Howes Percival LLP’s young office in Cambridge is quickly expanding to become a stronger force in the market. Andrew Barnes stepped down as managing partner and Tessa Haskey is now chair of the board. Another key management change saw Alistair Lang retire from his role as CEO of Gotelee Solicitors, where he is succeeded by Charles Rowett.

Greenwoods Solicitors LLP continues to expand its team in both Peterborough and Cambridge. Hewitsons is a stalwart of the Cambridge market and in several practice areas remains a leading light in the region. Bircham Dyson Bell bought the office that previously belonged to King & Wood Mallesons, marking its entry into the Cambridge market.


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