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East Anglia has a regional economy shaped by many contrasting factors. It has, for example, a strong agricultural market driven by the rising price of farmland, a large number of owner-managed businesses, and a world-leading technology cluster that stems in large part from the University of Cambridge. The region is also home to a large high-net-worth population.

While a number of full-service firms have been able to tap into the growth in all key sectors, others are increasingly honing in on specialist areas. Taylor Vinters is a good example, as it has focused its services more on early-stage, high-growth technology companies through its offices in Cambridge, London and Singapore. It nevertheless retains strong rural and private client practices.

Ashton Legal has a widespread presence across the region and has a very balanced focus on business, injury and private client matters. Birketts LLP is perhaps the leading firm focused on regional work, which is shared across offices in Ipswich, Cambridge, Chelmsford and Norwich.

Howes Percival LLP is continuing to expand across the region and its young Cambridge office is growing apace, most notably through the recruitment of a commercial property team from Taylor Vinters. Mills & Reeve LLP picks up a large share of the highest-value work across the region, and is rapidly building on its national client base and its reputation as a viable alternative to London firms.

Eversheds LLP acts for some of the region’s largest business clients, although it also focuses on serving the firm’s national and international clients through its lower regional cost base. Greenwoods Solicitors LLP has leveraged the success of its growing Cambridge office and the ability of its Peterborough office to reach a geographically diverse client base.

Supplementing its long history as one of Cambridge’s leading firms, Hewitsons is the latest to open a London office through its merger with Moorhead James in Blackfriars.

Gotelee Solicitors is continuing grow outside its historically strong Ipswich base. The latest move saw it merge with Suffolk coastal law firm Margary + Miller to add offices in Woodbridge, Melton and Felixstowe. Prettys is gaining momentum under CEO Ian Carr, who has brought a more commercial eye to the management of the firm.

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