Michelmores opens Bristol office

13 Nov, 2012

Following the appointment of nationally recognised contentious agricultural law experts Peter Williams and Vivienne Williams (no relation) as partners, Michelmores LLP has acquired the Bristol office of Wilsons LLP.


Peter and Vivienne will be joined by two further agricultural partners, former Wilsons colleagues Ben Sharples and Miles Farren, together with the rest of the employees from the Wilsons Bristol office.


Four senior agricultural law appointments, supported by Philip Wolfgang who heads the Exeter office’s Agricultural Team, make a strong statement about the firm’s ambitions for this sector./p>


All are nationally recognised. Peter Williams, in particular, is acknowledged as the leading specialist in contentious agricultural law and is the editor of the main reference book “Scammell and Densham’s Law of Agricultural Holdings”.


Michelmores, which is headquartered in Exeter, also has offices in Chancery Lane, London, and currently has 49 partners.


Michelmores’ managing partner, Malcolm Dickinson, said:


“Opening an office in Bristol has been under consideration for some time and the availability of Peter Williams and the Wilsons team provided us with an opportunity not only to greatly strengthen our agricultural practice but to acquire an ongoing business in a strategically significant location.


“The Bristol office will undoubtedly grow over time and will become an important resource.  We believe that the Exeter, Bristol, London axis will have real impact on new business potential.”


Michelmores’ Bristol office is expected to be profit enhancing and turnover about £3 million in its first full financial year, propelling the firm into the UK’s top 100 law firms with an estimated annual turnover of £25m.


Malcolm Dickinson added:


“The agricultural business has provided the platform for this move but it is clear that we can grow our business in Bristol across other practice areas and sectors.”


Pictured: Bristol Harbourside

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