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Lodders expands Birmingham operation

Lodders has expanded its Birmingham office in St Paul’s Square to create a new ‘Birmingham Business Hub’.

Lodders has expanded its Birmingham office in St Paul’s Square to create a new ‘Birmingham Business Hub’.

Already the location for the firm’s top-ranking Family Law team headed by Beverley Morris, the firm has taken additional space to aid the continued expansion of its corporate and commercial, construction, employment and real estate teams that is part of its strategy to extend its legal services in Birmingham and across the West Midlands.

Lodders’ leading Legal 500 and Chambers UK ranked family team has been based in Birmingham since the merger between Lodders and the Divorce & Family Law Practice in 2017.

The family team were joined in Birmingham by construction partner, Heidi Brennan, in 2019 to lead and develop the firm’s construction law offering.

Corporate partner Graham Spalding, together with recent hires Damian Kelly, head of Lodders’ employment team, corporate partner Bradley Quin, real estate partner Lee McBride, and commercial litigation specialist Andrew Wylde, will spend parts of their working weeks based at the new-look Birmingham office, to help develop Lodders’ existing work with clients and contacts in the city and the wider West Midlands.

Amongst the first new hires based at the Birmingham Business hub is construction law specialist Kate Woodhall, who joins the firm’s specialist construction law team based in Birmingham as an associate, working alongside partner, Heidi.

Previously an associate at Shakespeare Martineau, Birmingham, Kate has specialised in non-contentious construction law matters for 16 years, with particular experience in drafting and negotiating consultant appointments, novation agreements, collateral warranties, building contracts, performance bonds, parent company guarantees and reliance letters.

Growth strategy

Lodders’ managing partner, Paul Mourton (pictured) explains that increasing the size of the firm’s Birmingham office is central to the next phase in its focussed growth strategy: “Creating the ‘Birmingham Business hub’ is central to Lodders’ ambitious growth strategy that builds on our reputation for quality and excellence in our legal skills and client service.

“The firm launched its biggest ever recruitment drive last year to fill over forty new roles by the end of 2022, and has already made a number of significant hires across the board. We continue to add best in breed legal experts to the firm that develop our sector-leading teams, amongst these our construction law team, for which Kate Woodhall is an excellent addition and fit.”

City focus

He adds: “Members of our corporate and commercial, employment, construction and real estate teams have been spending increasing amounts of time in Birmingham as instructions for high-value quality work continues to grow from within the city, and with it, work with other Birmingham-based advisors and professionals. The extra space enables us to maximise our profile and visibility in the city.”

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