Another good year for ‘Simply Excellent’ Blocks Solicitors

Another good year for ‘Simply Excellent’ Blocks Solicitors

BLOCKS Solicitors with offices in Ipswich and Felixstowehad another very good year in the 2009 edition of the Legal 500, referred to as “a simply excellent firm” in its corporate and commercial practice, fronted by Andrew Fleming (“known for both his business sense and legal skills”) and Howard Wright (“highly rated”).

The commercial property team “target work in development, licensed property, commercial secured lending, industrial and retail” and the report highlights Blocks decade-long representation of Norwich & Peterborough Building Society in its dedicatedcommercial lending, one of only two firms nationally to do so.

The firm’s expertise in agriculture (“Gerry Field… takes a client focused approach to large farm purchases, partnership structuring and tenancy issues”) housing association work (“a range of acquisition, development and refinancing recently handling a £40m loan…”) and employment (“Frances Barker… busy with redundancy matters on behalf of its broad SME client base”) is emphasised.

On the litigation side, Graham Mead’s skills in landlord / tenant litigation and licensing are praised. Kate Threlfall’s team is cited for “excellent work” on behalf of the firm’s private client practice. Michael Sheehan’s advice on child care matters is described as being “of the highest order”.

‘We are particularly pleased that the Legal 500 gave us “honourable mentions” in all areas of work we undertake’, said senior partner “our strategy for building teams with focused and in depth expertise is clearly paying dividends.Despite the downturn, we have continued to expand in such areas as employment and private client work, which is reflected in two senior appointments recently.We look forward to the challenges and opportunities that the coming year will bring, in East Anglia and beyond’.