Providing a gold standard service
Blocks Solicitors – which incorporated as a limited liability partnership this year – continues to consolidate its reputation as a high-quality provider of legal services for commercial and private clients within the area, assisted by its regional specialisations. It has also attracted a growing number of clients from other parts of the country, particularly London, and from outside the jurisdiction.
This position has been confirmed by a very positive profile in this year’s Legal 500. Managing partner, Gerry Field, is aware of the challenges facing the profession, but is confident that progress will continue to be made by Blocks in the present economic climate. “We have responded to the recession by seeking to understand the difficulties our own clients are facing, being lean and efficient and delivering a service which matches their expectations in terms of quality, speed of turnover and cost. The key to sustained growth is providing a gold-standard service.”
Gerry himself is cited as someone who has drawn on his ‘vast experience’ in leading two large farming company demergers in an agricultural practice dealing in over £35 million worth of property and tax planning transactions this year.
‘Fair, efficient’ commercial partner, Andrew Fleming, ’inspires very high confidence’ among a diverse client base and has had a busy year in the corporate and commercial field, including an international joint-venture for a large food exporter. He is stated as providing ‘very helpful and astute commercial advice in complex transactions’.
The commercial property team has been joined by Graeme Burslem and continues to provide expert advice and services for, amongst other matters, land development, London based PCT work on new surgery projects and housing association work, including advising RSLs on golden brick transactions. Blocks also acts as the independent legal representative for a national lender on its commercial securities work.
The commercial litigation team is stated as being ‘agreeable and helpful and knows its stuff ‘. Commercial litigation partner Graham Mead is ‘commercially aware and tactically astute’. Amongst his major cases this year was an action on a commission dispute on behalf of a financial services company. Graham’s debt recovery team is mentioned as ‘very swift and good value’ in advising high net worth clients.
Graham also ‘advises on new licence applications’ and works in tandem with Andrew Fleming, who, amongst other licensed property work, acted on the winding up of a small pub chain this year.
Head of employment, Frances Barker, gives ‘excellent, practical advice’ and the team is bolstered by the arrival of Sallie Davies, who ‘adds notable experience in discrimination cases’.
In family law, Blocks ‘service and knowledge are exceptional. Lawyer Demelza Butler ‘gives clear advice in a calm and supportive way ‘.
Article published in the East Anglian Daily Times
25th September 2012. Reprinted by kind permission.