A Coventry and Leamington firm
of solicitors is growing northwards after a merger with a practice in
RS Bull and Company, one of
Nuneaton's longest established law firms, is to merge with Alsters in
a move which will see the North Warwickshire practice expand the range
of services it offers.
The announcement ends growing
speculation about the future of the Nuneaton firm, where it employs a
total of 20 partners and staff.
It also makes Alsters one of
the three largest legal practices in Coventry and Warwickshire with a
total of 10 partners, 43 fee earners and 75 other staff at offices in
Hamilton Terrace, Leamington; Queen Victoria Road, Coventry and now
Dugdale Street, Nuneaton.
Alan Bull, senior partner at
RS Bull, who heads the firm's commercial and domestic conveyancing
"In common with many
other legal firms, we have been seeking ways to improve the services
we offer existing clients and at ways of attracting new business.
“As part of this process
we have been holding discussions over the past few months with about
half a dozen larger law firms in the region and this has obviously
sparked rumours about our future.
"We have had a long and
friendly association with Alsters, which we regard as being a
progressive and ambitious firm with high standards of client care
and good ideas for the future.
“Our discussions uncovered
many areas of opportunity which could be to our mutual benefit and
which we eventually decided would best be explored by a
RS Bull was founded in 1951 as
Oakey, Bull and Southall. It changed its name to RS Bull and Co in the
mid 1960s after it was taken over by Alan Bull's father Reg, who
remained a consultant to the firm until his death in 1993.
Alsters managing partner
Stephen Swindle added:
"This merger is good
news for clients of both RS Bull and Alsters because it further
enhances the skills and expertise we will be able to offer.
“We have also identified
several areas where we can expand the services we offer and with the
existing staff at Nuneaton and Alsters' willingness to invest in the
infrastructure at RS Bull, particularly in information technology,
we will be well placed to meet the challenges of the future."
Already the new team is
looking to expand RS Bull's commercial legal work. Although the firm
has a well-established private client base and undertakes commercial
conveyancing, it will use Alsters' experienced commercial department
at Leamington to develop a wider range of legal services for local
companies and businesses.
the merger, Alan Bull will become a consultant for Alsters while
criminal lawyer Mike Hall will become the Alsters Partner with
day-to-day responsibility for running the Nuneaton office and heading
the firm's newly-formed criminal department.