Marsden Rawsthorn awarded Downtown Preston Business Award
Tuesday 17th November 2009
Marsden Rawsthorn have been awarded Downtown Preston "Best New Business" Award 2009. This is great recognition of the commitment and efforts of the whole team which has contributed to the growth of the firm since its merger and relocation over 12 months ago.
The award coincides with a series of top level changes as it gears up for major growth. The firm, which was created just over a year ago following one of the biggest mergers in the region’s legal history is now putting plans in place to take it to "another level", according to new CEO Stephen Hodgson. He replaces Charles Maher who has stepped down from the post after five years following the successful merger and relocation to Fulwood.
Stephen's rise coincides with a number of new appointments that reflect the firms continued expansion. Former RBS Director Terry Riding has joined as Finance Director and the Family Law Department, already the biggest in Lancashire, has recruited two more lawyers and additional administration support. New posts in dispute resolution, insolvency and probate are currently being advertised. The plan is to have 20 new fee earners in post by 2011, which would consolidate Marsden Rawsthorn's position as the leading law firm in Lancashire.
The firm is currently reaping the benefits of the innovations it has implemented since its move to its purpose-built Faraday Drive offices in 2008. Significant investment in online technology has resulted in more than a third of new instructions coming via online enquiries, whilst a pioneering Key Client Care Programme is underway within the firm to ensure maximum client satisfaction levels.
New CEO Stephen, who grew up in Fulwood where the firm is based, believes Marsden Rawsthorn is redefining the way regional law firms work. "The legal profession is facing huge change and many firms will find this brave new world difficult to cope with. However we believe that with change will come opportunities for us to grow organically, via partnering arrangements and through acquisition. This future growth will be secured by our understanding of what our clients really want and ensuring we deliver services in the way they want them delivered."
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