Expansion for law firm
by Marco Cillario Thu 7 April 2016, 12:14 pm
A Reading-based law firm has experienced rapid expansion throughout the last year.
Blandy & Blandy, one of the Thames Valley’s oldest firms, founded in 1733, has described 2015 as a “very successful” year. It saw the opening of a second office, the appointment of four new partners and of the firm’s first female chairman, as well as the firm’s headcount approaching 100 and a continued commitment in supporting local charities.
The year began with the launch of the new office at 33 Blegrave Street in the town centre, close to Reading Station, housing the firm’s company and commercial, dispute resolution and employment law teams.
John Dingle, Claire Dyer, Joanne Frears and Jonathan Williamson became partners during 2015, making Blandy & Blandy a 19-partner firm.
Brenda Long, after taking on the role of senior partner following Simon Dimmick’s step down in December 2015, became the company’s first female chairman.
“Blandy & Blandy is proud of its longstanding history of nurturing and supporting the careers of female colleagues and in my opinion is among those firms leading the way on this, both in the region and beyond,” she said.
“Nine of our firm’s 19 partners are female - a flagship balance that we are very proud of and committed to maintaining.”
The company was named a finalist in the ‘enlightened employer’ category at the Women in Business Awards 2015.
The property team also continued to expand with the arrival of Andrew Bond from international law firm Taylor Vinters.
Joint managing partner Philip D’Arcy linked the firm’s growth to that of Reading, explaining: “As a wealth of recent research has highlighted, both the immediate and longer term prospects for Reading are very exciting.
“Reading has one of the most highly educated workforces outside of London and represents an almost unrivalled location and offering for businesses, large and small, and the town and its surrounds provide an excellent place to live and work.”
“As Reading continues to grow and evolve, so do we.”
Blandy & Blandy also renewed its commitment to supporting local charities and charitable initiatives.
Since 2014 the company has donated around £25,000 to Younger People with Dementia (Berkshire West), which provides support to those who develop the disease before 65, and Camp Mohawk, which helps children with special needs to play, socialise and learn in a secure environment.
A quiz night organised by the firm in April 2015 hosted 17 Thames Valley companies and raised £3,000 for the two charities.
Blandy & Blandy also supported fundraising events in 2015, such as the Reading Pancake Race, Berkshire’s Easter egg hunt, held at Highclere Castle, and the Reading Legal Walk.