Fletchers Solicitors, one of the largest law firms in the UK specialising in clinical negligence, is to open a new office in the heart of Manchester employing up to 50 people.
The office, on the 15th floor in St James’ Tower on Charlotte Street, will be operational by February 2017, creating one of the city’s largest specialist clinical negligence teams.
Fletcher’s headquarters will remain in Southport, where 340 people are currently employed across the firm’s clinical negligence and serious personal injury teams, as well as its administrative support.
The new office continues the firm’s growth, which has seen it expand from a team of 90 people in 2012, as it aims to enter the UK’s list of Top 100 Law Firms by 2018.
This year, Fletchers has also experienced strong financial growth, with revenue increasing by 37 per cent rise and profit before tax by 50 per cent.
CEO Ed Fletcher said: “Manchester was the logical choice for our second location, with the city firmly established as the capital of UK clinical negligence practice.
“We will be aiming to add the brightest and best lawyers to our already successful team. Maintaining the same working practices and culture that led to Fletchers being named as one of The Sunday Times Best Places to Work earlier this year.”
Fletchers cites investment and innovation as the reasons for its impressive growth, creating what it describes as the future model for law firms.
Ed Fletcher adds: “We are extremely pleased with the company’s market position in a period of competitive and regulatory change. The growth, which has led us to opening the Manchester office, is a positive step towards achieving our goal of becoming a Top 100 law firm by 2018.
“By being innovative in our business practices, we have been able to champion the cause of fast and fair settlements in clinical negligence law, helping to strike the right balance between the rights of injured patients and the public interest. We see this approach as a model for future law firms that want sustainable success in a rapidly changing legal sector.
“As a result, we are now recognised with accreditations from Legal 500, Chambers and the Investors in People Gold Award and will continue on this success in the coming year.”