New jobs hope as law firms unite

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TWO local law firms have joined forces as they seek to reinforce their position on the high street.

Morecambe firms Baines Bagguley and The Penhale Practice entered into discussions to merge at the end of 2011 with a target date for the merged firm to start life on April 1, 2012.

Sadly, David Wilkinson, senior partner in the Penhale Practice, passed away last month before the merger came to fruition.

But the target date was achieved and both practices are now operating from 15 Northumberland Street under the new name Baines Bagguley Penhale.

The practice boasts an experienced workforce comprising seven fee-earners and 12 support staff.

The partners, Richard Bagguley, Glynn Entwistle and Nicola Codd, have retained all of their experienced staff and are also looking to make new appointments soon.

Mr Bagguley said: “I’m delighted that we have received a very positive response from our clients and professional colleagues alike. Our two practices have a very similar ethos and we shall continue to provide an expert service at a reasonable cost whilst retaining our independence – all qualities which we consider our clients expect and deserve.”

Mr Entwistle said: “We are a progressive practice embracing the challenging changes that currently confront the legal profession.

“We have as individual practices built our reputation on providing a personal and quality service.

“We have taken the step of merging to ensure that we can continue to provide that service for many years to come.”

Ms Codd added: “I am extremely pleased that the Penhale name, which has so many associations in the area over a long period will remain as part of the legal landscape.

“In fact we have a member of our team whose very earliest work experience coincided with the later days of Mr Raymond Penhale’s active involvement with the practice he founded. Of course I couldn’t possibly disclose who that is!”