Well-known Leicester lawyer sets up Midlands office for ‘new model’ firm

Richard Osborn

One of the best known lawyers in the East Midlands has joined up with a new law firm to work across the region.

Richard Osborn, has left his role as Midlands regional office head at Leicester-based Weightmans to open a new office for Excello Law in Birmingham. He is joined by Stephen Belshaw, the former Shoosmiths partner.

Excello calls itself a “new model law firm” that offers “greater freedom to practise and provide better value legal services for clients”.

Osborn is a real estate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, particularly in commercial and residential development and regeneration, with clients ranging from national housebuilders and developers to local landowners and investors. He also has experience in the retail and leisure sector, having acted for several national retailers and leisure operators and has also led on a number of high-profile retail restructuring transactions.

Posting on LinkedIn, Osborn said: “After nearly 25 years with traditional law firms, I am delighted and excited to today be joining leading national new-model law firm, Excello Law, to launch a new Midlands office. I will still be based in Birmingham (at Two Snowhill) and Leicester and look forward to working with both new and existing clients and contacts across the East and West Midlands and beyond.

“The remit will be to grow the Midlands presence and we will be recruiting more senior lawyers across all practice areas.”

George Bisnought, managing director at Excello, said: “Excellence is central to everything we seek to achieve at Excello Law. We have been eyeing up the opportunity to open in Birmingham for some years now but wanted to ensure we did it in the right way. I am therefore delighted to now be launching in Birmingham, with two well-regarded lawyers from the local market who bring a wealth of experience but, importantly, understand the Excello culture.

“We see this as the begininng of a new chapter for Excello and our strategy for growth in the wider Midlands region and will be recruiting more senior lawyers across all practice areas.”