Pianist-turned-top-lawyer playing out career in city he loves

L-R David Crawley, Jude Fletcher and Andy Herricks of law firm Fletcher Day

Commercial law firm Fletcher Day is targeting major growth in Manchester, spearheaded by a lawyer who originally arrived in the city to study at the world-renowned Chetham’s School of Music.

Jude Fletcher, managing partner of Fletcher Day, studied at Chetham’s in the early 1990s as a classical pianist, before qualifying as a lawyer and going on to work for major international law firms in London including Mishcon de Reya.

In 2009, he launched his own law firm in Mayfair, but was determined to launch a second office in the city he came to love as a student.

He said: “I’m looking forward to working with my newly appointed colleagues to grow our practice in Manchester.

“We’ve got ambitious plans in place and we’re confident we will attract more new recruits and commercial clients to our Manchester operation.

“Specifically, we’re planning to quickly grow our litigation and corporate teams and we’re looking at a number of options to add a family law team here too.

“Manchester is the best place in the UK to build on the year-on-year growth we’ve enjoyed in London. It’s a major international economic hub and has a reputation for producing brilliant entrepreneurs and businesses with valuable equity and assets.

“I recall my time here as a student at Chetham’s fondly and I was determined to return to the city and set up a practice here. I certainly consider Manchester my second home and now we’re here on King Street I wished I’d done it earlier.”

Fletcher Day specialises in corporate and commercial, commercial litigation, property litigation, insolvency and commercial property.

The firm recently hired Andy Herricks as head of corporate in Manchester and also organised the city’s first ever electric bike ride in aid of WeLoveMCR, the charity set up in the aftermath of the recent Manchester terrorist bombing.