Employment law firm reacts to changing landscape with move away from city centre

Roscoe Fernandes
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Nottingham employment law firm Centurion Legal has relocated from the city.

Led by Roscoe Fernandes, Centurion Legal will now be based in a former Wesleyan chapel in Sutton-On-Trent.

“The legal market has been carefully and cautiously modernising for many years now but this year has seen a seismic shift in terms of how clients expect our service provision to be delivered,” said Fernandes.

He added: “Face to face meetings and briefings have been actively discouraged of course and many cases are now held purely online rather than in court. There has been a major switch to paperless where possible and that will mean big changes to the layout, function and indeed size of offices for firms across the land.

“I’ve always been keen to minimise the carbon footprint that we produce both in terms of the paperwork and the travel miles that are incurred in the day-to-day running of a law firm. Thankfully, what we’re seeing now with more and more people embracing the online meeting model is a huge opportunity to streamline processes and to work with far greater efficiency.

“That is not only great news for our clients but also the environment.”

Fernandes says that the perfect storm of a looming Brexit and the ongoing pandemic has meant business levels increase, as firms seek proactive advice on complex areas of employment law as well as legal representation when cases do go to trial.

“It has been a year like no other for sure,” he said. “One minute I might be advising a business in the East Midlands on TUPE ahead of a pending acquisition and the next I will be dialling into a conference in the US to discuss the finer details of employment contracts here in the UK. All of this is now possible thanks to the switch to a more modern method of working and I’m proud to be a part of this movement in the legal sector.”