Historic law firm forced to call in administrators

Administrators have been called in at one of the oldest law firms in Lancashire.

Roebucks, which is more than 100 years old, was based in Blackburn.

The firm had included four directors, three consultants and 10 solicitors, supported by legal executives and paralegals.

The firm was acquired by Manchester based AWH following the acquisition and all the client files have been transferred to the new owners.

The offices in Richmond Terrace in Blackburn town centre are also part of the deal.

A spokesman for the firm said: “The new firm will be known as AWH Legal t/a Roebucks

“We are pleased to let you know that all staff and fee earners will be transferring to AWH and can still be contacted on their contact telephone numbers.

“Roebucks contact details will remain the same and will continue to be based from their respective offices.”

The firm was set up in 1909 by Roger Oddie and was a fixture on the Lancashire business scene.

The company expanded into the Ribble Valley with Clitheroe Offices in 2012, and merged with Lee Rigby Partnership based in Leyland in May 2017.

David Acland and Lila Thomas, of Manchester-based FRP Advisory, were appointed as joint administrators.

They instructed Samantha Palmer and Jo Cream as joint solicitor managers, of Pinsent Masons.

The business was immediately sold to AWH.