Ambitious law firm planning expansion after office move
Law firm Browne Jacobson has moved its Exeter office as part of plans to grow its South West offering.
The firm, which also has offices in Birmingham, Dublin, London, Manchester, and Nottingham will occupy the ground floor of Keble House, Southernhay Gardens after signing a five-year lease on 3,256 sq ft of office space.
The firm has increased its floor space by 20 per cent at Exeter’s prime office campus.
Browne Jacobson’s decision to relocate from its current premises at The Mount on Paris Street will allow the firm to continue its Exeter office growth strategy.
The move comes as the firm announced a record breaking £105m turnover for the 2022-23 financial year with the Exeter office posting 12 per cent revenue growth year on year and around 60 per cent since 2019.
Since opening its first South West office in 2012 the firm has expanded its sector and practice expertise by adding education, health, government, real estate and employment, alongside its already established financial services and insurance practice.
Its current clients include, amongst others: Classic Builders SW, HDI Global Specialty, Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Hereford and Worcester Fire Service, Inspired Villages, Natural England, Hiscox, Torbay & South Devon NHS FT, Lighthouse Learning Trust, Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust and Cornwall Education Learning Trust.
Richard Medd, managing partner at Browne Jacobson said: “We have had a very strong year with record turnover alongside significant investments in our office infrastructure with the addition of a first overseas office in Dublin and investments in Birmingham and Manchester and now Exeter.
“We want to break the mould of a traditional law firm office and create a modern, dynamic, and agile space that our people and clients can be proud to use for meetings, networking, socialising and collaborating.
“The decision to relocate our Exeter office to Keble House will ensure we have the capacity to deliver sustainable financial growth in the South West, diversify our service offering and client base whilst having a visible presence in the heart of the city.”
Nigel Lyons, head of the Exeter office, added: “The new centrally located office perfectly encapsulates our brand and values as a modern, inclusive, ambitious and collaborative law firm. It has been specifically designed to meet the diverse needs of our people, future lawyers and clients.
“Four years ago, we relocated to The Mount which served us well during the pandemic. However, we are now ready to write an exciting new chapter for Browne Jacobson in the South West.
“The long term economic growth prospects for the city and region are excellent. A recent UK Powerhouse Report predicted Exeter would move into the top 10 cities in the country for growth. As well as more established sectors it is growing a reputation as a centre of excellence for renewables and technology, and we are keen to take advantage of the opportunities this presents to connect with new and existing clients.”