How would you best describe your organisation and its values?
We are a top 200 firm of solicitors. Our core values are Integrity, Expertise and respect for our clients, our suppliers and each other.
When did your organisation begin and how has it evolved to date?
We first opened in Colchester in 1983. Our centre of gravity remains in Colchester but we now have offices in Chelmsford, Billericay, Clacton on Sea and central London now too.
How big is the organisation now?
We have grown from two partners with no staff to an organisation employing nearly 200 solicitors, other lawyers and support staff over the last 30 years or so.
How do you see your organisation evolving over the next 5 years?
We are focused on further growth to respond to the changes in the competitive environment for legal services over the next five years. Both organic growth and growth by merger. Technology is going to be one of the greatest drivers for change over this period and we are determined to be early adopters for artificial intelligence applications and other innovative technologies which will support the delivery of legal services.
What are the advantages of being a Colchester-based organisation?
All of the things which make Colchester a golden opportunity for those wanting to grow their businesses. Good infrastructure, road and rail links, human resources, lifestyle.
What are the biggest challenges for business in Colchester?
Those of any growing and prosperous area. Finding the right people to meet the demands of a growing business. Ensuring that the infrastructure keeps up with the growth in population.
As the town expands, what opportunities does this create for business and for the town generally?
The opportunity to compete effectively with other towns and cities in the region for more investment and a greater focus on attracting growth businesses.
What do you see as the most important focus for Colchester’s future and why?
The borough needs to believe in its importance to the region. These positive factors should help all of the different communities develop more self-confidence and excitement. I think the business community can lead that process which is why I am happy to be an Ambassador.