Share this article:
Following a period of investment to consolidate its position in core markets, the publication of both this year’s Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners rankings sees Hewitsons in a solid position and well placed to face the challenges of the next 12 months
The firm has once again achieved consistent results, as in previous years.
Most significantly, Hewitsons has recently completed a major programme of IT investment, including in the delivery of a 21st century infrastructure network on which it is building new practice management applications which help to reinforce its core message of ‘Absolute Client Focus’ – always positioning the client’s needs at the forefront of how the firm operates.
Absolute Client Focus is the guiding principle for the practice’s approach to delivering legal services from offices in Cambridge, London, Milton Keynes and Northampton and with global reach through LawExchange International, its Worldwide network now in its 25th year.
In the past 12 months, Hewitsons has made 17 external appointments of fee earners including:
• Simon Wain, a partner in its Milton Keynes construction and engineering team;
• Nick Fothergill, partner in the corporate team at the London office;
• Ross Johnstone, a partner in the London real estate team;
In addition, a range of other new staff have joined the firm at the junior and associate level. Jenny Blackwell has joined as New Head of HR from accountants Grant Thornton and Sarah Bailey has been appointed as new Head of Client Data.
Along with the recent arrival of seven new trainee solicitors these appointments help to galvanise the firm as it moves towards 2020, with a particular focus on key projects, including the centering on teams which can help clients to capitalise on the Government’s plans for the Oxford - Cambridge Growth Arc region, which Hewitsons continues to make a key focus for its future strategy.
Collaboration has been a focus of the past year, with Hewitsons having established the Hewitsons College of Dispute Resolution & Litigation lawyers, known internally as The College.
This is a new and unique initiative from Hewitsons - a vibrant fraternity of specialist disputes and litigation lawyers bringing together all those in the firm engaged in disputes work across its many specialist teams.
The establishment of The College reflects the firm’s reputation as a leading dispute resolution and litigation firm and its commitment to continuous improvement and absolute client focus in all dimensions of the disciplines.
Looking ahead to 2020, the firm is already planning the European conference for Law Exchange International (LEI), a global network of independent law firms of now 1700 lawyers that Hewitsons founded in 1994, which continues to go from strength to strength, which will be hosted in Cambridge.
Managing Partner Colin Jones commented: “Operating in today’s competitive with uncertainty in the wider political and economic environment, Hewitsons maintains a solid position in the marketplace and continues to be a highly-respected legal force. This position is helping us to continue providing the very best service for our growing client base, all with the Absolute Client Focus we pride ourselves upon.”