Bournemouth: Trethowans opens in town to increase its Dorset footprint

Regional law firm Trethowans has expanded its Dorset presence with the opening of a new office in the heart of Bournemouth. The move not only creates additional opportunities for employment, but also complements and further develops the firm’s strong client base in and around Poole enabling it to service the wider Dorset region.

Now numbering over 50 staff in Dorset, including several key figures who have relocated to the new offices at Space House, Oxford Road, the opportunity exists to grow the team with additional recruits and brings the number of offices across the South to five.

Trethowans, which saw 22.6% growth in 2017, was named the fastest-growing independent law firm in the UK with up to £24 million turnover (The Lawyer).

Managing partner Chris Whiteley said: “This office is an initial stepping stone into Bournemouth and we are delighted that our new town centre base will allow us to build further strong connections in Dorset alongside our Poole offering.

“The corporate and commercial teams will have lawyers based out of the Bournemouth office. However, staff from all teams will work across all offices and the Bournemouth office will also be used to meet clients in relation to their personal affairs.

“We are well known for working with the local business community to support and drive growth, whether large corporates, SMEs, independent businesses, start-ups or established family firms.”

Emma Sainsbury, Trethowans’ business development manager, will be working at the Bournemouth office following the official opening, while Mark Nixon, senior associate, corporate, and Nick Gent, partner, corporate and banking, are based permanently in the new office.

Garry Treagust, partner and head of commercial property, led the search for the office, which is owned by Matt Skerrett, and the letting has been arranged by James Edwards, divisional director at Goadsby Commercial. 

Skerrett said: “We are delighted to welcome Trethowans to Space House, as a part of their Dorset expansion plan. They have taken over the entire 2nd floor of the building. The offices are situated in the heart of Bournemouth’s business district – a thriving location within the town. James Edwards, divisional director of Goadsby Commercial, has played an integral part in securing this new contract.”