Blandys lose two corporate lawyers in new Boyes raid

Reading-based firm Boyes Turner & Burrows has taken a partner and an associate from the corporate department of Blandy & Blandy as part of its continuing drive to grow the firm.
Philip Tranter, currently a partner focusing on intellectual property and IT in Blandys’ corporate department, is moving to Boyes Turner to advise on corporate and corporate tax issues.
“He brings a strong client following and strong corporate tax experience,” said Boyes chief executive Andrew Chalkley.
Associate Kathy Minter will join the technology and commerce team, with an emphasis on biotech work. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Minter worked in the biotech industry. Both will join in August.
“We’re in a growth phase at the moment,” said Chalkley. “May and June have been phenomenal on the recruitment front.” More lateral hire announcements are expected in the next couple of months.
It is not just partners that have increased. Profits, too, have grown from £4m two years ago to £6.4m in the last financial year, surpassing the firm’s target of £5.8m.
The employment team and the technology and commerce team have doubled in size in the last two years. As well as the appointment of Minter, the firm is also about to take a three year-qualified into the technology and commerce department.
In the last six months Boyes has won work from a number of new clients, including Centia, Intermec Technologies, the Met Office, Alaris Medical and Oracle. It has also recently acted for PinkRoccade UK and Culligan International (part of Vivendi) on a number of significant acquisitions.
Longstanding clients of the firm include Ericsson, Panasonic and CMG. It has also been selected as a member of the Barclays Business Banking panel.