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South West firm Foot Anstey is set to open an office in the heart of Bristol’s business district in October.
The firm, which already has established offices in Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton and Truro, hopes the launch will strengthen its media and financial services practice as well as expanding groups such as dispute resolution, employment and real estate.
Managing partner John Westwell commented: “The opening of this office is an exciting strategic development in the continued evolution of the firm.
“This move will help us to provide a better service to our clients and will enable us to continue to attract the top legal talent.”
The Bristol office will be led by partner Richard Sutton, who heads the firm’s real estate practice and is currently based in Plymouth. Sutton is relationship partner for clients including Tamar Science Park, Vospers and South Devon College.
Sutton said: “A fair proportion of our turnover currently emanates from within the Bristol market through clients such as Allianz and DAS, so this really is a logical next step for the firm. Bristol has a recognised sector focus that correlates well with our sector strategy”.
The firm, which currently employs over 350 lawyers and support staff, recently converted to LLP status.