In brief: Shoosmiths builds new office block

Work has begun on Shoosmiths & Harrison's new offices at the Lakes Office Park on the outskirts of Northampton. The £7 million development will take 12 months to complete. Local managing partner Michael Orton-Jones says: “By the summer of 1996 we will have all our commercial departments under one roof which will be a major improvement.” But he stresses that the firm will maintain a strong presence in the town, with the commercial operation moving to the Lakes building and all private client work staying in the Compton House offices in town.