Firm profile: Edwards Abrams Doherty

Liverpool-based law firm Edwards Abrams Doherty (EAD) moved to new offices at the beginning of April to accommodate its rapidly expanding team.

Managing partner:

Garry Abrams
Turnover: £8m
Total number of partners: 18
Total number of fee-earners: 40
Main practice areas: Trade union, employment, personal injury, clinical negligence, commercial property, conveyancing, white-collar crime
Key clients: Trade unions
Number of offices: Three
Location: Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield

Liverpool-based law firm Edwards Abrams Doherty (EAD) moved to new offices at the beginning of April to accommodate its rapidly expanding team.

On 1 April, the firm relocated its entire Paradise Street-based workforce to new 13,000sq ft office space at Prospect House.

EAD senior partner Tom Doherty says the move was an indication of the firm’s continued growth.

“Prospect House is an excellent location and ideally positions the firm for further expansion,” he says. “We’re also hoping to expand our offices in Birmingham and Sheffield.”

The firm provides a range of legal services but specialises in employment law. It is also a leading adviser to the trade union movement.

“We’re very fortunate that we represent a number of high-profile trade unions, and essentially that’s what we’re known for,” Doherty says. “We also have very strong clinical negligence and employment practices.”

In February the firm launched a new construction law department in Liverpool. The new department is headed by two construction lawyers, Alex Mosson and John Beagley, who were recruited from the Liverpool branch of Knowles Solicitors.

Doherty says the new construction team is in keeping with the firm’s expansion strategy, intended to broaden the services it offers to clients.

“We’ve traditionally been known as a trade union firm, but we want to expand in other areas, particularly in commercial areas,” says Doherty. “Our new construction department will have the capability and expertise to handle large-scale instructions on regional, national and international levels.”

Most recently EAD made headlines when it acted pro bono for the parents of Eileen Doran, a sufferer from an incurable brain disease who died last month, in their High Court battle to preserve their daughter’s life.

Helen Barry, a partner at EAD, represented Eileen’s parents, Peter and Margaret Doran, after the Legal Service Commission withdrew legal aid within days of the final High Court ruling.

Mr Justice Coleridge ruled that Eileen should be allowed to die “peacefully and with dignity”.

Donna Sawyer