Merger rings in creation of new Southampton firm

A NEW firm of solicitors has been formed in Southampton under the name Bell Pope.

The move is a merger of Bell Pope & Bridgwater and Parker Bullen. It has nine partners offering services in intellectual property, company and commercial, conveyancing, landlord and tenant, family and matrimonial and computer law.

The senior partner will be Robert Long, formerly of Bell Pope Bridgwater, while the managing partner, Stephen Alexandre, comes from Parker Bullen.

The firm's new name was kept deliberately short. Alexandre says: “Our name is intended to make a statement. We believe long, complicated names traditionally adopted by law firms are outdated. Times have changed in business and we recognise this.”