A witty website, including personal anecdotes from the team, aims to present O’Connors as a professional but entertaining law firm.
“We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” laughs managing partner Nigel Wallis. “We work as a team and we always have a team plan as opposed to an individual one.”
The Liverpool firm has witnessed steady growth since its launch in November 2003, handling more than £300m-worth of corporate transactions in the past two years. Wallis and managing partner Mark O’Connor worked together for more than 25 years at DWF, then joined forces with Mark’s brother, managing partner Paul O’Connor, who was previously head of commercial insurance at Eversheds.
Success for O’Connors seems unstoppable, despite the economic climate.
Being just five years old has its advantages – including no baggage from stale, flabby practice areas and a creative attitude that, according to Wallis, has thus far helped the firm steer clear of credit crunch turbulence.
The specialist practice areas have also made certain that the firm’s future is a bright one. “Corporate insurance in particular is steaming along,” says Wallis. “We have no major competition outside London so we’re expecting to grow.”
Wallis believes O’Conners’ major selling point is its liaison with other law firms, such as Brabners Chaffe Street and Pannone. “They look to us for innovative insurance solutions and technical insurance support to help unlock corporate, commercial and property projects they’re handling for their clients.
When we need backup we go to other law firms and they assist us in return. We all work well together.”
Telling clients what they need to hear, rather than what they want to hear has become a sustained principle for O’Connors and Wallis says this has driven the firm’s popularity. “Clear thinking is what people come to us for,” he adds.
Managing partners: Mark O’Connor, Paul O’Connor, Nigel Wallis (above)
Number of partners: Three
Number of equity partners: Three
Number of lawyers: Four (excluding partners)
Number of fee-earners: Seven
Number of offices: One
Main practice areas: Corporate insurance, corporate finance, regulatory
Clients: The Capita Group, Brit Insurance, Azelis Group, Midas Capital, Shore Capital, Key Capital Partners