The rise and fall of an ambitious regional firm

The demise of Linder Myers last week brought to the fore the little-known Solihull-based HCB Solicitors, a firm that has propelled its growth through hoovering up struggling rival firms in the North West.

As one door closes, another opens.

HCB emerged as the frontrunner in the race to save Linder Myers from administration this week when it was revealed the firm has registered the brand, HCB Linder Myers, as a private limited company.

The break-up of major regional stalwarts such as Cobbetts, Halliwells and Semple Fraser has paved the way for a wave of consolidation. From the very large, such as DWF, to the very small, like Neil Hudgell Solicitors, there are opportunities to be had in a rapidly changing market.

A note of caution though – Linder Myers had also previously shaped itself as a consolidator, scooping up several failing firms in a bid to accelerate its growth, before falling into financial difficulty.

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