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Thomas Eggar targets ‘Gatwick Diamond’ with Crawley launch" />Thomas Eggar has relocated more than a third of its lawyers and staff into a new Crawley base.
The new office will have 70 lawyers and 70 support staff from a firmwide total of 392 staff and lawyers.
Managing partner Tony Edwards said Crawley was chosen as it is a key financial centre for East and West Sussex, Surrey and most of Kent. “It also means we can work from one office rather than having deals spread across two,” he added.
Crawley is at the centre of what the South East England Development Agency calls the “heart of the Gatwick Diamond” – a financial zone taking in parts of Kent, East and West Sussex and Surrey.
ASB Law is Thomas Eggar’s only major rival with a Crawley office. Thomas Eggar’s Horsham office will close – although the firm will still rent meeting rooms in the town – with all lawyers relocating to Crawley.
One of the firm’s two Reigate offices will also close, with the other – staffed by four lawyers practising private client and residential property work – remaining in place.
Eight lawyers specialising in insolvency litigation and international fraud, currently based in Worthing, and three others based in London, will also relocate to Crawley.
The Crawley office, which the firm hopes will eventually outgrow its Chichester office, which currently has 190 staff and lawyers, will focus mainly on commercial property and company commercial. Other work will include pensions, litigation and private client, and it will have a group specialising in Network Rail work.