Firm Profile: Wright Hassall

Wright Hassall has increased its turnover by 100 per cent during the past five years thanks to its growing corporate and commercial practices.

Wright Hassall” />Managing partner: Peter Beddoes
Turnover: £9.6m
Total number of partners: 24
Total number of fee-earners: 83
Key clients: British Waterways, Conoco, TUI, Volvo
Key practice areas: Commercial litigation, commercial property, private client, employment law, housing, licensing
Number of offices: One
Location: Leamington Spa

Wright Hassall has increased its turnover by 100 per cent during the past five years thanks to its growing corporate and commercial practices.

Managing partner Peter Beddoes has been the driving force behind the firm’s development, particularly the establishment of the corporate and commercial departments.

“We’ve grown tenfold during the past five years,” Beddoes says. “This is largely due to our growth in commercial practices as well as our expertise in niche areas. We fish in a lot of ponds.”

Despite enjoying a long history, Wright Hassall has never merged. Beddoes insists the firm is not looking to merge in the future – he prefers to see the firm grow organically.

“We have 12 practice areas across a broad commercial base. We want to continue to grow that base. We also have expertise in niche areas,” he says.

A good example of this is the firm’s rural and agricultural legal team.

“We have the leading experts to advise on the single farm payment scheme,” Beddoes says.

The firm is growing quickly, but Beddoes insists on attracting the right people for his firm.

Most recently, the Leamington Spa-based outfit snared two lawyers from councils to join its local government departments.

It has also drafted in David Elliott and Pritpal Singh-Swarn to take on the growing amount of public sector work the firm carries out.

Elliot joined the 200-strong law firm after spending the past 10 years at Warwick District Council, while Singh-Swarn was a consultant to Northamptonshire County Council. Prior to that he worked at Peterborough-based law firm Greenwoods.

The new appointments are part of the firm’s strategy to specialise in niche areas, says Beddoes.

“David and Pritpal will significantly boost the services our firm has to offer to our commercial property and developer clients as well as local authority clients,” he adds.

Established in 1846, the firm began as Richard Arthur Wallington. Taking advantage of the new opportunities that had arisen from the town’s growth, a new partner, Edward Wright, was taken on, forming Wallington & Wright.

Following the death of Wallington, Wright took James Hassall into partnership and the firm was renamed Wright Hassall in 1875.

Wright Hassall really took flight during the 1980s, when Beddoes created the firm’s corporate and commercial functions.