ONE of the Black Country’s largest law firms has strengthened its presence in the region by investing in a bigger Stourbridge headquarters.

Talbots celebrated more than 189 years of trading in the town by officially opening its new Hagley Road office recently, an important milestone in ambitious expansion plans that will see it grow by 20 per cent in 2017.

The firm, which now employs over 200 legal specialists and support staff, has invested £750,000 to purchase and refurbish the building, giving the firm more than 6,500 sq ft of additional office and meeting space.

Mary Mocklow, chief executive of Talbots, said: “Stourbridge has always been our historical home and we’ve got a strong client base in the town and surrounding areas, we just needed more space and a location that we could develop in order to deliver an even better service to our clients.

“It took six months to renovate the property so that we created the right working environment for our staff and to create additional meeting rooms to cope with the increase in work we are securing. There’s also a lot more parking now, something we didn’t have when we were based in Market Street.”

60 staff will work out of the new office, including the firm’s specialists from its family, residential property, trusts and estates, litigation, corporate and commercial property teams.

Talbots recently held an open evening to celebrate their relocation, with 50 people – including agents, local contacts and clients – joining them for drinks and canapes.

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Talbots’ Ian Bond, Keith Yates and Nicola Reeve celebrate the law firm’s move to its new Hagley Road headquarters in Stourbridge.

The new Stourbridge office will play a crucial role in the company’s target of £12m this year, with a specific focus on building on its strong reputation in residential and commercial property, family law, commercial and trusts and estates.

To this extent, the firm has recently appointed three high profile lawyers in Ian Bond (head of trusts and estates), Jagdip Bains (head of litigation and commercial dispute) and Claire Cooper (associate solicitor commercial property).

Mary added: “We are passionate about delivering legal services differently and have a desire to grow our business by putting the client first and delivering more joined up services across all departments.

“The Stourbridge move will help us achieve this aim and retain our position as one of the West Midlands leading independent law firms.”

Talbots has six additional offices in Dudley, Halesowen, Kidderminster, Stourport, Codsall and Wolverhampton.