Willans LLP solicitors, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, has begun a complete modernisation of its Cheltenham regency offices, with the help of many local businesses.
For over 60 years, the firm has occupied a prominent piece of the town’s historic area surrounding Imperial Gardens, and its office redesign and refurbishment includes moving reception from number 28 to a brand-new space in its premises at number 34 Imperial Square. As such, Willans’ postal address will officially change on 1 June 2022.
Coinciding with the firm’s move to hybrid working for their team of nearly 100 people, part of the project involves creating new, collaborative meeting and staff social areas to include coffee stations, ‘quiet’ seating and outdoor spaces, as well as new bike racks and showers to encourage staff to cycle to work.
The project is being achieved with the help of many Gloucestershire businesses, designers and makers, and in line with Willans’ eco-friendly objectives, the firm has chosen to work with similarly green and locally minded suppliers where possible. These include furniture designer Paul Deakin, electricians Massie Electrics and family run retailers Carpet Emporium and Just Fabrics.
Managing partner, Bridget Redmond, who has been with the firm for over 15 years, commented:
“It’s been really exciting to start our office refurbishment and to see our vision coming to life. While we work with clients locally, nationally and internationally, our home is Gloucestershire, and we support local businesses whenever we can. It’s great to have so many local businesses helping us with this project; many of whom have looked after us for years.”
“As Willans transitions to hybrid working, it’s become clear just how important it is to have somewhere for our teams to gather; to work collaboratively and to socialise. Our refurbished offices will provide a very pleasant environment, which will suit the way that we’re now working. We’re all very much looking forward to the completion of the project.”
As a thank you for playing their part in the project, Willans recently hosted a drinks event for suppliers in their new reception. The full list of businesses working on the refurbishment is: Carpet Emporium, Richard Pulham, Massie Electrics, Paul Deakin, Booth and Bomford, GB Scaffolding, Hughes Flooring, Abbey Business Interiors, Hanman Split, Just Fabrics and Kath Wyndow.
About Willans LLP
A leading South West law firm, we provide businesses, people, charities and not-for-profit organisations with expert, practical and personal service. In 2022, we celebrate our 75th year in business; acting for local, national and overseas clients from our Cheltenham offices. We have also recently become the first law firm to pledge its support to CheltenhamZero, to help our town reach zero carbon emissions by 2030.
Willans offers comprehensive legal services in residential property/conveyancing; divorce & family law; wills, trusts & probate; agriculture & estates; dispute resolution/litigation; employment; business immigration; commercial property; corporate & commercial; intellectual property; GDPR & data protection; inheritance & trust disputes; property litigation and mediation.
We are client focused. Established in Cheltenham in the 1940s, we are proud to be Lexcel-accredited, a national standard that is only awarded to law firms which meet the highest management and customer care standards. Many areas of law which we advise on, and a good number of our lawyers, are recommended year-on-year by national independent legal guides (Chambers/Legal 500) who speak to clients about their experiences.
With around 100 people, we are large enough to provide first-class specialist advice yet small enough to give genuinely personal service. Our skills, experience and competitive rates combine to ensure clients get good value for money. In terms of technical expertise and the size and value of the transactions we handle, our track record shows our performance more than matches that of many of our larger competitors.