Aaron & Partners names tenth equity partner as firm goes from strength to strength
18th September, 2013
Commercial law firm Aaron & Partners LLP has further strengthened its senior team by adding top family solicitor Richard Barge to its equity partnership.
Richard, who joined the firm in 2010 as Head of Family Law, has doubled the size of the department over the last three years and overseen a 145 per cent increase in the team’s fees.
The appointment of Aaron & Partners’ tenth equity partner comes as the Chester-based firm reports a 31 per cent increase in fee income in the first quarter of this year, taking the overall figure to £1.7m for the period.
Aaron & Partners’ Chief Executive Officer Andy Duxbury said he is delighted that Richard has become an equity partner, stressing that the move reinforces the firm’s belief in the value of the traditional partnership model in the running of a modern legal practice.
“We are firm believers in our equity partners being at the helm because they always have their clients’ best interests at the forefront of everything they do,” he said.
“Our equity partners share a common vision and commitment in how the business should be run and it is certainly working for us as we are a demonstrably successful, growing company.”
Richard Barge, who is recommended and highly rated in industry bible The Legal 500 and is a band one solicitor in the prestigious Chambers Directory, specialises in protecting the significant assets of clients during marital breakdown, many of whom are company directors, shareholders, landowners and professionals.
“Richard achieves terrific results for his clients and has developed a strong referral network and ‘word of mouth’ client base,” said Andy. “He also has a fantastic team working with him in the family department who are all a real asset to the firm.”
Aaron & Partners has recently expanded into Shropshire with the acquisition of a niche legal firm in Shrewsbury and Andy says that even taking this into account, Aaron & Partners is performing extremely strongly.
“We are delighted with the increase in our fee income and even if you remove the effects of the acquisition, we are still 27 per cent up on the same quarter last year, which is significantly higher than our competitors.
“Whilst we can never be complacent because the economic conditions remain extremely challenging, we believe we are in great shape to grow even further and we will be recruiting additional, specialist solicitors in the coming months.”
In January Aaron & Partners became the first commercial law practice in Cheshire to achieve alternative business structure (ABS) status, one of the most significant developments in the history of the legal sector.
It also set the trend back in 1990 by becoming the first firm in the country to have a non-lawyer chief executive. Andy Duxbury joined the firm in 2006 and in 2011 became a partner and is believed to be one of the few law firm chief executives in the country to be a non-lawyer.
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