South West law firm BPE Solicitors LLP, is celebrating its one year anniversary in Cirencester. The firm’s head office is based in Cheltenham but an access point, offering a full range of legal services, was opened in Abberley House, Park Street, Cirencester in October 2012 This operates alongside the firm’s other contact points in Bristol and Bath Science Park, Begbroke Science Park in Oxfordshire and London.
The anniversary comes as BPE is also celebrating two years of its Family team, following the recruitment of Elizabeth Saunders in 2011. Since then, the team has grown rapidly with two new arrivals; Jemma Jones, who joined from a boutique London practice in June 2012 and Helen Cankett, formerly of Rickerbys, who joined in June 2013.
Elizabeth commented, “I have lived in Cirencester for 18 years and decided to join BPE two years ago, because I think the town deserves a law firm which has its clients best interests at heart. BPE act for a lot of businesses, so we have to have a commercial outlook when dealing with our client’s affairs. It is not good enough anymore for a lawyer to act like they know best. We work in partnership with our clients, so they are fully informed throughout the case and actively make informed decisions on a cost – benefit basis.”
Elizabeth’s speciality is acting for business owners, whether they are trying to preserve a business when a relationship breaks down, or succession planning to ensure the next generation receive their inheritance in the most tax efficient way.
Court action is a last resort and Elizabeth, Jemma and Helen are all collaboratively trained, whilst Helen is also a trained mediator. Elizabeth specialises in complex business structures, Helen deals with a wide variety of financial issues arising on the breakdown of relationships and Jemma’s speciality is dealing with the arrangements for children after a relationship has broken down.
With the growth of the Family Team, BPE can now help its clients with business and personal needs which ensures that every client receives rounded legal advice not just for today, but for the next generation.