Turnover up in another highly successful year


Last year proved to be another highly successful one for Fraser Dawbarns, with the firm achieving a 10pc rise in turnover from the previous year, and confirming its position as one of the leading practices in Fenland and west Norfolk.

The firm, which has a complement of 50 lawyers, received praise across a number of practice areas in the latest edition of the Legal 500, with those relating to the business sector attracting particular attention.

The corporate and commercial team has a “clear and logical’ approach”, and “responds quickly and gives a thorough appraisal of risks”. In 2011, it acted in a merger of two estate agents, and in the sale of a well known local hotel. Tony Cheetham, the firm’s managing partner, is noted for his “excellent service and commercial law expertise”.

Despite the current downturn in the property market, the firm’s commercial property team again had an excellent year, with the team praised for its “excellent personal service”. Head of department John Aitken is noted for having “a good legal brain able to distil the complex into straightforward issues”. The firm handled a number of high-profile deals, including advising on a £1.7m residential development in west Norfolk.

One of the most significant events for Fraser Dawbarns over the past 12 months has been the moved of its King’s Lynn office to the former Barclays Bank premises in Tuesday Market, King’s Lynn. The building offers easy access for clients, overlooking the marketplace. It is an important building for Lynn, with historic links to the trading and political life of the town.

Fraser Dawbarns has made a six-figure investment in converting the former banking hall, to provide a boardroom and several smaller meeting rooms as well as a spacious and welcoming reception area.

The commercial department in Lynn has been enlarged by the transfer of Daniel Ball (pictured far left) from the firm’s March office. The commercial department in Lynn is headed by senior partner Colin Bailey (pictured far right), who is well known in the area and described in the Legal 500 as “professional and cost-efficient”.

In the employment-law department, Steve McGregor acted in the high-profile Bailey v R&R Plant Hire case, which achieved national interest. The firm has also launched FDOnline, a web-based employment-law service for employers of all sizes. The firm advises both local and national employer clients.

The private-client department advised on the administration of a £7.4m estate in 2011. Tony Barratt (pictured 2nd from left) and David Ball have “exceptional local knowledge and a practical approach”.

The family-law department is one of the largest in the area, and Deborah Allen (pictured 2nd from right), Jackie Jones, Melinda Smith and Silke Trevor are all recommended in the Legal 500.

Neil Meachem, who “prioritises client care”, is the head of Fraser Dawbarns’ criminal law team, and is described as “tenacious, efficient and approachable”. He is assisted by Roger Glazebrook, who impresses with his “commitment, industry knowledge and ability”.

The department recently acted in a murder by strangulation case, but also regularly advises on health and safety law and other matters, HMRC investigations, military law, and white-collar crime such as fraud.

Source: Article – Eastern Daily Press (Legal 500) 20/09/12. Photo – Ian Burt