Strong growth leads to recruitment drive at Farleys

Three consecutive years of strong growth at Farleys Solicitors’ Preston office lies behind a recruitment drive to support the firm’s ongoing ambitious plans.

The firm has maintained very strong financial results in the face of fierce competition and against the backdrop of Covid-19 with a 40% rise in fees for the Preston office in the last financial year prior to the pandemic, and as part of six successive years of double-digit growth for the firm overall.

Significant and continued growth in Farleys’ commercial client portfolio is one of the key factors pushing the recruitment drive, opening up opportunities for insolvency, dispute resolution and commercial lawyers to play a key role in the firm’s continued success.

Since opening their latest office on Winckley Square in 2017, Farleys have invested in a number of key appointments and specialist practice areas, most recently adding to its insolvency and dispute resolution offering with the recruitment of Associate Partner Mark Hague which has led to a steep rise in insolvency and dispute resolution work coming into the firm over the last 12 months; which is forecast to continue as businesses continue to adapt to the impact of the pandemic. The Preston team has also welcomed three new recruits to support this growth, with Joe McCreadie, Eric Roe and Olivia Cooper joining the Preston team in June 2020.

Stephen Greenwood, Partner and Head of Farleys’ commercial team in Preston said: “As a business we have a long history of adapting to change and guiding our clients as they face and overcome challenges, both professionally and personally. Clients have never needed us more than they have over recent months and the positive feedback and the new instructions we have received from clients dissatisfied with levels of service from their former solicitors has been overwhelming.

"Our people are central to this continued success. Not only do we hire the best talent to boost the skills of our established teams, but we recruit solicitors who know how to provide the highest levels of service that our clients expect.

"We’re actively seeking talented lawyers looking to develop their careers in an environment where ambition and progression are both valued and encouraged."

Mark Hague added: “We have seen a sharp increase in the number of insolvency and dispute resolution enquiries over the last 12 months and we only expect the demand to increase more. We have an enviable client base and compete with much bigger firms on a regular basis across the full spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters and on dispute resolution cases.

We are keen to hear from solicitors who have relevant experience, are keen to learn more and wish to help contribute to the continued growth of the Preston office and the wider firm”.