Stowe Family Law back to its roots with opening of city office

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ONE of Britain’s best known family law firms is returning to its roots by opening an office in Leeds, it was revealed yesterday.

Senior partner Marilyn Stowe opened Stowe Family Law’s first office in a converted cobbler’s shop in Halton, near Leeds, before moving to Harrogate in 2004.

Since then, Stowe Family Law has expanded to become a 54-strong team with offices in London and Cheshire.

The firm has announced that it is opening its fourth office, in Portland Street, Leeds, which will be led by three of the firm’s partners: Angela Sussens, Julian Hawkhead and Sarah Barr Young.

Ms Stowe will officially open the office when the firm hosts an evening with Professor Elizabeth Cooke of the Law Commission, on November 8 at the University of Leeds.

Ms Stowe said: “There is a fantastic symmetry to returning to Leeds and opening an office here, three decades after I launched the firm in Halton.

“Our new office here is the next stage in our growth plans, and our expansion into Leeds will help us to serve our clients from the city’s thriving business community, as well as our other West Yorkshire-based clients.”

It is the second office opened by Stowe Family Law in 2012.

The firm opened a London office at the beginning of the year.

Stowe Family Law has dedicated children’s and international family law departments.

It was also revealed yesterday that Yorkshire-based Harris Construction Management (HCM) had made two high-profile appointments as it gears up for expansion.

The company has appointed Gary Jordan as a senior projects engineer and Lucy Noonan as business development manager.

HCM is based in a 7,000 sq ft office suite at South Elmsall, West Yorkshire.

The company, which was founded in 2007, has a £20m turnover and employs 25 staff.

HCM works with companies including Asda, Arla Foods and Coca Cola.