Beaumont Legal opens second office after bumper year

BEAUMONT LEGAL has expanded its business by opening a second office, following strong performance in the last 12 months.

The Wakefield-based firm worked on transactions worth £1.7bn across more than 8,000 UK properties in 2013, prompting an expansion of its team and offices.

Its 11,500 sq ft headquarters at Paragon Business Village is now supported by a 8,800 sq ft premises at Wakefield 41 Business Park.

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The additional space will potentially see the 160-strong workforce grow to more than 200 employees.

Nick Masheder, partner and head of conveyancing for Beaumont Legal, said the new office is “crucial” to the continued development of the business.

“The new office is an integral part of our ambitious growth plans and our next step in continued expansion of our growing teams across all areas of the firm,” he said.

Beaumont Legal’s growth follows significant downturn in the housing market through the financial crisis, which led to a number of competitor firms exiting the market.

As a result of increased market share and a rejuvenated property sector, the firm has added 100 positions to its workforce in the last 18 months.

Mr Masheder said the company’s success has been driven by its commitment to providing a personalised service to its clients.

He said: “As a volume conveyancer, there has to be a quick turnaround, but from the customer’s point of view there has to be a high quality of service.

“Our key approach is maintaining a solicitor-led practice by hiring qualified staff where possible.”

The drop off in the housing market also led to a squeeze on talent, Mr Masheder said, as many people left the industry due to a lack of opportunities.

In addition to researching and attracting talent in the region, Beaumont Legal has launched a £150,000 Training Centre at its new offices, to support non-qualified employees through their conveyancy training, as well as build on the skills of more experienced staff.

It is also targeting top graduates in the region, by linking with universities in Huddersfield, Sheffield and Leeds.

“It’s a really exciting time for us, and we hope our approach will allow us to attract the best people,” Mr Masheder added.