Hall Brown Family Law establishes base in Sheffield to increase market share

A family law firm has announced the opening of a Yorkshire office as the latest stage of its expansion.

(left-to-right) James Brown, Hall Browns Managing Partner, Alison Fernandes and Sam Hall, the firms Senior Partner.

The decision by Hall Brown Family Law to establish premises in Sheffield comes a year after the successful launch of new and larger offices in London.

Senior Partner Sam Hall has described the move as a “natural progression” due to an increasing amount of workload in Yorkshire.

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He said that the firm’s Yorkshire operation would continue the practice of recruiting senior lawyers from top tier rivals following a succession of high-profile appointments over the last year.

Alison Fernandes is moving from her role as partner at Irwin Mitchell to head up Hall Brown’s Sheffield office.

Mr Hall outlined how changes to working practices made necessary by the ongoing coronavirus lockdown had not affected the firm's ability to support clients.

Mr Hall said: “We have been quite able to adapt to these exceptional circumstances.

"That is something which has arguably become even more important because although many people's routines have been transformed, family life goes on and has arguably become more intense due to everyone having to spend more time at home.

"Furthermore, we are confident that our office in Sheffield will be able to cope just as well as those in Manchester and London during the current situation and once the restrictions are lifted.

"We have seen our launches in Manchester and London vindicated by a dramatic rise in caseload, so it made perfect sense to us to open an office in yet another area which has generated an increasing amount of work.

“We’re delighted that Alison has agreed to lead our efforts in Yorkshire, given that she is so experienced and so very highly thought of by clients and peers alike.

“It underlines our commitment to ensure the highest quality of support possible. We’re looking to announce a series of further appointments in the near future.

“This is an exciting departure for us and we are extremely confident in our ability to deliver results.”

Hall Brown will be based at The Balance office development on Leopold Square, Sheffield.

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