Firm business

Hugh James strengthens its presence in the UK by acquiring a leading company in Manchester

Top 100 UK Law Firms, Hugh Jamesexpands its service across the North of the UK with the acquisition of Potter Rees Dolan – a firm specializing in personal injury and clinical negligence, recognized in the Times Top 200 UK Law Firms and by the Legal 500 and Chambers Guide as one of the best in the Northwest.

Potter Rees Dolan is a national firm specializing in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence with strong Court of Protection and Social Benefits departments. In the past year, he has secured settlements worth over £125million for his clients. The firm employs more than 65 people including 9 partners.

This latest investment is an important step for Hugh James. Expansion into the North West was identified in the company’s strategy 5 years ago. Since then, the Welsh-headquartered company has deployed a series of transformation plans, expanding its presence in London through new hires; opening of offices in Southampton and Plymouth; and the reconfiguration of its award-winning Cardiff headquarters following the introduction of ‘hybrid working’. Expanding its presence in the North of England is the next step for the company as it seeks to extend the depth and breadth of its expertise to meet growing customer demand.

Potter Rees Dolan identified Hugh James as the ideal successor firm who would feature PRD’s offices in Manchester as part of a nationwide practice. Hugh Potter and Helen Dolan wanted to find new owners who shared their vision and values ​​and who would continue to nurture the business, which was established 24 years ago and has grown into a market leader with a very solid financial base.

Helen and Hugh will continue to lead and manage the Manchester office, working with all Hugh James management teamto ensure a smooth transition and transparent customer service.

Commenting on the acquisition, Alun Jones, Managing Partner at Hugh Jamessaid today:

“This is an exciting development for us. Potter Rees Dolan is a well-established and very well-managed Manchester business, employing a great team of people. Our work aligns closely with theirs and together we will be able to provide an even better service to customers in England and Wales. It is an honor that Hugh and Helen have chosen to pass the torch to us. They have built a very successful business over the years and I look forward to working with them as we enter this new chapter.

Speaking of the case, Hugh Potter and Helen Dolan added:

“Hugh James has an excellent reputation. We share the same commitment to putting customer care first and are confident that we have secured a very promising future for our staff as well. What stood out to us was that, although Hugh James is an ambitious company, it remains firmly rooted in the community. We have been impressed with the partnership’s approach to carefully building its presence in London and are confident that it will be the same to grow the business in Manchester.

For now, Potter Rees Dolan will continue to exist with its own refreshed brand, to allow for a longer-term progression in the identity of Hugh James. Over time, new departments will be introduced to the Manchester office, in the private client and corporate services work areas.