LAW firm Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) has marked a year of growth and investment in a new Manchester office with a high-powered appointment.
New partner Lucy Worrall (main picture) has joined ACS from Forbes Solicitors, where she was head of housing and regeneration (property).
Worrall is the latest in a string of appointments over the last year, which has seen the recruitment of an additional 31 staff, including three partners. She joins the eight-strong Manchester office, which opened in January this year.
“By investing in a Manchester office, and publishing our inaugural social impact report, the firm is cementing its national credentials,” said Jonathan Cox, head of social housing, and also head of the firm’s Manchester office.
The firm, which now has 318 staff, published its first-ever social impact report in February this year. The document measured its social purpose achievements, with highlights covering its role in establishing and registering 120 new charities, while also helping housing associations source £1.2 billion to build 12,240 homes.
This social impact has been mirrored by strong yearly financial results, which reveal an increase in turnover to £20.2 million for 2018/19, as well as a profit of £4.4 million – with a 22% growth curve over three years from £16.6 million in 2016/17.
Furthermore, after successfully leading the firm for five years, Peter Hubbard has also been reappointed to a second term as senior partner.
“We are now attracting talented people like Lucy from across the country, who want to work for a social purpose law firm – we’ve hit our initial targets for growth in our Manchester office 18 months early,” Cox added.
“The firm’s financial performance demonstrates that pursuing a social purpose helps commercial success in today’s society. By measuring our social impact, we have been able to demonstrate the ultimate value of providing legal advice and support to our clients and continue to stand out as a unique firm.
“We share our clients’ passion for change and through close partnerships have been able to develop unrivalled expertise in sectors such as housing, local government, charities and social care. We welcome Lucy and her experience to our growing Manchester team.”
Worrall is ranked Band 1 by Chambers & Partners, and a Leading Individual by Legal 500.
In joining ACS, she will continue to build its social housing practice and expand its team in the North West. She brings experience in development and regeneration to the social housing team, and is expected to build on the firm’s national sector profile. She will work closely with local authority colleagues at the firm to support the need to deliver further social housing across the North West.
“Working for a law firm dedicated to delivering social purpose as well as social housing presented an enticing opportunity,” said Worrall. “I’m excited to join Anthony Collins Solicitors at a time of continued growth and use my experience to deliver the firm’s purpose, making a real difference to people’s lives. I’m looking forward to meeting and supporting clients not just in the North West, but across the UK.”