Your business: How many people do you employ in Northamptonshire:
We employ 125 people.
… and, in a few words, can you tell us what your company does?
We cover all areas of Private client and commercial law having offices in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, operating from Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough and Leicester. Our services for individuals and businesses are extensive: for businesses we provide advice on disputes (litigation); debt recovery; employment law; corporate & commercial law; commercial property; professional negligence (suing a professional); and insolvency. For individuals, we advise on wills, trusts, estates and probate ; care home fees; personal injury; clinical or medical negligence; conveyancing; private landlord services; family law including divorce and mediation; and childcare law.
Why have you chosen this particular category to sponsor and what aligns your business to the Northamptonshire Logistics Awards?
We have clients from a diverse range of industry sectors and of all sizes – from multinational organisation through to SMEs. Wherever a business is in its lifecycle, we can potentially help. Combine that with our active interest in the local economy (as demonstrated by our participation in the Northamptonshire Chamber Of Commerce) and the SME category was an obvious choice. We try to support businesses of all sizes and one of the ways we can do that is by ensuring that SMEs get good legal advice through the provision of affordable, fixed price and menu priced offerings.
What major challenges do you think the logistics sector/ your sector faces?
In simple terms, Brexit is at the forefront of everyone’s mind…but it’s difficult to plan for what remains essentially unknown. Our own business is not so very different to other businesses in facing ever-increasing red-tape and regulatory issues. Also, finding the right staff can be a challenge for us as it is for many employers: having said that, once we do find the right people, they tend to stay.
And how will your company tackle these challenges?
With Brexit, we will just have to be ‘agile’ – responsive to our clients’ needs and ready to adapt. Having said that, Brexit provides a real opportunity for businesses to do some housekeeping – putting their Terms & Conditions in good shape; reviewing contracts; ensuring that they too can be ‘agile’ and not have their hands tied by onerous agreements and practices.
What country, other than the UK, is your business most closely aligned to?
We have clients from far and wide including some which have large foreign ‘parent’ organisations. A number of our lawyers trained with the firm, and a number have worked for large law firms. What they all have in common is collectively they (we) know our market and our clients… so we prefer to focus on our home territory and the growth and opportunity that if offers all businesses.
We want to encourage as many businesses in the logistics sector to enter these awards – what words of encouragement can you share with us? Why do you think these awards are so important?
Logistics is a massively important sector to Northampton, especially with such a large proportion of the workforce being employed in the sector – it’s just one of the reasons we have dedicated sector expert s who focus on Logistics. Even though people often don’t view legal practices as such, we are ourselves an SME (albeit one owned by the Partners) so we have much in common with a lot of the businesses on our doorstep – our support for the awards is a way of showing support for local business. Don’t be afraid to get involved – you might just win!
What advice or words of wisdom do you have for a successful career and business?
Never be afraid to try. I’ve worked as a security guard and in a well know carpet retailer before taking up a career in law…where I am now a partner and board member for a vibrant local business.
In three words what does Northamptonshire mean to you?
Over many years, we’ve grown our reputation as a law firm you can trust, through straightforward, jargon-free support, and our ability to successfully get things done.
We cover all areas of Private Client and Commercial law having offices in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, operating from Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough and Leicester.
When you need legal help you want a firm that will fight your corner and at Wilson Browne we also promise:
• Initial consultation will be free
• A prompt response
• Total transparency on costs
• Direct access to your legal team at all times
At Wilson Browne we are always on your side…