Bank backing aids Unity’s expansion

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An award-winning Sheffield law firm, specialising in disability rights, is targeting growth with support from Yorkshire Bank.

Unity Law, based at Fountain Precinct, was founded four years ago by former Wake Smith partner Chris Fry and rapidly won acclaim for its role in leading cases and ground-breaking disability rights campaign work.

Now the company is targeting new business and recruiting staff after receiving a funding package arranged by Steve Wicks from Yorkshire Bank’s South Yorkshire business and private banking centre in Sheffield.

Chris Fry said: “Unity is now four years old and has exceeded its original business expectations in respect of turnover, market position, staff numbers and caseload.

“Thanks to Yorkshire Bank, we now have the means to achieve further growth and help more people across the country to pursue discrimination claims.”

Kevin Elliott, head of Yorkshire Bank’s South Yorkshire business and private banking centre, said: “We welcome the opportunity to provide further support to Unity Law, which in less than four years has become a nationally recognised leader in its field.

“It is extremely rewarding to know that through our funding there will be a real and positive impact for the disabled community, as well as for the local economy through the creation of high quality jobs.”

Unity Law’s business is valued at more than £1.5 million. The firm employs 16 staff and is currently handling around 400 cases, in addition to being in an advanced stage of negotiation to acquire a further caseload that will substantially increase the size of the practice.