Female dominated law firm moves to bigger offices in Sheffield

A female dominated law firm has moved to bigger offices in Sheffield city centre.

Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 12:00 pm
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 2:56 pm

Wrigleys has moved its 72 staff from Fountain Precinct to Derwent House on Arundel Gate.

The firm, which specialises in private clients and charities, has hired six in the past six months following growth in all departments – and is advertising for two more staff.

Four of the five Sheffield partners are female. Across the group – the company has two offices in Leeds – 20 of a total of 32 partners are women, some 62 per cent. The firm employs 202 in total.

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From left: Managing partner Marie-Louise Hamilton, seated left, with Sheffield partners from left: Lynne Bradey, Jane Netting, Ian Potter, Lisa Eato and Sue Greaves. Picture: Simon Dewhurst

Managing partner, Marie-Louise Hamilton, said: “The move to the new offices was born out of necessity with the growth of the firm; however, following a period of consultation with the team in the Sheffield office, we have also taken the opportunity to create a connected space to aid collaborative working and promote wellbeing in the workplace, a policy which the firm is committed to supporting. We are all delighted with the results.”

Wrigleys has provided legal services in Sheffield and Leeds since it was established in 1996 in a ‘friendly de-merger from DLA Piper’.

In the last year, it has also opened an office in Newcastle.

As well as private clients, the Sheffield office specialises in legal services for injured, disabled and vulnerable clients, as well as advice on wills, powers of attorney, trusts and probate.

It also works for charities and third sector organisations including several of Sheffield's oldest grant-making charities.

Ms Hamilton added: “Wrigleys has embraced the modern era while upholding the traditions and beliefs which have marked the firm out as distinct from its peers in a crowded legal market.“We are recognised as experts in our specialist areas and give practical, common sense, and technically excellent advice to our clients with whom we form valued long-term relationships.”

She qualified in 1995 and joined the London private client department of law firm Alsop Wilkinson, now DLA Piper, before moving to Lawrence Graham. She was included in the 2019 Chambers High Net Worth Guide which features the leading advisers in this market.

She became Wrigleys managing partner in April.