Pattersons Commercial Law and Ashteds Solicitors in Leicester join forces

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Two law firms have join forces to bring their combined specialisms together.

Pattersons Commercial Law’s expertise in corporate, commercial property and employment law is being added to Ashteds Solicitors’ reputation for work in dispute resolution and insolvency law.

The 12-strong team will be based out of the Pattersons office in Ratby, just outside Leicester.

Ashteds director Ashwin Mody and Pattersons owner/director Rik Pancholi sealed the deal at the end of August.

The firm will trade as Pattersons Commercial Law, and Mr Mody will become a director of the combined business, as will Charlotte Clarke who moves with him, along with PA Jayne Smith.

Mr Pancholi formed Pattersons after working at Nelsons, then living in Singapore for two years and coming back to the UK to work at Wilson Browne and then EHL in Leicester where he set up a commercial division.

He said: “This is a very proud day for me and all of the team at Pattersons Commercial Law.

“We have been growing steadily and strategically for a few years but I have always been keen to look at new partnerships.

“Ash and his team have a fantastic reputation and this merger means we are another step closer to a full-service offering but just as crucially, it also means we have someone of huge experience on the team and someone I am sure we will all learn a lot from.

“I cannot wait to get everyone together as we plan the next phase of growth for our combined firm.

“We started talking during lockdown, a few months ago.

“When the opportunity came up I thought it was perfect, because they do dispute resolution and insolvency and we don’t do any insolvency work. The the complexity of post-transactions often involves corporate – corporate covenant and corporate structuring.

“With the support that we provide on commercial property, real estate, employment, corporate and commercial advisory work, they can benefit from our corporate expertise and the transactional side and property side, and we can benefit from the insolvency work.

“And with Ash being a Deputy District Judge he adds a nice dynamic to the firm.”

Before establishing Ashteds, Ashwin Mody was part of the management team of Spearing Waite – since acquired by Knights Plc – and prior to that led the commercial litigation and insolvency team at Howes Percival in Leicester.

He said: “I have known Rik and his team for many years and much like him we have always been keen to offer new services to our clients.

“Sometimes the timing is just right and it goes to show that whatever the wider economic environment, deals can still be done when opportunities are aligned.

“This is great news for our clients across both firms as we now have a wide range of services built on similar cultures of excellence and innovation with a key focus on customer service. We look forward to a bright future together.”

Mr Pancholi said his team had been well set to work from home when the pandemic hit but were now also working back at the office.

He said: “The week before lockdown we just told our team to pick up their computers, take them home, lock the doors and see what happens.

“Since then we’ve opened up the office and moved things around and made it all a bit more Covid-friendly and made it a more welcoming environment.

“The team have now basically got the choice of working from the office, and I like to have a bit of face-to-face contact because you have to be mindful of people locking themselves into a room all day.”

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