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Clarke Willmott to relocate head office

National law firm Clarke Willmott LLP is relocating its head office in Bristol as part of a move to support its long-term commitment to hybrid (home and office) working for its staff, as well as supporting broader environmental and sustainability goals.

The firm will move from its current Bath Street location in Spring 2023, to take up the top two floors of Assembly C, a brand new 11-storey grade A office being developed in central Bristol, close to the city’s historic harbourside.

The move comes as part of a strategy to support the firm’s future growth and create a space purpose-built for hybrid working for its 300 Bristol staff.

Stephen Rosser, Clarke Willmott CEO, said: “The pandemic has transformed ways of working for Clarke Willmott and as a result we have updated our strategy overall and our property strategy specifically.

“Our people have performed exceptionally over the last two years whilst working flexibly, and largely remotely, from home to support our clients. The pandemic has fast tracked our ways of working and transformed the way we operate.

“As we look forward Clarke Willmott is fully committed to delivering excellent hybrid working. For us this is about facilitating remote working combined with an appealing office environment in order for staff to enjoy working collaboratively in person with clients and colleagues, whilst also enjoying the culturally important social aspects of work.”

The firm moved its Birmingham office in 2021 for the same reason, now occupying space in Colmore Row and operating a desk booking system with a full range of work environments from private booths to a business lounge.

The 15,624 sq ft.  space at Assembly C has been taken on a pre-let basis. A prime spot on Bristol’s Floating Harbour in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, once complete it will include office space, cafes, shops, restaurants and public spaces.

Stephen continued: “We were looking for a space that enabled a reduction of our overall space requirement given our plans for hybrid working, at the same time we wanted an office that provides an attractive destination for our staff that they will enjoy working in.

“More broadly given our environmental commitments, we want an office that delivers on that front too. Assembly C meets, and in many ways exceeds, all of these requirements.”

Assembly C is being developed by AXA IM Alts’ market leading Real Assets platform, alongside Bell Hammer as the development partner.  Clarke Willmott was represented by Morton Property Consultants and AXA IM Alts was represented by JLL.

Clarke Willmott is a national law firm with offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton and Taunton.

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