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Hugh James, is extending its service across the north of the UK through the acquisition of Potter Rees Dolan – a personal injury and clinical negligence firm, based in Manchester.

Potter Rees Dolan is a national catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence practice, with Court of Protection and Welfare Benefits departments. In the past year, it has secured settlements worth more than £125 million for its clients. The firm employs more than 65 staff, including 9 Partners.

This latest investment is a significant move for Hugh James. Expansion into the North-West was identified in the firm’s strategy five years ago. Since then, the Welsh-headquartered firm has rolled out a series of transformation plans, expanding its London presence through new hires; opening offices in Southampton and Plymouth; and reconfiguring its Cardiff HQ following the introduction of ‘hybrid-working.’

Expanding its presence across the north of England is the next step for the firm, as it seeks to extend the depth and breadth of its expertise to support growing client demand.

Potter Rees Dolan said it identified Hugh James as the ‘ideal successor-firm’ which would present PRD’s Manchester offices as part of a national practice. Hugh Potter and Helen Dolan were keen to secure new owners who shared their vision and values and who would continue to nurture the business, which was established 24 years ago.

Helen and Hugh will continue to lead and manage the office in Manchester, working with the wider Hugh James management team.

Commenting on the acquisition, Alun Jones, Managing Partner at Hugh James, said:

“This is an exciting development for us. Potter Rees Dolan is a well-established and very well-run Manchester firm, employing a great team of people. Our work aligns closely with theirs and together we’ll be able to provide an even better service to clients across England and Wales.

“It’s an honour that Hugh and Helen have chosen to pass the mantle onto us. They’ve built a very successful business over the years and I look forward to working with them as we enter this new chapter.”

Hugh Potter and Helen Dolan added:

“What stood out for us was that, while Hugh James is an ambitious business, it remains firmly rooted in community. We’ve been impressed by the approach the Partnership has taken in carefully building its London presence and we are confident that the same will be applied to develop the business in Manchester.”

For now, Potter Rees Dolan will continue to exist with its own refreshed brand, to allow for a longer-term progression into the Hugh James identity. Over time, new departments will be introduced into the Manchester office, from across the firm’s Private Client and Business Service areas of work.

Emma Waddingham

Emma Waddingham

Editor, Legal News

Emma Waddingham is the Editor & Founder of Legal News. She is a seasoned legal editor and journalist and experienced marketing & events consultant, working almost exclusively with the UK legal sector.