DFA Law, which has had a presence in Northampton since 1838, has relocated its Private Client and Family Law teams to its office on Waterside Way, off Bedford Road in the town.
The firm moved into the 5,000 sq ft. purpose-built premises in 2007 but kept its town centre offices on Cheyne Walk. In the last 12 months, the final two teams have moved over and now all staff are situated at Waterside Way.
Ahead of the final teams moving in, the Waterside Way offices underwent some renovation work to make additional space and create a modern and bright, open plan workspace. All of the individual offices were taken out on the second floor of the two-storey building and a staff break out area was created downstairs which includes a new kitchen/diner area and bar seating, as well as a table and chairs. The building also boasts four meeting rooms including a board room with conferencing facilities and plenty of on-site parking for visitors.
Danny Roberts, Practice Manager at DFA Law, said: “When I think about it, there has actually been a lot of change at DFA Law over the last two years.
“We have attracted some fantastic new talent and said goodbye to some retiring members of the team. We are really happy to have everyone all under one roof in a productive, open plan environment. Each department is headed up by a Partner and 60% of the Partners are under the age of 41, which is quite young in this industry. Having said that, it is also an incredibly experienced team with many, if not all of the ownership team, having worked for bigger firms.”
Now the company is growing the team further, having just appointed two new Paralegals and plans are in place to recruit two new solicitors – one for the Private Client team and one for the Corporate and Commercial team.
“Whilst we are a growing business, we still live by our mission statement, which is ‘to be big enough to have the resources that we need to provide the very best standard of professional service to our clients, and to provide true value for money’,” reveals Danny. “We achieve this by maintaining a local focus and recruiting and retaining top professionals in each area of our business. The newly refurbished office, which actively encourages flexible working and working from home, will help us to attract top talent. Add to that that DFA Law is genuinely a great place to work, with a number of our staff having been with us for 20 to 30 years and more, and we are a very attractive proposition.”
DFA Law has a number of specialist teams that cover a wide range of legal areas, which are as follows:
Commercial and Residential Property team, headed up by Mark Brown. Corporate and Commercial team, headed up by John Keeble. Private Client team, headed up by Hannah Furr. Family Law team, headed up by Rachel Adams. Dispute Resolution and Litigation team, headed up by Paul Currie.
The move to close the Cheyne Walk office is a significant one in the company’s long history as it had offices there for more than 20 years. Prior to this, DFA was based at Beethoven House on the Market Square - its home for 60 years.
DFA Law was established in 1838 by William Dennis, who was joined by Dr Faulkner in 1876 and Charles Alsop in 1910, becoming Dennis, Faulkner and Alsop. In 2003, the firm rebranded and became DFA Law. Today, the firm is a blend of the modern and the traditional - a progressive, dynamic law firm which adheres to the old-fashioned principles of professional integrity and personal service.
“When we first moved into Waterside Way, it was built to our own specifications,” adds Danny. “As the work environment has evolved and our team has changed, we have adapted the building to suit our needs.
“As other well-established and highly regarded businesses moved to Waterside Way, we quickly realised this was becoming a good, central business hub. The town centre has become increasingly hard to access and here we have easy access, newer facilities and a workspace we can adapt as we grow and develop. We are very excited about entering this next chapter in the DFA Law story.”
To find out more about DFA Law, visit www.dfalaw.co.uk