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Battens Solicitors opens new office in Somerset


Battens Solicitors – one of the most established civil law firms in southwest England – has announced that it is to open a new office in Castle Cary, Somerset.


Battens has been running a successful weekly legal clinic in Castle Cary since 2015 and demand now means the firm had decided to set up a permanent base there.


The firm is also well known for running apprenticeships for those interested in training as legal support staff, including HR and IT.


The new office is located on the high street and is due to open on Monday, 19 February. To celebrate, Battens is inviting local people to join them for light refreshments from 9am-11am every morning during the first week of opening.


The firm is also hosting an open evening for local businesses on Thursday, 22 February from 4pm-7pm.


Sally Manning – a chartered legal executive at Battens Solicitors – said:


“We have been running legal clinics one morning a week in Castle Cary for more than three years and they have always been well attended – but our limited availability has been difficult for some of our clients and as time’s gone, we’ve realised there is a need for something more permanent.


“The office space we are occupying has seen several different retail businesses come and go over the years, which is disappointing for the townspeople. I hope our new office will reassure people of our commitment to them and to the town.”


Battens solicitor Jason Carr added:


“In particular, we have seen an increasingly high demand for advice in conveyancing, family law, civil litigation, property dispute and private client matters – and we're looking forward to being able to provide local clients with the legal expertise they need in these and all other areas of the law every day of the working week.”


Battens Solicitors is one of the leading Top 500 law firms in southwest England and was founded 300 years ago. The company established its own bank, which went on to become Virgin Money.


The firm has offices in Bath, Dorset and Somerset and says it encourages its legal staff to enjoy a healthy work-life balance, as well as supporting training and development:


“Advancing the careers of our staff is something we take seriously, which is why we actively invest in career development and training opportunities.


“We encourage staff at every level to look out for courses they believe will enhance their working potential, so that we can help them reach and remain at the top of their game.”


The firm offers two- to three-year legal support staff apprenticeships to those over the age of 16, with apprentices working in all areas of the business, such as administration, HR, IT, marketing and facilities – and across a wide range of areas of law, including family, private client, tax and trusts, personal injury and dispute resolution.


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