Expanding law firm in Manchester city centre relocation

Blavo & Co staff. Left to right: Daniel Anderson, Julia Walsh, office manager Sian Bradley, Laila Smith and Rachel Ward.

A Manchester law firm has relocated into new city centre offices as it steps up expansion.

Blavo & Co Solicitors has moved into premises in Princess Street as it sees demand increase for its legal services, especially for immigration.

The company was previously located on the 11th floor of a block in Piccadilly Place.

Rachel Ward, solicitor and deputy office manager, said: “Our new offices are more accessible and larger with space for us to expand.

“It is important that clients can easily fund us and also that we have more room as we seek to recruit more legal staff.

“We are a full service law firm and have experienced increased demand across the board but particularly for our immigration and mental health services.

“Immigration has become a particularly busy area, while there is much more awareness of mental health issues and the stress epidemic than 10 years ago.

“We’ve been growing steadily in Manchester since opening in 2013 and see this move as an integral part of our growth plans.”

The new Blavo & Co office is in Room 401 at 40 Princess Street. Staff in the six-strong team include office manager Sian Bradley, who is an expert in mental health law.

Demand for prison law is growing with clients across the north, Wales and Midlands, with prison law specialist Laila Smith helping clients with all manner of prison law queries. Other staff include housing solicitor Daniel Anderson and immigration solicitor Julia Walsh.

The energetic team work closely together providing a streamlined service to clients with overlapping legal problems. The team offer regular advice clinics assisting with wide ranging legal problems in the Manchester area and the firm as a whole is strongly committed to corporate social responsibility.

Rachel added: “It is important the people are aware that there still is Legal Aid available for cases involving domestic violence, children in care proceedings, homelessness, mental health and asylum.

“Even if not, we may be able to argue exceptional circumstances or be able to come to some arrangements on lower rates.”

Manchester is one of 18 Blavo offices nationwide. The company has more than 250 staff.