Law firm invests in Ashbourne office

L-R: Abbey Alcock, William Harper, Katie Hargreaves, Kerry Warrender, Paul Sabin and Jasdeep Bagri.

Flint Bishop has made significant investment in its Ashbourne branch with several new hires and key appointments following continued expansion.

Recently promoted senior associate solicitor, William Harper, joins the Ashbourne practice having transferred from the large Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts team at the law firm’s Derby head office.

William specialises in later life planning for individuals, families and business owners with significant wealth, often involving large or complex estates.

His recent cases include administering estates of business owners where there are crossovers between personal and business assets, administering insolvent estates, assisting with business and agricultural property relief claims to minimise inheritance tax exposure and setting up charitable trusts.

William is supported by Abbey Alcock, who joins as a personal assistant from Ashbourne accountancy firm, Peak Management Associates.

Jasdeep Bagri, previously of Shacklocks LLP, joins the firm as a solicitor to lead the Residential Conveyancing team in Ashbourne. She brings with her expertise in various areas of property transactions including freehold and leasehold sales and purchases, new build purchases, the Right to Buy scheme and re-mortgages.

Supporting Jasdeep with residential conveyancing transactions is legal assistant, Katie Hargreaves, who has worked at the firm’s Ashbourne branch since 2001.

Property partner, Paul Sabin, will continue to be a key figure for commercial and agricultural property transactions within the Ashbourne area.

He brings more than two decades of experience to the practice and has developed an excellent reputation and close working relationships with many of the region’s estate agents and local businesses.

Kerry Warrender, also transferring from the Derby office, will support the Residential Conveyancing and Commercial Property teams in Ashbourne and will be responsible for general day-to-day management of the office.

Flint Bishop has long had a close connection with Ashbourne and its people, having provided a local and personal service to individuals, families and businesses for over 50 years.

Also advising clients further afield, the Ashbourne practice is backed up with additional support from the 170 strong team at the Derby office and is able to provide legal expertise across a range of disciplines, including commercial, corporate and finance, dispute resolution, employment and HR, family and matrimonial, licensing, property and wills, probate, tax and trusts.

Qamer Ghafoor, Chief Executive for Flint Bishop, says: “Our new appointments follow a period of continued expansion at the Ashbourne branch due to considerable year-on-year growth. Jasdeep and Abbey will be excellent additions to an already experienced team, and I wish them every success in their new roles.

“In order to support this growth, we have also invested in our office space, meeting rooms and client facilities, enabling us to expand our workforce and expertise, whilst maintaining our enviable location in the heart of the town.

“Flint Bishop is proud to have built up a close affinity with the town and its community over a number of years, and as a resident myself, I know first-hand that it is a great place to live and do business.

“We continue to support Ashbourne and its people through new hires and investing in our offices, as well as participating in and contributing to local corporate social responsibility activities.

“We do this to ensure that we consistently deliver high quality, trusted legal advice to provide individuals with solutions to complex legal issues and create opportunities for our commercial clients to grow their businesses.

“We look forward to welcoming new and existing clients to meet the team and visit our newly refurbished offices soon.”