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1 December 2023 | Firm News | Article by Stephen Webber

Manchester office’s new look unveiled with Hugh James rebrand

We have unveiled a new-look Manchester office with the firm’s name and logo, 13 months after completing an acquisition of Potter Rees Dolan (PRD). Our two firms joined forces in October 2022, strengthening our serious injury and clinical negligence practice, and expanding our presence in the Northwest.

Members of our Manchester office pose with the new Hugh James branding

The collaboration has seen strong growth in its first year; with three new partners and the total number of colleagues growing from 65 to 75. The Hugh James logo replaces “PRD – A Hugh James Business” just one week after the firm scooped the awards for “Catastrophic Injury Lawyer of the Year” and “Outstanding Achievement” at Manchester’s Personal Injury Awards, showcasing our shared values and expertise.

Our combined strength was recently recognised by the legal directories. Hugh James is now ranked Band 1 for the Northwest in Chambers and Partners, building on the strong reputation law firm PRD has built in the region. In total, we are ranked across 29 departments, and 61 individually named lawyers, in the main directory and High Net Worth edition.

With the switch, clients can expect the highest standards of professionalism and excellent client service that both brands are known for – the only thing that will change, is the name.

Head of our individual client services Stephen Webber said:

“It’s been a strong year for everyone involved. We’ve strengthened our expertise through internal promotions and lateral hires and celebrated much-deserved awards and top industry rankings for our talented and dedicated legal teams. We’re in no doubt we are stronger as one. As we unite under the Hugh James brand, our collective commitment to delivering outstanding service to our clients and communities remains stronger than ever.”

The expansion mirrors the firm’s growth across the UK, with more than 700 employees across our London, Manchester, Southampton and Plymouth offices, and Cardiff headquarters. Also, this year, we further strengthened our London office with a move to larger City premises.

Author bio

Stephen Webber


Steve is head of one of the two divisions at Hugh James. This division comprises all of the teams which advise private individuals; both claimant litigants and individuals requiring advice on their personal finances and family. Steve specialises in high value medical negligence cases including cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, brain injury, psychiatric, obstetric cases and issues relating to human rights.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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