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1 February 2024 | Firm News | Article by Stephen Webber

Hugh James welcomes Nina Roland with acquisition of The Roland Partnership


Hugh James is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of The Roland Partnership, welcoming founding partner Nina Roland to the firm.

Set up by Nina Roland in January 1997, with her brother Trevor Roland joining her two years later, the Chester-based serious injury and clinical negligence firm has an excellent reputation in the Northwest of England and is ranked for its expertise by the Legal 500 and Chambers guides to the UK’s leading law firms.

As the two firms join forces, Trevor is set to retire following 24 years at the helm alongside co-managing partner Nina, who joins Hugh James’ award-winning Manchester practice on a consultancy basis with immediate effect.

Nina Roland, founder of the Roland Partnership, with Stephen Webber, Head of individual client services and member of the board of management partners at Hugh James

Nina brings decades of experience to the firm’s top ranked serious injury and clinical negligence department. She is regarded as being at the very top of the profession with a “Hall of Fame” ranking in the Legal 500.

The strategic partnership is an exciting venture for Hugh James, supporting the firm to further to grow its award-winning serious injury and clinical negligence practice in the Northwest of England. The move also sees fellow former Roland Partnership legal professionals relocating to the Manchester office alongside Nina – supporting a smooth transition for their clients.

Speaking of the acquisition, Head of the Individual Client Services Division at Hugh James, Stephen Webber, who oversees Hugh James’ leading serious injury and clinical negligence departments, commented:

“The Roland Partnership is an excellent and well-run firm, with great expertise and a friendly culture that closely aligns with our own. We are delighted that Nina and her colleagues are joining us so that we can continue to provide the excellent service their clients have come to expect and look forward to working together to strengthen the work we do in the Northwest.

“I’d like to wish Trevor all the best as he steps down from his successful role at The Roland Partnership and express my gratitude for all the hard work both he and Nina have put in to make this transaction go so smoothly. I’m confident that their legacy and the clients are in good hands as we embark on the next chapter.”

Nina Roland, now consultant at Hugh James, added:

“I am thrilled to be joining such a prestigious and forward-thinking firm.  I know our ethos of “client first” is mirrored in the way Hugh James conducts its cases, and having already met several of their team, it is clear that my colleagues from The Roland Partnership and I are going to very much enjoy working with them.”

The news of the new partnership comes as the firm has established its brand in Manchester, unveiling the Hugh James name at the city’s Commercial Street office in December 2023, one year following the successful collaboration with serious injury firm Potter Rees Dolan.

Hugh James’ Managing Partner, Alun Jones, commented:

“We’re proud of our growth strategy to date which has seen us partner with firms who share our values and culture. Adding The Roland Partnership to our award-winning and now UK-wide serious injury and clinical negligence departments, we believe the acquisition is a perfect strategic fit for us – continuing the excellent work we do for our clients and strengthening our presence across England and Wales.”

Author bio

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.

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