Introduction of two new partners to Thrings as firm continues to expand

Planning for expansion with the appointment of two new partners is the southern based law firm, Thrings

Rural and agriculture expert Mark Charter, as well as private client expert Rachel Brooks who are both from regional law firm Blake Morgan, will take title roles in the practice’s new Southampton offices.

By utilising their cumulative expertise and working alongside one another, the pair aim to put their harmonising sets of skills to the best use by delivering clients in need of legal support, a complete package in the associated areas of agriculture, landed estates and private affairs. Acting for large agribusinesses, landowning organisations as well as governmental bodies, Mark’s responsibilities are wide ranging. His specialisms are similarly varied and include the sale and acquisition of estates, farm and equine property, landlord and tenant issues and rural business structures as well as property work connected with tax and estate planning arrangements.

Also leading Blake Morgan’s estates and farms sector team was Rachel, a specialist for private clients with a focus on agriculture, landed estates and tax planning. She headed up the estates and farms sector team alongside Mark.

Rachel has also acted for a range of clients in various capacities including a deputy executor, trustee and an attorney. She has extensive experience in drafting wills alongside complex estate administration, tax planning and trusts.

With the introduction of the new partners, Thrings’ specialist agriculture team will be reinforced and improve the professional level of support offered to the farming community within the South East, the region where Thrings is a member of the NFU Legal Panel which oversees seven counties. The pair will work alongside commercial, corporate, family and private client colleagues from the firm’s offices across the UK – Swindon, London, Bristol and Bath – in the new Southampton premises on the International Business Park, International House.

Mark commented on Thrings’ well-established position in its region as well as the consistency of high class legal service it provides – qualities which Rachel and himself believe are essential:

“The firm’s ethos of building and maintaining long-term relationships, both with clients and professional colleagues, is one which Rachel and I share. We are very much looking forward to continuing our working relationship, complementing Thrings’ offering and taking it to clients in Hampshire and the surrounding area.” Rachel expressed the pairs shared enthusiasm in joining the firm as well as being a part of its growing presence within the UK.

“Mark and I are very pleased to be joining Thrings, and to be adding our knowledge and experience to its existing agriculture and landed estates practice.

“The firm has a strong presence in London and the South West, and we are tremendously excited to have the opportunity to contribute to its geographical expansion and play a key role in the ongoing provision of specialist legal advice to new and existing clients.”

Mentioning the high level of professionalism and skills Mark and Rachel possess was Simon Holdsworth. The Managing Partner of Thrings commented on the value their expertise would bring to the company:

“Mark and Rachel are hugely experienced, highly-regarded legal professionals, whose cross-discipline expertise will enable Thrings to build on the strong links it has in the region, strengthen its national reputation as agriculture experts, and complement the firm’s landed estates and private client offering in the south of England.

“The opening of a new office in Southampton is very much part of the firm’s strategic plan for growth and increasing the firm’s geographical presence.

“Mark and Rachel will use their extensive knowledge and experience to expand Thrings’ high-quality client base, bring a substantial caseload of existing clients, and work collaboratively with their colleagues across the firm to provide a seamless, integrated legal service.”

(IMAGE: from left to right – Mark Charter, Rachel Brooks and Simon Holdsworth.)

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