14 November 2016

Litigation and Debt Recovery team moves to Knights

Knights 1759, with existing offices in Chester and Hale, has acquired a team of eleven legal professionals from the North West, adding Heineken, E-on, Sony and Talk Talk to its growing client list. 

The team, who have a wealth of expertise in complex commercial litigation and debt recovery, will boost Knights’ national dispute resolution offering. 

John Lord joins as a partner and is leading the team’s transfer to Knights with David White, also joining as a partner. 

“Collectively, we have been hugely impressed by Knights’ recent growth and the vision to provide a regional leading professional services business,” said John.

“Having worked with David Beech before, I am familiar with Knights’ culture and the vision to invest in established teams to help boost an already impressive client base. 

“Our team chose Knights because it is managed differently to a traditional law firm and it is able to adapt and grow much quicker whilst offering the security of a sustainable business. I’m really excited to be joining Knights at such an exciting time in its journey.” 

The partners, associates and paralegals join weeks after Knights secured a multi-million pound finance deal from Permira Debt Managers (PDM), the debt management and advisory arm of Permira. 

David Beech, CEO for Knights said: “John and the team are a real asset to Knights and a perfect cultural fit evidenced by the long-term relationships they have developed with their clients.

“Investing in established teams is part of our strategy for growth and our business is structured to ensure that we can consistently maintain an ongoing recruitment programme across our six regional locations.  

“With a team of 400 professionals and ambitious plans to grow further, we’re able to meet the demand for our services.”

The new appointments include: John Lord, partner; David White, partner; Joanne Gardner-Boyes, partner and team leader; Graham Higgins, commercial director ; Alison Hunter, paralegal; Anne Broughton, paralegal; Didi Ogbo, paralegal; James Gifford, paralegal; Jennifer Harrison, paralegal; Jonathan Clegg, paralegal; Nina Kapadia, paralegal.

Knights is on a trajectory to become the number one regional professional services business in the UK and has recently been positioned as one of the ‘biggest risers’ in the UK’s legal market by a highly-respected report The Lawyer UK 200, The Independents 2016, after achieving a 24% annual revenue increase in the last 12 months.