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Widdows Mason joins HCB

MIDLANDS law firm HCB Solicitors has moved further afield for its latest acquisition, taking  over five-office firm Widdows Mason which covers Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Widdows Mason was established in 1878 and has an annual turnover of more than £2.5m.

It has offices in Wigan, Leigh, Warrington, Westhoughton and Hindley and besides four partners and five consultants there are 11 solicitors and nine paralegals among a staff of 65.

Last month Solihull firm HCB expanded into the East Midlands by bringing Billson & Sharp, a Leicester based company into its portfolio.

The North West acquisition brings the number of HCB offices to 16 including Solihull, London, Birmingham, Stratford upon Avon, Redditch, Lichfield, Walsall, Sutton Coldfield and Alcester, and the network’s annual turnover to more than £10m.

Mike Gahan, chief executive of HCB, said: “We have acquired eight law firms in the past three years and Widdows Mason is a natural progression for the HCB brand. It also opens up the north of England to further expansion.

“It fits well into our high service and community-based legal network and we will be building on the legal services already offered by Widdows Mason and introducing expansion plans involving our network expertise in all aspects of company and private law.”