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Parker Bullen LLP and Kirklands Solicitors LLP join forces

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Two leading law firms with offices in Romsey are thrilled to announce their merger, reinforcing both firms’ presence in the legal landscape across the South.  On 1st May 2024, Parker Bullen LLP, a highly respected legal practice who have made a real mark in Romsey since opening in 2021, merged with Kirklands Solicitors LLP, a well-established firm boasting an impeccable reputation with over 40 years in Romsey and Totton.

Pictured: L-R Front row: Michelle Berry, Sheryl Ward, Rebecca Wiltshire, Louise Brennan, Jason Evans, Hafwen WebbL-R Back row: Suzanne Foster, Ashley Partridge, Gareth Horner, Peter Slade, Tom Bessant, Giles Bevan-Thomas

While Parker Bullen LLP have been a well-recognised organisation across Hampshire and Wiltshire for many decades, the firm quickly gained recognition for their exceptional legal services and commitment to client satisfaction following the opening of its Romsey office three years ago. Following a rapid expansion with an additional office in Witney launching just 18 months later, the firm has established itself as a trusted advisor for individuals, families, and businesses alike.

Since the launch of its Romsey office, the firm has been incredibly active in the local community, attending and sponsoring many initiatives including the Romsey Relay Marathon and the Romsey Mayor’s Picnic. With an enthusiasm to engage with and support the businesses, not only in the town centre but the surrounding districts, the firm has been a proactive force in the Romsey & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry events and membership and is a proud sponsor of this year’s Test Valley Business Awards, specifically the Small Business of the Year Award.

Parker Bullen at Mayors Picnic
The Parker Bullen team at the Romsey Mayor’s Picnic at which it has a stand each year

The firm’s dedication also reaches their employees. In recent years, the firm has re-launched their extensive Employee Benefits, introduced a Charity of the Year initiative which is chosen by the employees, expanded the agile working policy, grown the Marketing and Human Resources functions, launched a new career progression platform to support employees through the firm, as well as hosting regular social events and activities to encourage engagement across the offices.

Kirklands Solicitors LLP boasts over four decades of experience in Romsey and Totton, earning a sterling reputation for its integrity, professionalism and dedication to delivering optimal outcomes for its clients.

The merger with Parker Bullen marks a new chapter in Kirklands' storied history; one that promises to enhance the joint firm's capabilities and reach. During its time in the area, the Kirklands team has developed an enviable reputation for being friendly, approachable and professional, as well as working closely with the community in Romsey; all qualities similar to those of Parker Bullen. 

This merger brings together the collective expertise, experience and resources of two esteemed firms, creating a synergy that will benefit clients and the community at large due to their commitment to excellence and client-focused values.

The current Kirklands offices at Strong House in Romsey and on Commercial Road in Totton will be known as Parker Bullen Incorporating Kirklands from 1st May 2024, with Parker Bullen retaining its current office on The Hundred in Romsey, in addition to its premises in Andover, Salisbury and Witney.

Gareth Horner, Managing Partner at Parker Bullen LLP, spoke of the merger: “As a firm we have grown significantly over the last few years; expanding from two offices at the beginning of 2021 to a firm of six offices and over 100 employees from May of this year. Our history and the reputation we built up in Andover and Salisbury served us well when opening our Romsey office in 2021 and our Witney office in 2022, and this merger with Kirklands will allow us a new exciting avenue into Totton and the wider New Forest area. Having met the Kirklands team on many occasions, we are convinced that their values align keenly with ours in relation to looking after our clients and colleagues to deliver the best legal services we can.”

Peter Slade, Managing Partner for Kirklands Solicitors LLP, commented: “We are excited to embark on this journey with Parker Bullen LLP and unite our strengths to deliver unparalleled legal advice to our clients. This merger represents a significant milestone for both firms, and we are confident that together we will continue to set new benchmarks in the legal industry. When making this important decision about which firm to collaborate with for the future of Kirklands, I was impressed with the culture of Parker Bullen and feel they align with our own ethos of unity as well as their support for one another, their clients and their surrounding communities.”

Parker Bullen Incorporating Kirklands will carry on offering legal services to individuals, families and businesses across the South with the current Partners and staff from Kirklands remaining to practise after the merger.

For commercial clients, the firm’s experienced lawyers understand the nuances of the legal environment as well as the intricacies of the corporate world. Their commitment to excellence combined with the proactivity required in such matters ensures that businesses receive the comprehensive legal support they deserve, while keeping their objectives at the centre of that advice. Whether you are a start-up business, an established company, or facing specific challenges, the Commercial departments can advise on a variety of legal queries concerning:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Employment Law.

For individuals and families facing potentially complex or emotionally charged legal matters, the expert team can guide clients through every key stage of their life, offering personalised, compassionate and prompt assistance. Taking pride in their welcoming and open approach, the firm’s lawyers go above and beyond to ensure your unique needs are met in the following matters:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Moving Home
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning.

In addition to these areas, the firm boasts several consultants who specialise in Military Law, Criminal Law and Immigration Law.

Looking ahead, the leadership teams of both firms are committed to fostering a culture of teamwork, innovation, and continuous improvement. Through investment in technology, professional development, and client engagement initiatives, Parker Bullen Incorporating Kirklands aims to stay at the forefront of the legal industry and anticipate the evolving needs of their clients.


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