Vincents buys in Blackpool
Preston-based Vincents Solicitors has expanded into Blackpool with the acquisition of a firm in the resort.
The purchase of Colebournes Solicitors and Advocates makes Vincents one of the largest criminal law firms in Lancashire.
Colebournes was founded by was founded by Trevor Colebourne in 2009. He was previously managing partner for Leslie Harris Priestley Fisher before establishing his own firm.
Under the deal, Colebournes and its team of four will remain based in the existing office in Adelaide Street. Colbourne will become head of criminal legal services for Vincents.
The acquisition is part of Vincents plans to expand geographically and into new sectors.
Phillip Gilmore, Vincents Solicitors managing partner, said: "Colebournes is one of the most recognised and respected criminal law firms in the region. With 40 years' courtroom experience between them, this team has worked on high profile cases and has a great record in working with the police and the courts.
"This acquisition also gives us the additional geographic coverage we've been looking to achieve as part of our growth plan, expanding our motoring expertise and establishing a new licensing department. We already have offices throughout central Lancashire, the north and east of the region.
"Now, in conjunction with our existing Knott End and recently opened Lytham offices, Blackpool gives Vincents an equally strong presence on the Fylde coast and allows us to better support clients going through the courts in Blackpool and Fleetwood."
Trevor Colebourne added: "This move provides me with the opportunity to work with a large team of experienced criminal lawyers and motoring experts to expand the services I'm currently offering in Blackpool, and establish a new team within the business with an in-house chambers service, and develop the licensing department.
"My team will have more support from being part of a bigger business and we are very happy to be bringing our expertise and experience to the Vincents business."
Founded in 2000, Vincents employs 70 staff and is headquartered on Winckley Square in Preston.