Andrew Swan, one of SRF's directors
North East legal firm, Short Richardson & Forth (SRF) is celebrating 40 years in business with its biggest year to date, by expanding in Newcastle and branching out into the North West
The expansion follows a period of growth for the company, during which time it has expanded its client base to include large corporate entities like Npower to new start-ups and SMEs.
Manchester is home to a large portion of SRF’s client base, as well as the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in Wilmslow, who the firm’s regulatory team work very closely with.
Andrew Swan who heads up the regulatory team and is taking the lead on the Manchester office said: “It’s important to the firm that those relationships are cemented, so naturally Manchester was top of the list of places for us to go. This is by no means the last though, and with a growing client base, we’re hoping this is the first in a line of new offices for the firm going forward.”
The firm hope to create a number of commercial legal jobs in the North West in the near future. managing partner, Tim Berg said: “This move is an indicator of our intentions for the business to grow, and whilst obviously good news for Manchester, it will also lead to the further development of our ‘head’ office in Newcastle where we’re already looking to expand our current team.”
Tim Newns, chief executive officer at MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency, said: “Short Richardson & Forth are a great addition to Manchester’s legal sector and with specialisations around GDPR, it moves them closer to key national bodies such as The Information Commissioners Office which is based just south of Manchester Airport.
“Expertise in the field of GDPR is very timely with the new regulations coming in to force and therefore the bolstering of legal advice in this area is a great benefit to Greater Manchester’s businesses.”
This expansion coincides with the firm’s 40th Anniversary later this year, having been on Tyneside since 1978.