A LEADING Chester law firm has announced plans to move to a prestigious new office from September.

Cullimore Dutton will be moving to a 6,400 square foot office in Newgate Street. The move will mark a new chapter for the solicitors, whose roots can be traced back, in one form or another, to White Friars in Chester since 1792.

The firm, which employs 55 staff, has agreed a 15-year lease with landlord Panacea Property Development with office space spread across three floors.

Andrew Wright, Managing Director of Cullimore Dutton, said: "Our new office provides us with the modern, high-quality space we require to meet the needs of our clients and colleagues. The move also represents an important pillar of our own growth strategy.

"This includes our ambition to be seen as the business of choice for the legal and financial requirements of private individuals, families and businesses in Chester and the surrounding area.

"Our purpose as a business is very simple – We Change Lives. Whether you are a client, colleague or the wider community, this is our DNA."

Cullimore Dutton’s legal services include Family, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Commercial Property, Conveyancing, Litigation and specialist Utilities and Property Management teams.

The firm also has an established financial services department providing clients with independent advice on pensions and investments.

Andrew added: "We truly believe that the work we do changes the lives of our clients for the better. We also strive for this to be the same for our colleagues, giving them the knowledge that they can build successful, long-term careers with Cullimore Dutton.

"We are also proud of the difference we make in the wider community through our support for a range of charities, sports clubs and other organisations.

"Later this year, we will be taking this a step further with the planned launch of the Cullimore Dutton Community Interest Company (CIC), a social enterprise which will use a proportion of Cullimore Dutton profits and assets for the sole purpose of supporting our local community."

Cullimore Dutton was advised by property consultants Kenney Moore on its office move with Legat Owen acting on behalf of Panacea Property Development.

Neil Patten of Panacea Property Development said: "We are delighted to welcome Andrew and the team at Cullimore Dutton to their new city centre office. We believe that they have the perfect home to deliver their exciting growth plans to benefit clients and colleagues."