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Introducing Paul Bloomfield – the Managing Director of Lace Law

SWP-16-LACELAWWEBSIZE (51)Key to Lace Law’s philosophy is that our people are of vital importance to what we do, as they have the real world business experience needed to be able to provide advice to our clients and add value to their business.

It is this experience that allows them to act as “sounding boards” for businesses’ day to day issues, and allows our people to provide them with actual advice rather than just options.

We have previously profiled two members of the Lace Law team – our Corporate and Commercial Solicitor Luke Rees, and our Non Executive Director and Consultant Solicitor Philip Armitage. In this article we are introducing our Managing Director, solicitor Paul Bloomfield, and detail the experience he has had working in and with businesses over the last 30 years.

Originally from Sunderland, Paul graduated from Staffordshire University in 1985 with a BA (Hons) degree in Law. Paul specialises in Commercial Property, Commercial Leases and Construction Contracts. In fact, he spent 10 years working within a respected local construction company as their in-house solicitor, where he was responsible for managing property acquisition and disposal, commercial contracts, and share and asset sales and disposals. He also gained a lot of experience of JCT contracts with projects including petrol stations, convenience stores, social housing sites and large commercial premises. He provided advice and support to the Managing Director and the Board as well as support and guidance to the other employees of the business. This gave him the wide-based experience of a commercial environment which is so utterly invaluable to him now.

In total, Paul has over 30 years experience of offering swift, client focused legal solutions to businesses and their leaders, and therefore knows how to not only help businesses to reach their commercial objectives, but also knows how to minimise their risk, because he has gained a sound understanding of the real challenges that businesses can face and do face, both now and in the future.

He started at Newark based Larken & Co Solicitors in 1987 as a trainee, becoming an assistant solicitor in 1989 and a partner in 1992. As a trainee and assistant solicitor he gained experience of most areas of law, including time practising criminal, family and employment law, before he started specialising in property and commercial/company work. It was whilst working at Larken & Co that he received his MBA from Nottingham University Business School in 2003.

Paul stayed at Larken & Co until 2004, when he joined a local construction company as an in-house solictor and in addition to legal work gained a broad based business experience. For three years whilst there he was also Managing Director ofa residential care home provider, a new business that built a 15 bed residential autism care unit in Hampton, Peterborough. He also acted as a director of a medical products company exporting to America.

Following that, he spent two years as Senior Solicitor at Andrew & Co LLP Solicitors in Newark on Trent, helping clients with property acquisition, property development, property leases and construction contracts for all types of commercial projects.

Paul founded Lace Law in May 2016 and has been the driving force behind both our development and behind the purely client focused services that we provide to our clients. Away from Lace Law, Paul enjoys motor sports in his spare time, and has a track car which can often be seen on the track at nearby Cadwell Park, near Louth. He also is a keen football fan, often travelling to Sunderland to watch his home team play.

Paul also likes to keep fit, and enjoys going to the gym and walking his two dogs with his partner Jane across Lincolnshire. Between them, Paul and Jane have four adult children, and Paul also has two grandchildren, so they very much enjoy spending time with their family, as well as travelling, socialising and going to the theatre dnd to concerts.

Paul can be contacted by email at paul.bloomfield@lacelaw.co.uk or by phone on 01400 670982.

Lace Law provide advice to all manner of commercial enterprises, including limited liability companies, community interest companies, partnerships, charities and sole traders. If you would like to work with commercial lawyers who provide advice quickly and accurately and who do things differently to suit your needs, then give us a call on 01400 670982 or visit our website http://www.lacelaw.co.uk/ to find out more about us and how we can help you and your business.

Let us make your business, our business

SWP-16-LACELAWWEBSIZE (45)We believe that our approach to client care at Lace Law really sets us apart.

Our team understands that every business works differently and it’s therefore central to our ethos that we really get under the skin of our clients business to understand how they operate, the real challenges they face and the priorities they have. We do this in a variety of ways; through initial consultations, regular contact and periodic visits to our clients to keep up to date with their business activities.

Our approach is then designed to give our clients clear, concise advice focussed on how we can quickly add value to their business. Many of our long term clients now view us as an extension of their business - their own in-house legal department if you like. We achieve this by knowing how our clients businesses work on an in depth level and by having extensive commercial experience and business acumen gained by not only working in law for many decades, but also through working in industry and other sectors.

We are not in the market to offer our clients a ‘one size fits all’ legal service. We see ourselves as business advisors who are providers of pro-active solutions to assist with our clients commercial legal challenges. For the Lace Law team, this rarely involves quoting endless passages of Company law. We know that our clients don’t have the time to read through pages and pages of legal options and be left to pick the bones out of them and make a decision. Our focus when advising our clients is on assessing the legal options available to them against the specific needs and priorities of a particular business. We are then able to offer a clear strategy on the best way forward.

We believe in finding real solutions to our client’s problems rather than burying them under complicated legal jargon. Of course we have an extensive knowledge of the law, but we feel that our job is not simply to recite it to clients but rather to apply it to solve problems in the clearest and best way for them. Our belief in this approach is so important to us that it forms part of our name – LACE stands for Lawyers Advising Commercial Enterprises. We offer our legal services to all manner of commercial enterprises, including limited companies, community interest companies, limited liability company partnerships, charities and sole traders.

If you would like to work with commercial lawyers who will advise you and offer the best solutions to your problems then give us a call on 01400 670982 or visit our website http://www.lacelaw.co.uk/ to find out more about us and how we can help you and your business.

Lace Law’s Philip Armitage qualifies as a commercial mediator

clip_image002We’re very pleased to announce that Lace Law Non Executive Director and Consultant Solicitor Philip Armitage has recently qualified as an accredited Commercial Mediator.

Philip has long had a strong interest in commercial and civil mediation and workplace mediation, and so is delighted to have received this prestigious recognition. Congratulations Philip!

Like all of our people, Philip has the real world business experience needed to be able to provide advice to our clients and add value to their business.

It is this experience that allows our solicitors to act as “sounding boards” for businesses’ day to day issues, and allows our people to provide them with actual advice rather than just options. Philip prides himself on being able to provide his clients with flexible, accessible, cost effective support and advice.

As well as specialising in commercial and civil mediation and work place mediation, Philip also specialises in employment law, commercial disputes, commercial debt recovery and consumer and contract related cases, with a particular interest in the motor and leisure industries. He has extensive experience in these areas, and also has a developing interest in intellectual property.

Philip has more than 25 year’s experience of specialising in employment law and dispute resolution. Originally from Newark, Philip studied law in Newcastle upon Tyne, and then went on to study at the College of Law in Chester. Qualifying in 1991, he spent two years working at a large Nottingham firm, before returning to Newark to join a five partner firm as a partner, where he stayed for 14 years. He became a partner at a Lincoln based firm in 2008 and was given responsibility for heading up and successfully establishing a new office for the firm in Newark. He established his own business, Philip Armitage Ltd, providing legal consultancy services in April 2016, which has now expanded to include commercial mediation. He has been working with Lace Law since the company was founded a year ago in June 2016.

Philip is also a Deputy District Judge, and was appointed to this role in 2005. He sits in the Civil Courts of South Yorkshire and Humberside. Outside of work, Philip enjoys running. He also has a lifelong passion for cars, and is an avid follower of Formula 1 motor sport and a huge fan of track days. Philip can be contacted by email at philip.armitage@lacelaw.co.uk or by phone on 01400 670982.

Lace Law provide advice to all manner of commercial enterprises, including limited liability companies, community interest companies, partnerships, charities and sole traders. If you would like to work with commercial lawyers who provide advice quickly and accurately and who do things differently to suit your needs, then give us a call on 01400 670982 or visit our website http://www.lacelaw.co.uk/ to find out more about us and how we can help you and your business.