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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.

Introducing Luke Rees - Lace Law’s Corporate and Commercial Solicitor

clip_image002Central to Lace Law are our people, who 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 therefore want you to get to know our team a little better, with this article being the first in a series introducing them. First to be profiled is Luke Rees, our corporate and commercial solicitor, who specialises in dealing with company and commercial matters for business clients. Luke joined the Lace Law team in January 2017, having previously been a partner and Head of Business Law at a renowned law firm in Mansfield, where he spent three years developing their commercial section.

Luke obtained his first degree, a BA Honours degree in Politics and Modern History, from the University of Wales in Aberystwyth in 2001. He then graduated as a teacher, before opting for a career change and studying law. He qualified as a solicitor from the College of Law in York in 2009, having completed his training contract at a well-respected law firm in Newark, where he worked for nearly seven years.

Luke has a considerable amount of commercial acumen, which enables him to provide his clients’ with solutions to their legal issues rather than just an unhelpful list of options. He also has extensive experience of advising businesses in relation to a wide variety of legal issues, including company law matters, incorporations, commercial contracts, shareholders agreements, business sales and acquisitions, corporate employment, lease matters on behalf of landlords and tenants, TUPE advice, corporate finance and sales and purchases of commercial property.

He is particularly passionate about adding value to the businesses that he assists. He aims to remove all of the complicated legal jargon from the relationship and instead provide clear and honest advice to his clients in plain English. He believes firmly in creating relationships with his clients and providing a level of service which mean that they view him both as a trusted in-house lawyer and as an extension of their business.

Luke is a family man, who is married with two young children - Dylan and Martha. Work and being daddy therefore tends to keep him extremely busy, but in the spare time that he has Luke enjoys going to the gym (which he attends at 5am!) and playing sports. Although cricket and rugby are his two favourites, he describes himself as “too old and fragile to play rugby anymore”, but remains an avid follower of the Welsh national team, honouring his proud lineage!

Luke can be contacted by email at luke.rees@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.

Lace Law celebrates first year in business

decorations for birthdays and holidaysLace Law is very pleased to have just celebrated our first anniversary!

Based in Long Bennington, near Newark, Lace Law Limited was launched a year ago in June 2016 with the core aim of providing a service that clients want.

Lace stands for Lawyers Advising Commercial Enterprises, which sums up nicely what we do. We advise all manner of commercial enterprises, whether they be limited liability companies, community interest companies, partnerships, charities or sole traders. Crucially, we aim to be business advisors rather than solicitors, working hand in hand with our clients as an extension to their business.

Commenting on Lace Law’s first anniversary, Director Paul Bloomfield said: “We came together after feeling that far too often legal firms are built around what works for the firm itself rather than the client, and we wanted to take a fresh approach, creating a legal firm that was different and business focused.

“Lace Law is therefore built around providing the service that the client wants. We strive to build a relationship with your business and become a trusted advisor to you, and the ultimate measure of our success is always the question “is the client truly happy with the service they receive, and as a result of the service we’ve provided would they be happy to recommend us to somebody else?”

1st year in businessIn the past year Lace Law has gone from strength to strength, and we are very grateful to our well-established and loyal clients who have given us such fantastic support over the last twelve months. Although Lace Law is a new company and we have in part spent the last year getting recognised as any new company would, at the same time we have grown faster than expected as we combine being new with experience. After all, some of our solicitors have worked with some of their clients for 20 or 30 years. As well as these fantastic longstanding clients, we have been really pleased to have grown and expanded over the last year to take on new staff and a wide range of new clients, and are looking forward to continuing to do so over the next year.

Crucial to our success has been our team’s real life business experience. It is this which allows us to fully understand the issues that can arise when running a business, as we have been there ourselves. The Lace Law team therefore understands that every business is different, and that every business faces different issues. Our advice is tailored to that. We also know that quick responses are important to business and that clarity, simplicity and transparent pricing are also crucial.

If you would like to learn more about Lace Law and how we can advise you and your business call us now on 01400 670982 or find us at www.lacelaw.co.uk

Free Housing Growth Partnership Event - Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 3pm

Are you a small to medium sized house builder? 


Do you need access to growth capital?
Are you aware that there is a £100 million fund available to boost housing development in the UK?

If you are holding back on development projects because of the difficulty of obtaining development funding then this presentation will leave you with ideas on how you could access funding that allows you to expand your building programmes.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to hear about the fund from Stephen Windsor, Investment Manager at the Housing Group Partnership. The event is FREE and it could add massive value to your business.

Hear a short presentation about the eligibility criteria for the fund, case studies where the funding has been accessed across the UK and take advantage of access to the fund's investment professionals to ask questions and discuss specific details about how the fund can benefit your company.

At Lace Law we act for a number of clients across the construction industry. We like to provide solutions and add value to our clients. Come to our FREE event to find out about a potential funding solution that could result in the growth of your business.

Spaces are limited for this event and we anticipate a high demand from construction professionals across the region. So book your space on this valuable event today by emailing jane.judd@lacelaw.co.uk.

Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 3pm
Lace Law
Richmond House
Long Bennington Business Park
Long Bennington
Newark
NG23 5JR

Due to the popularity of this event, places will be limited to no more than 2 representatives per company.

The deadline for booking a place is Thursday 11th May 2017