Solicitors to close Ipswich office

Solicitors firm Merricks is to close its Ipswich office, where it began operating 20 years ago.The move is part of a planned restructuring of the firm, a limited liability partnership, and follows its merger last year with Fairmays Solicitors of London.

Solicitors firm Merricks is to close its Ipswich office, where it began operating 20 years ago.

The move is part of a planned restructuring of the firm, a limited liability partnership, and follows its merger last year with Fairmays Solicitors of London.

From October 1, the three fee earners currently based at Ipswich will transfer to the firm's Chelmsford office, together with some administrative support staff.

The firm says that other support staff – including those in finance roles, thought to number up to 15 – will be offered relocation to either the Chelmsford or Birmingham offices in order to avoid "any unnecessary redundancies".


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A spokeswoman for the firm said that it was too early to say how many people would transfer or be made redundant. She added that the closure had been planned for some time, with some people already having transferred from Ipswich.

The firm's Birmingham office has just moved into larger premises as a result of increased volumes of work and expansion is also expected to continue at the recently relocated Manchester branch.

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