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County Solicitor in Takeover Deal

A leading Shropshire law firm has continued its expansion with the acquisition of a Craven Arms practice.

PCB Solicitors, which has its county headquarters on Shrewsbury Business Park, has completed a deal for J S Winny & Co, in Craven Arms, taking the firm's total number of offices to eight.

The move follows the addition of Broseley and Worcester bases in recent months.

J S Winny has been established in Craven Arms for more than 100 years though more recently has dealt in only limited areas of legal work. Now, with the strength and depth of PCB and its specialists across all legal disciplines, the office will once again provide a comprehensive service to clients from the town and its surrounding areas.

Existing staff will be transferring with the business to PCB and the office will be further boosted with the addition of existing PCB lawyers, while the former sole principal of J S Winny & Co, Mrs Veronica Cooper, will stay with the business for 12 months to ensure a smooth transition.

Chairman of Craven Arms Town Council, Cllr Clive Leworthy, said: “On behalf of the Town Council we very much welcome PCB Solicitors to Craven Arms. In these difficult economic times it is encouraging to have a successful business coming into the town and it's important that residents have convenient access to the range of legal services that PCB offers."

The Craven Arms office has already been linked into PCB's IT network, giving the site full access to the advanced systems used across the business. The firm's other offices are in Shrewsbury, Telford, Ludlow, Church Stretton, Broseley, Worcester and Knighton.

Rachael Hughes, managing partner at PCB Solicitors, said: “Our acquisition of the former J S Winney & Co. is great news on a number of fronts. As well as giving us a geographically important new office in South Shropshire, it means that clients of the practice can benefit from the many legal disciplines which PCB's team can now offer them. Existing clients will also enjoy both continuity of service, plus the expanded offering. I think it's also very positive for Craven Arms that a growing, modern law firm with a focus on the quality of its customer service has such faith in the vitality of the town and is willing to invest in that."


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