Business supremo Lord Digby Jones helped launch a new legal office in Harborough during its official grand opening earlier this month.
The former director general of the Confederation of British Industry and trade minister in 2007-08 cut the ribbon for the new Josiah Hincks office in town on March 2.
The legal firm’s Market Harborough office, based at the former Strutt & Parker site at 41 High Street, is the company’s fifth branch office in the UK.
Josiah Hincks has been the legal adviser for the Leicester Tigers rugby team for many years and it is this association with the club – where Lord Jones is a director – which leant his support to the grand opening event.
Lord Jones said he was privileged to have been asked to open the new office.
“It is a sign of confidence in Market Harborough and confidence in the region,” he said.
“Josiah Hincks is a good firm with good people working for it – creating jobs and profit, which in turn creates more tax which pays for more schools and hospitals.
“It is good to see a firm taking risks and I applaud them.”
The firm – which has its main office in Leicester – was formed in 1927 and has grown significantly over the past decade. This year its turnover passed the £2million mark and its employees grew by more than 20 per cent.
Josiah Hincks’ senior partner Andrew Eagle said: “We have had a number of clients who have travelled to Leicester over the years and I am pleased we can now provide a full range of legal services to them in the locality.
“We believe in providing high-quality legal advice on a regional basis and the addition of Market Harborough will enable us to service the whole of Leicestershire.
“The opening of the new office also sees an expansion of the partnership and I am delighted that, on April 1, four of our senior solicitors will become partners with the firm,
“Sandy Kaur being the resident partner for the Market Harborough office.”