Knights, one of the UK's fastest growing legal and professional services businesses, welcomes new colleagues from BrookStreet des Roches, one of the leading commercial law firms outside of London into its Oxford office following the completion of its acquisition on 1 April 2019.
Knights established its presence in Oxford in 2016 and it is now firmly positioned as a leading legal and professional services business in the region.
Since 2016, Knights has grown its presence in Oxford significantly from 100 to over 160 professionals adding to the group’s overall growth. This indicates the Group’s commitment to the county which is a key market outside London due to its strong business community, its significant £23bn gross value added contribution to the UK economy per year and because it has one of the greatest needs for housing across the UK.
The office hosts a selection of talented real estate, corporate and litigation professionals in Oxford. Its high-quality work ranges from advising on strategic land development projects to property portfolio management for major national chains, through to a range of corporate transactions from MBOs to sale and leasebacks as well as franchise and license agreements and litigation.
The quality of its work means it counts McDonald’s, MEPC and Arcadia amongst its blue chip national clients, in addition to recently advising the firm trading as ‘Virgin Experience Days’ on its MBO, backed by Inflexion Private Equity, and Mothercare, on the sale-and-leaseback of its headquarters’ premises.
Knights, which listed on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market in June 2018, acquired BrookStreet in line with its strategy to expand its expertise in key markets outside London and its presence in the key market of Oxford. This strategy has transformed Knights from a single office in Staffordshire to a top 100 law firm, with 8 offices and 700 professionals which includes a team of 200 professionals delivering real estate services.