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200 Years of change

200 Years of change

Tuesday 8th November 2016

When we look back 200 years, the North West was at the centre of a booming cotton trade and bearing the flag of the industrial revolution. It was also the first time that the name G. Harold Brabner was heard at the Liverpool Law Society, and the story of Brabners LLP began.

G Harold Brabner pictured in 1892 with the rest of the Liverpool Law Society.

Fast forward two centuries and a lot has changed. Both for Brabners, now a nationally recognised law firm which counts 10% of the FTSE 350 in its client base, and for the region, which has evolved significantly over that time.

Manchester has grown from an industrial epicenter to one of the country’s top five tech hubs, championing new innovations such as Graphene, and Liverpool, home to the world’s first wet dock, is set to become an international gateway for trade as Liverpool2 comes to fruition. Preston on the other hand has arguably seen the biggest change of all, growing from little more than three adjoining streets at the turn of the 19th Century to becoming a home for industries as diverse as aerospace and telecommunications.

There has also been vast change to the infrastructure of the North West. In 1830, the world’s first inter-urban railway was built between Manchester and Liverpool bringing the two cities closer together. The pioneers who built it would hardly recognise the rail, road and tram network that connects the region today. Better and more convenient transport has caused the cities to swell, allowing people from further afield to access our urban centres with greater ease. And as the North West has grown, so have we.

The changing face of the region is something that Brabners has always strived to be part of – from advising on the regeneration of Liverpool’s Princes Dock and the building of the Ribble Link Canal in Preston, to acting for the National Football Museum when it relocated to Manchester. We’d also like to think we’ve played our part in morphing the character of the regions commercial landscape as well. As one of the most active M&A legal advisers in the North West, we’ve had a key role in helping the region’s businesses to expand and combine.

As the world around us continues to change, it’s important we keep pace. Technology has allowed us to become better connected to our clients, enabling us to offer our services more immediately. We’ve also become more commercially minded, ensuring our practitioners not only possess the requisite legal expertise, but have real business experience too. It’s this commercial approach that, we’ve found, really adds value for our clients.

With the promise of a greater government focus on our northern economy, the future looks exciting for our region, and while we may have witnessed a vast transformation we’re glad to say it’s not nearly over. Here’s to the next 200 years.

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