Foot Anstey's Southampton office is set to expand to a new location, just 12 months since the firm first opened a presence in the city to meet the growing demand from clients and targets on the South Coast.
Since the office opened in September 2016 with a team of four lawyers, the firm has continued its recruitment drive with two lateral hires, partners Mark Pinder (Corporate) and Paul Cox (Intellectual Property), joining the firm in May 2017.
The office's total headcount is expected to rise to 15 permanent staff by the end of 2017, as well as providing an additional base for the rest of the firm's employees to support clients' needs and allowing room for further expansion.
The new office will be fitted with the latest technology to enable agile working and provide a high quality client-centric environment, as well as including features that support the firm's commitment to employee wellbeing.
Martin Hirst, partner and head of Real Estate, said: "We are delighted to be strengthening Foot Anstey's presence in Southampton with our new premises. In a short period of time we've successfully developed client relationships and nurtured talent within the Southampton market. The impressive space at the White Building will facilitate further growth, support our strategy of providing a client-centric service and provide an environment where our employees can thrive."
The new Southampton office is the second office launch in 2017 for Foot Anstey. In June, Foot Anstey's Bristol office moved to a new location at 2 Glass Wharf in Temple Quay. The Bristol office opened in 2011 with 10 people and now numbers 150 people with continued growth forecast.
A recent report by JLL, which handled the transaction, revealed that companies stand to benefit measurably from the experience they create for their staff in the workplace.
Nella Pang, associate director at retained agents JLL said: “Our worldwide survey demonstrated emphatically that helping people to feel good at work is more than a 'box-ticking' exercise in trying to achieve work-life balance, as it makes a real difference to staff creativity and productivity. The White Building offers the sustainable and collaborative working environment that ambitious businesses like Foot Anstey desire and that will enable it to continue its expansion in the city.”
Andrew Oliver, of Ashville Asset Management, the asset manager for the landlord, said: “We’d like to welcome Foot Anstey to White Building and are delighted they chose it for their new Southampton office. The take up and demand from such tenants is a real accolade to the quality of the building and the success it has had since launching last year. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Foot Anstey and hope they enjoy their new office environment.”