Battens Solicitors Mean Business
We take a look at the company commercial department from the perspective of its newest senior recruit, Brian Levine.
I joined Battens Solicitors a few weeks ago as a consultant in the company commercial department, at the same time moving to the South West.
In between juggling removal trucks, my two daughters, a golden retriever and British Telecom, I've dealt with the sale of the work of a world-famous artist, the commercialisation and protection of an amazing new fertility treatment, the protection of a trademark seen in almost every supermarket, and will shortly be working with one of the best-loved brands in the entertainment business.
The work covered by the words 'company and commercial' is as diverse as the businesses in the South West.
The South West is a powerhouse of ideas, businesses and know-how, from sole traders to large concerns, and it punches well above its weight.
Whether it's buying or selling your business, upsizing it, downsizing it, licensing your intellectual property, engineering products or marketing services, creating a start-up, funding it, building it and floating it on the stock exchange or entering into any type of contract, large or small, Battens' company commercial team is with you every single step of the way.
Battens lawyers, myself included, like to think like our clients: in other words, from a commercial perspective.
In my own case, I was a client for fifteen years in London, and I come from a background as a general counsel for an international commodities trader, a FTSE 250 media group and a film production company.
I know what it's like to deal with lawyers, and I wanted a lawyer that thought like me.
Battens is forward-thinking, but we're also one of the oldest law firms in the country, advising clients big and small since Nathaniel Butler Batten first practised in Yeovil in the eighteenth century.
Now, with offices in Yeovil, Sherborne, Dorchester, Weymouth and London, we are one of the largest firms in the area with over 20,000 clients nationwide.
Much of our business comes from existing clients and word-of-mouth recommendations, but we're also very much focused on the future.
A dynamic, evolving and fast growing Legal 500 firm, we embrace new ideas and creative thinking.
We enjoy challenging 'the way it's always been done' to develop and deliver fresh solutions to every one of our clients.
I feel sure that John Batten the elder would have embraced Battens' 21st century approach to legal services: in 1825 he rode on horseback to Shaftesbury to discuss road improvements with Thomas Telford, the famous civil engineer. Client meetings these days are a little easier to get to, although I won't rule out horseback.