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250-year-old law firm Argyles acquired by GloverPriest

Argyles is believed to be one of the oldest law firms in the country

Andy Woolman, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking and Martin Priest, GloverPriest Solicitors

Law firm GloverPriest Solicitors has completed the acquisition of Tamworth-based Argyles Solicitors.

Argyles, believed to be one of the oldest law firms in the country, provides a range of services, including family, employment and conveyancing.

GloverPriest, founded by Gavin Glover and Martin Priest in 2010, currently employs more than 50 members of staff who work across practice areas including litigation, personal injury and wills and probate.

The two firms met through a mutual accountant and began detailed negotiations at the beginning of the year.

The addition of Argyles will bring GloverPriest’s portfolio of offices to seven, adding to operations in King Heath, Quinton, Stourbridge, Cradley Heath, Acocks Green and Wellingborough.

Argyles will continue to operate using its established name, having traded for more than 250 years in the region.

All the partners, solicitors and support staff have been retained at the Tamworth office.

To complete the deal, the firm’s premise was bought after GloverPriest secured a funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Martin Priest, director at GloverPriest Solicitors, said: “The acquisition of Argyles gives us our first office north of Birmingham and plays a strategic role in our ambition to expand geographically, grow our client base and offer a broader range of services.

“We have worked with Lloyds Bank since our first venture and have enjoyed an on-going relationship with the team there.”

Andrew Woolman, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “Martin has built a successful business in the Midlands over the past five years and this latest funding package has enabled the business to push ahead with its growth plan and expand its regional reach.”

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