One of Birmingham's law firms has announced an official name change following the relocation of a number of its fee earners to its city centre office.
West Midlands law firm Challinors Lyon Clark will now be known solely as Challinors - a name which by which it is already largely known in the marketplace.
The change coincides with the relocation of the dispute resolution and commercial teams, which will move into Edmund House later this autumn. The firm already occupies one and a half floors at the building and its growing requirements mean an additional floor is to be taken.
It will continue occupation of its offices in West Bromwich and Edgbaston.
Senior partner Trevor Lee, is currently based at St Chad's Court in Edgbaston, but will soon be leading his team from the new base.
He said: "Challinors Lyon Clark is among Birmingham's most well established and respected law firms and for some time has been abbreviated by the market to the shortened name 'Challinors'. It is an obvious time to make the name change and, with additional space being taken in central Birmingham, the timing is right.
"We have clear ambitions to continue the growth of the firm in the regional marketplace and remain committed to raising our profile. We pride ourselves on the diverse and extensive services we offer."
The firm, as it is known today, is the result of a merger between Challinors and Lyon Clark, which took place in 1996.
The roots of both practices lie firmly in the Black Country, firstly with James Clark who set up as sole practitioner on West Bromwich High Street in the 1930s and was later joined by his brother
Lyon Clark, who took full control following his sibling's death.
Challinors was established just after the last war by Gerald Challinor, who, joined by John Roberts grew the firm into a sizable and profitable business.
Mr Lee, who completed his training with the firm 36 years ago, succeeded Mr Challinor when he retired in 1985. Since then the firm has more than trebled in size and remains committed to growth.
Mr Lee continued: "I am convinced that law firms must be committed to growth if they wish to continue to provide a full range of services. Departments must specialise these days and, to do this effectively, they must have sufficient depth. We remain committed to growth and are constantly open to new opportunities."
Challinors claims one of the largest family law and clinical negligence departments in the West Midlands. Mediation is also a Challinors hallmark approach with mediators, adjudicators and three internationally accredited arbitrators located in the Birmingham office.
Within the firm are solicitors fluent in Urdu, Punjabi and Mandarin offering a diverse and flexible service to a mixed client base.
Over the last year the firm has built an expert construction law team. Last summer, chartered surveyors Blizzards - established by Keith Blizzard - joined forces with Challinors to create Challinors Blizzard. This step has created a partnership which offers a one-stop-shop service, providing both legal and technical services to the construction and property industries.
Challinors comprises 195 staff located in its three offices. There are 26 partners, 19 associates, 15 assistant solicitors, 25 other fee earners, five trainees and 105 support staff in total.