A Shropshire commercial law firm has marked six years of success with a name change.

Blackbourn & Bond, previously Blackbourn Andrews, changed the name of the firm as well as launching a new corporate identity and website, in what the directors called a “new chapter in the company’s history”.

The name change was prompted by the promotion of associate Dwight Bond to director, and to mark six years of trading at the firm, which has turned from being a regional law practice to a leading boutique law firm serving the business and commerce law interests of property and business entrepreneurs, SMEs and multi-national corporations.

During 2008 the company’s two directors, Nick Blackbourn and Dwight Bond, personally handled transactions which had values for their clients ranging between £200,000 and £7million as well as a number of smaller deals.

Mr Bond said: “This month, we turn the page into a new chapter titled Blackbourn & Bond. The new identity will serve to differentiate Blackbourn & Bond, and reassert our specialist credentials in business and commercial property law. It also provides the platform to build on client relationships, our expertise and expansion of the company’s professional business service.”

The Shrewsbury-based practice was founded in 2003 by Nick Blackbourn, who had previous legal experience at lank firms including Guinness and Rank Hovis McDougall. Mr Bond, who joined the firm in 2005 as an associate, now heads the commercial property division.

Mr Blackbourn said: “Adopting a new name and brand identity is a natural step in our rapid growth that will be associated with our distinctive approach to business relationships. Over the years this has become our core strength and by not diluting our focus of working directly with clients, or diversifying into non-business legal areas, we have set ourselves apart from other law firms. In turn, this has helped us to create strong client relationships, enabling us to provide a more personal service to businesses and their owners and be seen as a trusted partner.

“We believe that professional legal help should not be a last resort, but an integral part of a business’s support structure. It is important to us that we understand our clients’ businesses and are able to offer informed advice. To do this, we work at the forefront of business law.”