A historic West Midland law firm founded in 1772 has collapsed.
Hall Pratt & Pritchard, which was based in Wolverhampton, was one of the oldest law firms in the region. But it has had to stop trading after going into administration.
And the legal work for its clients has been picked up by fellow Midland company Challinors.
Challinors was brought in by local recovery and insolvency specialists Leonard Curtis to take on Hall Pratt & Pritchard’s workload, to make sure the service was not interrupted for clients.
Challinors chief executive Andy Hodges said: "We were approached to help Hall Pratt & Pritchard how were about to go into administration. Challinors management team and partners didn’t hesitate when asked if the firm would be able and prepared to take over all the legal work for all clients, which we have done with immediate effect.
"The transfer of some 900 files has taken place and we are in the process of writing to all former and current clients of Hall Pratt & Pritchard, advising them of the situation.
"It is important that they feel reassured that Challinors is committed to providing a quality and supportive legal service to all its clients and those who were former clients of Hall Pratt & Pritchard are no exception to this. We will look after each of them. We will make a priority, those clients with a current and live legal requirement, so in particular they must be reassured that the transition will be handled smoothly and efficiently.
"Current instructions will be picked up by our team in Wolverhampton, which is based on the city’s Queen Street, with additional support provided by the firm’s lawyers and teams in our West Midlands offices in Halesowen, West Bromwich and Birmingham."
Hall Pratt & Pritchard had offices in Wolverhampton and Womborne, and provided a general legal service to clients, with a focus on private client instructions including wills, trusts and probate matters, family law, and residential property and conveyancing.