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24 February, 2018 - 23:06 By Kate Sweeney

Ashtons Legal secures future premises in Bury St Edmunds

Regional law firm Ashtons Legal has confirmed its future commitment to Bury St Edmunds, signing a deal which will see the business move into new purpose-designed premises at Fornham Business Court in Fornham St Martin.

The move will take place in stages, with one new office being ready for occupation in mid-2018 and a second one becoming available in mid-2019. Ashtons is seeking to establish one large mid-region presence as opposed to separate smaller ones in mid-Anglia to complement its presence in Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich.

With this in mind the firm vacated premises in Kempson Way, Bury St Edmunds, in 2017, accommodating the staff from that office across their other locations. These staff, and those located in the Guildhall Street premises, are expected to move to Fornham Business Court in June.

Edward O’Rourke, CEO at Ashtons, says: “This is an exciting step for us.  The new modern offices will be able to accommodate up to 160 people at any one time.

“We currently have around 350 staff across East Anglia and expect to continue to grow steadily, with Bury being a good central location in which to base some teams.

“By the time the project is complete we will also have 150 parking spaces, which will benefit clients and employees alike, particularly as the centre of Bury St Edmunds continues to get busier in light of the additional residential development.

“We are, however, aware that a small minority of our clients usually come to us on foot or by public transport and will ensure that we put arrangements in place to continue to meet their needs.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Ashtons Legal CEO Edward O’Rourke (right) with Andrew and Gina Long who own Fornham Business Court

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