LEGAL firm, Capital Law, is investing in a major expansion designed to bolster its position as a leading UK provider of legal and other professional business services.
The firm, which also has offices in London, has just opened the doors to its new five-storey headquarters in Cardiff city centre and re-branded its enlarged consultancy division as Consult Capital, to deliver a broad range of key business services to complement its legal expertise.
The Capital Law and Consult Capital teams – more than 100 people, including lawyers, consultants and trainers – will serve clients across Wales and the UK from the new base in Tyndall Street, which has been completely renovated to reflect the business’ focus on innovation, creativity and growth. The firm aims to triple in size within five years.
The legal team has a strong UK-wide reputation in areas such as employment law, intellectual property, company and commercial law and corporate litigation, while the consultancy delivers services aimed at helping firms comply with the law and grow their businesses.
Consult Capital has been created through the integration of HR and stakeholder engagement subsidiaries, Holistic and DOME, along with the recruitment of respected practitioners in fields such as health and safety compliance, occupational health, trading standards, organisational development and management and leadership training.
Senior partner Chris Nott said: "By bringing such a broad range of specialists together under one roof we want to offer ambitious businesses some-thing genuinely innovative that will not only pre-empt or solve problems but will help them grow and prosper.
"We are not aware of any other UK practice providing such a combination of inter-related services that businesses need in order to succeed," he added.
The firm has taken a 15-year lease on the new 20,000-square -foot headquarters which is more than 50% larger than its previous base at Caspian Point in Cardiff Bay. This will allow for further expected growth in the business over the short to medium-term.
The building, which was the former Peacocks HQ, is located next to Cardiff’s emerging central commercial quarter, and Capital’s distinctive signage will be one of the first landmarks rail passengers will see as they approach the city centre.
It includes a large open-plan meeting space in the reception area, designed to underline the integration of the teams and the firm’s break with the formality traditionally associated with the legal profession.
The premises also feature well-equipped training rooms, occupational health consulting rooms and facilities such as bike storage and shower rooms to encourage active lifestyles among staff.
Director of operations, Yvette Jacques, said: "Moving to a larger HQ and re-branding Consult Capital are both major milestones in the evolution of the business.
"We have a team of specialists who can match any in the country, a vibrant new brand and a fresh working environment that shows we do things differently here."
By Rhodri Evans, Western Mail