Waldrons Still Puts People First after 140-Year History; LEGAL FINANCE

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Byline: By John Duckers Business Editor

Solicitors Waldrons are celebrating a milestone anniversary having been at the heart of the Black Country's economy for 140 years.

The firm, which was founded in Brierley Hill High Street by William Waldron, has evolved over the years to become one of the most respected in the Dudley area.

The eight-partner company employs more than 60 staff and specialists at its Merry Hill, Dudley and Kingswinford offices, and offers a range of private client and business services, some unheard of in the 1860s.

Peter Waldron is the fourth generation of his family to be a partner in the business.

Over recent years a substantial shift of focus has been taken by the partnership. "Historically our clients had been high street family firms based in the Black Country, and that had been a very successful strategy over many years," he recalled.

"By the early 1990s, the high street was disappearing as quickly as the firms. This has seen us refocus our business by developing specialist litigation services."

Indeed, the last decade has seen Waldrons transform the scale of its operations.

Aside from its growing involvement in corporate and commercial issues, Waldrons is devoting increased resources to family law and personal injury claims.

"We have four solicitors who do nothing else but focus on matrimonial and childcare issues, and it is very much an expanding area of activity," said Mr Waldron. "We are probably the leading firm locally for all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence, including industrial disease cases."

Moving into such new areas brings Waldrons head-to-head with the national players.

Mr Waldron went on: "Historically, we're known as a firm that had its roots in the Black Country and that is important, but more and more we are finding our client base is widespread across the country, with clients in London, the South West and the North East. …