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Napthens expands into Southport with acquisition

Napthens solicitors has expanded into Southport with the acquisition of a well-known local firm.

Richard Jacklin & Co was founded in 1993, and was established to offer specialist trust and estate planning services, offering advice on issues including making a Will, inheritance tax, powers of attorney, along with property matters including conveyancing.

Under the acquisition of the Southport practice, Richard Jacklin, lawyers Helen Kenyon and Jane Riley and support team member Amanda You, will join Napthens. The office on Hoghton Street has been re-branded to become part of Napthens.

The move is planned as a springboard for Napthens in West Lancashire and Sefton. In addition to the firm’s range of private client services such as wills and estate planning, residential property, family and divorce and wealth management, Napthens’ commercial services including employment, commercial property and corporate will be available to local businesses.

Simon Ainsworth, head of Napthens’ Private Client division, will lead the growth of the business in key markets in the region.

John Whittingslow, Napthens CEO, said: “Southport is an area where we already have a strong footing. We have a number of clients – individuals and businesses – based in the locality and having an office in the town will mean we are well placed for growing this business.

“For some time we have been looking to expand our presence in the North West, which now reaches from Preston, the Fylde and East Lancashire up to Kendal and Penrith.

“Richard Jacklin & Co is a great fit for us and I’m sure they will become a key part of the expanded firm very quickly.”

Richard Jacklin added: “Since I founded the business more than 20 years ago we have become a trusted part of many clients’ lives, and I’m delighted that by joining Napthens we will be able to build on this legacy.

“Napthens shares our own values, in particular integrity and hard work and I’m looking forward to being part of their practice.”

The news is the second expansion for Napthens in recent months, following the opening of an office in Kendal, Cumbria.