Band Hatton Button wins 2019 Coventry & Warwickshire FirstPro Award

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Band Hatton Button scooped silverware for Communication Campaign of the Year at the 2019 Coventry & Warwickshire FirstPro Awards, which were held at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry.

Firm lands triple recognition at regional awards ceremony

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Coventry law firm Band Hatton Button has landed triple recognition at a regional awards ceremony in what has been a record year of accolades for the firm.

Keri Wood, lawyer in the wills, trusts and probate department scooped young lawyer of the year at the Warwickshire Law Society’s annual dinner, which was attended by 120 people and 8 law firms at the Manor Hotel in Meriden.

Daniel Blood, Head of commercial property at Band Hatton Button, was also named as lawyer of the year, while the residential property team triumphed in the team of the year category.

Keri was recognised for her inspirational journey since joining the firm in 2006 – working her way up from a receptionist to a fully-fledged lawyer, which involved studying alongside her full-time job.

Daniel – who oversees a 20-strong group – saw his commercial property team beat their 2018 financial year target by over 30 per cent, a record result, with Daniel smashing his own individual target by more than 40 per cent.

Band Hatton Button’s residential property team has seen consistent growth. The alleviation of stamp duty for first-time buyers meant that Band Hatton Button’s residential property team, led by Sarah Avern, saw a 46 per cent increase in demand in the 2017 financial year, smashing their financial target by around £180,000.

This growth has continued, with residential property currently operating at 116 per cent of their financial target for the 2019 financial year.

The triple recognition follows the firm’s recent success at the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards, where Band Hatton Button won the contribution to the community and leadership team of the year categories.

Mark Moseley, managing director at Band Hatton Button, said: “To receive five separate pieces of recognition for our work in 2018 is a phenomenal achievement.

“It also reflects what a buoyant region we are operating in with growth across the majority of departments, and the challenge is to keep on capitalising on the opportunities that are out there.

“Keri is a fantastic role model for the next generation of lawyers, while Daniel and Sarah have unrivalled reputations in their respective areas that are helping us to continue our growth year-on-year – congratulations to all of them on their awards.”

The Legal 500: Most Ranked Law Firm in Coventry

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Band Hatton Button have retained our status as the most ranked law firm in the city in a national industry guide. 

The Legal 500, which is aimed at buyers of legal services and is read by four million people in the UK, has recommended Band Hatton Button in six different areas of practice – more than any other law firm in the city.

This includes charities, corporate and commercial, employment, family, personal tax, trusts and probate, as well as real estate.

Some of the firm’s work for Allied Irish Bank, The Albany Theatre and The Nicholas Chamberlaine School Foundation, amongst others, was highlighted in the commentary. 

Mark Moseley, managing director here at Band Hatton Button, said: “We are operating in a highly competitive region, so to retain our position as the leading firm in Coventry for legal services across multiple sectors is a fantastic achievement.

“The Legal 500 is one of the most prestigious guides in the UK as it attracts so many visitors, and is a vital tool for us to be able to generate extra work – and to help us keep an eye on our competition.

“The past year has seen the business achieve a record year of £4.5 million in turnover, driven by increasing caseloads across the majority of our departments so this listing is well-deserved as we gear up for another year of expansion in 2019.”

Band Hatton Button win ‘the double’

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We’re Double Award Winning Solicitors!

Leading Coventry and Warwickshire law firm Band Hatton Button has landed double recognition at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The Coventry city centre-based solicitors scooped the Contribution to the Community and Leadership Team of the Year awards at the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards 2018 in front of hundreds of people at the Ricoh Arena.

It comes off the back of a bumper period of fundraising for the 82-strong firm for their chosen charity of the year – Shine A Light Support Service – which supports families affected by childhood cancer. 

Band Hatton Button’s Charity Ball last May saw £10,000 raised for charity, and has also seen staff members assist Shine A Light in moving premises.

Staff members also took part in Dementia Awareness Week in support of the Alzheimer’s Society, and have also organised a quiz for the Rotary Club of Kenilworth which raised around £2,000 for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.

A range of charity and volunteering work has dovetailed with a strong year of performance for Band Hatton Button, which has seen their turnover increase by six per cent in the 12 months to April 2018, driven by the Midlands’ buoyant property market.

Band Hatton Button’s board has also moved to futureproof the growing business by converting the board into an Alternative Business Structure – enabling the firm to diversify its services and attract additional expertise and investment should the need ever arise.

Mark Moseley, managing director at Band Hatton Button, said: “We are extremely proud to have been recognised as the best business in the region in terms of community work as well as leadership.

“We place great emphasis on making our firm a great place to work – providing fundraising opportunities and reserving time for team-building, through to ensuring there are routes for career progression – and having a happy, motivated workforce is reflected in our recent performance both commercially and in the community.

“Receiving these awards is great news and recognition for us as we aim to embark on another year of growth.”

Band Hatton Button Shorlisted in Two Award Categories

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We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in two categories at the Coventry Telegraph Business Awards.

Band Hatton Button have been announced in the top three in both the Leadership and Contribution to the Community Awards at the prestigious Awards Ceremony.

The winners will be announced on the 25 September at an Awards Ceremony at the Ricoh Arena.

We are also sponsors of the Entrepreneur category at the event.

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Helping a client with a double 21st celebration

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Band Hatton Button has helped a client with a double 21st celebration.

Grace Homes, a house builder based in Corby, has started work on a new development of 21 homes at Welland Fields in Lubenham, near Market Harborough, and seven homes at Langdale in Thorpe Langton – just as it celebrated its 21st anniversary.

The homes at Welland Fields are mixture of three, four and five bed homes, whilst Langdale reflects its rural heritage with individually designed two, three and four bedroom homes reminiscent of a traditional farmstead. Both sites are expected to be completed by 2019.

It is the latest development for the firm founded by Henry Barney and Steve Bateman – and the latest on which Band Hatton Button’s Ian Grindal has acted.

The company acts on all development matters for Grace Homes, which has created hundreds of homes in various locations since building its first property in 1997.

Band Hatton Button provided advice on land acquisition through to site set up and plot sales, with all of the related road, sewer and planning agreements required on new estates.

Ian said: “It is always really pleasing to act for a client on a long-term basis and see it growing and thriving. Grace Homes has always concentrated on the quality and design of their products and we have developed a really strong relationship over the years.”

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We’re Law Firm of the Year

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Band Hatton Button has been named Law Firm of the Year at a prestigious regional awards ceremony.

Band Hatton Button, based in Coventry city centre, claimed the title at the annual Warwickshire Law Society Awards in front of around 150 legal professionals at the Manor Hotel in Meriden.

The Warwickshire Law Society was established in 1915 and aims to provide members, ranging from new-starters to partners and key decision makers, with professional support and representation.

Mark Moseley, Managing Director at Band Hatton Button, put the firm forward for the award after a strong year.

He said: “This recognition is testament to the variety of work that has been going on behind the scenes to ensure we remain as competitive as ever, both in terms of our customers and retaining and attracting the best talent.

Sarah Jordan, Head of Marketing & Client Relations added, “A happy and engaged workforce are central to business success, and we have very much focused on developing both the team and individuals this year.

“All of our lawyers have attended networking training which has helped to ensure they have the skills and confidence to go out there and grow their profiles, and that of the firm, and everyone is also currently going through training around client expectations.

Our Wills, Trusts and Probate team have all become Dementia Friends and the solicitors within the team have also each passed their Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) qualifications.

“We have also committed to taking on at least one new trainee solicitor every year; and we have two trainee Legal Executives with us currently – this is really important for Band Hatton Button to attract up and coming talent while also supporting the industry’s future as a whole.

“We have also made great strides in our customer service. We have recently launched a Client Relations Team who deal with all new business enquiries, which frees up more time for our lawyers to focus on their caseloads.

“It’s also really motivating for our staff to see what we are performing above the industry average score for anonymous customer service scores – LawNet (of whom the firm is a member) shows we are currently trading at 61 per cent, two per cent above the average, and we have targeted ourselves with a marked improvement next time we are assessed.

We have also become Lexcel accredited and have continued with our ISO accreditation.

“Our app is also performing since its launch just over a year ago – recording more than 5,000 downloads in just over a year.

“We have also developed many relationships this year by hosting more events, ranging from seminars to quizzes and golf days.

“All of these steps have been taken to future proof the business, and we are confident of another solid year of trading in 2018.”

Band Hatton Button are now Lexcel Accredited!

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Coventry based Band Hatton Button has achieved the accreditation following assessment by a Lexcel assessor.

Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is a recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal departments which gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards.

Having received a 99 per cent satisfaction score across more than 300 clients in the past ten months, Band Hatton Button entered the Lexcel assessment process with a view to achieving the standard, reinforcing their commitment to their clients.

Natalie Ormerod, Head of HR and Qualityat Band Hatton Button, who led the firm through the process, said: “We maintain rigorous professional, ethical and client care standards and are delighted to have successfully achieved Lexcel accreditation, which is true testament to that.

The quality mark covers an array of disciplines across the business, including our strategic plans, financial management, people management, and client care, so it really is a rounded assessment of everything we do.

At Band Hatton Button our purpose is to ‘deliver excellent legal services with a human touch’, and becoming Lexcel accredited is the perfect assessment of this and what we are all about. We hope that, now we have been through the procedures of the Lexcel standard, we will feel stronger as a firm and will continue to drive forward our successes and growth with our strategic plans very much in mind”.