Independent commercial law firm BHW has acquired both senior associate James Dent and a new office space.

Dent (pictured above) has previously worked as a partner at Chattertons Solicitors in Lincolnshire and as an associate at Northamptonshire’s Wilson Browne. He specialises in corporate transactions, reorganisation and demergers, and commercial practices.

His appointment coincides with several senior promotions at the business, including Kate Burlinson and Lucy Ward, both of whom have been promoted to partner in the commercial property and BHW development departments respectively.

BHW, formed in 2003 with a staff of two, is situated on Leicester’s Grove Park and now has a workforce of just under 90. After hiring 20 new recruits over the course of the pandemic, the Leicestershire firm has opened a second base at Grove Park for its residential teams. 

BHW managing partner Nick Bridle commented: 'We’re delighted to have both expanded our team and brought on board someone of James’ stature.

'This is a highly exciting time to be joining the business, acquiring new office space that will help solidify our position as one the East Midland’s leading legal services providers.

'These acquisitions and promotions also reinforce our commitment to local investment and talent, with our Leicestershire location strategically placed to help deliver legal expertise at a national scale.'

Dent added: 'Throughout the pandemic, people have had to navigate their career pathway based on company value and trust, with business networking out of the window.

'In these areas, I found BHW to excel, so I’m looking forward to helping uphold the standards that have come before me and help deliver continued legal excellence in the field.'