Much has changed in Reading since December 1798 when John Blandy took a lease of 1 Friar Street at a rent of £4 a year for his family’s law firm, which was founded in 1733. But Blandy & Blandy LLP is still going strong. Its 110 staff are now spread across two offices in Reading and one in Henley-on-Thames as well as in London. But 1 Friar St is still the HQ. ‘Reading and Henley continue to be exciting and thriving towns to be a part of and with the advent of Crossrail and ongoing town centre developments, they look set to continue to grow,’ says chairman Brenda Long (pictured with joint managing partners Tim Clark and Jonathan Gater).