New beginning for long-establish law firm as takeover deal is announced

L-R: Greg Archer (Warrens Boyes & Archer), Vember Mortlock (managing director at Roythornes Solicito

L-R: Greg Archer (Warrens Boyes & Archer), Vember Mortlock (managing director at Roythornes Solicitors) and Paul Osborne (senior partner at Roythornes Solicitors). Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon legal practice, Warrens Boyes & Archer has been acquired by Rothornes Solicitors, it was announced this week.

The acquisition is part of the growth plans for Roythornes, with staff moving over from Warrens Boyes & Archer alongside lead partner, Greg Archer.

Roythornes has offices in Alconbury, Peterborough, Spalding, and Nottingham.

Warrens Boyes & Archer, a firm which can trace its history back 188 years, will now become part of the Roythornes brand after being established in London in 1830 and based in Huntingdon for more than 70 years.

Vember Mortlock, managing director at Roythornes Solicitors, said: “We’re delighted to announce this acquisition deal. Warrens Boyes & Archer has an impressive client base due to the strong relationships that Greg and his former partners have established as trusted advisors over many decades.

“He is very well-known in the local market and brings a wealth of experience and a longstanding client base including several large farming businesses, local schools and charities as well as private individuals. The synergies with our current client base are also excellent and there is a lot of potential to add further value as well as knowledge sharing.

“This acquisition forms part of the growth strategy for our Alconbury office as we continue to place much emphasis on personal connectivity with clients and sharing one ethos across all offices.”

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Mr Archer has been with Warrens Boyes & Archer for more than 40 years will work from the Alconbury office as a consultant for the next five years.

He said: “Roythornes is a fantastic law firm with a great ethos and client-focused approach. I wanted to ensure my clients, many of which are longstanding and we have served for decades, are in good hands and therefore this is a perfect fit for us.

“Warrens Boyes & Archer as we know it will become part of the Roythornes brand with my team working out of Alconbury to ensure the smooth handover of clients and the continuation of our excellent service. This is also a very exciting time for many of the clients we work with as they will instantly gain access to a broader spectrum of services with a leading national practice.

“The office in Huntingdon was opened in 1940 when London was being bombed. The Boyes family moved lock, stock and barrel from their original base at The Temple in London to our current base in Hartford Road in Huntingdon. Over the years we have built up a strong local base whilst retaining our London connections.”