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On the right road to a great business relationship

Not many company directors would relish a drive from Twickenham to Blandford for a meeting with their solicitor. But for Neil Aldred of CMS Developments Limited, the journey to Dorset is well worth the effort.

Sarah Heath, principal partner and head of Blanchards Bailey’s commercial services, handles Neil’s account and always delivers great results.

“Sarah is reliable, quick-witted and straight to the point,” Neil said. “I always know where I stand, whether the news is good or bad. We like to manage our professional fees and Sarah regularly works to an agreed fixed fee for a transaction.

“I enjoy working with Blanchards Bailey; it is not intimidating like some other legal firms I’ve visited in the past. The Blandford office has a friendly, relaxed manner but its services are as effective as any London practice and its rates are considerably more palatable.”

Neil, who runs a property investment and development company, was recommended to Blanchards Bailey in the early 1990s after some bad experiences with less capable legal firms.

“One London practice we used agreed a fixed fee but then invoiced almost double the price, saying it was because they had needed to do more work. Of course things can go wrong and take longer than expected, but with Blanchards Bailey if there is the need to vary a fee they discuss it with me first. That way I always know where I stand.”

Neil added: “For CMS Developments, Blanchards Bailey is a one stop shop. While Sarah manages the majority of our work, when other legal services are required, she involves the appropriate skills as needed. These include topics such as company law, debt recovery, litigation, wills, inheritance planning, residential transactions and more.

“We rely on Blanchards Bailey to look after both our business and personal activities.”

Neil values Blanchards Bailey for its dependability and excellent value for money.

“It is a competent legal firm with a highly professional team of solicitors,” he said. Blanchards Bailey gives an exceptional account service and can offer the complete package. I would recommend it - and often do.”

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