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Regional focus: East Anglia

‘Tesco law’? Solicitors in Norfolk have seen it all before and are more concerned with issues such as the commoditisation of personal injury work. Jean-Yves Gilg reports

10 June 2008

“You don’t come to Norfolk because you want to go clubbing or see bands every weekend,” says Richard Pennington, senior partner at Ward Gethin, a ten-partner firm based in King’s Lynn. Although it may at first sound rather downbeat Pennington’s comment is actually no more than a factual statement about life in a more remote part of East Anglia which has been mercifully spared the economic ups and downs of the rest of the country.

A largely rural economy Norfolk has a handful of thriving market towns and is home to several national and international businesses. East Anglian lawyers are very much part of the local business networks and as a proportion of the population they fall almost exactly on the average for England and Wales as a whole (10.2 and 10.4 per cent respectively).

And there is nothing particularly outstanding about the breakdown of firms by size. Of the 1,028 firms in the region, 454 are sole practitioners and 445 have between two and four partne...

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