Welcome aboard Willans LLP! Law firm becomes first premier partner with The Raikes Journal

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 02 September 2020 7:00

Welcome aboard Willans LLP! Law firm becomes first premier partner with The Raikes Journal

We are delighted to announce our first-ever ‘in association with’ partnership here at The Raikes Journal.

Step forward to take a bow Willans LLP.

From today you will see the commercial and private logo of the Gloucestershire law firm, which advises businesses, individuals and not-for-profit organisations, in the premium position on this website alongside our own masthead.

The top-ranked Cheltenham-headquartered firm’s logo and banners will also be seen on our social media, which currently sees us reach more than 10,000 connections.

In our last full month we saw our stories reach 26,300-plus on LinkedIn, 21,000 on Facebook, and on the website we have more than 10,000 unique visitors with 12,491 page impressions. Not bad for a site barely three months old.

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Bridget Redmond, managing partner at Willans LLP, said: “We are really pleased to be partnering with and supporting The Raikes Journal. We see it as a site genuinely trying to support and champion not only businesses in the county, but those involved in the charity sector, which happens to also be one of our in-house specialisms too.  

“We have known the editor, Andrew Merrell, for a long time, and are very happy to support him on his mission to raise the flag of Gloucestershire businesses, and those involved in education, training and the third sector, high."

Willans will also be supporting The Raikes Journal with expert analysis alongside some of its stories and the website will be publishing a monthly column from the firm’s team of experts to help keep the county’s business community informed.

Pictured above: Willans offices in Cheltenham’s Imperial Square

“What The Raikes Journal has already managed to achieve in a short space of time is brilliant. Andrew’s high-quality journalism and editorial integrity has long impressed us, along with his enthusiasm for, and advocacy of, Gloucestershire businesses of all shapes and sizes..  The general tone is positive and it has already help shine the light on many firms which would otherwise never have seen the light of day,” said Bridget.

Mr Merrell, editor and founder of The Raikes Journal, said: “Launching the website in the white-heat of the pandemic is a risk, but nothing compared to what many business people far more experienced than us are grappling with now.

“I wanted to turn my two decades of reporting on the county’s business community to that community’s advantage - and I hope it has a positive impact.

“We are creating a brand and platform with editorial credibility to compliment the often excellent social media content that is out there, to stop the clock for a few minutes and deliver nuggets of journalism worthy of and showcasing those businesses efforts.”

Willans opened its first office in the county in 1947 and has grown into one of the most respected purveyors of commercial, private client, charity and not-for-profit sector legal services law firms in the region

Pictured: Partner Matthew Clayton and senior associate Jenny Hawrot

For 12 consecutive years, it has been Lexcel accredited (the highest standard for practice management and client care), and Law Society Accredited for its conveyancing practice too (the first law firm in Cheltenham to achieve this, back in 2011).

The firm is also consistently rated for its expertise in independent national legal guides, The Legal 500, and Chambers UK.
Bridget Redmond joined the firm in 2004, became a partner two years later and managing partner in 2016.

She has made a point of continuing the Willans tradition, of allowing its staff to flourish and make a real contribution. It is something the firm applies to the businesses it works with as well.

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If you would like to become one of our small group of exclusive partners, or support The Raikes Journal on its mission, please email