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JOINING FORCES: Alison Lee, the managing director of Biscoes Law, front right, with Graeme Quar, the managing director of Graeme Quar & Co, front left, mark the law firms’ merger with colleagues.

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Two highly-regarded law firms in Hampshire have joined forces to create a full-service offering for individuals and businesses across the South.

Commercial specialist Graeme Quar & Co officially comes under the Biscoes Law banner from April 4th, with a combined staff of 100, including 28 fee-earners.

The strategic merger will see five staff at Graeme Quar & Co relocate from an office at Furzehall Farm, Wickham Road, Fareham, to Biscoes Law’s main office at Kingston Place, Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth.

Biscoes Law, which traces its roots back 162 years and is led by managing director Alison Lee, has five other offices in Gosport, Portchester, Wickham, Waterlooville and Petersfield.

Graeme Quar & Co was founded by managing director Graeme Quar 22 years ago, with a team of solicitors working exclusively in commercial law.

Its area of legal expertise includes property transactions, company law, buying and selling businesses, employment law, business disputes, planning law, corporate taxation and insolvency.

Biscoes’ services include personal injury, family, accident claims, immigration, military law, wills, trust, probate, mediation and debt recovery.

Alison said: “Biscoes Law and Graeme Quar & Co have joined forces, under the long-established Biscoes Law name, to create a full-service offering which will provide our clients with incomparable legal advice in a competitive market.

“Graeme and his colleagues, who work tirelessly for small to medium-sized businesses across a wide range of sectors in the South, are highly regarded and bring commercial law firepower to us here at Biscoes Law.

“By the same token, Graeme will be able to point clients in our direction for the services we excel in.

“Both firms are financially strong and we look forward to a great future.”

Graeme said: “The merger makes for a strong strategic fit, with complementary skill sets, services and geographical reach, underpinned by exemplary customer service.

“My colleagues and I are excited about the next chapter, being part of a forward-looking legal practice which is ambitious to grow through excellence, innovation and the delivery of real-life solutions for real-life issues.”

Biscoes Law is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Law Society, Hampshire Law Society, Notary Services, the Charity Law Association, Portsmouth Property Association and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

The practice is also part of LawNet, the UK and Ireland’s leading network of independent law firms promoting excellence and providing a range of benefits for members.

Furthermore, Biscoes Law has the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark, Lexcel, for excellence in legal practice management and client care, and is accredited with the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

The firm is also working towards ISO 9001 accreditation in November for its quality management systems.

Biscoes Law is among 900 or so practising notaries in England and Wales – duties include authenticating legal documents for use abroad, including for people intending to marry or work overseas.

The firm has led on a number of mergers over recent years as part of its ‘your local lawyers’ ethos.

Welcome to Lesley!

October 27th, 2015

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Graeme Quar & Co is delighted to announce the appointment of Lesley Goosen, who joins the team as Graeme’s new PA. 

Born in Wales, Lesley moved to Zimbabwe and South Africa with her family, and carved a career as a legal PA in a career spanning 30 years.

She returned to the UK around eight years ago with her husband and three children, and earlier this month joined the team at Graeme Quar & Co.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I arrived — there were balloons, chocolates and a welcome card. That’s never happened before when I’ve joined a firm!

“I’m really excited about being Graeme’s PA and all the new challenges it will bring.”

Graeme’s former PA, Ann Ricketts, who had worked for him directly since he began the firm in Fareham 21 years ago, remains with the business handing over to Lesley and taking on broader secretarial duties.

Graeme said: “We are delighted to welcome Lesley to the business, and I’m sure Ann is relieved to finally be rid of me after 21 years. We’re very excited to moving forward as a new team.”

On Thursday 23 April 2014 Graeme, Gabor and Richard completed work for the management team of  Williams & Co, the Hampshire based trade-only plumbing and heating merchant, in their buy-out of the company.

We are proud to have been able to assist in seeing this complicated transaction through to a successful conclusion.

The fact that 62% of employees have between them invested £500,000 is a massive vote of confidence in the company and its management.

Williams and Co is an excellent business, with a strong future.

This is quoted from Williams & Co’s website:

Trade-only plumbing and heating merchant, Williams & Co, has been acquired from the Williams family by its management team and staff for an undisclosed sum.

Founder Mick Williams retains a minority share, and will continue as non-executive chairman after the buyout, which was finalised on 23/04/2015.

A consortium of management and staff, led by longstanding executive directors Ray Stafford (MD) and Rachel Moore (FD), put the successful bid together, supported by Nat West and Royal Bank of Scotland who have structured a flexible finance facility secured on receivables and inventory. Professional advice has been provided by Taylor Cocks (accountants) and Quar & Co (solicitors). The consideration includes a mix of cash, equity and loan notes, ensuring that the business retains ample resources to maintain its aggressive trading style and expansion plans.

Outgoing boss, Mick Williams, is enthusiastic about the future. “After four decades at the helm, there was always going to be a moment when I took a less active role, and I am delighted that this solution permits the company to retain its unique character and values.”

Managing Director, Ray Stafford, commented: “Rachel and I are overwhelmed by the incredible buy in from the management team and staff. 62% of the staff have invested nearly half a £million of their own money to own a slice of their future and demonstrate their commitment to the business. It’s a huge expression of support and belief from everyone involved. Words can’t express how proud we are to lead such a fired-up team, or how fortunate we are to retain Mick’s matchless experience in the boardroom.”

Food For Thought

October 4th, 2012

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Graeme Quar with women from Rwanda who have had their lives turned around for the better by development charity Send a Cow

A fundraising campaign by the UK’s leading organic vegetable box scheme has gained fresh impetus following a moving presentation by  Hampshire businessman Graeme Quar.

Staff at Riverford heard a first-hand account about how a British charity he reports to is helping impoverished families in rural Africa.

Graeme, 54, who owns and runs a commercial law practice with offices in Fareham and Petersfield, had just returned from a 12-day visit in Rwanda on behalf of development charity Send a Cow (SAC).

He gave an insight into how SAC’s work has helped transform lives through better farming techniques and vegetables, with surplus food sold to generate income.

The gifts of cattle, which enrich previously barren soil, play a vital role.

For example, a widow, who initially fled to Uganda after her husband was killed in the 1994 genocide, has now become self-sufficient after she was gifted a cow called Gisibizo, translated as The Answer.

Graeme, among a small fact-finding team looking at eight SAC projects near the capital of Kigali and Eastern Province, shared his experiences with staff at a Riverford distribution depot, which supplies North-East Hampshire and Newbury with home deliveries.

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SMILES BETTER: Graeme Quar, front row right, with fellow ambassadors, from development charity Send a Cow, and Rwandans

Riverford is already supporting SAC’s work in Northern Uganda in order to help with food security and self-sufficiency for smallholders.

Charlotte Tickle, HR Director at Riverford, which is headquartered in Buckfastleigh, Devon, attended the presentation at Riverford’s Upper Norton Farm, near the A303 between Andover and Basingstoke.

She said: “Whilst we are already backing SAC, Graeme’s presentation and sharing of the experiences he had on his travels focused us on how the charity is making such a difference to these communities.

“Like us, they believe in good farming as the source of good food, good lives and good communities.

“It has given us extra drive and enthusiasm to come up with some new and exciting fundraising activities to support them.”

Riverford’s support is expected to directly assist 70 households (420 people) and indirectly benefit a further 770.

Graeme, the managing director of Graeme Quar & Co, said: “What has been achieved to date by SAC cannot be underestimated – the charity is transforming so many lives for the better, freeing families from malnutrition and despondency.

“What’s more, the original donation grows in significance as calves, seeds and training are passed on to neighbours in need – under the multiplier effect nine people go on to benefit for each original recipient.

“We were greeted with singing, dancing, prayers and speeches at the projects and the heartfelt gratitude from beneficiaries is absolutely humbling.

“It was essential to convey that feeling in my presentation to Riverford, that the staff’s fundraising for SAC’s work in Northern Uganda will have the same energising effect.”

Rwanda became infamous in 1994 when ethnic tensions erupted into unspeakable acts of violence on an industrial scale, with one million people killed, women systematically violated, families left homeless and much of the country’s soil-enriching livestock destroyed.

This year nearly 14,000 families are being helped by SAC in Africa.

For more information on how you or your company can make a tangible difference for just a few pounds or more visit www.sendacow.org.uk.