We recently featured in March edition of Acquisition International in the article “Ones to Watch for 2016: The Best Boutique Law Firms”. Partner John Barker explains how the firm differentiates itself from the competition.
The article is reproduced below and the original can be viewed online here.
Ones to Watch for 2016: The Best Boutique Law Firms
Metis Law is a full service law firm based in the UK, providing expert legal advice to businesses of all sizes. They have specialist lawyers operating in a number of industry sectors including energy and natural resources; financial services; goods and retail; insurance; manufacturing; real estate and property development; social care; telecommunications as well as media and technology.
In an interview with the firm’s Partner John Barker, he says that the boutique law firm he works for acts for owner-managers and companies only. They do not offer high street work such as wills, probates, divorce but instead focus on corporate law.
The firm consists of five departments including a commercial litigation team and a commercial property team, on which the firm was founded. That expertise was then extended to include banking and finance, employment and corporate commercial contracts, the latter of which Barker himself is a specialist in.
Barker’s background in law is varied, having qualified in 2001 with the international law firm now known as Squire Patton Bloggs. In his current role he deals with all aspects of commercial law,
including the preparation of commercial contracts, advising on points of regulatory law (including data protection, intellectual property and consumer credit) and the registration of trade marks. He acts for clients in a variety of sectors including technology, manufacturing, retail and financial services.
Metis Law have been running for seven years. All of the staff emanate from larger firms, but in their current roles they offer their knowledge of these specialist sectors and “pitch themselves at a level that is different from their counterpart firms”. In Leeds City Centre, for example, the firm’s competitors are top-tier firms such as Walker Morris LLP, Eversheds, Addleshaw Goddard LLP Barker reveals. While Metis Law work on the same level as these well-known firms, “They give the same quality of advice and expertise, but to a different tier of client – very often owner managed” he adds.
Typical clients of the firm have a £5-25million bracket of turnover, which is not the marketplace that the larger firms operate in. These larger firms are concerned with PLC work and the stock exchange, but that is not the environment that Metis Law is a part of and they have no ambition to be at that level, but they “do that type of work for a different kind of client”.
Barker underlines that as a smaller firm they differentiate themselves and the business is “truly partner-led” and they are “not supervisors of massive teams” but they do get their hands dirty so the concept of being a “relationship-partner” defines Metis Law he concludes.