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Posted by Nick Abell on 04 December 2017

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The MP, who gained the seat at the last General Election, visited leading regional law firm Wright Hassall to speak to legal experts in key areas including manufacturing, digital and immigration.

Nick Abell, chairman of Wright Hassall, who is also vice-chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said the meeting allowed the firm to feedback on issues from businesses across the area direct to the MP, while being brought up to speed on events at Westminster.

He said: “We deal with a very wide range of companies across a multitude of sectors so are very well placed to take the temperature of their current position, issues, concerns and barriers to growth.

Wright Hassall lawyers with  Matt Western, MP

Matt Western and the Wright Hassall team

“There is no question that while the economy in Coventry and Warwickshire is thriving, there is real uncertainty caused mainly by Brexit. Chief concerns centre around recruitment of overseas staff, currency implications, and obviously the nature of any trade agreement which might emerge in the coming months.

“Many of the industries in Coventry and Warwickshire are either recruiting or planning to recruit and they often need to tap into an international pool of talent. Not only are they concerned how that might impact on them, but potential recruits will also be eyeing up the situation with caution.

“Much of this intelligence will reach MPs through the work of bodies such as the CWLEP and the Chamber, but direct links with local businesses are essential so we were delighted to welcome Matt. We hope it will become a regular session as it was mutually very beneficial.”

Wright Hassall, recently voted Regional Law Firm of The Year, employs around 300 staff at its headquarters on Olympus Way. The meeting was set up by Jeanette Whyman who heads the company’s medical negligence team.

Western, who worked for Peugeot before moving into politics, said: “It was a great pleasure to meet Nick Abell and the Wright Hassall team and discuss the current challenges facing the legal services sector, including the issues raised by Brexit.

“I congratulate Wright Hassall on the impressive accolade of the UK's best regional law firm and it is great to have them based in the constituency.“

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In his role as Chairman, Nick ensures that everyone at Wright Hassall delivers on the promises which they make to their clients, whether that is a new client or one that the firm has acted for over a number of years.

Nick Abell

In his role as Chairman, Nick ensures that everyone at Wright Hassall delivers on the promises which they make to their clients, whether that is a new client or one that the firm has acted for over a number of years.

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