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Veitch Penny LLP is proud to announce a business restructure which will see the legal practice able to provide a larger range of services for local residents.

Veitch Penny has historically had a split focus in terms of its services as it successfully operated both a Claimant and Defendant litigation department for over 30 years. This has limited the firm’s capacity to help anyone with a potential conflict against the many local and public authorities that the firm also represented.

The Veitch Penny Partners decided that the two parts of the firm would perform better as separate entities, rather than to continue as one firm. The separation will give Veitch Penny new freedom to offer a wider range of services to its private and business clients throughout the Westcountry. The insurance team will be joining Browne Jacobson, a law firm with offices in London, Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester.


Partner Andrew Harris, who manages the firms specialist motorcycle claims unit, said he was “particularly pleased that the personal Injury department will be able to extend its presence and develop throughout the Southwest” and was “delighted that the firm will have the ability to support those who need our advice.”   

Veitch Penny has a record of representing a number of high profiled clients and is recognised by the leading publications ‘The Legal 500’ and ‘The Chambers Guide’ as a leader in the field of Personal Injury in the Southwest, and Andrew Harris as a leading individual.

Managing Partner Charles Dowell, head of the Private Client Department, welcomed the change in business direction for both the future of the firm and for the local people of Exeter, saying “although we are sad to see a number of Veitch Penny faces leave us, I am sure they will thrive in their new surroundings. The planned conversion presents a great opportunity for Veitch Penny to continue our mission to be approachable, innovative and practical, and we welcome the opportunity to assist many more local people.” 

Veitch Penny will continue to operate from its current Dix’s Field, Exeter location – adjacent to Dix’s Field Car Park, but the change will see a newly created reception on the second floor of the purpose built office which offers access for disabled clients. Its busy Crediton office will also operate unaffected by this development in the firm’s structure.

The main impact of the change will see Veitch Penny with an increased capacity to assist local clients, along with enhanced services to benefit existing clients.

In light of the split, Veitch Penny is also preparing for the expansion of its Specialist Property, and Commercial departments. Growth is already evident with the addition of Phil Kay and Enya Gooding to the Veitch Penny team, with several other new positions planned for the future.

Veitch Penny a “Leader in the Field of Personal Injury”*, also specialises in Wills, probate, conveyancing, and tax advice for members of the general public, as well as actively working with local businesses and employers.
* The Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2004-20012.

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