Tomorrow, the world – Wragges senior partner Quentin Poole on the firm's upcoming merger
The first thing many people comment on when meeting Wragge & Co senior partner Quentin Poole is how happy he looks. And with the firm's merger with City firm Lawrence Graham set to go live in a matter of months, Poole has more reason than ever to smile, with the long-awaited London tie-up marking the completion of Wragges' journey from Birmingham firm to UK player. Since joining Wragges in 1979, 58-year-old Poole has watched the firm grow from a small Birmingham outfit with some 50 lawyers into one of the UK's largest national players, and will oversee its latest expansion as it prepares to merge with Lawrence Graham on 1 May. Even aside from the merger, Poole is proud of how far Wragges has come – the formerly Birmingham-centric firm has more than 200 employees in London in its own right, offices in continental Europe, mainland China and the United Arab Emirates, and last year generated turnover of £120m.
From advising black country metal bashers to servicing the FTSE 100, Birmingham’s Wragge & Co has come a long way. Ahead of its merger with London’s Lawrence Graham, Anna Reynolds speaks to ever-cheerful senior partner Quentin Poole about the firm’s journey so far and its international ambitions
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