Law firm set to grow after strong first year

Law firm Temple Bright is on course to double in size in its second year of operation.

The firm has added three new partners in recent weeks, taking the total number to 11, as well as strengthening the prospects for further revenue growth.

Several more partners are also expected to join this year.

Temple Bright launched in March 2010 with three partners, but saw immediate demand for its innovative “chambers practice” business model. This means it is a solicitors’ firm structured like a barristers’ chambers. Temple Bright lawyers are all experienced specialists who advise personally rather than delegating to juniors.

The practice uses sophisticated back-end and cloud technologies to reduce its costs and fees.

The latest recruits to the firm are all experienced lawyers. Chris Crane is a corporate and commercial lawyer with particular expertise in technology, Bruce Lunt is a property litigator and Craig MacLeod is a commercial property specialist.

Temple Bright clients include the Bristol-based Pieminister.

“The firm gives a totally different kind of service,” says Tristan Hogg, co-founder of Pieminister.

“You deal with an experienced partner on every aspect of the work and the price is fixed from the beginning.

“It’s far better than the typical law firm experience.”

Internally the founders are working to maintain a culture which reflects the high standards of their City backgrounds while being unstuffy and informal.

Founder Tim Summers said: “The clients we work with are often looking for less rigid and formal ways of working. Our approach means we can provide expert advice which is more efficient, affordable and down to earth.”

This article appeared in the Bristol Evening Post on 1 February 2012.