Keebles reflects our past, present – and future
Our exciting and well-publicised rebrand to Keebles marks a major chapter in the story of a law firm with a rich heritage which has served businesses and individuals in Yorkshire for over a century.
In the adage that to know where you’re going, you need to know where you’ve come from – as one Yorkshire’s biggest law firms with offices in Sheffield, Doncaster and Leeds – we are proud that previous members of the firm became Members of Parliament and Lord Mayors of Sheffield.
Returning from active service in the First World War, Herbert Keeble Hawson – who became Mayor of Sheffield in 1950 – set up business in two rooms at 24 Bank Street in the city. He later merged with Sorby & Co and took over a firm called Furnell & Co.
His nephew, Kenneth Arnold came on board and, in 1953, Keeble Hawson Furnell & Arnold joined forces with J Steele Carr & Co to become Keeble Hawson Steele Carr & Co.
Based in St James’ Row, Sheffield, the practice underwent a succession of mergers with Branson Bramley & Co in 1987, Rodgers & Howe in 1996, R C Moorhouse in 1998, James Kendall in 2000 – and Frank Allen Pennington in 2007.
A further merger between hlw Commercial Lawyers and Keeble Hawson in 2011 led to what we are today – Keebles.
Designed to reflect our growth and forward-looking vision, our contemporary rebrand is among a series of key developments as we further expand our private client and commercial teams with 20 new appointments already in 2018.
Our award-winning 14-strong corporate department – one of the biggest of its kind in the region – is a finalist for more accolades this year with our corporate partner, Matt Ainsworth, shortlisted in the Dealmaker of the Year category of Sheffield City Region’s Dealmakers Awards.
Having clinched the prestigious Law Firm of the Year 2017 title, our corporate team is also among the finalists in this year’s line-up.
Our hat trick of shortlistings also sees a deal – in which we represented Surgical Innovations Group, Leeds in its £9.3m acquisition of Elemental Healthcare – make the finals of the Small Cap Deal of the Year in the BusinessDesk’s Rainmaker Awards.
Paul Trudgill, Keebles’ managing partner, said: “It was important that our new identity acknowledged our past and reflected our modernity and standing as one of the region’s most experienced and respected firms.
“As a practice with 19 partners whose commitment to develop and nurture top talent is reflected in our ongoing raft of appointments, our rebrand underpins our dynamic vision and expansion.”
Our client portfolio spans listed companies and international groups, entrepreneurs, SMEs and individuals. Clients include Pressure Technologies, Acorn Industrial Services, Horbury Group, Hill Care, ELG Haniel Metals and its German parent company ELG Haniel and UK Steel Enterprise, a subsidiary of TATA Steel.