Blackpool-based Napthens has unveiled its growth plans to expand its presence in Cumbria in 2016.
The firm has appointed James Todhunter as its new head of Cumbria, complemented by the addition of a new Kendal office.
The fresh appointment and location signals growth plans for the firm, as it responds to increasing demand for its services in the county.
James was previously relationship director with Lloyds Bank Commercial for eight years and joins Napthens to lead its expansion in the region.
The new office will be operational from January 2016 and there will be a number of new legal experts joining Napthens’ Kendal location early in the New Year.
The firm will now use its Penrith base to service the north of the county with Kendal providing the base for growth in the south.
John Whittingslow, chief executive of Napthens, added: “James is a welcome addition to the team.
“He’s a well-respected and well-connected local man who shares the firm’s values in delivering class-leading advice for our clients. Our presence in Cumbria over the past three years means we’ve been able to listen to and understand the needs of the market, and have provided tailored, specialist advice to local businesses, organisations and individuals.
“The region provides exciting growth opportunities for Napthens and we look forward to working with the business communities in the county and growing our presence in Cumbria.”
James Todhunter added: “Napthens is a business I have huge admiration and respect for, with a first class legal offering and first class people throughout the organisation.”