One of the longest-serving law firms in the region has announced it will open a brand new branch.

Hedges, an Oxfordshire firm with roots dating back to 1789, will set up operations in Chipping Norton, making it their third branch in the county and second to open in the last 12 months.

The office, at 22 High Street, was previously the Cotswolds Newsagents.


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The company, under the direction of nearby firm Habitat+ Architects, plans to redesign the interior space into an inviting environment for both staff and clients.

The expansion into Chipping Norton will create a presence in the Cotswolds, with the company aiming to broaden the firm's reach following the opening of its Summertown location in north Oxford lats year, while its Wallingford office serves clients in the south of the county.

Having seen its highest revenue figures in the last 12 months, Hedges has seen continued growth in recent years.

The firm currently employs 50 people and provides a range of legal services, including counsel on wills, probate and inheritance planning, property law and conveyancing, dispute resolution, and family and divorce.

Nicola Poole, managing director at Hedges, said: "The Hedges team are delighted to announce our arrival in Chipping Norton.

"Hedges has had a presence in the region for over 200 years making us one of the oldest law firms in Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds.

"We are incredibly proud of our long history and the deep roots we have established in the communities we have served over that time."

She added: "We look forward to welcoming our clients to the new branch as well as working with local organisations and businesses to ensure the communities surrounding Chipping Norton have access to the best legal advice and support.

"We are also deeply committed to continuing our long history of charitable support for the community we serve and are already working with a new charity in Chipping Norton, The Branch, to offer both our time and our fund-raising support".

As part of the new branch opening celebrations, Hedges plans to host several special events, and will be the lead sponsor of The Dean and Chadlington Summer Music Festival in June.