Local solicitors is acquired by rapidly growing law firm, Mezzle.

On Friday the 1st of March, longstanding local law firm, Gotelee Solicitors, is joining forces with international, award-winning law firm, Mezzle.

Established in 1880, Gotelee Solicitors offers a full range of legal services to private and business clients in Suffolk, East Anglia and further afield.  With offices in Ipswich, Hadleigh, Felixstowe, Framlingham and Woodbridge, the full-service law firm has around 90 employees.  

Mezzle, also a full-service law firm, was established in 2019 to meet the changing needs of both its clients and its lawyers.  The CEO and co-founder of Mezzle, Mel Kang and fellow business partner and COO, Raj Sumal , both previously lawyers at top flight law firms, saw an opportunity to make the legal space better for the benefit of clients and lawyers alike. They spent months researching and talking to CEO’s, FTSE 100 FD’s, and Heads of Departments about their legal needs and created Mezzle, a progressive law firm that adopted modern working methods and practices to deliver what clients wanted from their lawyers.

Mezzle also recognised that not every lawyer wants to work in the same way.  Some enjoy working within the more traditional structure of a law firm; others want to work with greater flexibility, and on a self-employed fee share basis.  Mezzle took the bold step of ensuring that its model could cater to the requirements of both.

Underpinning that structure is an IT system and business infrastructure which has been designed around what lawyers need to work efficiently and effectively from wherever they choose to work – be that in any of the firm’s modern workspaces, from home or anywhere else.  This means that its lawyers can focus on client service delivery and adding value to the solicitor/client relationship.  The firm is fast becoming one of the most progressive firms in the legal landscape and with the investment in technology and its sensible use of AI, Mezzle has won Innovation awards and Elite awards to cement this affirmation.

Co-founder and CEO, Mel Kang says “We are very excited to have Gotelee Solicitors on board as part of the Mezzle group. Bringing our cutting-edge technology and tech-based solutions into Gotelee’s operations and investing in its staff and bringing in even more talent will see the firm grow and flourish.  Maintaining the firm’s rich heritage and values is critical, but we are looking forward to helping the firm in its growth plans for East Anglia and beyond. Gotelee clients will continue to benefit from having access to the same high-quality service, but by expanding its teams and bringing on board additional specialist expertise, clients will benefit from even greater service, at a sensible price point”.

Andrew West, Managing Partner of Gotelee Solicitors says “This is such an exciting time for Gotelee. The legal sector is a highly competitive market. With the investment and resources brought in by Mezzle, we are looking forward to growing and consolidating our position.  By adopting Mezzle’s state of the art IT systems and back-office support, this will allow our lawyers to single-mindedly focus on meeting our clients’ needs.  Adding further strength and depth to our already highly regarded teams, we are confident that this will place us at an advantageous position in the East Anglian legal market place. It will be “business as usual” for our clients and we look forward to welcoming and working alongside new clients in this next phase of our lifecycle. Mezzle has ambitious, yet sensible plans for sustainable growth, and Gotelee Solicitors is excited to be part of that positive step forward.  Law firms need to challenge convention and create new and better ways of delivering legal advice.  Gotelee Solicitors, in combination with Mezzle, will do just that.”.

Gotelee Solicitors will continue to trade as Gotelee Solicitors and will be maintaining and strengthening its local roots connections.   Clients will reap the benefits of expanded teams and more niche service offerings, delivered in a very client-centric way, and for great value.

Main photo shows Mel Kang and Andrew West

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