This year, Fareham based Hayward Baker Solicitors, celebrate their 10th Anniversary.
From humble beginnings working from home, the Firm has grown into one of the largest Personal Injury specialists in the Southampton and Portsmouth areas with a total staff number now approaching 40.
Trevor Baker, Partner, explains “we wanted to develop a specialist Firm that was able to respond quickly to the rapidly changing personal injury environment. Although it is often perceived, largely due to the media reporting of the so-called “compensation culture”, that it is now much easier to bring a personal injury claim, this is not the case. Many of the laws that govern our work have been around for decades, notably the law of negligence that was established in 1931. Only really the workplace has seen a significant change in legislation in recent years aimed at safeguarding the workforce. What has changed is people’s awareness of their right to bring a claim if they are the victim of an accident caused by the fault of another. However, establishing that fault remains the challenge and what our team of lawyers are dedicated to”.
Having initially taken a small office in Waterlooville in 2001, the Firm quickly outgrew this and moved to an office at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. Trevor says “I think it is fair to say when we were at Gunwharf Quays it was still very much work in progress and not the magnificent complex it is today. During our time there we witnessed the building and opening of the Spinnaker Tower, together with the building and opening of further retail premises and housing”.
Despite moving to a larger office at Gunwharf Quays during their stay, the Firm where on the move again in 2006 when they moved to their current home at High Street, Fareham.
Trevor explains “whilst we were very sad to leave Gunwharf Quays and Portsmouth, we were lucky to find a lovely Grade II listed office on the High Street in Fareham. This provides us with a strong base to serve the whole Solent area and beyond. Although we have a national client base, our future aim is to raise our profile in the Southampton and Portsmouth areas and make sure we are the first port of call locally for those unlucky enough to suffer injury as a result of an accident.
To achieve this we are now sponsoring and supporting local events such as the “Give and Gain” day in Gosport and the annual “Beach Buggin” event on Southsea Common. Our local radio advertising will also reach the Portsmouth, Southampton, Winchester, Bournemouth and Chichester areas and deliver our message of being 100% specialist, 100% committed.
Whilst Hayward Baker hope to be Fareham based for some time, if the next 10 years is as exciting as the last, nothing is guaranteed!