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Charles Whitaker, Managing Partner of Brown&Co announces the merger with Fox Bennett to create a new regional hub based in Leicestershire due to open later in 2021.

A new Brown&Co acquisition and merger of Leicestershire Land Agents Fox Bennett was announced today with further plans to create a Leicestershire regional hub later in the year.  The new Partnership has identified Leicestershire, an area ear-marked for considerable future land and property development, to be the location of their new Midlands Brown&Co - Fox Bennett office due to launch later in the year with the combining of their existing Melton Mowbray and the Fox Bennett Leicester offices.

Current offices and teams in Leicester (Fox Bennett) and Melton Mowbray (Brown&Co) will migrate across to the new regional hub later in 2021, with integration and sharing of resources and expertise between the two offices in the meantime – as Brown&Co have done previously with other acquisitions and mergers. 

Paul Waberski, Brown&Co Partner and Head of Agri-Business Consultancy said, “We are delighted to be partnering with a like-minded professional firm. We look forward to integrating and sharing our specialisms under one roof and working with David Bennett, Richard Newey and their team. I am certain the merger will bring new opportunities for our mutual clients.”

Charles Whitaker, Managing Partner of Brown&Co added, “We see a great fit between the two of our practices and have worked with Fox Bennett for some time and we are pleased to be announcing this acquisition. The scope to create and add value to or respective client base in the region and grow a regional delivery team to provide specialist services to farmers, land and property owners in this area is significant. We are delighted that Richard Newey will be joining Brown&co as a Partner and David continuing to work with us as a consultant and we look forward to providing ongoing client services to our mutual client base”.

David Bennett, founding Partner of Fox Bennett commented, “We are pleased to have concluded the merger with Brown & Co and excited by the prospects of working together. Brown & Co and Fox Bennett hold very similar views on most outputs of agriculture and rural business. 

The Fox Bennett clients will benefit from the wider services offered by the combined firm especially with regard to the changing focus on agriculture and farming following Brexit. I am sure that together we can offer our clients support and professional advice. Personally, I am very happy to be working alongside Gilbert Watchorn with whom I am quickly developing a rapport. 

As a consultant, I will be available initially 5 days per week and I am confident that I can introduce my clients into a continuing relationship with Gilbert and Brown & Co Fox Bennett. We look forward to establishing a Rural Business Hub at Leicester from where we can serve the rural economy in the Midlands Counties.”