When boutique law firm, criminal and commercial litigation specialists, Astraea Legal acquired legendary long-established law firm Linskills in October last year, the purchase marked the start of a rapid expansion programme for the progressive law firm which has seen them grow from 7 to 24 members of staff in just over 7 months. The new generation law firm has seen case loads across all departments increase in excess of 100% over the past seven months, whilst readapting the business operationally to cope with pandemic restrictions and lockdown guidelines, investing in technology and COVID safe operational practices to ensure business interruption was minimised and client confidence, representation and delivery services were maximised. Astraea Legal was founded in 2016 by Nama Zarroug who was quickly joined by fellow Director Matt Reynolds in 2017 and latterly welcomed James Roochove and Sara Perischine to the Board, along with a hand-picked team of highly experienced professionals. Astraea Legal service clients locally, nationally, and internationally and their combined areas of expertise span services ranging from all aspects of regulatory investigations, criminal, civil and commercial litigation as well as commercial property law, family, electoral, welfare benefit and motoring and licencing law. Nama Zarroug, Founding Director said “When we acquired Linskills last year, little could we have anticipated the extent of the rapid business growth we were about to navigate. To triple your team and more than double your local, regional and international case load across our offices in Liverpool and London with many new operational practices in place with teams who, due to COVID restrictions, were working remotely, is something myself and my fellow Directors are really proud of”. The stresses associated with multiple lockdowns have seen huge increases in couples resorting to resolutions via the Family Courts. Sara Perischine, Family Law Expert at Astraea Legal said “The past year has proved to be unprecedented in terms of case load with the financial pressures of lockdown having a knock on effect on divorces and separations, disruption between separated families and sadly a rise in domestic violence. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that our clients have had the best advice and the best representation to help them navigate domestic disputes exacerbated by the pandemic. Matt Reynolds, Director “Whilst every department has worked tirelessly in difficult circumstances we are delighted that our commercial litigation team has won a legal industry award for ‘One to Watch’ in commercial litigation. James Roochove, Director, has also navigated a very busy period covering the various election processes as well as taking on a landmark case with international fashion brand Hugo Boss. We have an exciting year ahead with an office move planned and further expansion plans in place. We are looking to capitalise on our recent successes and continue to provide outstanding service and results for our clients”. The future is a very bright one for Astraea Legal!