As another year is drawing to a close and as festive lights adorn our city it seems fitting to take a moment of reflection on the year past. We have been delighted to continue our work with many longstanding clients, had the pleasure of meeting many new
ones and formed new partnerships and relationships with other outstanding businesses and people.
2015 has been a milestone year for berg as we celebrated our 35th anniversary as the imaginative law firm with an innovative programme of events, including seminars, arts and charity events raising funds for the firm’s 2015 chosen local charity Francis House
Children’s Hospice – all supported by an exciting re-brand, cementing berg’s reputation as the go-to professional firm for modern business.
The 2015 celebrations have also been supported by thought leadership investment in some of the city’s key sectors including Science and Technology with a special report supported by Professor Brian Cox and Manchester Science Parks Rowena Burns and featured
in regional press. We also engaged in key events including IP Expo 2015 and Manchester Festival of Science.
The summer also saw the publication of the berg banking report, Lifting the Lid off Lending, providing insight into the fall out of regulatory reviews, the future of SME finance, the GRG scandal and the breakdown of trust in traditional business banking. The
launch of this nationally acclaimed report was supported by an exclusive panel debate ‘Innovate or bust’, partnering with Manchester Business School, hosted by experts Ismail Erturk from MBS and including the Founder and Chairman of Metro Bank, Vernon Hill
and crowd funding expert Barry James.
Another key focus for the firm is its work in education and we were honoured to share the stage with Dame Kathy August and Howard Jackson of HCSS & The School Bus at our Leadership and Governance in Education earlier this year.
Our 35th anniversary programme was also a reflection of the firm’s support of arts and culture with a commitment to be a key supporter of Manchester International Festival; an artist led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing and
visual arts and popular culture and the corporate sponsor of the Lowry Theatre. We also sent an intrepid team of berg colleagues to the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales to participate in the National 3 Peaks challenge in 24 hours and are incredibly
proud of their achievements committing to months of preparation and training.
And it wouldn’t be a 35th birthday without a party; we were delighted to celebrate with key clients, partners and colleagues to at not one but two celebratory events in June and July of this year.
All this has been achieved on top of the incisive and enterprising hard work of the team based in our office in central Manchester who are passionate about achieving the best results possible for our clients. Recent successes the refinancing project of a large
hotel group and substantial compensation for clients seeking redress against many of the banks and financial institutions whose wrongdoings have been well publicised. We have also collected some well-deserved awards in regional business events, including Best
Law Firm 2015, and expanded our fantastic team of enthusiastic and committed professionals at all levels.
We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for being part of what has been a very special year for berg and we take this opportunity to thank you for your support and confidence in berg . We look forward to working with you in 2016 and beyond.