Last month Martijn Gilbert, CEO of Reading Transport, and members of the company’s main board of directors spent a day at the offices of Reading-based law firm Blandy & Blandy LLP for a training workshop on corporate governance.
Impressively, this workshop marked the start of the fourth decade of David Few, Blandy & Blandy partner and head of the firm’s corporate and commercial team, advising Reading Transport. Few advised on the formation of the company following privatisation under the Transport Act 1985.
He has seen many changes over the years, having previously advised Reading Transport in relation to the acquisition of Newbury Buses, the Newbury depot and the relocation of the bus company from the original bus depot at Mill Lane to its present location at Great Knolly Street.
Describing the recent workshop as “very useful” and an “excellent day”, Gilbert said: “Blandy’s has provided us with legal advice for over 30 years, covering the areas of corporate, commercial and employment law. They are a valued partner who make the effort to really understand our business and provide us with the right legal support, when needed.
"The recent workshop provided an important update for our directors, especially against the backdrop of responsible business behaviour in the context of the Companies Act 2006 and the forthcoming requirements of the Small Business and Employment Act 2015. It’s very important that we are kept up to date with our responsibilities, as well as the latest best practice.”
Few commented: “It has been very pleasing to have been associated with Reading Transport over so many years and to watch the company grow to become one of the leading bus operators in the UK, winning many national awards.
“Reading Transport continues to perform at high levels and there are many exciting developments in the pipeline. We have for many years acted for many local institutional clients and as a fast-growing and forward-thinking firm continue to build on a strong base of clients who we have represented over a long period of time, including Reading Transport.”
The firm’s corporate and commercial team has continued to expand in recent months, with the arrival of new partners Jonathan Williamson and Joanne Frears. 2015 proved to be a highly-successful year for Blandy & Blandy as a whole, with the firm also continuing to grow and the opening of a new second office in Blagrave Street, close to Reading Station.