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The decision to have a physical presence in Wolverhampton was influenced by both the growing demand for valuations beyond the West Midlands into Staffordshire and Shropshire, plus the apparent closure of auctioneers Walker Barnett and Hill.

Chris Sidebotham of Walker, Barnett & Hill, also trading as Cosford Auction Rooms, is understood to have left the country, leaving many vendors and creditors unpaid.

Biddle & Webb’s fully staffed Wolverhampton office at 26 Waterloo Road will open for business on February 23.