Chester law firm Hillyer McKeown has announced it has become a corporate supporter of Chester Zoo. The law firm, which employs 70 people, has offices in Chester, North Wales and Birkenhead.

Richard Burnett, head of marketing and client services, said: “Having worked with Chester Zoo in a legal capacity recently, we were really impressed when we gained a deeper understanding of their plans and environmental and conservation initiatives.

“Their goals for increasing community education and field-based projects means this is really an exciting time for the zoo.”

Chester Zoo was recently named the most popular visitor attraction in England outside London for the third year running, according to new figures which showed the attraction welcomed more than 1.4m visitors in 2013.

Richard added: “What struck us most when we visited the team at Chester Zoo was their commitment to education and the local community as a whole.

“With firm plans for expansion, including the �30m Islands project which will transform an unoccupied six hectares of the zoo, Chester Zoo will bring much needed inward investment into the local economy.

“As a firm, Hillyer McKeown have similar objectives when it comes to growth within the local economy, community collaboration and the creation of new employment opportunities and therefore supporting Chester Zoo felt like the natural choice for us.”

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