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History & values

A brief history of where we have come from and our journey ahead including our Blick Rothenberg values and what makes us different.

History of Blick Rothenberg

Blick Rothenberg was founded in 1945 by Helmut Rothenberg OBE, who successfully re-built a life in London from Germany after World War II.

Together with Bernard Blick, a specialist in insurance, the firm started life on Copthall Avenue – now home to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

The firm has developed a great deal over the years and whilst we act for a number of UK businesses and individuals our continental origins continue to be reflected in the international breadth of our clients and services to this day.

Our evolution

  • 1945 - Blick Rothenberg founded by Helmut Rothenberg OBE
  • 1945 - Acquired first premises on Copthall Avenue, London
  • 1945 - Total fee income £2,061, bills issued 56, number of clients 36
  • 1946 - Our first ever employee, a secretary, joined the firm
  • 1946 - Henry Rothenberg (Helmut’s brother) joined as a partner
  • 1947 - Our first professional member of staff, Phil Phillips joined the business
  • 1949 - Bernard Blick established a separate general insurance broking business
  • 1960s - Manchester Chartered Accountant Eric Noble joined the firm and we became Blick Rothenberg & Noble
  • 1966 - Helmut Rothenberg’s son David joined the business
  • 1968 - Henry Rothenberg died tragically aged just 51, at the height of his career
  • 1977 - Helmut Rothenberg’s son Bob joined the firm
  • 1989 - Helmut Rothenberg retired as partner, the firm became known as Blick Rothenberg again, and Helmut remained a consultant of the firm until his death in 2003, aged 88
  • 2012 - Blick Rothenberg relocated to our current premises at Covent Garden and became incorporated as an LLP
  • 2016 - In October, private equity firm HgCapital established CogitalGroup, through which it acquired Blick Rothenberg
  • 2017 - Bob Rothenberg remained the firm’s senior partner until February 2017
  • 2017 - Acquired Shelley Stock Hutter in September 2017
  • 2018 - Acquired Westleton Drake in July and Hazlems Fenton in November
  • 2019 - Acquired Rees Pollock in September. The firm has not stood still since becoming part of CogitalGroup. We now have 69 partners and directors and over 600 people

Being part of CogitalGroup has allowed us to continue our development, keeping pace with our clients' rapidly changing requirements, whilst maintaining our culture of supporting and developing our people, and investing in innovative technology to support the delivery of a truly excellent service.

Our values

We want success for our people, our clients and for our business.

One of our differentiators has always been our ethos and culture, both within the firm and with our clients.

We have a nurturing culture that is caring and protecting of our people alongside an environment where they can develop and flourish. This ethos is also reflected in the way that we work with clients, taking time to understand their business and investing in the relationship to ensure that we can provide the best possible advice.

In order to help preserve this winning formula, to help pass it on to new joiners to the firm and to explain it to new clients, we have articulated our approach in the firm’s values of honesty, respect, pride and openness.


  • with ourselves and colleagues so that we understand successes and failures and the reasons that these occurred
  • with clients so that we develop a long-term relationship based on trust to achieve the best outcome


  • the contribution of everyone in the firm to allow us to develop in a way that works for all
  • the position we have as privileged advisors; give the best advice rather than that which leads to the easiest answer or the greatest profit


  • in ourselves and the work that we produce to ensure that everything we do is of the highest possible standard
  • in our standing in the community and the positive impact that we are able to have on all with whom we come into contact


  • to diversity and all this can bring to our experiences, development and success
  • to new ideas in the way we serve our clients, ensuring that we do not rest on our laurels

What makes us different

One of the true differentiators of Blick Rothenberg from our competitors has always been our culture and work ethos - both in terms of how we operate as a firm and how we interact with our clients.

We have a nurturing culture which cares for its people, and we create a working environment in which our team can develop and flourish.

This nurturing ethos, together with a commitment to transparency and a common purpose, is also reflected in the way that we work with clients.

We know that great relationships yield the best outcomes. That is why we take time to understand our clients’ needs and invest in our working relationships together, so that we can deliver a solution-oriented approach.

To preserve this winning formula and pass it on to new joiners to the firm, we have articulated the cultural values that we live and breathe each day.

Uniquely diverse

From our continental roots to the diverse and dynamic team we are today, Blick Rothenberg remains committed to creating a workplace founded on inclusion, which unlocks the talent within our workforce.

We appreciate the diversity, similarities and differences that make up our team. We value each unique perspective that individuals in our team bring and this is reflected in our ability to attract people from a range of dynamic backgrounds, helping us to provide deliver excellence of service the world over.

We believe this dynamic combination of individuals, cultures and skills is what helps us to yield the best possible outcomes for our people and our clients alike.

Our people

We place a significant focus on our people, their diversity and the positive impact this can have on both our clients and the growth and success of our businesses.

Nilesh Shah

Nilesh Shah