Wallis & Co to merge with Bromley based Solicitors, Judge & Priestley LLP

This announcement follows discussions between the two firms of Solicitors and will see the Bromley based practice of Wallis & Co, headed by Madelaine Henwood and Paul Stevens, join Judge & Priestley at their nearby offices in West Street on Monday 7 April 2008.

Wallis & Co has been serving business and individuals in London and Bromley since 1951, offering legal advice on matters such as residential and commercial property, civil litigation, family law and wills, probates and trusts.

Judge & Priestley is a well-known practice covering all aspects of contentious matters from employment and contractual disputes to family, debt recovery, personal injury, commercial and residential property and social housing law. It also has its own wills, inheritance & trusts department, offering advice on managing private affairs.

Paul Stevens, Senior Partner of Wallis & Co, says of the move “This merger will enable us to offer a wider range of specialist legal advice to our clients. Like Judge and Priestley, we are a customer focused practice and so being part of a larger organisation will allow our clients to benefit from extensive specialist advice”.

Steven Taylor, Managing Partner of Judge & Priestley, says “As a proactive firm of Solicitors we are constantly examining ways to expand and develop the services we provide. We aim to be the premier provider in South East London and Kent of legal services for businesses, social landlords, and private clients who value friendly independent and expert advice. Wallis & Co bring the goodwill of their practice and valuable experience, and the amalgamation of our joint knowledge and expertise will greatly benefit both our company and clients”.

For more than 100 years, Judge & Priestley has been providing clients with professional legal advice and, with the merger with Wallis & Co, will continue to provide an extended range of comprehensive and valuable legal advice to clients. In May 2005 the company became one of the first firms of Solicitors in the region to become a Limited Liability Partnership, and this has installed a more corporate business structure to the firm. Paul Stevens and Madelaine Henwood will be joining Judge & Priestley as Members of the Limited Liability Partnership.

This will be Judge & Priestley‘s second merger in recent years, having merged with Clarke Nurse in the summer of 2005.

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