Senior Partner: James Partridge
Number of partners: 46
Assistant solicitors: 17
Other fee-earners: 75
Corporate & Commercial: Joanne Gallagher
Employment: Nick Hobden
Commercial Property & Development: Richard Ellard
Dispute Resolution: Nick Horton
Private Client: Nicola Plant, Brian Bacon
Residential Property: Rebecca Swain
Clinical Negligence: Fiona Mills
Personal Injury: Fiona Mills
Family: Joanna Pratt
THE FIRM With roots going back to 1570, Thomson Snell & Passmore have been honoured by the Guinness World Records as the oldest law firm in operation. Based in Tunbridge Wells and the Thames Gateway, just 15 minutes from St Pancras and with over 140 lawyers, the firm prides itself on giving uncomplicated, insightful advice conveyed in a straightforward way, making use of first-class technology. The firm has a history of providing high-quality, prompt and cost-effective legal services that protect clients’ interests and safeguard their rights. The firm builds long-term relationships by encouraging a culture of respect, understanding and excellence. The client base includes private individuals, including directors, sports and media personalities, owner managed businesses, entrepreneurs, family businesses, PLCs, SMEs, subsidiaries of overseas companies, schools and colleges and charities.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Thomson Snell & Passmore offers a wide range of legal services, for both businesses and private clients, as well as in-depth knowledge of a small number of key sectors that are key to the region’s economy, for example education and food and beverage. 25 of the firm’s specialist practice areas are ranked by the leading independent guides to UK law firms and it is proud to have in their teams many leaders in the field.
The firm’s family team provides the right expertise in even the most unusual and difficult circumstances. Matters include mediation and collaborative law, financial agreements, child welfare, care proceedings, cohabitation disputes and prenuptial agreements.
CLIENTS Building a lasting partnership with all of its clients is key to the firm’s success. For businesses, this gives the firm an in-depth understanding of an organisation and its strategy so that lawyers can find commercially focused solutions. For individuals, the firm enables them to provide a personal, supportive and friendly service tailored to clients’ needs. Thomson Snell & Passmore advises private individuals, directors, PLCs, subsidiaries of overseas companies, SMEs, owner managed businesses, schools and colleges, local authorities and charities.
RECRUITMENT Several key appointments have have helped to support the firm’s continuing organic growth in line with business strategy. Everyone at the firm is integral to Thomson Snell & Passmore’s success and the firm is committed to equality and diversity in employment. Lawyers work across teams, sharing knowledge and expertise. They communicate clearly and are strongly supportive of one another. The firm has won awards for its training and recruitment and provides opportunities for qualified lawyers, trainee solicitors and business services; plus work placements for undergraduates and work experience at GCSE level.