C&W in Business Article, May 2020

Wadsworths Solicitors is a well-respected, community-minded law firm based in Solihull. Building on its successful 33-year history and an enviable reputation, this year has seen the company grow its family tree by adding two new offices.

In February 2020, the firm opened its second office in Henley-in-Arden and office number three came through an acquisition in April, with Wadsworths bringing Duncan Watts Family Lawyers of Warwick into the fold.

Boasting thousands of satisfied clients, Wadsworths offer an array of legal services for both families and businesses. They pride themselves on working to the highest standards of professional service, an approach that’s been recognised by numerous awards programmes including the Federation of Small Businesses and the Birmingham Post Business Awards. Most recently they were shortlisted for both ‘Company of the Year’ and ‘Family Business of the Year’ at the Midlands Service Excellence Awards 2020.

Wadsworths also has a well-earned reputation for reliably serving the community, and proudly invests a proportion of its turnover into support for local charities, schools and events. The firm also supports discounted legal fees for workers in the NHS, Police and Armed Forces.
Founded in 1986, the firm now employs 29 staff across three locations, including ten solicitors and other fee earners. Four of the staff, including two of the firm’s Directors, are members of the founding Wadsworth family.

Wadsworths Solicitors arrives in Henley-in-Arden

In February 2020, Wadsworths Solicitors announced the opening of their second office in the beautiful Warwickshire town of Henley-in-Arden. Located at 129 High Street, the office has helped the firm to meet the growing demand for its services.

John Wadsworth, Managing Director, said: “We chose to open our second office in Henley-in-Arden for several reasons, not least because of the town’s thriving community and large number of independent businesses.”

Alexandra Tait, Director added, “This has been an exciting time for the team at Wadsworths Solicitors. We’ve enjoyed further assisting our Henley-in-Arden based clients by opening an office on their doorstep as well as welcoming new customers, who can safely leave personal and business matters in the hands of our expert team.”

Duncan Watts Family Lawyers in Warwick joins Wadsworths

Wadsworths went on to acquire Duncan Watts Family Lawyers in Warwick on 3 April 2020. Like Wadsworths, the niche family law firm has had over 30 years of success. The team-up increases the firm’s overall presence to three locations and 29 staff. This includes Martin Croom, a partner at Duncan Watts, who now joins Wadsworths as Head of the Warwick office.
The town centre offices at 26 Market Place, Warwick will still be home to the family law specialists of Duncan Watts, with the addition of Wadsworths’ complete range of legal services across both family and business law. The office will be re-badged as ‘Wadsworths Solicitors, incorporating Duncan Watts’ later this year.

Croom stated, “We are excited to be joining Wadsworths and expanding our offering of legal services to the people of Warwick and surrounding areas. Our clients will benefit from the broader expertise we can now provide across a wider range of services, meaning that we can cover all their legal needs under one roof.”

John Wadsworth, commented: “We are delighted that the team at Duncan Watts are joining us at Wadsworths. Duncan Watts has an excellent reputation in the field of family law and we are thrilled that this expertise will be added to our existing service provision.”
He added “We had been looking to open a Wadsworths office in Warwick for some time, given how thriving and vibrant the town is. This tie-up with Duncan Watts allows us to establish ourselves in the area with an existing firm and client base. We look forward to building on the firm’s close links to the community and extending our charitable support activities into the Warwick and Henley-in-Arden areas too.”

The future of Wadsworths Solicitors in the Midlands

On the question of further expansion, John Wadsworth said “We will continue to look for new opportunities in Warwickshire and the West Midlands in the months and years ahead. We’re committed to acting in the best interests of our clients, so if continued expansion meets that goal, we’ll always be open to the possibility.”