Wannops LLP Merges with Historic Hampshire Firms, Brutton & Co and Saulet Townsend

We are expanding our presence across the South by merging with two historic Hampshire firms.

One of the longest established legal firms in Hampshire based in Fareham, with origins traced as far back as 1785, Brutton & Co have agreed to become part of Wannops LLP. Brutton & Co specialise in Company, Commercial & Development Property, Residential Conveyancing, Private Client and Charity matters.

Furthermore, historic firm Saulet Townsend based in Portsmouth, have also agreed to become part of Wannops LLP. Saulet Townsend specialise in Company, Commercial Property, Residential Conveyancing, Private Client and Litigation matters.

The two mergers will provide further career progression and development opportunities as Wannops continue to recruit teams and individuals from across the region.

James Brotherton, Managing Partner at Wannops LLP, said: “Brutton & Co is a long-standing firm with an excellent reputation. I started my legal career there, and so am personally delighted to come full circle and welcome Brutton & Co into the Wannops family.”

“I have known John Saulet & Robin Townsend for many years and so look forward to working with them and their team. Their experience and knowledge of the Portsmouth market will be very beneficial to the business.”

“These mergers increase our presence across Hampshire where we remain ambitious to grow Wannops further.”

Hilary Tyler, Senior Partner at Brutton & Co commented “I have known James for more than thirty years, so welcome the opportunity to be working with him again. We are pleased to be joining another long established local firm after some years of discussion.”

John Saulet and Robin Townsend, directors at Saulet Townsend said “we are very pleased to join with Wannops, an ambitious and expanding solicitors’ practice. This will help to establish them among the leaders in the legal world on the South Coast.’

With a target completion date of late September 2023 for both deals, this will take Wannops LLP to more than 100 people and become their sixth and seventh offices.

New website for Wannops LLP

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Wannops has launched the latest version of their new website, created by a local web design and marketing agency, Pallant Digital, and is designed to be relevant and user-friendly.

Working with a local partner

As a local firm working across West Sussex and Hampshire, we are keen to continue working with local businesses. Graham Godley, Practice Partner at Wannops said, “Once I met with Ben and the Team at Pallant Digital, I knew we would work well together. It is important to Wannops to work with local businesses that have an understanding and experience of the market in which we work. The Team at Pallant Digital apply their current knowledge and experience to help businesses like ours stay relevant and well-represented on the web. I am delighted with the results and look forward to continuing to work with them.”

Improving our website

With Wannops’ substantial growth in recent years, it is important for us to review our website and ensure it remains user-friendly and easy to find the information needed. We continue to look at ways to improve the website and make it simpler to find details of our offices and to find advice for different legal areas. Ben at Pallant Digital commented, “Wannops has grown significantly over the last ten years. They recognise that reviewing and rebuilding their website following successive mergers helps to maintain continued easy access to their legal services provided from an increasing number of offices in West Sussex and Hampshire.

With the latest version of the website, we have greatly simplified the website architecture to improve the user experience and making it even quicker for people to find the information that they want. This new website is built for people, not just search engines. It is great to work on this important project with Adam Workman and Graham Godley and advise them on how to solidify their continuing online presence.

We look forward to supporting Wannops with its website in the future.”

Get in touch

We hope that you enjoy using our new website and that you can find the information you need. If you have any questions or you are looking for personalised legal advice, please get in touch.

Wannops secures Law Society’s conveyancing quality mark

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Wannops has once again secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence for the home buying process. This is the tenth year in a row that Wannops has achieved CQS accreditation.

Wannops underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to continue to hold CQS status, which marks the firm out as continuing to meet high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

Law Society President Andrew Caplen said that the CQS accreditation is the hallmark of high standards and establishes a level of credibility for regulators, lenders, insurers and consumers.

“CQS is the quality mark of the home-buying sector and enables consumers to identify practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service. With so many different conveyancing service providers out there, CQS helps home buyers and sellers seek out those that can provide a safe and efficient level of service.”

Emily Lippitt, Head of Property, says: “Wannops is delighted to have secured CQS status yet again. Buying and selling a home can be a stressful time. By looking for a CQS firm like Wannops, the public can seek out a firm that has proved its commitment to continued quality.

“The overall benefit is always to our clients who use Wannops when buying or selling a home. They will receive a reliable, efficient service as recognised by the CQS standard.”

The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self-reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, the Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.