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About Williamsons

Our team of professional and friendly solicitors are ready to help you resolve your legal issues. Established in 1890, we are a highly regarded law firm with our headquarters in Hull, Yorkshire and branches in Beverley, Bridlington and Driffield.

The Williamsons Solicitors directors: Brian Cook, Jane Cousins, Bill Waddington, Sarah Clubley, Nick Gray and Jim Suthers
The Williamsons Solicitors directors: Brian Cook, Jane Cousins, Bill Waddington, Sarah Clubley, Nick Gray and Jim Suthers

Who we are

We are friendly and approachable with proven experience in all mainstream fields of law and a long history of serving the communities of Hull and East Yorkshire.

With a head office in Hull’s Old Town, we have opened branches in Beverley, Bridlington and Driffield over the last few years to meet strong demand for our services from existing and new customers in our home region and further afield.

Our 130-strong team comprises expert solicitors and skilled support staff, working together to obtain the best outcomes.

We have a national, as well as a local profile, and director and senior solicitor Bill Waddington, as immediate past chair of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, led the countrywide campaign against legal aid cuts.

Our in-house IT expertise keeps us fully abreast of new technology, bringing increased efficiency for our customers and enabling us to take the business forward.

Our first client came through the doors in 1890, the same year as the Forth Bridge opened, and as with those fabled painters, the job has been non-stop ever since.

What we do

Many of life’s challenges, such as wills and probate, house purchase, family issues and personal injury, are our bread and butter legal work.

As a long-established and respected local firm, we will guide you through these potential minefields with sensitivity and scrupulous attention to detail, if possible trying to resolve problems without conflict.

We are the people to ask about the day-to-day legal matters. We can help you in nine core fields of law, covering almost every eventuality.

It is the nature of law that you never quite know what’s around the corner and our solicitors are always ready to take on the big headline challenges, sometimes winning against the odds.

Successes include £multimillion medical negligence claims and reuniting a mother with her three children who had been abducted to Afghanistan.

Our team

Our starting point is that clients deserve the best possible advice and representation.

From domestic matters to business deals, defence advocacy to medical negligence and personal injury, you will find us easy to talk to and absolutely clear about finding the way forward for you.

We bring the brightest minds into the practice, whether experienced or new entrants, and our bespoke trainee solicitor programme provides a route to successful careers for newly qualified law graduates who often move on to senior positions.

Our story

We have opened three branches outside Hull during the recent years with the aim of expanding our geographical area and getting close to our existing East Riding client base.

Williamsons merged with Driffield solicitors Iveson Atkin in 2006. In 2012 we strengthened our position in Bridlington by taking over the office and staff of Stuart Smith & Burnett when they closed down and did the same with the Davis Davidson offices in Beverley in 2016.

In an administrative change, we ceased being a partnership in 2010 and became a limited company.

Our beginnings go back to Hull solicitors George Samuel Williamson and Robert Henry Winter coming together in 1890 to form their partnership. During the previous year, Mr Winter had finished his term as president of Hull Incorporated Law Society and the list of his fellow presidents of that era include many other familiar names still practising in the region today.

We expanded by organic growth and amalgamations, and firms such as Stephenson & Hepton, Edward Dales and Baxter, Richard Witty, Lowson and Bullock, Moxon & Co, Bird & Clarke and Andrew M Turner & Co are among those that become part of Williamsons.

Throughout this long history, we have continued to provide a comprehensive legal service to private and commercial clients.

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4.88 Average

102 Reviews

Anonymous

We used Williamsons for selling and buying a property, we found Jane Cousins and her assistant Sam Pollard to be pleasant, professional and efficient. Lisa on reception downstairs was particularly helpful and polite. Thank you to you all.

Mr J G

Avery good service with very professional and knowledgeable staff.

Anonymous

Brilliant, thank you for helping me make this process easier.

Mr G B

I would recommend Williamson’s to any potential client. From the onset I was supported throughout a very difficult conveyance and my solicitor was very professional at all times. It is advisable to engage the services of a local company and not one advised by online estate agencies. Very competitive pricing too. Thank you Williamson’s.

Mr and Mrs Overall

Very helpful quick excellent service Have dealt with both Jenny Holloway and Emma Hudson in the past and on each occasion have found them both excellent and would recommend them both to any future clients Thank you once again for your excellent professional service

Mr C P

Brilliant communication and a first class effort despite a Rocky move, Jenny and Emma at the Hull city centre branch where fantastic.

Ms A

Very helpful and attentive, would definitely recommend Samantha/Jane of Williamsons sollicitors

Sue L

Our solicitor Carey Robinson was at all times helpful and professional, nothing was too much trouble. I would not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family.

Barbara C

I have used Williamsons Solicitors twice this year - for obtaining probate and for the sale of a leasehold flat and on both occasions I have found Williamsons to be extremely efficient and speedy. They were very knowledgeable and kept me well informed at all times. Any queries I had were answered promptly and all advice given was accurate and most helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Williamsons to anyone in need of a first class, reliable and customer friendly solicitor. Thank you for making a traumatic situation as stress free as possible.

Mrs B O

Very apprehensive at the start. From the first contact with Williamsons they were reassuring. Kept up tpdate with the whole process , guided and informed from the start. Pleased with the outcome and my special thanks especially to Mr. Smith and his team Betty Osborn.

Mr Neil P

Great service and always kept up to date with everything, felt i was given the personal touch and not just a client, I used Williamsons to sort out my late fathers estate in which he left in such a mess, and also the sale of a house I will recommend to others and certainly use again Thanks Neil x

Mr N P

Our solicitor Gemma Foster is always available to answer any of our concerns, keeps on top of time scales and perseveres with opposing solicitors even when they are not prepared to push our sales or purchases forward as quick as we often need . Highly delighted with the service we receive from Gemma .

Mr B a

Efficient and friendly service from all staff we had contact with. Very prompt and we were kept informed and up to date throughout the whole process of selling and buying our new house. Rachael who dealt with our case was the most efficient solicitor we have used for convenacying. I would not hesitate to use Williamsons again and will definitely recommend to friends and family.

Mr J T

Very pleased with the service you provided for me selling the property. Very efficient and will recommend to friends and family.

Carl B

Thankyou very much to Paul Kirby for the work he did . All of Williamsons staff that I dealt with was very friendly professional people and I would definitely use them again .

Anonymous

keeping up to date with all the latest information and details of the case

Alison B

PERSONAL ,PROFESSIONAL SERVICE,

Deborah V

Very satisfied with the outcome. Settled out of court.(medical negligence) A Big thankyou too Wayne Walker highly recomend

Sarah

Very professional service and gave me peace of mind.. would highly recommend

Mr & M

Williamsons were recommended to us and we have not been disappointed. Our sale & purchase was very stressful due to the incompetencies of other legal professionals and estate agents however Williamsons have done their utmost to push them to complete. Communication has been excellent throughout and the team, particularly Samantha and Jane, have worked tirelessly on our case. My husband and I highly recommend Williamsons for your conveyancing needs.

Diane T

Throughout the whole time that my case was ongoing, Williamsons Solicitors have been excellent in their care and service. All matters have been dealt with in great clarity. They are very approachable and everything has been explained in a manner easy to comprehend. I can thoroughly recommend Williamsons to act for others.

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