World’s oldest law firm embarks on its next chapter with new premises

Legal Posted 12/11/19
Thomson Snell & Passmore looks to the future with milestone office move

South East law firm, Thomson Snell & Passmore, celebrated the opening of its new head office at Heathervale House, 2-4 Vale Avenue, Tunbridge Wells. The 28,000 sq ft, newly refurbished, modern open plan space spans five floors and confirms the firm’s continuing commitment to the town, where it has been a central part of the community since 1910.

The new office marks the start of an exciting new chapter in Thomson Snell & Passmore’s long history, as it approaches its 450th anniversary in July 2020. The premises will act as a hub for all legal services provided by fee-earners based in Tunbridge Wells, in conjunction with the firm’s other office in the Thames Gateway. The move follows an announcement from the firm earlier in the year reporting five successive years of financial growth, with fee revenues totalling £22 million in the financial year ending 5 June 2019 – a 5.9% increase from the previous year.

Heathervale House signifies Thomson Snell & Passmore’s continuing growth and commitment to its employees, clients and the local area. The new office will be the base from which the firm continues to offer its clients a broad range of practical and specialist legal advice spanning core practice areas including Private Client, Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Property and Family. Easily accessible to all, Heathervale House’s open plan layout presents an opportunity for the firm to promote enhanced collaborative working for the benefit of clients.

The new office also reinforces Thomson Snell & Passmore’s position as the fourth largest employer in Tunbridge Wells, as it looks to attract further talent to the firm, in line with its organic growth plans.

James Partridge, senior partner, said: “Thomson Snell & Passmore has long been recognised as a key pillar of the local community. As we continue to grow our legal offering to clients and increase in size, we remain committed to building on our heritage by investing in our people and the local area.

“Since the firm started in 1570, we have had a strong presence in the South East and Heathervale House will be a home for the future generations of Thomson Snell & Passmore.

“We continually seek efficiencies in the delivery of our services, as well as reinvesting in our employees, clients and community, and our new location in Tunbridge Wells reflects this ethos. We remain at the heart of the local community and the excellent legal service we provide to clients can only continue to improve with this new collaborative workspace.”

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