Our eight-partner firm has a long history of providing legal services in Sheffield and Chesterfield and we are delighted to be able to expand further into the Peak District. Established in 1925, our deep-rooted ethics and traditional high standards are blended with a progressive culture that has enabled us to build a reputation for providing the expertly tailored legal advice that we will offer clients in the Hathersage region. We are recommended in the Legal 500 2021 and hold the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation. Several of our staff are accredited to Law Society panels and by other organisations. We have a keen interest in supporting communities local to our practice and work closely with organisations including Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, Paces, Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team and Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice. In addition, we sponsor the annual Art in the Gardens and Young Artists in Sheffield.
Favell, Smith and Lawson dates back 50 years in Hathersage, when Tony Favell set up the practice above a butchers’ shop with well-regarded conveyancer, Harry Walker. By 1985, the partnership, then known as Favell, Smith and Henson, comprised Tony Favell, David Lawson, Phillip Henson and the late Keith Smith. Tony Favell became an MP in 1983 and took a back seat in the practice but was still proactive in running the business until he retired about 20 years ago. He remains a well-known and respected figure in the region.
Peter Clark, managing partner at Graysons, says:
“This is a perfect progression for Graysons and mutually advantageous for both firms. We are two strong and well-respected firms. Favell, Smith and Lawson will continue to offer court defence work from its offices in Sheffield, whilst our aim is to build on their exceptional reputation in Hathersage and further develop the private client practice there, as well as to offer other services already available to Graysons’ clients in Chesterfield and Sheffield.”
Private client services delivered by Favell, Smith and Lawson from the Hathersage office for 50 years, including wills, probate and estate administration, lasting powers of attorney and conveyancing will continue to be available at Graysons. However, residents of the Hathersage community and further afield will also benefit from Graysons’ wider range of services which includes lifetime planning, Court of Protection work, family law, personal injury, occupational injury and illness, medical negligence and a bespoke private wealth service to assist high net worth individuals and families.
Caroline Murray, head of Graysons’ property team says:
“I am delighted that Meriet Watts, who has worked at Favell, Smith and Lawson since 2007 and has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local area, will be staying with us at Hathersage. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and specialises in residential conveyancing work. She will be an excellent addition to our team.”
Caroline is a partner at Graysons and has dealt exclusively with property work for over 20 years. She has particular expertise in high-value and complex residential property sales and purchases and investments.
Favells has a long history of advising clients in the region on private client matters, such as wills, administration of estates and powers of attorney. Graysons’ partner, Anne Rogers, who will lead the private client team at Hathersage says:
“I am really looking forward to serving Favell’s existing clients in Hathersage and to developing the practice. I have over a decade’s experience of dealing with wills, estate administration and elderly client services and regularly handle large and complex estates, including cases involving business and agricultural property, taxable estates and inheritance tax planning.”
Anne’s empathy and ability to understand clients’ needs make her a popular choice for people who are dealing with sensitive issues at vulnerable times.
Graysons’ Hathersage office is at Suite 6 Brunel House, Heather Lane, Hope Valley. S32 1DP. You can contact the team on 01433 650718 or by email at [email protected].
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