Harrogate law firms merge


Solicitors Neil Adamson and John Hutchinson of Cawthron Kelbrick Lane & Co have joined Raworths LLP, Harrogate’s leading solicitors, as partners.  

Staff from Cawthron Kelbrick Lane & Co have also moved down the road to Raworths offices on Station Parade and this will bring the number of partners and solicitors in the firm to twenty seven.  Neil and John deal with both private client and commercial work and will become part of Raworths’ non-contentious team.

Cawthron Kelbrick Lane & Co was a well-established Harrogate firm, formed by the amalgamation of Cawthron Kelbrick and Lane & Co in 1991, Lane & Co having moved to Harrogate in the mid-1960s.  Raworths is one of Harrogate’s oldest law firms, founded in 1886 by Edwin Raworth in offices on James Street. He was joined by Jabez Butterworth, grandfather of one of the present partners, soon after and the firm has developed over the years to become one of the biggest firms of solicitors in North Yorkshire. They have occupied their present premises on the corner of Station Parade and Victoria Avenue since 1933. 

Harrogate Solicitors merge

Neil Adamson and John Hutchinson have both practised law in Harrogate for over 30 years. Neil is originally from Knaresborough and attended Grosvenor House School and Ashville College before studying law at Leeds University. John was also educated in Harrogate and attended Manchester University where he also studied law. Neil is a past president of Harrogate and District Law Society and John is the current treasurer. John and Neil’s specialisations include commercial and residential conveyancing, business leases, probate, wills and trusts and estate planning.

Neil Adamson says, ‘In making this move, it was of great importance that we chose a firm which could match the high level of service that our clients rightly expect. We believe that Raworths offers this and their development of commercial, litigation, family and mediation services can only benefit our clients.’

Raworths partner Zoë Robinson says, ‘Neil Adamson and John Hutchinson both have excellent reputations  and we are delighted they are joining us at Raworths. We hope that the advantages of a larger firm with a greater spectrum of specialisations will enable us to offer a wide range of services to their clients while maintaining longstanding relationships.’

Raworths managing partner, Christopher Butterworth, says, ‘Over the years, a number of smaller firms have joined us as part of the increasing trend for such law firms to join up with their larger neighbours. I have known Neil and John for many years and am delighted that they will be part of the team and we look forward to continuing to provide the level of service that their clients expect.’

For further information, visit www.raworths.co.uk or call 01423 566666


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