Further merger leads to law firm’s continued growth


A further merger of two long established South Devon firms will continue to strengthen South West firm, WBW Solicitors legal offering.

WBW Solicitors LLP are to merge with Gowmans Solicitors, who are based in Paignton on the 1st April 2017.

Steve Bulman, Managing Partner of WBW Solicitors, said: “We are very pleased to announce the merger of two long-established legal firms both of whom have practised in Torbay for many years.  Gowmans is a highly regarded legal firm and has served the population of Paignton for decades.

“The merger of the two firms allows us to build on our success in Torbay and provides the clients of Gowmans with an opportunity to obtain services that they previously did not have access to. Our new Paignton office will continue to provide all existing services and additionally will now be able to advise in matters of dispute resolution, criminal prosecutions, personal injury and clinical negligence, financial planning and bespoke later life advice.

“We at WBW Solicitors are delighted by the merger and we are looking forward to continuing to act for clients, both old and new, in Paignton.”

Senior Partner of Gowmans, Robin Hunton said “We at Gowmans are very pleased by the development. We are sure that our clients will benefit hugely by the merger.”

Robin Hunton and Richard Porritt, current Partners of Gowmans will continue to practice as senior solicitors within the merged firm, WBW Solicitors incorporating Gowmans.

This merger marks the second expansion in 2017 for South West firm WBW Solicitors who merged with Peters Langsford Davies of Launceston in January 2017.

The merger creates a firm of in excess of 200 members of staff with over 90 legal advisors.  The firm now operates throughout Devon and Cornwall, meeting the needs of both private and commercial clients across both regions.

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