Legal advice with the individual touch. We are a law firm putting our clients at the very heart of everything we do.
Commitment to the local region
Our 174 year heritage means that we understand local business and their issues. We see the success of our business as being parallel to the success and development of the region. We take an active part in supporting the region and are proactive in our support of its growth and wellbeing. For example, Nick Abel, our Chairman, is Vice President of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), 32 members of our team sit on a total of 50 Boards of companies and charities across the region, we are the legal partners for the Wasps rugby, Wasps netball team and the Ricoh arena. We are also members of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber, a club member of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 and active members of Coventry & Warwickshire Champions and Coventry First.
In addition we provide support, through sponsorship, a number of clubs and societies throughout the region, for example: the Side by Side Theatre; Leamington RFC; Stratford cricket club; Coventry Cosairs; Old Leamingtonians RFC; and have, for the last 16 years, been the prime sponsor of the Wright Hassall Leamington Recency 10k run.
Free legal clinic
We also provide a free legal clinic to the local community which celebrated its second birthday in August 2019. It is held on the first Tuesday of each month at our offices. Since the start of the programme, we have helped over 100 people with a wide range of issues including matrimonial, visitation of children, contentious probate issues, setting up a charity, defending small claims disputes, boundary issues, landlord and tenant disputes. Feedback has been consistently positive and the following comment is representative people’s experience:
"I was delighted with the service I received and wanted to let you know how much I appreciated your efforts"
Many people comment on the Wright Hassall name, asking whether it is a gimmick. But it isn't; Wright Hassall has been supporting individuals and businesses in Warwickshire for over 170 years.
Leamington Spa grew considerably at the start of the 19th century. Standing on the town's sixth saline well, the Royal Pump Rooms, designed and built by CS Smith, first opened to the public in July 1814. The building was extended soon after opening to cope with demand and was not fully complete until 1816. New Town was developed as Leamington began to expand north from the river in response to the demand created by visitors to the Spa.
Richard Arthur Wallington, 1846
In 1846 the sole practice of Richard Arthur Wallington was founded in Wellington Street (now Regent Street). Taking advantage of the new opportunities that had arisen from Leamington's growth, a new partner Mr Edward Wright was taken on in 1855 forming Wallington & Wright.
Wright & Hassall, 1875
After the death of Richard Wallington, Edward Wright took James Wright Hassall (no relation) into partnership which was then renamed Wright and Hassall in 1875.
During the latter half of the 19th century, Leamington prospered and the town saw a number of developments including the opening of the Warwick & Leamington Tramway (which remained open until 1930), the opening of the Town Hall in 1884 and public swimming baths added to The Royal Pump Rooms.
Into the 20th Century
Historically the firm has benefited from its position in the midst of prime agricultural land. In the 1950s, the firm formed a syndicate with a local agent, John Staite, to buy most of the land being sold by the Earl of Warwick with the purpose of selling farms & properties to their tenants. Our connections with the land remain as strong as ever.
In 1968, the firm was based in Dormer Place in a Regency building opposite the Pump Room Gardens. The firm had three partners, two assistant solicitors and about six other fee earners with additional support staff numbering about 20 in all.
Embracing the technological age, 1977
In 1970, the firm moved to 9 Clarendon Place and, still not quite large enough to occupy the whole building, let out the top two floors to other businesses. There were, of course, no word processors or computers, and only the partners’ secretaries had electric typewriters. It was not until about 1977 that the firm bought its first word processor which, apparently, was the size of an upright piano!
Lexcel and IIP accreditation, 2003
In 2003, we were awarded the double accolade of both Lexcel and IIP, an achievement in which only a handful of firms have succeeded.
Move to Olympus House, 2007
After several moves within the town centre, the firm moved to a landmark modern building on the outskirts of Leamington Spa, approximately two miles from the M40 j13.
The modern firm now has 44 partners and over 260 staff. The last fifteen years has seen rapid and substantial growth with a number of niche areas being added to the business, including a new debt recovery business, Quantum Debt Recovery, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wright Hassall LLP
Recognised in The British Legal Awards, 2012
Wright Hassall was shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year in The British Legal Awards 2012. The judges were looking for excellence across the shortlisted firms – high levels of innovation, strong financial performance, excellent client care and a commitment to your employees and the local communities in which you operate. 2012 was the first time we entered a submission for these awards. To be the only firm in Warwickshire which was shortlisted in a year when submissions increased by 10 per cent is a fantastic achievement.
Looking to the future
In over 170 years, the firm has seen the legal profession alter beyond recognition. However, during that period, Wright Hassall has proved it can evolve and adapt; it is now looking forward to meeting the challenges of the rapidly changing legal services market.
Quantum Debt Recovery becomes QDR Solicitors Ltd as part of a change in relation to FCA regulation.
Sarah Perry is announced as one of The Lawyer Hot 100.
Named as the nation’s leading regional law firm at the legal industry’s prestigious national awards ceremony, the Lawyer Awards.
We are very conscious of our responsibilities as a large, local employer – not only to our staff but also to the wider community of which we are very much part.
These responsibilities take a number of forms: financial support for cultural, charitable and sporting activities; support for our staff who are involved in voluntary work; and a commitment to reducing our impact on the environment.
Fast facts about Wright Hassall
- over 275 people
- 47 partners
- established 1846
- Lexcel and Investors in People accredited
- top ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers UK, independent legal directories
Our core values form the foundations on which our business is built and go to the very heart of who we are. They are proactively implemented across the entire firm, known by all our employees and referred to throughout all our decision-making processes. They do not simply live on a piece of paper – they live in all that we say, and do, and define how we interact with each other, our clients and the community in which we operate.
We call them our FAIR values and they are as follows:
What do we mean?
- We anticipate, adapt and respond positively to the diverse needs of our clients and each other.
- Embrace new ideas and encourage collaboration;
- Apply positive and creative thinking to problem solving;
- Adapt our strategies to meet changing circumstances; and
- Recognise people work effectively in different ways and at different times, and we are accessible.
- Dismiss new ideas without consideration;
- Be negative; and
- Get stuck in our ways.
What do we mean?
- We are motivated and driven to succeed in our vision.
- Create an exceptional place to work;
- Continuously look for ways to improve;
- Challenge the status quo constructively; and
- Attract, nurture & retain the best people.
- Find reasons not to explore new opportunities;
- Put up with processes which are inefficient and ineffective because ‘that’s the way it has always been done’; and
- Shy away from difficult conversations.
What do we mean?
- We are focused on collective success.
- Encourage diversity and ensure every voice is heard;
- Support each other positively and constructively;
- Share success and we won't fear failure; and
- Selflessly work towards the common good.
- Consider any colleagues as less valued because they do a different job role to us;
- Complain about colleagues behind their backs and blame each other; and
- Ignore opportunities to say ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’.
What do we mean?
- We earn the confidence and trust of others through our actions and by valuing each other.
- Communicate openly, honestly and sensitively;
- Trust each other to work to the best of our ability, always, for the benefit of our clients;
- Treat everyone with respect;
- Value every member of the team and their contribution equally; and
- Respect and seek to understand the diversity of peoples' views, attitudes and positions.
- Ignore difficult conversations or handle them inappropriately;
- Routinely be late for meetings; and
- Hold on to work which should be handled by someone else.
The Wright Hassall Charitable Trust
As part of our commitment Wright Hassall recently created the Wright Hassall Charitable Trust. The aim of the Trust is to support local charities which operate principally in the local area or with which a member of our staff is closely involved. We will hold fundraising events throughout the year, such as the Regency Run, to support our fundraising efforts for the Trust.
Gender Pay Gap Report
We have published our gender pay report. In addition to reporting on the required data, the document also provides some broader context from a company, UK economy, and societal perspective which we hope you will find interesting.