Results for our clients, success for our people.
At Weightmans, when you succeed, we celebrate. It's why we do what we do.
What makes us different? Our people! Our people are determined to achieve the best results for our clients. How we get there varies from organisation to organisation, person to person. No assumptions, no one-size-fits-all approach. We measure and monitor results to ensure that we are the preferred legal service provider for our clients.
We also recognise the importance of our people enjoying what they do, providing a friendly and inspiring working environment in all our offices. This is acknowledged with us being awarded the Top Employer accolade for the twelfth year running!
Who we are
We're a top 45 UK law firm, with over 1,200 people working from our offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Newcastle. We're proud to be a leading national player in insurance, with a formidable reputation and heritage. We're highly respected in the public sector, acting for many local, police and fire authorities, and NHS trusts. We're also recognised as a strong provider of a diverse range of commercial services for public sector bodies, large institutions, owner-managed businesses and PLCs. In addition, we offer a full family and private client service including wills, tax, probate and residential conveyancing.
We're well equipped to provide a full legal service to all of our clients and have the resources to deal with the most demanding legal needs, both at home and overseas. We've built informal associations with law firms in most foreign jurisdictions, complementing the comprehensive range of legal services we provide.
As a socially and environmentally conscious company, corporate social responsibility and environmental responsibility are important to us and we are proud to have a thriving programme in each of these areas.
It has been another remarkable period for Weightmans as we continue to evolve, innovate and make exciting progress towards our ambition of being a top 30 law firm with a true client focus.
This year, we wanted to show you all of the great things we’ve achieved, and share some of our plans for the years to come.
Here is our story.
Our vision and values
We aim to be a top 30 law firm with clients at the heart of everything we do. We will invest in our people to take care of our clients and excel at meeting client needs.
- We are accountable
- We do what we say we will do, individually and collectively
- We keep our promises to each other and our clients.
Teamwork and respect
- We are passionate and enthusiastic
- We develop ourselves and each other
- We are ambassadors for the firm internally and to our clients.
- We put our clients and the firm first
- We are entrepreneurial
- We understand our and our clients' markets
- We learn and improve.
We are a law firm with a long and proud heritage. Founded in 1827, we've grown from our Liverpool roots to become a leading national law firm. As a progressive firm, we're committed to our clients and our people, as well as constantly looking at ways of improving the service we provide.
We've significantly grown and adapted to the needs of our clients over the last two centuries – here's how we've evolved so far:
Rutherfords established in Liverpool.
Field and Weightman established in Liverpool.
Weightman Peddar and Weightman established in Liverpool.
Firm becomes known as Weightman Peddar.
Firm becomes known as Weightmans.
Weightmans and Rutherfords merge to create Weightman Rutherfords.
The firm name changes to Weightmans and a Birmingham office is opened.
Weightmans merges with a team from Vizard Oldham and becomes Weightman Vizards – with offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
Firm changes its name back to Weightmans.
Firm converts to LLP status.
In April Weightmans acquires the Insurance practice of Vizards Wyeth, adding an office in Dartford.
In May, Weightmans merged with North West firm, Mace & Jones.
In March Weightmans acquires the Manchester team of Semple Fraser and opened a Glasgow office.
In July, Weightmans merged with Ford & Warren solicitors, acquiring a Leeds office.
In October, Weightmans acquired the business and assets of Watson Burton, adding an office in Newcastle.