About us

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 choice of 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 of our offices. This is acknowledged with us being awarded the Top Employer accolade for the eleventh year running!

Who we are

We're a top 45 UK law firm, with over 1300 people working from our offices in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London and Manchester. 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.

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.

Our values

Radical transparency

  • 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.

Enterprise

  • We put our clients and the firm first
  • We are entrepreneurial
  • We understand our and our clients' markets
  • We learn and improve.

Our history

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:

1827

1827

Rutherfords established in Liverpool.

1875

1875

Field and Weightman established in Liverpool.

1887

1887

Weightman Peddar and Weightman established in Liverpool.

1913

1913

Firm becomes known as Weightman Peddar.

1970

1970

Firm becomes known as Weightmans.

1988

1988

Weightmans and Rutherfords merge to create Weightman Rutherfords.

1996

1996

The firm name changes to Weightmans and a Birmingham office is opened.

2002

2002

Weightmans merges with a team from Vizard Oldham and becomes Weightman Vizards – with offices in Birmingham, Leicester, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

2004

2004

Firm changes its name back to Weightmans.

2007

2007

Firm converts to LLP status.

2011

2011

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.

2013

2013

In March Weightmans acquires the Manchester team of Semple Fraser and opened a Glasgow office.

2015

2015

In July, Weightmans merged with Ford & Warren solicitors, acquiring a Leeds office.

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