History of the practice

Weightmans is a law firm with a long and proud heritage. Founded in 1827, we've grown from our Liverpool roots to become a national practice with a team of more than 1300 people, including over 180 partners and offices across the UK. As a progressive top 45 UK law firm, we're committed to our clients and our people, as well as constantly looking at ways of improving the service we provide.

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.

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 Mace & Jones, acquiring a Knutsford office.

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

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

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