Partner and Head of Wills & Estate Planning at Andrew & Co Solicitors Helen Newson writes...
The History of Andrew & Co Solicitors
September: William Andrew established Andrew & Co in Lincoln at 39 Silver Street. A few months later in January he became a Commissioner for Oaths.
After 25 years, the firm moves offices for the first time to 7 Silver Street, Lincoln.
Frederick Andrew, who is the fourth child of William Andrew, follows his father's footsteps and becomes a solicitor.
Frederick Andrew together with William Manby become partners at Andrew & Co. The firm is known as Andrew, Son and Manby.
12 July: After leading a full and busy life, William Andrew dies. He leaves the firm, and the belongings relating to his profession along with a small legacy of £750 to his son Frederick in hope of striving to conduct his business in such manner as to maintain the character as a professional man. The firm becomes known as Andrew and Manby.
After William Manby leaves in 1877, Alexander Trotter joins the partnership for over a year and for the time being, the firm becomes known as Andrew and Trotter.
Henry Thompson becomes a partner and firm's name changes to Andrew and Thompson.
16 May: After 53 years of partnership at the firm, Frederick Andrew dies.
The firm was bought by Edwin Craven Midgley.
The firm is called Race, Hill & Co after Russell Race takes into partnership James William and Francis Hill.
The firm amalgamates and practises under name of Andrew, Race, Midgley & Hill after Russell Race's death in 1926.
The firm moves for the second time to a new location at St Swithin's Square in Lincoln.
Assistant solicitor Philip Race joins the Royal Air Force for 7 years.
Mr. Hill admits Philip Race and Edward Mason to partnership and the firm's name changes to Andrew, Race, Hill & Mason.
Sir Francis Hill is knighted.
1 January: After 131 years, the firm's name changes to well known today Andrew & Co.
Chris Hunter becomes a partner.
6 January: After 54 years of exceptional work and partnership with Andrew & Co, Sir Francis Hill dies.
Philip Hoskins becomes a partner.
Andrew & Co becomes a founder member of LawNet, a federation of Independent Law Firms. LawNet now consists of some 65 firms across England and Wales. Membership gives Andrew & Co access to experience, expertise and resources beyond those available to most mid market law firms. This strengths and reinforces the offering to our clients and the quality of that offering.
At Andrew & Co technology was always embraced. During the 90's word processors were used but we gradually introduced computers to every member of staff, which improved the communication between us and our clients.
Andrew & Co launches its first website.
Andrew & Co merge with Neville Denham & Co in Newark and take over the office on Kirkgate. We celebrate 175 years of Andrew & Co Solicitors as well as being awarded ISO 9001:2008 thereby underpinning and recognising the firms commitment to providing a quality service to all clients.
By this year, Andrew & Co expanded its services range to Motor Law, Notary, Equine Law and Debt recovery. Also, the firm moves to purpose built offices in Flavian Road in Lincoln. The new offices are easier for clients to access and provide our staff with a better and more efficient working environment. The move has enabled us to improve the quality of client service and given the nature and location of the building help re-inforce the whole client experience at Andrew & Co.
Andrew & Co re-design a website, which is more presentable and easier to navigate.
Andrew & Co moves to larger premises in Newark on London Road, the firm has grown considerably since the merger nine years ago and the move enables the firm to take on further growth in Newark to support our growing client base. We take on a new brand for the firm and develop a new website.