History

HRJ Foreman Law's solicitors

HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors, Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City 

HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors was established by the merger of two of Hertfordshire's leading legal practices in April 2013: HRJ Law (formerly Hawkins Russell Jones and Foreman Laws. The successful merger is thanks to the focus of both practices to deliver excellent client care, clear communication and experienced advice. Director level involvement was, and through HRJ Foreman Laws continues to be, guaranteed in all work that is undertaken, regardless of size, to ensure that all our clients benefit from the depth of expertise within our firm.

Our combined history goes back as far as the 16th century, and we’ve continued to grow ever since.

The firm was founded in 1591 by John Skynner, a native of Norwich. After a partnership with influential solicitor and "King of Hitchin”- John Hawkins in 1832, we became known as Hawkins & Co and the second oldest law firm in the country.    For more information you can visit -Open Plaques and The Law Gazette article here

In 1930, Arthur Russell Jones started A Russell Jones & Co in Welwyn Garden City after he moved to the town from London. His nephew, John Russell Howard (fondly known by all as Jack) worked with him after university and before the war. When the war finished he joined him in practice.  At some time during this period the firm dropped the ‘A’ and became Russell Jones & Co

In 1987 Russell Jones & Co merged with Hawkins & Co of Portmill Lane, Hitchin, and became Hawkins Russell Jones.  Hawkins Russell Jones grew substantially and Jack’s son, David Howard, eventually became senior partner when his uncle and founding partner retired.  This firm ‘rebranded’ in around 2009 to become HRJ Law

Meanwhile, in the early 1970s the partnership of Foreman Laws was established by Martin Foreman with Geoffrey Laws trading from our current head office at 25 Bancroft, Hitchin. The firm expanded rapidly, retaining its specialism in commercial conveyancing to provide legal advice in several private client and commercial practice areas.  As part of this expansion Foreman Laws acquired a company providing corporate trustee services,CGA Trustee and Executor Company Limited. This company continues to operate under the management of HRJ Foreman Laws.  As a fresh new practice we became recognised for our different approach and attracted commercial clients.  Our firm was not the ‘usual’ high street law firm and we grew in size. In 2013 we merged with HRJ Law to become HRJ Foreman Laws Solicitors, the firm we are today.

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Hitchin
01462 458711
Welwyn Garden City
01707 887 700
London
0203 327 9001
info@hrjforemanlaws.co.uk