Bury St Edmunds law firm celebrating 40th anniversary says there are good signs of economic recovery

Willett and Co celebrates 40 years of business.

Willett and Co celebrates 40 years of business.

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A legal firm in Bury St Edmunds, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this week has said there are good signs of economic recovery.

Willett & Co Solicitors, based on Angel Hill, cover all aspects of law from crime through to family, personal injury, commercial, conveyancing, planning, wills and probate.

“We are getting a lot more planning and commercial related work coming in which is a good indication of the economic recovery,” said senior partner Clive Willett.

“The work from that will allow us to expand for years to come.”

He founded the firm 40-years ago after working for a London firm specialising in commercial law.

For the first 20 years Willett & Co was based in offices in Lower Baxter Street.

But in 1993, two years after acquiring Lewis Palmer & Co, it outgrew its old site and moved to Angel Hill.

Since then it has continued to grow, and acquired Whiteheads in Bury in 1995.

It now employs six fully qualified solicitors and 10 other staff.

David Shipman joined in 1982 and became a partner just a couple of years later.

“When I first joined we had just spent nearly £6,000 on a dedicated word processor – an IBM,” he said.

“We were the first law firm in East Anglia to have one and I can remember we had lots of other firms come in to see how it worked.

“Obviously technology has changed since then but we have kept up to date.”

The firm has continued to see growth through referrals and says it prides itself on client loyalty, working in some cases for three generations of the same family.

“We have clients across East Anglia, some in Singapore, South Africa, France and Spain.

“We have several clients around the World who still maintain contact with us.

“They like our service and they come back to us,” said Mr Willett.

They have also seen loyalty from their staff, some who have been there as long as 35 years.

For more on the firm’s services visit www.willettsolicitors.com