Staffordshire law firm celebrates 90 years in business

Some of the legal team at Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors which is celebrating 90 years in business

Former staff and guests have been invited to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Staffordshire legal firm Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors.

 The evening event on May 16th takes place at their historic St Edward Street office in Leek, once home to celebrated Leek industrialist Sir Thomas Wardle. The law firm was founded there in 1927 by Philip Thornley Bowcock.

Among those attending will be the founder’s widow, Sylvia Bowcock, and nephew Philip Parnell Bowcock, together with Leek Deputy Mayor Councillor Stephen Wales, and longstanding clients of the firm and current and former members of staff.

Firm partner, Ian Naylor, said the evening was particularly special and well timed, falling just two weeks after Philip Parnell Bowcock’s own 90th birthday.

He said:

“Philip Thornley Bowcock was joined in the late 1930s by Howard Pursaill, hence our name, and it was largely Howard who kept the business running during the war when Philip went away to serve in the RAF as a squadron leader.

“We’re delighted to have Sylvia Bowcock and Philip Parnell Bowcock joining us for this special occasion. Philip joined Bowcock & Pursaill in 1969 having been in the civil service, and became a partner with the firm until he retired in 1995.

“This is a very special time for us, as there are not many businesses which can say they have been in business for 90 years. It seemed only right to celebrate this milestone and to take this opportunity to thank our longstanding clients and staff.”

Philip Thornley Bowcock historically built the business up around agricultural law matters, for which it continues to have a strong reputation.

Today Bowcock & Pursaill provides legal advice across a full range of matters including tax planning, commercial property, wills and probate, disputes, agricultural, matrimonial and residential work for both corporate and private clients.

It has 35 staff and partners and has offices across Staffordshire in Leek, Hanley, Uttoxeter and most recently Eccleshall, which opened in 2015.