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Tried and trusted since 1819.
Much has changed since Longmores was founded in 1819. Our values and our approach to our work with clients have not.
Of course, as you would expect, we continue to pride ourselves on our legal expertise. Clients tell us that they value our common sense, commercial, no-nonsense approach; they also value our clear, concise advice and the fact that we make practical recommendations rather than simply reiterate the law.
They also like the robust manner in which we negotiate on their behalf and how we present their case when it comes to litigation. They know that we seek to avoid the cost, distraction and risks of litigation where we can, through the use of alternative approaches such as mediation, so long as that will likely secure the best outcome possible for our clients.
When it comes to non-contentious work our clients say they like the fact that we focus on the outcomes that matter to them and that we communicate proactively and effectively. That means that they understand how things are progressing at every stage of our work with them and can make informed decisions on their options if choices need to be made. These characteristics are simply part of the way we do things across the firm.
Although the geographic reach of our work is greater than it was some two centuries ago, we remain involved in the community of the Hertfordshire area. Our leading lawyers have always made time to give back, through public service and in other ways. Charles Elton Longmore, a descendent of our original founder, served as Chairman of the County Council for over 35 years. In 1914 he was also made President of the Law Society, representing the legal profession across England and Wales. Other partners have served the community as county coroners, judges and elected officials.
Our hardworking spirit has been passed on from generation to generation. It is perhaps best typified by Bertie Cull, who joined the firm aged 14 in 1905. During World War II, he kept Longmores afloat almost single-handedly with clients always forefront of his mind. An article in the Hertfordshire Mercury praised his extraordinary efforts, saying that "Bertie would work daily from 8am until after midnight. He did this seven days a week, and every week for six years".
Today, whilst we aspire to continue in the tradition of solicitors like Charles Longmore and Bertie Cull, our Joint Senior Partners, Chris Pease and Richard Gvero, lead a modern and progressive firm of experienced solicitors. Many join us because they feel that they can make a real difference for our clients and because they value our culture of client service and practical, intelligent delivery of real professional expertise.
Chambers & Partners is a prestigious legal publication, recognised worldwide as a ‘guide for the world’s best lawyers’. It highlights high-performing law firms and individual solicitors. Chambers uses client, peer and referral testimonials to rigorously assess applications before awarding their quality standards.
Longmores has been consistently ranked in the Chambers UK directory. Our Employment, Family and Disputes Resolution practice areas are all ranked in the 2019 guide with four of our Partners achieving Ranked Lawyer status.
The Legal 500
The Legal 500 identifies the best expert legal advisers by providing independent rankings based on feedback from clients, referrers and peers.
For a number of years Longmores has held Lexcel, a quality mark for law firms accredited by the Law Society. Firms that achieve this accreditation are recognised for their superior practice management and client care initiatives.
Investors in People
Investors in People celebrates organisations that are recognised for achieving high performance through their people. This prestigious accreditation is recognised around the world as a mark of excellence.
Longmores has held the Investors in People accreditation since 1999. In 2015 the firm aimed for and was awarded Gold level which it still holds today. This is a feat achieved by just 1% of all accredited organisations.
Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce provides first-class business support to companies of all shapes and sizes, through a range of membership benefits and networking opportunities. Since 1924 they have been supporting businesses, influencing key decision-makers in local and central government and are regularly consulted for feedback from the business community when policy is being developed.
Longmores is proud to be a patron of the Hertfordshire Chamber, which includes hosting events and providing speakers at seminars, and sponsoring the Inspiring Hertfordshire Award for Business of the Year in East Hertfordshire.
Harlow & District Chamber of Commerce
Harlow & District Chamber of Commerce aims to be the prime influential group for the Harlow business community, identifying matters of common interest, encouraging training and education, and providing an interchange of information between members.
Longmores is active in the Harlow Chamber, sitting on the committee and regularly running events and seminars for the benefit of the local business community.