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Our offices in Colchester and Clacton are easy to get to, and offer client car parking and easy access. We are committed to achieving the highest professional standards and all of our staff undergo regular training and development
Established in 1879, TSP has grown to be one of the leading law firms in Essex, with 12 partners, some 70 employees, and offices in Colchester and Clacton. We offer a full range of legal advice to businesses and individual clients. Our specialist practice areas, with accredited lawyers and attentive support staff, ensure you receive the most professional and practical advice available. The partners and staff at TSP bring together local and regional knowledge with City firm experience, enabling us to compete effectively with large London practices. And with legislation constantly evolving, we make it our business to keep up to date with the latest developments.
Thompson Smith and Puxon is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under No. 56440 (Colchester) and No. 56441 (Clacton). For information on the SRA please click here. VAT No. 103 2594 06 GB
TSP is committed to achieving the highest professional standards. All staff undergo regular training and development to ensure they advise and support you in a professional and competent way. Effective use of the latest technology also lies at the heart of our business to help deliver a fast, efficient and economical service. We take very seriously our commitment to maintaining a high standard of client service, but if at any time we fall short of the standard we set ourselves, or that you expect of us, we do ask that this be drawn to our attention. We operate a complaints procedure, which is available for clients to see on request.
Our offices in central Colchester and Clacton are easy to get to and offer client parking. Easy access is available. If you are registered disabled or physically unable to get to our office to see us then we can visit you at home and will not charge extra for travelling to see you. We can also visit you in the hospital or your care home free of travel charge. If it just suits you better for us to travel to see you at home then we are happy to do this but will need to charge an additional fee for this, which we will discuss with you when you contact us.
Where required, documentation can be provided in large print or braille. TSP uses the latest in technology and offers email, direct dial telephone numbers to our staff, and voicemail facilities. Some of our teams, such as conveyancing, provide a mobile text SMS service to keep you informed. To increase the text size used on this website, simply select the ‘View’ menu option at the top of your screen and then ‘Text Size’ (different methods may apply for certain web browsers).
The firm can trace its roots back to 1879 (a history that resonates wonderfully with that of Stable 6) when Edward Thompson Smith started practising as a solicitor in Colchester, initially on his own. He was joined by his son, Osmond Thompson Smith , in 1907, and at this point the firm became known as Thompson Smith & Son. Francois Edward Mortimer Puxon (also known as Peter) started practising in Colchester on his own in 1934. In 1937 he joined Thomson Smith & Son, which from then on became known as Thompson Smith & Puxon. The image below shows Francois Edward Mortimer Puxon, also known as Peter.
In 2013 TSP moved from its premises on North Hill in Colchester, which it had occupied since Edward Thompson Smith started practising, to our new premises on the former Colchester Garrison, Stable 6 on Stable Road. Stable 6 is a Grade II listed building in recognition of its national importance as one of the few surviving barrack buildings of its kind in the country. Read more about the history of Stable 6 here. The decision to rebrand was taken to coincide with the firm’s planned move; it was at this time also that the firm changed its name to Thompson Smith and Puxon. The starting point for the new brand was to build on TSP’s longevity, heritage, and strength of reputation. Square brackets or parentheses were introduced into the logo because they are often used in legal documents to set information apart, to add clarity and to make text easier to understand. As a graphic element, square brackets are not only an effective positioning tool, they have been effectively established as a key visual element throughout the development of the brand and its application across a wide range of communication materials, including our website!
Thompson Smith and Puxon is a corporate partnership. There are currently 12 corporate partners: Mary Anne Fedeyko Ltd, Steven J. Webb Ltd, Claire Powell Ltd, Nick Mayles Ltd, Stephen Firmin Ltd, Sharon Auton Ltd , Fiona M Ashworth Ltd, Kerry Addison Ltd, Laura Finnigan Ltd, Jolyon Berry Ltd, Aileen Hirst Ltd and Robert Ashworth Ltd. As the names of the corporate partners suggest, 12 of the individual lawyers in the firm are Directors of the companies which are corporate partners in Thompson Smith and Puxon. Collectively they form TSP’s Board of Directors which works closely with Chief Operating Officer Sean Stuttaford. The firm adopted this management structure with the intention of maximising benefit from the individual talents of both lawyers and non-lawyers in the business. The aim of this was for lawyers to be able to focus on client care and provision of legal services, whilst allowing operational management to focus on financial strength and effective use of time through IT systems and marketing co-ordination.
The Directors and Staff of TSP are very proud of our fundraising activities and our involvement in the local community. During the last year the Firm’s Social Committee have organised a number of events at the office in support of different charities raising over £1000 for good causes.
Events have included the recent Macmillan Coffee and Cake morning (Sept), a Wimbledon themed lunch for Water Aid (July), an Easter Egg raffle for Autism Anglia (April), shared social lunches (where staff donate and purchase food) in support of Comic Relief (Mar) and Children in Need (Nov 2018) and Christmas Jumper Day (Dec 2018) in aid of Save the Children.
For a number of years now, the Directors of TSP have, in lieu of sending Christmas cards, donated to a number of local charities. The staff also collect in lieu of sending Christmas cards and donate to the same charity. At Christmas 2018, inspired by client Toby Wheeler, the firm donated to Team Angus. Senior Partner, Mary Anne Fedeyko, and Head of Litigation, Steve Webb, are pictured presenting the cheque to Toby.
The Directors of TSP are keen supporters of staff fundraising activities on both a team and individual level. In September the Dispute Resolution team took part in the Sudbury to the Sea Event which took place over the weekend of 14/15 September, raising money for the Tom Bowdidge Foundation. In June the firm entered a team in Birketts Race for Business, raising money for Little Haven’s Hospice and in April a team from our Clacton office completed the Pier to Pier walk in aid of St Helena Hospice.
Our support for Toby and Team Angus continued throughout 2019. In April, TSP Marketing and Business Development Manager, Nicola Crisell, completed a sky dive as part of a team organised by Toby which raised over £3,000. In May we supported Toby’s Wheeler Way Walk event, a race for people with disabilities and in June we jointly hosted a charity quiz raising over £2000, all in aid of Team Angus.
In addition to the fundraising activities carried out by the staff the firm is also involved in sponsoring other community events, such as the Brantham Church Teddy Bear Parachute Jump, and supporting local schools and care homes with raffle prizes and event support.
We support our local Rotary Clubs in Clacton and Colchester by sponsoring their community activities and getting involved where we can! This year, in November, we are again supporting the annual School Choir competition in Colchester, raising money for the Tom Bowdidge Foundation, and in Clacton we have once again sponsored the Rotary Airshow car park, which raises many thousands of pounds for charity, their Men’s Health Check event (in association with CHAPs) in October and the Older Person’s Christmas Lunch.
We are proud sponsors of the Art Auction. An event raising money for St Helena Hospice and Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals and will continue our support for St Helena Hospice in December this year with our Reindeer Cocktail Party, organised jointly with our professional contacts Jackson-Stops Estate Agents and Reeman Dansie Auctioneers and Valuers. We support all of our professional contacts and clients, where we can, with their own fundraising activities, entering teams in quizzes and golf days.