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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

About us


Established in 1879, TSP has grown to be one of the leading law firms in Essex, with 11 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

Standards and practices

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.  Home visits can be easily arranged as well as out-of-hours appointments. 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.

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Our History

In the Beginning...

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.


Moving with the Times

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!

Our Directors

Thompson Smith and Puxon is a corporate partnership. There are currently 11 corporate partners: Julian G. Wilson Ltd,  Marcus J. S. Price Ltd,  Richard S. Porter Ltd, Mary Anne Fedeyko Ltd,  Steven J. Webb Ltd,  Claire Powell Ltd,  Nick Mayles Ltd, Stephen Firmin Ltd, Sharon Auton Ltd , Fiona M Ashworth Ltd and Kerry Addison Ltd.

As the names of the corporate partners suggest, 11 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 in 2010 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.


TSP in the community


Santa Fun Run 2016_WebThe Directors and Staff of TSP are very proud of our fundraising activities for both local and national charities and our involvement in the local community.

Many staff members undertake sponsored events and different activities throughout the year in support of different charities that are “close to their hearts”.

As well as supporting its staff with a donation for their fundraising activity the firm also sponsors events in the local community such as the West Bergholt Vehicle Show and the Rotary Club Stronger Together Military Choir Concert


Silly Sock Day 1

TSP Staff Getting involved

The Directors of TSP are keen supporters of individual staff activities. Our staff, of whom we are very proud, really are a very sporty fundraising bunch.  At Christmas 2016 a team of TSP Santas took part in the Santa Fun Run in Castle Park in aid of CoHoc. In 2017 Caroline Nicholls braved the mud for Clic Sargent, Richard Porter took part in the Big Sleep Out, Rob Ashworth is taking part in Race the Sun in aid of Action Medical Research for Children and Jo Jeavons is abseiling down Colchester Town Hall in aid of CoHoC.

From running the Colchester Half Marathon to jumping out of an aeroplane, many TSP staff are keen to get involved in fundraising activities and the firm’s Directors and Staff are also regularly involved in charity events hosted by our clients and contacts, for example entering teams in fundraising quizzes and charity golf days.

Our Directors and Staff regularly support internal charitable fundraising initiatives. During the last year staff have supported





Charitable Donations and Sponsorships

For a number of years now, the Directors of TSP have, in lieu of sending Christmas cards, donated to a number of local charities. At Christmas 2016 the firm donated to Age UK and in 2015 and 2014 the firm donated to CoHoC – the Colchester Hospitals Charity. In previous years the firm has donated to the Colchester Night Shelter and Headway.







The firm jointly sponsors, with Jamesons Accountants and Barclays Bank, a charity quiz every year. In 2017 over £2,500 was raised for the Dream 100 Kids Trust. The firm is also involved in sponsoring other community events, such as the Brantham Church Teddy Bear Parachute Jump, which this year raised a record breaking total of over £1000 and the annual Rotary Club’s School Choir competition. This year the firm has also sponsored the Clacton Rotary Airshow car park, which each year raises many thousands of pounds for charity.