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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 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

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.   new-Lexcel-2col-logo


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).

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. Image6

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 12 corporate partners: Mary Anne Fedeyko Ltd,  Steven J. Webb Ltd,  Nick Mayles Ltd, Stephen Firmin Ltd, Fiona M Ashworth Ltd, Kerry Addison Ltd, Jolyon Berry Ltd, Robert Ashworth Ltd, Andrew Breckenridge Ltd, Hasina Choudhury Ltd, Louise Margiotta Ltd and Caroline Nicholls 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 Executive 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.

TSP in the community


The Directors and Staff of TSP are very proud of our fundraising activities and our involvement in the local community. Throughout 2022 the Firm’s Social Committee have a number of events organised in support of different charities raising funds for good causes.

Events include the Macmillan Coffee and Cake morning, Bake for Dementia, shared social lunches (where staff donate and purchase food) and Christmas Jumper Day  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 2021 the firm donated to Colchester Foodbank. Pictured is Head of Residential Property Laura Finnigan presenting the donation to a volunteer from the Foodbank.

TSP Staff Getting involved

Sudbury to the SeaThe Directors of TSP are keen supporters of staff fundraising activities on both a team and individual level. In previous years the Dispute Resolution team took part in the Sudbury to the Sea Event, raising money for the Tom Bowdidge Foundation. The firm have also entered a team in Birketts Race for Business, raising money for Little Haven’s Hospice and a team from our Clacton office completed the Pier to Pier walk in aid of St Helena Hospice.

Nicola Crisell Charity Skydive for Team AngusOur 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 2019 we supported Toby’s Wheeler Way Walk event, a race for people with disabilities and in June 2019 we jointly hosted a charity quiz raising over £2000, all in aid of Team Angus.

Charitable Donations and Sponsorships

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! We also support all of our professional contacts and clients, where we can, with their own fundraising activities, entering teams in quizzes and golf days.