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Our History

Smith Partnership was formed on 1st October 1987 and now has 28 Partners and over 200 staff spread across its 8 offices. These are not only located in the three original centres of Burton upon Trent, Derby and Swadlincote, but now also in Stoke-on-Trent which opened in 1988 and Leicester which opened in 1999.

The founding Partners had a common belief that the route to success was in providing excellent service to clients and two of the six founding Partners, Peter Smith and Steven Mann are still with the firm. That principle has underpinned everything that the firm has achieved throughout its history and allied to a commitment to invest in technology and a recognition of its staff as its major asset has enabled the firm to grow to its present size.

Our Philosophy...

Smith Partnership was founded in 1987 by six friends who had a vision of a law firm that would treat its clients as real people. Since that time the firm has expanded and diversified from its roots as a high street firm but it has never lost that basic vision.

From its very beginning Smith Partnership has had a progressive culture which has built lasting relationships with clients and has driven growth and development.

The firm is proud of its reputation for openness and friendliness but it is also a firm of the highest professional standards, holding Investors in People Certification and being one of the first law firms in the UK to achieve Lexcel accreditation – the Law Society’s quality standard.

As important as these badges are as a recognition and a guide for new clients, they are only part of the story. The firm is committed to continuing to develop its services and products.

Whether this requires new methods of working – such as our web-based debt recovery system or bringing in specialised legal talent in new areas of law - Smith Partnership will continue to anticipate and serve the needs of its clients.

Smith Partnership is still managed by the people that founded the firm. They have been joined by a band of professionals who share their vision. This vision is centred on the needs of clients and has been the mainstay of the firm throughout its development.

Fashions in management and commercial culture have come and gone within the legal industry but Smith Partnership has always remained faithful to its vision.

This is because the vision of the firm is real and founded on belief in the value of people. That’s the people within the firm and clients. Smith Partnership is not about exploitation and the maximisation of profit at the expense of the client.

The firm’s professional advice and legal knowledge is unquestioned, as it is with many law firms, but we have always looked to give more. That’s why the firm has long relationships with clients. That’s the difference our clients have come to value and trust.