A history of practising law in Greenwich

The history of Grant Saw goes back to 1851, when a young man called Samuel Saw qualified as an Attorney of the Courts of Queens Bench. Deciding to set up and practise law, Greenwich was his first choice. From his home at 2 Bexley Place, now part of Greenwich High Road, he created the foundation of what was to become Grant Saw.

For the next 60 years, Samuel Saw headed the firm that carried his name, changing it to Saw & Sons when two of his sons, Samuel and Henry, joined him. In 1900, the practice moved to the upper floors of a building on the corner of Trafalgar Road and Whitworth Street, Greenwich. Downstairs was The London & County Bank, a client of the firm. Upstairs was the thriving law practice with the same mix of commercial and private clients that Grant Saw retains today.

When Samuel Saw Senior retired in 1912, Samuel Saw Junior continued to run the firm until his own retirement. A short time later, in 1956, a young solicitor called Geoffrey Grant joined the practice. In the 1960s, his name was added to that of the firm and Grant Saw was born. Although now retired, Geoffrey Grant remains in regular contact with us, having been a solicitor for over 50 years.

In 2005, Grant Saw expanded when it merged with Hudgell Yeates, a long-established practice in Blackheath. Founded by Maurice Hudgell in the late 1930s and having previously been called Hudgell Solicitors, the merger resulted in Grant Saw having 25 lawyers practising in Greenwich, with a similar number of support staff.

In 2011, the firm joined LawNet, a national network of about 70 law firms committed to quality and improving customer service.

In 2012 the firm opened a branch office in Blackheath

Grants Saw now has six partners and since 2007 has achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel Quality Standard, ISO 9001, CQS and WIQS accreditations.

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