About Curwens Solicitors
Curwens is the amalgamation, in the early 1970's, of Curwen Carter and Evans, Jessopp & Gough and Trefor R James. This amalgamated Partnership originally adopted the name of Curwen Jessopp and James but later, in May 1990, adopted the name Curwens.Jessopp and Gough is probably some 250 years old. We know that Joseph Jessop was a clerk to the General Court Barron for the Manor of Sewardstone in 1840 and the firm continued to provide a Clerk to the Court until the Court itself disappeared in 1965. Immediately after the War, Mr. W Edmondson was the Clerk to the Court and his son Michael Edmondson was a Partner in the firm.
Henry Brown Curwen and James Carter, two sole practitioners in Holborn, joined together in partnership in 1899. Thomas Evander Evans was taken on as an Articled Clerk in 1903 and later was taken into the Partnership which then became Curwen Carter and Evans. This practice had its main office in Grays Inn Square, Holborn until the early 1980s.
Trefor R James moved from South Wales and set up his practice in the Old Vestry Offices in Enfield in the late 1930's. His son, Wyndham James, took over the practice and later became Senior Partner of the amalgamated Partnership. He retired from practice at the end of 1999, after many years with the firm.
The established Enfield firm of Christos Wybrew also joined up with Curwens in 2011.
Many things about the law have changed since the days of Henry Brown Curwen and Joseph Jessop. But whilst the Curwens of today is proud of its up to date technology and the professionalism of its staff we are more than aware of the responsibility of being a good service to our clients and our community in this fast changing world.
Your Money in Our Care
In the course of acting for clients it is sometimes necessary for us to hold money on their behalf. When this is required such monies are deposited in nominated client accounts with an Authorised Deposit Taking Institutions. Our main client accounts are held at Barclays Bank Plc but we do hold amounts with other institutions. Whilst we endeavour to protect client money at all times we cannot be held responsible for the failure of a financial institution. In this unlikely event compensation is available under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). There is a limit to the FSCS compensation available (currently £75,000) and this applies to the individual client, so if they hold other personal monies with the same deposit-taking institution the limit applies to the total of those personal monies and their money held in our client account. The FSCS compensation is also limited to individuals and small companies, as defined by the Companies Act 2006.
Curwens is an member of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme. The Conveyancing Quality Scheme is a Law Society initiative to raise standards of service and efficiency in conveyancing. Proving your firm has met the standard is a rigorous process and only a relatively small number of firms have so far acheived this. Specific requirements help to reduce the risk of fraud by sham law firms and overall it establishes a high standard of integrity and consistency across member firms.
A rigorous and independent annual assessment ensures ongoing service excellence for you and all our clients. Curwens proudly displays the Lexcel mark awarded by the Law Society for meeting the highest standards in customer care and for maintaining best practices in relation to management of this firm.
As well as specialist teams of legal professionals, consultants, paralegals and trainees, the day to day operations of the company is entrusted to the competencies of our expert management team.