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About us

Tees provides business legal services, personal legal services, and independent financial advice - from our six offices in the East of England. We are a 375-strong firm, turning over £26million and knocking on the door of the UK’s top 100 law firms. Six of our departments are ranked in the top tier of Legal 500.

Get in touch or call us on 0800 0131165

We're committed to helping you to a better future. Come and see us in one of our six offices in: Bishop's Stortford, Brentwood, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Royston and Saffron Walden.

Our offices

We understand that sorting out legal issues and finances can be a headache, so we do our utmost to get a resolution for you as quickly as possible – and we’re friendly too!

Our senior people have many years' experience. They're always on hand to advise on your case and they share their knowledge with younger lawyers.

Our award-winning trainee scheme is a testament to the depth of quality you’ll find at Tees; quality you can benefit from whether you’re a client or you want to build your career with us.

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Legal 500 Top Tier 2024

The Legal 500 independently analyses the capabilities of law firms, highlighting the practice area teams that are providing “the most cutting-edge and innovative advice” to their clients. It's published each year and is researched and written by an independent team, who talks to real clients as part of their assessment process.

You can see our listing here UK Legal 500 2024 directory.  Tees is recommended in 27 practice areas with six departments rated in the Top Tier 1 category:

  • South East - Private Client - Agriculture and Estates
  • South East - Commercial Property - Essex
  • East Anglia - Insurance - Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence – Claimant
  • East Anglia - Contentious Trusts & Probate
  • South East - Private client - Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
  • South East - Private client - Personal tax, trusts and probate: Essex

Catherine Mowat is listed in the Hall of Fame. Eight solicitors are named as Leading Individuals, five are Next Generation Partners, seven are Rising Stars, and 46 lawyers are highlighted as Recommended Lawyers. 

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Our guiding principles

  • easy to talk to - we talk openly, honestly and with empathy to build trust. No matter how complex your situation, we provide straightforward, jargon-free advice. We keep in touch with you regularly with updates and reassurance.
  • long-term solutions for a better future—we love it when we can spot an opportunity to improve your future prospects. That is for the long term, not just the immediate situation. Drawing on our years of experience, we're driven to anticipate your likely needs and share our insights about how you could have an even better future—for yourself, your family, and your business.
  • dedicated client care team - our legal and financial experts work with client care teams to ensure your matter progresses smoothly and swiftly. The people in your client care team will reach out to you at regular intervals with updates. They will be knowledgeable about your case, so if you want, you can always call them for an update or a bit of reassurance, if you wish.
  • at the heart of the community - Our business is built on long-standing relationships with the communities where we have our offices.

Please read about our Better Future Funds projects

Please scroll down to the end of the page to enjoy our video: we hope you'll see our enthusiasm for building lasting relationships with you while we help you achieve your goals.

Our social responsibility

Better Future Fund
We offer grants of up to £5,000 for projects that support learning and education and promote good health and well-being.
Community sponsorship
Being engaged with our local community is key to us which is why we take pride in sponsoring a range of local sports teams.
Sharing our space and expertise
We provide our space and expertise within the local community by offering meeting rooms to local charities and projects and providing pro bono work.
Volunteering day
Giving back by volunteering gives local organisations and charities access to resources they otherwise may not have the financial means to benefit from.

What our clients say

John Latham


The Latham family have used Tees Solicitors and Catherine Mowat over many years. Their and her advice has always been, sound, constructive, and highly professional. Catherine offers a personal service, delivered within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We always respect her judgement, opinion and advice.

Bursar, Brentwood School


Thank you very much for all your hard work on what has been a protracted and difficult sale, particularly conducted at a distance.

Mr Lawrance Lucas

Hunsdon, Herts

I'm very grateful for the professional service that everyone at Tees has shown me: Cathy Izzard who drew up my late mother’s Will and obtained probate; Toni Chalmers-Smith for care fees planning and Allan Wright for the conveyancing. They're knowledgeable, approachable and have empathy.

Mr Jason Herring, Benfleet Forwarding Ltd


It has been a pleasure working with Lucy Folley and her team. Lucy’s understanding of the complicated process of selling a business became the overriding factor in reaching a completion. Lucy’s guidance and support to all shareholders throughout the sale process has been greatly appreciated.

The Fisher family

Janine works with empathy, understanding and compassion. She handled our mother's inquest with skill and sensitivity and guided us expertly. She kept us informed continually via email and multiple meetings and phone calls. Janine completely took the sting and the stress out of our case.

Mr G

Bishop's Stortford

You did a great job countering barristers engaged by my then wife, to conclude a reasonable settlement for me at the Court. Thanks very much for your help and advice all those years ago - it has proven to be excellent!

V. Smyth

Bishop's Stortford

A huge thank you to Caroline. I can't thank you enough. I honestly never thought I would ever see any of my money again. When I told my children last night the first thing they said was "what a wonderful solicitor to have." I'm so very grateful and very happy. You are a real lifesaver.

Mrs Mary Pope


Toni Chalmers-Smith and her colleagues define "where there's a will there's a way". Toni demonstrated tenacity, drive and an ability to think round problems and find solutions to deliver a result. Toni and the team at Tees are a must for anyone considering financial advice.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I contact Tees?

To contact Tees, you can phone us on 0800 013 1165 or email If you need to speak with a particular person, you'll find their contact details on the 'Our People' section. 

Or fill in our short contact form
Where is your office?

Tees has six offices - Bishop's Stortford, Brentwood, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Royston and Saffron Walden. We're happy to see you at the office of your choice, and our solicitors or financial advisers can travel to an office that suits you. You can find directions on the link below.

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Is there parking at your office?

Yes - four of our offices have parking onsite for your convience and the other two have it very nearby.

Offices with parking onsite are: Bishop's Stortford, Brentwood, Cambridge and Chelmsford.

Saffron Walden and Royston office have public car parks a short walk away.

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