Bells Solicitors

South Street 11
Farnham, Surrey

Since 1893

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Bells and its predecessors have been providing legal advice in the Farnham area and beyond for nearly 300 years, making us one of the oldest firms of solicitors in the world. The firm offices in South Street have been our home since 1893.

Our approach is a healthy mix of the progressive and traditional. There is a lot to be said for the solicitor as a man of affairs and we believe that a provincial firm like ours should continue to exercise that role. Accordingly, whilst many solicitors increasingly restrict their services to areas of law, we have chosen to reverse that trend and expand our range of expertise. In addition to a full range of legal services we therefore also offer estate agency via our sister firm, bells potter estate agents, and financial planning advice.

Of the 9,000 or so firms of solicitors in England and Wales only about 300 are authorised by the Financial Services Authority. We are one of them. The vast majority of legal transactions involve a financial element and we believe that only by offering financial advice can we provide our clients with a joined-up, comprehensive service. Our clients agree.


Lawyer - Solicitor


The firm is headed up by Dermot Burke the Senior Partner:

Employment, contentious probate, professional negligence, partnerships, high value litigation and litigation with a technical bias. Member of the Law Society's Professional Negligence Panel.

The other Partners are Jeremy Cave:

Commercial agreements, business sales and purchases, leasehold and freehold property.

Fiona Dutton:

Divorce, Matrimonial Finance, Children issues and all aspects of Family Law. Member of the Solicitors Family Law Association, 'Resolution'.

The partners are heading a team of 40 highly trained and enthusiastic Lawyers and support staff.


Regulated by The Solicitors Regulation Authority and The Financial Services Authority.

Area of Business

Legal Services:

Residential Property

Dispute Resolution


Wills, Probate, Trusts



Commercial Property

Financial Services


No Legal Aid

Conveyancing fees are charged in bands dictated by the selling price.

Our reputation in all these areas is excellent - we consistently above our weight. The key to our success is our staff. All are carefully recruited and trained, and whilst many have trained in London, they are predominantly local residents who have an intimate knowledge of the local environment, business concerns and wider issues. Each provides advice in his or her specialist areas only in this way we are able, as a firm, to offer all the advice given by the traditional of affairs in days past, but via a tight-knit group of highly-skilled advisers rather than one individual.

Whilst the standard of our work compares favourably with London and other regional firms our hourly rates are much lower, as you would expect. Many of our larger clients use us for day-to-day work whilst employing other specialist firms for a particular project or area of work e.g. a major commercial acquisition, a stock market flotation or patent applications.