Wilkinson Woodward Bearders

King Street 3-5
Brighouse, West Yorkshire

Since 1888

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Established in 1888, we're one of Brighouse's most trusted and established solicitors.

Our offices in Brighouse, Huddersfield and Halifax house a team of over thirty friendly lawyers with specialisms ranging from family law and mediation to wills, probate, commercial law and conveyancing.

Our lawyers are highly qualified and can offer the advice you need face-to-face, by phone or by email.

Most of us live locally and trained at Wilkinson Woodward, so our knowledge of the local community means we can offer the best quality service, at the right price, right on your doorstep.

By choosing us, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that the quality of our work is approved and monitored by the Legal Services Commission and the Law Society. We hold their accreditations for the work that we do.


Lawyer - Licenced Conveyancer
Lawyer - Licenced Conveyancer


Richard Smithies
Richard joined Bearders in 1973, opening the Brighouse Office in 1977 and carries out a wide range of legal work. He advises on Wills, Probate including contentious Probate, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Conveyancing both Residential and Commercial as well as boundary disputes.
Richard is Chair of The Bearder Charity set up by the late John Bearder in 1992 to benefit the residents of Calderdale. He is also a committee member of the Private Client Section of the Law Society.

Christine Hardisty
Christine deals with residential conveyancing matters including sales, purchases, transfer of equity and re-mortgages.

Liza Pickles
Liza Pickles has spent over 20 years working as a paralegal specialising in family law, dealing with every aspect including divorce, financial settlements and issues regarding children.

While she still relishes the challenges of family law, Liza has built on her existing skills and experience and has recently become a trained mediator. Her development in this area comes from her belief that mediation can play a central role in preventing conflicts following family breakdowns from ending up in court.


Children Panel Accreditation Scheme
Family Law Accreditation Scheme
Family Law Accreditation Scheme (advanced)
Family Mediation Accreditation Scheme
Higher Courts Rights of Audience

Area of Business

Family law
Employment law and settlement agreements
Wills, probate, trusts and estates
Dispute resolution
Personal injury
Commercial law
Criminal law


At the start of each job, we'll explain to you how our costs work and how you'll be charged.

We can offer fixed-fee work and no win no fee arrangements in appropriate cases. Sometimes Legal Aid (Public Funding) may be available.

Initial appointments are free.