History of Lester Aldridge

History is important in any business – it shows a commitment to its industry and its clients. We are proud of ours.

1796

LESTER ALDRIDGE ORIGINS

Lester Aldridge can trace its origins back to 1796

1988

LESTER ALDRIDGE MERGER

Merger of two large Bournemouth firms, Mooring Aldridge and Haydon with Lester and Russell

1989

BOURNEMOUTH OFFICE BUILT

Russell House, an eight floor office is built in Bournemouth for LA. The foundation stone is laid by the Right Honourable Michael Heseltine MP

1990

LESTER ALDRIDGE NEW OFFICES

Lester Aldridge moves into their new offices at Russell House

2000

A NEW MANAGING PARTNER

Roger Woolley becomes Managing Partner

2001

NEW OFFICES IN SOUTHAMPTON

LA opens a Southampton office with a marine and commercial property emphasis

2001

A NEW CHAIRMAN FOR LA

Jeremy Allin becomes Chairman

2002

LA JOINS MSI GLOBAL ALLIANCE

LA joins MSI Global Alliance, an international association of accountancy and law firms, with over 250 members in over 100 countries

2004

A MERGER WITH PARK NELSON

LA merges with Park Nelson and opens a London office in Dorset Rise

2004/2005

100 BEST COMPANIES

LA recognised as one of the best employers in the country in The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For

2006

A NEW MANAGING PARTNER

Michael Giddins becomes Managing Partner

2007

TRADITIONAL BECOMES LIMITED

Changed from a traditional partnership to that of a limited liability partnership as part of a financial review

2007

LEXCEL ACCREDITATION

LA first achieves Lexcel accreditation

2008

Two Ticks STATUS AWARDED

LA achieved the Two Ticks status from Jobcentre Plus in 2008, which recognised our positive commitment regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people.

2011

MOVE TO CHANCERY LANE

LA moves to a larger London office at 70 Chancery Lane

2011

NEW CHAIRMAN ANNOUNCED

Roger Woolley becomes Chairman.

2013

MANAGING PARTNER

Michael Giddins re-appointed as Managing Partner

2015

NEW LONDON ADDRESS

1 King Street, London, EC2V 8AU

2017

MEDALLION SIGNATURE GUARANTEE LAUNCH

Lester Aldridge becomes first law firm in the UK to be authorised to act as guarantors under the US Medallion Signature Guarantee STAMP programme.

2018

NEW LONDON ADDRESS

85 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NQ

2018

A NEW MANAGING PARTNER

Matthew Barrow becomes Managing Partner at LA.