We are a rapidly expanding high street law firm with offices in the centre of Accrington, Barnoldswick, Blackburn, Bristol, Carlisle, Chorley, Clitheroe, Darwen, Great Harwood and Pontefract offering a full range of legal services to personal and commercial clients

The practice was formed following the merger in 2003 between Watsons Solicitors of Darwen and Ramsbottom & Co with offices in Darwen, Great Harwood and Blackburn. We later acquired Carters Solicitors in Pontefract, Quinn and Co in Chorley and Steele & Son with Bagot Heyes, which has offices in Clitheroe and Barnoldswick.  All of our offices have been established in their respective areas for decades and have acted for generations of clients to provide solutions for whatever the legal problem.

10 Offices and 225 members of staff across the UK

4841 New Build Transactions alone in 2022

97% of clients would recommend us to others

Throughout the last decade our Conveyancing Department has grown into one of the largest and most highly regarded in the UK. We have expanded out from our base in East Lancashire and are handling ever increasing numbers of Property transactions, which has led to us opening new offices in Pontefract, Carlisle and Bristol.

We have a particular expertise in New Build property transactions, with 42 staff now solely focussed on helping clients into new build properties. In 2022 our team helped 4841 clients into new build properties, and handled over £1.5bn worth of transactions.

Our staff understand clearly the additional considerations required when dealing with a property that is not yet built, and have detailed knowledge of the processes and requirements not as prevalent in second hand homes. We also have in depth knowledge of the various schemes designed to support the purchase of new build properties such as Help to Buy and Shared Ownership.

We are now recommended solicitors for most of the largest national developers in their Northwest and Yorkshire regions and also a number of regional developers.

Feedback from clients in overwhelmingly positive, with 97% of clients surveyed in 2022 rating our service as Good or Excellent, and the same figure stating they would be likely to recommend Watson Ramsbottom to others.

This sentiment is shared on public review sites, our scores sitting at 4.5* or above on all major public review platforms (Review Solicitors 4.8*, Trustpilot 4.9*, Facebook 4.5*, Google 4.5*, Yell 4.5*).

Clients of Watson Ramsbottom know. We are Human. We’ve Got Your Back.

Our Offices...

Carters Solicitors has been around a long time. Our office on Ropergate in Pontefract has been our home for over 100 years. 

In March 2024 we opened a second Carters office in Delph, just over the Pennines in Greater Manchester. 

pontefract delph

Now as part of Watson Ramsbottom, we also have ten further offices located throughout the UK. Click on the office below for further information, including contact details: 

Accrington blackburn barnoldswick bristol carlisle chorley clitheroe darwen great harwood Lytham