Our History – 1900’s to 1990’s

The present firm of LDJ Solicitors LLP traces its origins to 1905 when Mr Walter .E. Lester commenced practice as a solicitor from small offices in Bridge Street, Nuneaton.

In January 1925, Mr Lester was joined by Mr Percy Dixon and Mr Frank Jeffcoate and the firm adopted the name of its three partners, Lester Dixon & Jeffcoate practicing from offices in Newdegate Square, Nuneaton until 1931 when the firm moved to larger premises at 21 Newdegate Street, Nuneaton.

In the mid 1950s, the emerging industrial estate of Exhall led to the opening of the Bedworth office in Church Walk to cater for the increasing need for legal services to the business sector, as well as the residential private client needs of Bedworth and Coventry.

By the late 1960s, the firm had out grown it’s head office in Newdegate Street, Nuneaton and so it moved to the present purpose built office in Dugdale Street, Nuneaton in the summer of 1971.

The firm’s family roots continued with Mr Lester’s son, Michael, and Mr Jeffcoate’s son, Tony, becoming partners, with the latter remaining at the firm until the early 1990’s.

(Pictured Top Left: Partners 1968 (L to R): Peter Jones, (Jeremy Lester), Michael Lester, Anthony A Jeffcoate and Robert Smith)

2000’s To The Present Day

The firm has continued to expand and the nucleus of the practice which now comprises 5 Partners and over 40 staff covering a broad spectrum of legal work, including complex commercial matters, advice concerning civil disputes, family matters and advice upon wills, tax planning and estates

The firm was the first in North Warwickshire to obtain a Public Funding Franchise and is proud to hold franchises from the Legal Aid Agency in Family, Employment and Housing Law. Another sign of commitment to providing a quality legal service to our clients.

The firm acquired the old-established practice of Hale Randle & Stevenson in April 2000, increasing its geographical coverage by the addition of the firm’s offices in Hinckley in order to compliment Nuneaton and Bedworth offices.

The opportunity to further expand the Hinckley office occurred with the acquisition of local practice T P Keith Oakey & Co in March 2001, providing a better location and a number of key personnel to broaden the services offered in Hinckley.

On the 4th September 2006, the firm officially changed its name to LDJ Solicitors (a name by which it had been known locally for many years).

In August 2011, the Partners took the decision to permanently close the Bedworth office. With all the advances in technology and communications, it was felt no longer necessary to retain an office in the Bedworth area.

On the 1st April 2016, the firm converted from a traditional Partnership to a Limited Liability Partnership. The business name is now LDJ Solicitors LLP, however, the firms trading name is still LDJ Solicitors. The firm is owned equity members, or partners as we still like to call them, all of whom are practising solicitors.

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