East Kent solicitors Boys & Maughan and Gardner Croft merger plans

Merger: Jonathan da Costa, Richard Durrant, Andrew Baker, Tim Townsend, Stephanie Power and Richard Giles outside Gardner Croft’s offices in Castle Street, Canterbury.

Thanet and Canterbury solicitors firm Boys & Maughan has announced a merger the city’s Gardner Croft  which will complete on May 2.

The amalgamated practice will have 180 staff, initially spread across seven sites, including Gardner Croft’s Grade II listed offices at 2 Castle Street, Canterbury. In the summer some personnel will move when Boys & Maughan’s Broad Street office, opposite Canterbury City Wall, is set to close. Both business names will be retained at Castle Street, which will trade as Boys & Maughan Incorporating Gardner Croft.

Boys & Maughan Solicitors Senior Partner, Andrew Baker, said: “We are delighted to share the news of our merger with Gardner Croft. Expanding in this way bolsters our offering across several key areas and will enhance our service to clients.

“Gardner Croft’s staff are highly respected and their business aligns exceptionally well with our values and approach to legal work. Combining the depth of experience and expertise of our partnerships in a single move also accelerates the future stability of our respective practices.”

Tim Townsend, Managing Partner at Gardner Croft Solicitors, said: “The tie-up with Boys & Maughan creates new opportunities for all concerned. We have been lucky enough to assemble a fantastic set of lawyers and support staff, and I’m very much looking forward to watching them develop with, and contribute to, the success of Boys & Maughan.”

Tim Townsend, Richard Giles and Joanna Illingworth, the current partners with Gardner Croft, will continue to practise after the merger and become partners in the amalgamated firm.

Boys & Maughan has worked in East Kent since 1803. It has offices in Birchington, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Margate and Ramsgate. Gardner Croft was established a century later in 1900 and moved to its Castle Street premises in 1955.

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