rutters 180 years old

180 years ago Queen Victoria took the throne and Shaftesbury printer John Rutter founded Rutters Solicitors. Since then Rutters has been providing legal advice to individuals and businesses locally and further afield and are proud to be North Dorset’s longest standing firm of solicitors.

The firm is run by two partners, Duncan Weir and James Wood, supported by Derek Rowntree who is now a consultant, after 34 years of Partnership at the firm. The firm currently employs over 20 staff over their two offices in Shaftesbury and Gillingham. Rutters provide a range of legal services including residential and commercial conveyancing; wills; trusts and inheritance tax advice; Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work; commercial services; divorce and separation; and Civil Ligation and dispute resolution including employment disputes.

Duncan Weir said “There is no secret formula to the firm’s longstanding success. It is simply down to providing excellent legal advice that is reasonably priced. This ethos dates back to the very beginning when Quaker and founder John Rutter was fighting for the ordinary man.” James Wood said “Our longevity is a huge achievement and testament to our commitment to providing an excellent service to our clients. We would like to thank our clients and staff for enabling us to reach such a landmark.”