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Cockertons and Taylor&Emmet Merger Offers Free Family Law Advice

posted Feb 19, 2014, 1:12 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Feb 19, 2014, 1:30 PM ]
Longstanding Bakewell solicitors, Cockertons, is merging with Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP in a move that will strengthen both brands. 

The link up sees Cockertons become a division of Taylor&Emmet, giving North Derbyshire residents local access to a much wider range of legal services. 

Cockertons is to retain its own identity and client base and all 17 employees are to remain at its Bridge Street offices. Partner, Richard Kay, joins Taylor&Emmet’s board, whilst Michael Cockerton will act as a consultant, following his retirement at the end of last year. 

Richard said: “Taylor&Emmet is well respected and successful, with an excellent reputation for the delivery of high quality legal services. Although this merger sees us become part of a larger firm, it will not change the relationship we have with clients or our local focus. It will simply enable Cockertons to offer Bakewell and the surrounding areas professional advice on a much broader scale.” 

Experts from Taylor&Emmet’s corporate and personal teams will be available to meet clients at Cockertons’ office, expanding the firm’s remit to include family law, personal injury and clinical negligence, as well as enhancing its current business legal services, residential conveyancing, probate work and general litigation. 

John Outram, a partner at Taylor&Emmet, added: “We are very pleased to welcome Richard and his colleagues at Cockertons to the team. The two firms differ in size, but we share a common commitment to providing professional and personal legal services. We are both deeply rooted in the communities we serve and believe, together, we can develop a thriving business across Sheffield and the Peak District.” 

Taylor&Emmet operates from headquarters on Arundel Gate in Sheffield, along with local branches in the Ecclesall Road area of the city and in the neighbouring town of Dronfield. 

For more information about the business and personal legal services offered by Cockertons, telephone (01629) 812613, visit or follow the firm on Twitter, @tayloremmet.