Town centre legal business undergoes refurbishment

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One of Brighouse’s most established businesses is undergoing an extensive transformation following its merger with a leading Calderdale law firm.

Bearders Solicitors, which was first established in the 1920s, has begun a comprehensive refurbishment of its King Street offices following a recent partnership with Wilkinson Woodward, which also has offices in Huddersfield and Halifax.

The work includes a new shop front, as well as remodelling and refurbishment of the reception area and office space. The shop front was replaced over the Christmas period and new signage will be installed later this month. The office will remain open for business throughout the refurbishment.

Richard Smithies, of Wilkinson Woodward Bearders’ Brighouse office, said, “Bearders has been providing legal services to communities across Calderdale for almost a century. As Wilkinson Woodward Bearders, we’re looking forward to providing a more modern and welcoming environment for both new and existing clients.”

Bearders was established in 1920 by Harold Bearder. In 1946 he was joined by his son, philanthropic solicitor John Alfred Bearder and in 1977, Richard Smithies opened Bearders’ office in King Street.

The Brighouse premises are home to the Bearder Charity, set up by John Bearder to benefit the people of Calderdale, making annual grants totalling £120,000.