Goughs Solicitors > Corsham, England > Firm Profile

Goughs Solicitors
SN13 9BH

Private client > Family Tier 3

Goughs Solicitors handles a breadth of family law matters, including divorce, matrimonial finance, TOLATA claims and private child law, and is praised for its 'personal and impeccable' service. The team is led by Thomas Boyce and Ross Phillips. The 'highly intelligent and calm under pressure' Boyce has long standing experience dealing with complex litigation. Phillips' specialisms include TOLATA and nuptial agreements - he is known for his 'tactical awareness, tenacity and commercially sensitive approach to complex cases'.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Boyce; Ross Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Drew; Eleanor Wood; Natalie Kemp


‘A small, friendly, accessible practice that treats clients with compassion and warmth during what is for most, unchartered territory.’

‘Matthew Drew gave me excellent advice and helped steer me during a difficult time. The information he provided was clear and concise, allowing me to make decisions that I felt comfortable with.’

‘The service that I have received from Goughs has been superb. Throughout the process I am kept up to date on all communication . The ease of communication means that there is never the situation where information is missed.’

‘Eleanor Wood is a very clear and caring person who looks at the bigger picture.’

‘The practice is very unique in that the service is so personal and impeccable. Attention is given to ALL detail and communication is frequent and timely.’

‘Natalie Kemp has been outstanding from start to finish, holding my hand all the way through a complex maize of legal issues which I had never encountered before.’

‘I found them very adaptable and able to handle a number of demands across difference service lines – there was always an expert on hand to deal with emerging situations.’

‘Goughs are a superb west country team, the family department is particularly impressive. The team ethic there does stand out in the way they work’

Work highlights

    Real estate > Commercial property: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 3

    Providing an ‘equally high level of service regardless of the scale of the job and the fee attached to it’, Goughs Solicitors covers a broad range of commercial property matters, including landlord and tenant work, acquisitions, disposal and property investment. Gemma Sumsion leads the practice together with head of land and development Andrew Given. Senior associate Aimee Glover regularly acts for national housebuilders, local planning authorities, as well as highway authorities.

    Practice head(s):

    Gemma Sumsion; Andrew Given

    Other key lawyers:


    ‘Goughs provides an equally high level of service regardless of the scale of the job and the fee attached to it. They are a multi-disciplinary practice where the individual specialists communicate well between departments.’

    ‘The property team is very responsive and efficient. They are also very nice people to deal with!’

    ‘Andrew Given is the partner in charge of the development team and has a very professional approach to his work, as well as being friendly and approachable. The sense of a cohesive team under his leadership is palpable.’

    ‘The team are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. They are well respected locally.’

    ‘Andrew Given and Gemma Sumsion both have a fantastic depth of experience. They are also both personable and approachable to their clients. Their values shine through the rest of their team, and everyone we have worked with has upheld the same principles and have been enjoyable to work with.’

    ‘Andrew Given is an excellent solicitor with an in-depth knowledge of land and development transactions. He is used by developers and private individuals alike.’

    ‘I have found Andrew Given to be uniquely commercial in his approach to development land sales insofar as he is aware of the financial and practical implications of a particular deal structure, beyond just the legal implications, and how this will impact a client.’

    Key clients

    Redcliffe Homes Limited

    Stonewood Homes Limited

    Stonewood Partnerships Limited

    Whitecroft Developments Limited

    Charlcombe Homes Limited

    Princeton Homes Limited

    Calibre Homes (SW) Limited

    Loxton Land Limited

    Development 6 Limited

    Colburn Homes Limited

    Clayewater Homes Limited

    Cadmus Rock Limited

    Thomas Homes Limited

    Chatleigh Limited

    Chapter One Developments

    Tolnord Corporation

    Oakhurst Court Holdings Limited

    Bath Demolition Holdings Limited

    Stonewood Builders Holdings Limited

    Healthmatic Limited

    Renelec Limited

    Corsham Town Council

    Renelec Construction Limited (part of Renelec Group Limited) and Handelsbanken PLC

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Renelec Construction Limited on the acquisition of an agricultural barn on the fringes of a fully developed site in Wantage with the benefit of planning and now looking at financing the development of the barn.
    • Acting for Stonewood Partnerships Limited on a 30+ unit site acquisition in North Somerset together with investment funding from the Housing Growth Partnership.
    • Continuing to act for Redcliffe Homes Limited on a collaboration agreement with Crest Nicholson in relation to a multi phased development of 1,000 dwellings in south Chippenham, Wiltshire with first phase acquisition now complete.

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

    Areas of expertise at Goughs Solicitors include wealth preservation, succession planning and tax mitigation. Emma Taylor and Phillip Bolton lead the practice together. Associate Alexine Moran joined the team from Davey Law.

    Practice head(s):

    Emma Taylor; Phillip Bolton

    Other key lawyers:

    Dawn Moir; Alexine Moran; Trish Watkins


    ‘Goughs gives outstanding customer satisfaction. They are very approachable, reliable, courteous and informed. I would recommend Goughs to anyone.’

    ‘Client orientated; they ensure the client is well informed with easy to read documents.’

    ‘Personable – the client always comes first.’

    Work highlights

      Goughs Solicitors was established in 1882 and, whilst it retains a strong link to the local community, it has evolved over the years into a modern and forward-thinking firm, providing a variety of legal services to both individuals and businesses. 

      Goughs has 7 offices across Wiltshire but has a client base that extends well beyond the county. We are proud of our excellent local reputation and are committed to meeting and exceeding our clients’ needs. Our mission is to provide excellent, trusted and truly personal legal services by being committed to our clients, our people and our communities. 

      Goughs has embraced the latest developments in IT and working practices in order to ensure that clients receive timely and informed responses. From the most complex disputes to the simplest transactions, we have specialist solicitors and legal advisers ready to provide high quality services. As a result, in 2021, Goughs was once again recognised as a Leading Firm by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

      Find out more by visiting www.goughs.co.uk 

      Residential Property DawnMarie Moirdawnmariemoir@goughs.co.uk01225 781921
      Family and Divorce Thomas Boycethomasboyce@goughs.co.uk01249 450071
      Private Client Emma Tayloremmataylor@goughs.co.uk01380 736654
      Corporate and Commercial Gemma Sumsiongemmasumsion@goughs.co.uk01225 781926
      Employment Rebecca Dennisrebeccadennis@goughs.co.uk01249 475885
      Armed Forces Mark Hoodmarkhood@goughs.co.uk 01225 781925
      Farming Thomas Boycethomasboyce@goughs.co.uk01249 450071
      Private Wealth Phillip Boltonphillipbolton@goughs.co.uk01249 717 883
      Real Estate Andrew Givenandrewgiven@goughs.co.uk 01249 717871


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      • Devizes, England
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      • Corsham, England
      • Chippenham, England
      • Melksham, England


      Private Client

      Trowbridge, England
      +5 other locations
      • Devizes, England
      • Calne, England
      • Corsham, England
      • Chippenham, England
      • Melksham, England


      Real estate

      Trowbridge, England
      +5 other locations
      • Devizes, England
      • Calne, England
      • Corsham, England
      • Chippenham, England
      • Melksham, England
      Phillip Bolton photoMr Phillip BoltonPartner & Head of Private Wealth
      Melissa  Bryant-Pearson photo Melissa Bryant-Pearson
      Matthew Drew photoMr Matthew DrewManaging Partner at Goughs
      Luchia Hirst photo Luchia Hirst
      Eleanor  Wood photoMs Eleanor WoodSenior Associate Solicitor in the Family department