Goughs Solicitors > Corsham, England > Firm Profile

Goughs Solicitors
SN13 9BH

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

Goughs Solicitors provides 'a first-rate service' to landed estates, sports clubs, SMEs, banks, lenders and commercial property portfolio holders. The team has experience in landlord and tenant matters, disposals, acquisitions and property finance work. Gemma Sumsion is also a key contact for property investment portfolio clients. She leads the practice with Andrew Given who specialises in land acquisitions. Senior associate Aimee Glover joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gemma Sumsion; Andrew Given

Other key lawyers:


‘The overall service from the development team is excellent. They are very responsive and deal with matters pragmatically. The knowledge base is excellent and they are nice people to deal with!’

‘Incredibly warm team that are easy to talk to and build relationships with. Their Development and Corporate teams work alongside each other to provide a seamless service for new development projects.’

‘There has always been a willingness to engage with clients and fellow professionals and provide a first-rate service and this is more evident today than ever before. Working with the team, we have been delighted to see how they have adapted to the needs of mutual clients in such uncertain times.’

‘The professional standard of the support we get from Goughs is second to none and they strike a perfect balance of advising, supporting and, when necessary, challenging us.’

‘Andrew Given, the partner in charge, is very responsive and excellent to work with.’

‘When working closely with Andrew Given and Gemma Sumsion, we feel confident that we are collaborating with professionals that can meet the needs of the client. Efficiency, a pro-active approach and good communication, underpinned by excellent technical knowledge.’

‘Providing a committed, focused service to clients.’

‘Andrew Given and Gemma Sumsion have been great to work with. Both very personable and hard working. Will go the extra mile to achieve a deal in a short space of time. They look after our interests without being too hard on the opposite parties – always looking for alternative solutions that work for everyone. Very thorough in their processes insuring potential issues aren’t missed.’

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

Tolnord Corporation

Respro (UK) Limited

Oakhurst Court Holdings Limited

Bath Demolition Holdings Limited

Stonewood Builders Holdings Limited

Healthmatic Limited

Renelec Limited

Corsham Town Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Tolnord Corporation  on an acquisition of a commercial property portfolio located in Wednesbury, West Midlands coupled with corporate re-finance.
  • Assisted Redcliffe Homes Limited  with the collaboration agreement with Crest Nicholson in relation to a multi-phased development of 1000 dwellings in South Chippenham.
  • Acting for Stonewood Partnerships Limited  in  a 44 unit site acquisition and collaboration agreement in Holt, Wiltshire.

Private client > Family Tier 4

Well regarded in the Wiltshire market, Goughs Solicitors acts on matters concerning matrimonial finance, private children's law, cohabitation law, coercive control cases and pensions on divorce. Matthew Drew heads up the team from Corsham, handling the firm's international matters and specialising in cases involving armed service members.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Drew

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Boyce; Richard Bebb


‘Dealing with a divorce on my own, with no family to help me, I have been so very grateful to all the team, at Goughs for being so approachable, supportive and caring.’

‘I conducted affairs with Goughs while abroad. At all times they were responsive, advice sound and reasonably priced with their fees.’

‘Matthew Drew is excellent at listening and interpreting his clients requirements.’

‘The financial remedies team has and keeps talent – many have been connected to the firms for years. They know their market and locality. The team is good value for the quality of work they do. I would say it is a firm that is underestimated.’

‘Tom Boyce would be a valued leader of any financial remedies team and in Matthew Drew and Richard Bebb Goughs have no lack of such. There is a good range of associates.’

‘An outstanding multi-site rural practice offering city firm quality.’

‘When the likes of Richard Bebb and Tom Boyce join a rural practice, the firms profile grows exponentially. They have the balance just right, contributing their city experience and expertise without any form of arrogance. Richard Bebb has built around him a first-rate team offering first-class and efficient service. ’

‘Goughs have a strong team across the board, with an excellent reputation, which attracts interesting and well-remunerated work at all levels of seniority. ’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

The team at Goughs Solicitors offers a full range of private client services, emphasising its strength in private wealth matters. Emma Taylor and Phillip Bolton lead the team from Devizes and Corsham respectively. Taylor focuses on complex estate planning and administration while Bolton focuses on private wealth.

Practice head(s):

Emma Taylor; Phillip Bolton

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Moir


‘Dawn Moir has always been most helpful with the advice she has given us. She is always very prompt in response to letters and emails and has been encouraging when we have had to wait for others to respond to answers which were beyond her control.’

‘Aside from being legally sound, they are conscientious and go the extra mile for clients, particularly during recent times. Emotional intelligence appears to be high throughout the team.’

‘I have worked with Philip Bolton for the past number of years and he strikes me as the ultimate professional whom you’d have no hesitations referring your best clients to.’

‘From my experience, the team at Goughs have always been, and continue to be, exceptionally approachable and more user-friendly than many other firms of solicitors that I have dealt with over the years. The team at Goughs are also very capable individuals, many of whom are highly skilled in their field and as a result, I am always more than happy to recommend any prospective clients to them.’

‘I hold Phillip Bolton in the highest regard due to his excellent knowledge and expertise in his particular area. He is always more than happy to help with any new enquiries that I might refer to him and feedback from clients whom I have referred to him is always excellent.’

‘What stands out for me is their professionalism overall. They are compassionate and polite and understanding under any circumstance. Clients are treated fairly and equally whatever the circumstance and the respect shown is particularly good in my opinion.’

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 

Family Matthew Drewmatthewdrew@goughs.co.uk01249 717877
Residential Property DawnMarie Moirdawnmariemoir@goughs.co.uk01225 781921
Family Thomas Boycethomasboyce@goughs.co.uk01249 450071
Private Client Emma Tayloremmataylor@goughs.co.uk01380 736654
Corporate & Commercial Gemma Sumsiongemmasumsion@goughs.co.uk01225 781926
Employment Rebecca Dennisrebeccadennis@goughs.co.uk01249 475885