Firm Profile > Wards Solicitors LLP > Bristol City Centre, England

Wards Solicitors LLP

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

Wards Solicitors LLP advises on claims arising from the delayed diagnosis of cancer, failure to identify and repair nerve and tendon damage to body parts, negligent surgery for haemorrhoids, claims for bowel perforation in surgery, as well as substandard surgeries and treatments leading to death. Other litigations involve cases of inadequate provision of antenatal care, resulting in trauma and development of post-natal depression.

Practice head(s):

Alison Underhill


The firm is committed to client are and offers an efficient management of claims. Alison Underhill is highly recommended.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Wards Solicitors LLP has a track record of work on high-value disputes over wills, trusts and probate. Practice head Elizabeth Fry regularly represents private and business clients on disputes relating to the Inheritance Act; the practice also handles cross-jurisdictional issues, including the assessment of the validity of wills, the sale of property belonging to deceased family members, and property transaction reviews.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Fry

Other key lawyers:

Ian Williamson


‘Wards have a unique network of small local offices around Bristol and the West, from which they attract a large amount of private client work of good quality. They have specialists in property and wills/probate litigation who are very good at handling this work.’

‘Over the years I have needed legal advice on a range of matters and have never hesitated to use Wards. Every team member in whichever discipline has always proved to be not only an expert in their field but very reactive to the exact needs of the client.’

‘Quick to respond and always available in times of need. In addition I am constantly impressed by the standard of service provided by the secretarial team. Always responsive and aware of the subject matter. Although the firm has grown in size over the years and expanded across the region the service provided still has the feel of being unique to the individual who is in need of their help.

‘Legal advice with just the right amount of empathy for the client.’

‘Extremely empathetic, professional and very approachable.’

‘This team at Wards immediately gave me a high level of confidence and demonstrated that they were the right people to deal with my contentious probate case. The team lead listened carefully to my needs and thoroughly assessed the case and identified the issues to be addressed and developed a strategy to move forward. Actions taken are swift and produce results in a timely way. Advice is well balanced with risk assessment and options costed and clearly presented. The team are all committed to providing a very high standard and focus to the customer needs.’

‘From the date of our initial meeting until our case was settled the team always showed real empathy with our situation and were able to cut through the emotions we often showed to get at the real facts behind the case. We were always treated with the utmost honesty and were able to make good decisions following their advice. They were able to bring the matter to a satisfactory conclusion for us at a reasonable cost and we are very grateful for this.’

‘Elizabeth Fry and Ian Williamson are both very experienced and knowledgeable in private client and estates matters, very good at identifying issues and conducting cases.’

‘Ian Williamson was calm personified when dealing with me , a client who was at times, overwrought with the emotion of the situation. He was patient and kind and was always able to remove the emotion from the dialogue so as to provide the most cost-effective way of resolving the situation. He has clearly honed his skills over many years of practice and I was astounded by the level of his pragmatism.

‘Ian Williamson and calm and unflappable and gives you his best advice even if you cannot always see it straight off through the emotional fog.’

‘Elizabeth Fry is a very compassionate, understanding and non judgemental person.’

‘The experience is personal, professional and responses to my requests have been swiftly dealt with. There is clearly a stong well motivated team here.’

‘Both Elizabeth Fry and Ian Williamson are outstanding in their area of expertise, a privilege and pleasure to work with and give me absolute confidence they are the right people to advise and help me deal with my difficult case.’ 

Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Wards Solicitors LLP regularly advises on claims arising from fatal road traffic accidents, workplace injuries and injuries caused by dog attacks. The ‘excellent’ practice head provides ‘professional advice in a supportive manner’ and advises on fatal accident claims, psychological injuries resulting from assaults at work as well as on injuries resulting from trips and slips causing fractures and facial injuries.

Practice head(s):

Alison Underhill


The team provides thoroughly professional, honest and helpful advice.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Wards Solicitors LLP provides legal advice to local businesses, high-net-worth individuals and wealthy families on inheritance tax planning and reduction, the establishment and administration of trusts, charitable exemptions and on the updating of wills. The firm is also experienced in assisting elderly and vulnerable clients with asset protection as well as with the securing of care home funding.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Pierce

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Wareham; Tom Scoffham; Rebecca Purchase; Ruth Coles


‘A very professional and friendly service in respect of will updating and rewriting as well as with regards to the preparation of LPAs’

‘Ruth Coles dealt with matters in an efficient and timely manner and has always been proactive in keeping me up to date.’

‘Rebecca Purchase’s reassuring, professional and sympathetic manner helped enormously.’

Wards Solicitors LLP stands out in the South West as a firm with a strong local heritage, going back more than 100 years, combined with a forward thinking and progressive approach to the law. It prides itself on developing close, supportive relationships with private clients and SME’s whilst delivering superb quality and value. The consistently high number of personal recommendations and excellent satisfaction levels reflect this.

Wards Solicitors’ has a deep sector knowledge of conveyancing and with more than 7,000 residential and commercial conveyances annually, a reputation for excellence. With 11 offices across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset, it has also established one of the largest wills, probate and mental capacity teams in the region, including specialist contentious and court of protection teams, a notary public and a growing name for medical negligence and accident and injury claims.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Elizabeth Fry  photo Elizabeth Fry Elizabeth Fry is Partner and Head of the Disputes Team at Wards…
 Mary Harty  photo Mary Harty Mary Harty, Partner, specialises in Wills & Probate, in particular the creation…
 Alison Lamont  photo Alison Lamont Alison Lamont, Partner, has specialised in Court of Protection, financial Deputyship and…
 Joseph Nicholls  photo Joseph Nicholls Joseph Nicholls is a Partner and Head of Employment. He practises exclusively…
 Jenny Pierce  photo Jenny Pierce Jenny Pierce, Partner, is Head of the Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity…
 Ian Williamson  photo Ian Williamson Ian Williamson is a partner in the firm’s disputes team, based in…