Firm Profile > Wansbroughs > Devizes, England

SN10 1JX

Personal injury: defendant Tier 3

Wansbroughs primarily deals with the defence of claims brought against local authorities and other public institutions such as the police, fire services and corporate clients. The 'knowledgeable and hugely experienced' Robert Hams provides ‘an exceptional and unrivalled service’ when defending stress, bullying and harassment claims. The firm also assists with property-related compensation, detention and employers‘ liability claims. In addition, the practice deals with fatal accident claims.

Practice head(s):

Robert Hams


Advice is always provided promptly and in a useful and friendly format.

The practice is highly experienced, flexible, reactive and detailed.

The personal touch that the team brings to the table is very much apparent in any dealings with it. The team is always happy to come to the rescue if there is a crisis at the client‘s end.

The firm is highly respected by its client and determined to fight for their cause.

The work is completed quickly and to a very high standard. It provides a realistic assessment of the merits.

The team is professional and supportive.

There is a strong ethos of excellence throughout the practice group.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Wansbroughs offers technical advice on the establishment of trusts and tax planning, particularly concerning inheritance tax and capital gains tax. The firm also advises on the ongoing administration of trusts after their establishment. Matters regarding family trusts, estates and tax planning regularly carry a cross-border aspect. The practice’s client base involves trustees, executors, landowners, agricultural clients, business owners, elderly and vulnerable clients as well as high-net-worth individuals and families.

Practice head(s):

Alan Ciechan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Jenkins; Anna Wensley Stock


Wansbroughs’ strength is a long and illustrious tradition of providing private client advice coupled with a modern and practical approach

Wansbroughs compares very favourably even compared to high-profile London firms

They have big clients with complex needs and lawyers who can deal with that

Andrew Jenkins is a highly able and instinctive private client lawyer. He is very thorough and careful but also a deal-maker and a negotiator where necessary, bringing into play his skills and litigation experience

Alan Ciechan is a very well-respected legal brain

Anna Wensley Stock has a razor-sharp legal mind

Anna Wensley Stock is a trust and estate planning expert who can relate to clients and turns around work promptly

Wansbroughs, a leading law firm in central Wiltshire, is a modern commercial practice with a national footprint. Wansbroughs has developed a strong client base and established a reputation for conducting work more commonly associated with much larger practices. Originally, the firm was part of Wansbroughs in Bristol. It has been independent since 1989 and has grown rapidly since then to over 100 staff and 17 partners.

The firm:  offers a wide range of legal services to private clients and businesses and is recognised for its expertise in insurance litigation, defending claims against local authorities, public bodies and commercial clients. Wansbroughs has developed a strong client base and offer a wide range of tailored legal services.  The firm has a highly collegial environment with a fresh approach to client care and service levels.

Types of work undertaken:  the firm provides services to a wide range of organisations in a variety of sectors dealing with regional, national and international businesses, and private clients.

Insurance litigation: the firm’s highly regarded insurance litigation team has a strong reputation, representing public sector clients on a national level, directly or instructed as panel by their insurers. The team specialises in defending all claims brought against local authorities, police and fire services, housing associations, educational institutions, other public bodies and commercial clients.

Private client: complex wills, trusts, tax and probate matters and high-end residential conveyancing are specialities of the private client teams, with recognised expertise in estate planning for large landed estates and agricultural clients, literary estates and business owners.

Business and corporate: this specialist team provides full support on the formation and reorganisation of all business structures (in particular Partnerships and SMEs), acquisitions and sales, and the running of a business, including advice and representation in connection with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment matters and civil disputes.

Commercial property: the team has in-depth expertise in a wide range of areas and can assist with all your commercial property requirements including sales, purchases, landlord and tenant matters, agricultural property matters and development work.

Residential property: the team deals with a very broad range of matters, from leasehold flats to landed estates; from city-based landlord and tenant work to rural property issues.

Family:  the firm has an experienced team of specialist family lawyers including a collaborative law practitioner, children panel member and an agricultural family finance specialist. The team are well equipped to deal with all private family law matters including financial remedy work, complex children matters and cohabitation disputes. Our lawyers will regularly act for high net worth clients and provide expert advice relating to complex asset structures. The team also boast a highly respected public law team who represent parents and Children’s Guardians in cases involving complex issues such as non-accidental injuries, international and jurisdiction elements and child exploitation.

Recruitment: two high-calibre graduates gain training contracts each year. Full details are available on the website.


Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Alan Ciechan
Insurance Litigation Robert Hams
Private Client Alan Ciechan
Business and Corporate Oliver Price
Commercial Property Neil Patterson
Residential Property Matthew Life
Family Naomi Owen
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sarah Alexander  photo Sarah Alexander Sarah is a Partner specialising in all types of residential property work.
 Emily Anderson  photo Emily Anderson Emily is a Partner with a great deal of experience in administering…
 Tom Britten  photo Tom Britten Tom is an Associate Solicitor in the Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate…
 Jonathan Bruton  photo Jonathan Bruton Jonathan is a Partner with a broad experience of all aspects of…
 Alan Ciechan  photo Alan Ciechan Alan is Chairman and Partner with over 30 years experience advising on…
 Rob Hams  photo Rob Hams Robert is a Partner with over 30 years experience of defending civil…
 Laura Ingram Hill  photo Laura Ingram Hill Laura is a Partner with experience acting for owners, occupiers, investors and…
 Andrew Jenkins  photo Andrew Jenkins Andrew is a Partner with the Private Client team advising on wills…
 Sarah Lawton  photo Sarah Lawton Sarah is an Associate Solicitor and advises clients on a broad range…
 Matthew Life  photo Matthew Life Matt is a Partner specialising in all types of residential property work.
 Stuart McGregor-Johnson  photo Stuart McGregor-Johnson Stuart is a Consultant specialising in company and commercial work including commercial…
 Neil Patterson  photo Neil Patterson Neil is a Partner specialising in many areas of expertise include commercial…
 Tim Prees  photo Tim Prees Tim is a Partner specialising in personal dispute resolution and employment law.
 Oliver Price  photo Oliver Price Oliver is Managing Partner specialising in real estate litigation with work in…
 Kathryn Smith Cowap  photo Kathryn Smith Cowap Kathryn is a Partner advising clients in relation to the preparation of…
 Jennifer Vooght  photo Jennifer Vooght Jennifer is a Partner advising clients on a broad range of matters…
 Christopher Ware  photo Christopher Ware Christopher is a Partner in the Commercial Property Team and deals with…
 Anna Wensley Stock  photo Anna Wensley Stock Anna is a Partner with many years experience in dealing with estate…
 Philip Wigg  photo Philip Wigg Philip is a Partner in the Commercial Team, specialising in all aspects…
Number of UK Partners : 17
Number of UK Associate Solicitors : 6
Number of other UK Solicitors : 10
Number of other UK Fee-Earners : 7

Wansbroughs Solicitors is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in its own policies, practices and procedures and in those areas in which it has influence. This applies to the firm’s professional dealings with staff and partners, other solicitors, barristers, clients and third parties.

The firm intends to treat everyone equally and with same attention, courtesy and respect regardless of their disability, gender (including marital status, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity and paternity), race, racial group, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation (including civil partnership status) or age.

The firm will make reasonable adjustments to remove substantial disadvantages faced by disabled persons, whether as job applicants, members of staff, candidates for promotion or clients.

Wansbroughs care about the community in which we live and work. Community involvement has been one of the firm’s core values for many years. As part of their individual personal career development, our lawyers and support staff are encouraged to be conscious of the needs of their wider community and to play their part by using their skills to provide help to a wide range of charities and voluntary organisations.

Making a difference is a key component of who we are. We achieve this through charitable work, charity fundraising, diversity, being good corporate citizens and managing our impact on the environment.

At Wansbroughs, we are conscious of our impact on the environments in which we work. We actively ensure that we manage our carbon footprint. One way in which we do this is through recycling programmes. We also consider water and electricity usage and are broadening our recycling programmes to include other common waste materials such as plastics. We aim to use fair trade products to promote ethical standards.

We have installed shower facilities on site to enable people to cycle or run to work and reduce their personal environmental impact by leaving cars at home. We minimise business travel wherever possible and use phone calls and conferences where appropriate. Staff who are required to travel for their role are also provided with the facilities to work remotely.