Wansbroughs > Devizes, England > Firm Profile

SN10 1JX

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Wansbroughs , which is based in Devizes, provides specialist advice on a variety of private client matters, with an emphasis on tax planning, trust administration, and court of protection work. The team's client base has a focus on high-net-worth individuals, including landed estates, dynastic families and members of the peerage. Experienced tax specialist Alan Ciechan leads the team, which also includes the well-regarded Anna Wensley Stock. Emily Anderson was promoted to partner in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Alan Ciechan

Other key lawyers:

Anna Wensley Stock; Kathryn Smith Cowap; Jennifer Vooght; Emily Anderson


‘This firm is a safe place to recommend clients who need actual advice as opposed to the completion of legal forms. I am very comfortable referring clients to them and am kept informed in the progress of work so that together we can provide a fully joined up service to our mutual clients.’

‘The main difference is always the people, specifically Anna Wensley Stock and her team. Anna and her team are always approachable and focus on client needs first. The team is highly knowledgeable and keeps itself up to date with the changes in legal practice.’

‘We have worked with Wansbroughs for many years as a firm and over that time the team have been consistently friendly and very good to work with as a professional partner. Their willingness makes them stand out. They have a wealth of knowledge and all departments seem to be the best in their field, their advice is second to none.’

‘An excellent group of people – well versed in the law, approachable, professional and I always feel very comfortable in recommending my clients to use Wansbroughs. I like to think that as fellow professional, but in the tax/accountancy field, we can together offer our mutual clients the best possible advice.’

‘Professional and approachable and all very knowledgeable in their respective fields.

‘A good local company with an excellent reputation. They have a wide range of experts in all legal areas to cater for my client’s needs. It is a ‘welcoming environment’ for clients who are usually very nervous with all things legal.’

‘I have worked with Anna Wensley Stock for a couple of years now. She continues to provide a first-class service to my clients, in a clear and straightforward way. She knows when to listen and when to talk, a rare ability these days! I will continue to recommend Anna to all my clients for their wills, IHT planning and trust needs.’

‘Contactable, personable, friendly, efficient, reliable and extremely knowledgeable about subject area. Happy to work with other professionals to provide best service for private clients’

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

Wansbroughs provides 'extremely professional, personal service' to clients predominately from the healthcare, renewables and development sectors. The group deals with a variety of real estate matters and is instructed by national and regional corporations, developers and landed estates. Practice head Neil Patterson advises on option agreements, promotion agreements and land collaboration agreements.

Practice head(s):

Neil Patterson

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Bruton; Laura Ingram Hill; Christopher Ware


‘They are all not only very on the ball technically but very communicative facilitating working as a team .’

‘The individuals in the team are all congenial and approachable, ready to discuss ideas and problems quickly.’

‘The team at Wansbrough is very efficient. I have always been very happy and impressed with how rapidly they can turn things around and it is certainly never Wansbrough holding things up as seems to be the case with so many other legal firms. The practice uses modern technology well and has been very pragmatic at dealing with the COVID changes to make sure they remain ahead of the game.’

‘Those we have worked with have been very thorough and are across the detail with contracts which is key so as not to come unstuck later on. I have always been given good, clear and concise advice in a language that I can understand which has proven invaluable to our business.’

‘Extremely professional, personal service guiding through the various legal, technical issues.’

‘Christopher Ware was excellent in dealing with practical legal and difficulties with the purchasing parties in the various transactions in a diplomatic but firm way.’

Private client > Family Tier 4

The Wiltshire-based team at Wansbroughs has a strong footprint in public family work, covering the breadth of care law matters on behalf of parents, children, grandparents and guardians. The firm also represents many high-value individuals in various divorce matters. Naomi Owen and Jeremy Tier lead the team from Devizes, specializing in children's law and matrimonial law respectively.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Owen; Jeremy Tier

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Roberts


‘Naomi Owen is a superb role model in terms of client care and attention to detail. She facilitates the cohesion within the team.’

‘A small but outstandingly professional firm who demonstrate excellent colleague relationships to support the practice they offer.’

‘The solicitors go above and beyond their legal job role by being available outside of working hours and offering highly skilled advice. I have been impressed by Naomi Owen’s depth of knowledge and approach to complex child care cases. She has represented me with dedication and aplomb.’

‘The solicitors from this firm have consistently provided high-quality service in respect of representing children within family cases. This includes where a child is represented separately and also when the solicitors take instructions from the children’s guardian.’

‘The team are friendly and supportive and provide expert legal advice. They are continually successful at achieving the very best outcomes for children. ’

‘All staff friendly and helpful right from front of house through to secretaries and solicitor. Good communication. ’

The practice feels small friendly and personal. The service we received was first class we were kept informed throughout the whole process.’

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 around 100 staff including 19 partners.

The firm:  offers a wide range of legal services to private clients and businesses. 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.

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.

Chairman Alan Ciechan
Managing Partner Oliver Price
Private Client Alan Ciechan
Corporate & Commercial William Ingram Hill
Dispute Resolution Oliver Price
Commercial Property Neil Patterson
Residential Property Matthew Life
Family Naomi Owen
Sarah Alexander photo Sarah AlexanderSarah is a Partner specialising in all types of residential property work.
Emily Anderson photo Emily AndersonEmily is a Partner with a great deal of experience in administering…
Tom Britten photo Tom BrittenTom is a Managing Associate in the Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate…
Jonathan Bruton photo Jonathan BrutonJonathan is a Partner with a broad experience of all aspects of…
Alan Ciechan photo Alan CiechanAlan is Chairman and Partner with over 30 years experience advising on…
William Ingram Hill photo William Ingram HillWilliam is a Partner and is the head of our Corporate and…
Laura Ingram Hill photo Laura Ingram HillLaura is a Partner with experience acting for owners, occupiers, investors and…
Andrew Jenkins photo Andrew JenkinsAndrew is a Partner with the Private Client team advising on wills…
Emma Jewell photo Emma JewellEmma is a Managing Associate and advises on a wide range of…
Sarah Lawton photo Sarah LawtonSarah is an Associate Solicitor and advises clients on a broad range…
Matthew Life photo Matthew LifeMatt is a Partner specialising in all types of residential property work.
Naomi Owen photo Naomi OwenNaomi is a Partner in the family team specialising in public law…
Neil Patterson photo Neil PattersonNeil is a Partner specialising in many areas of expertise including commercial…
Tim Prees photo Tim PreesTim is a Partner specialising in personal dispute resolution and employment law.
Oliver Price photo Oliver PriceOliver is Managing Partner specialising in real estate litigation with work in…
Matthew Roberts photo Matthew RobertsMatthew is an Associate Solicitor in our Family team and is well…
Kathryn Smith Cowap photo Kathryn Smith CowapKathryn is a Partner advising clients in relation to the preparation of…
Josh Taylor photo Josh TaylorJosh is a Partner in our Commercial team and advises both businesses…
Jeremy Tier photo Jeremy TierJeremy is Head of Divorce and Financial Matters and Partner in the…
Jennifer Vooght photo Jennifer VooghtJennifer is a Partner advising clients on a broad range of matters…
Christopher Ware photo Christopher WareChristopher is a Partner in the Commercial Property Team and deals with…
Anna Wensley Stock photo Anna Wensley StockAnna is a Partner with many years experience in dealing with estate…
Philip Wigg photo Philip WiggPhilip is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Team, specialising in…
Number of UK Partners : 19
Number of UK Managing Associates : 2
Number of UK Associate Solicitors : 3
Number of other UK Solicitors : 12
Number of other UK Fee-Earners : 5

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.