History

Travers Smith was founded more than two centuries ago and has practised here in the City of London ever since.

Our earliest clients were financial institutions and in 1801 one of the firm's partners drafted the constitution for the first Stock Exchange. In 1851, Joseph Travers Smith joined the firm and became its senior partner. The historian Charles Sharman speaks of him as an acknowledged authority on Havana cigars and vintage port and as the solicitor to 'the Westminster Bank and to numerous old families from Royalty downwards.' The firm was then joined by Stephen Braithwaite in 1873 when the practice became known as Travers Smith Braithwaite.

Since the Second World War, the firm has grown steadily. This has been carefully controlled organic growth with the emphasis always on quality and a cohesive culture, rather than growth through merger or acquisition which we believe could dilute that quality and culture.

We have fee-earners working out of offices in London and Paris, divided into 17 specialist practice areas.

“a partner-led approach and uncompromising focus on quality control.”

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