About us

Sunflowers - About us

The first thing you should know about us: we’re all about you

With exceptional expertise across a diverse range of legal services, we deliver tailored solutions through highly personal service.

Parts of the Firm have their roots back in the 19th century when lots of small law practices abounded in most towns. Over the years more and more firms amalgamated and in 1997 the firms of Porter Bartlett & Mayo and Dodson Harding joined to become the business we have today…Porter Dodson. In 1999 they were joined by the Dorchester firm, Lock, Reed & Lock and then, in the last few years, by Batt, Sanders & Bennett from Yeovil and Boase, Bennett, James from Cornwall. Most recently, Austen Whetham & Guest of Bridport joined the firm.

The bedrock of these constituent firms were the partners who had brought their businesses through two World Wars, and a number of them had been decorated for serving in them. Some of this spirit lives on in the firm today and many partners and staff continue to spend most or all of their working lives in the business.

The business is now ranked in the Top 200 UK law firms according to The Lawyer magazine and has a good number of recognised solicitors in Chambers and the Legal 500.

We have a very active Social Committee and a full calendar of events as well as an “all hands” meeting once a year in May. This is when everyone catches up with plans for the year and old friends from across the firm.

We value our people extremely highly and seek to offer a fantastic working environment, competitive salaries and benefits, and interesting and varied work. We have a very focused development programme in place and are keen to enable everyone to be the very best they can be.

This reflects in the way we work with our clients and professional contacts. These hugely important relationships are paramount in our training and delivery of legal services. We take time to listen, understand, plan and implement with skill and flair.

We want to build a long-standing relationship with you but we also know that satisfied clients tell their family, friends and business contacts about us. So our future success depends on getting things right for you.

In short, it’s all about you.