Solicitors in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire is a county in the South West of England, lying on the border with Wales. The county encompasses the mouth of the River Severn, which begins in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales and runs out into the Severn Estuary and then out into the Bristol Channel. The county of Gloucestershire also includes parts of the Cotswold Hills and the Forest of Dean. The county town is the city of Gloucester, but there are several other notable and historical towns including Cheltenham, Cirencester, Tewkesbury and Stroud. It is home to some 850,000 inhabitants.
The economy of Gloucestershire is based on a broad mixture of traditional manufacturing, tourism and leisure and hi-tech industry. Gloucestershire remains a tourist hotspot, with visitors drawn to its historic towns and stunning countryside. The area attracts investors in internet and technology businesses, and is home to several leading firms in that sector. Cheltenham is home to GCHQ, the government listening station, and many of the areas employees are involved in intelligence, and also aerospace and engineering. The region is leading the way in environmental industry, with the major renewable energy supplier Ecotricity based out of Stroud.
Court services in Gloucestershire
There are Magistrates courts at Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud dealing with minor criminal matters. There is a County and Family Court at Gloucester and a County Court at Cheltenham. The main court for serious criminal matters is the Crown Court in Gloucester.
Profile of solicitors in Gloucestershire
Many of the solicitors in Gloucestershire are based in the main towns of Gloucester, Stroud and Cheltenham. Of the solicitors in Gloucestershire, those in the towns tend to be a mixture of both independent and local practices, as well as offices of larger regional or national law firms. Solicitors in Gloucester will cover general areas of law, as well as more niche areas such as:
- Intellectual property
- Discrimination and employment
- Wealth management, tax and planning
- Pharmaceutical and healthcare
- Family law
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