Solicitors in Somerset
Somerset is a county in the South West of England, lying just south of the city of Bristol. Somerset is home to just under one million inhabitants. The county also borders Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south and east, and Devon to the south and west. Somerset has a stretch of coastline onto the Bristol Channel and the estuary of the River Severn. The county town is Taunton, which has a population of just over 60,000 inhabitants. The county is famously rural, featuring large stretches of some of the nation’s most beautiful countryside and villages, including the Mendip Hills, the Quantock Hills and parts of the Exmoor National Park.
Understandably, agriculture is a major part of the economy of the county, and this is reflected in the agricultural legal services offered by solicitors in Somerset. Farming of sheep and cattle and the produce created thus also play a large part in the local economy, with Cheddar cheese just one of the county’s famous exports. The county is also famous for its orchards and the production of strong ciders. Other key parts of the local economy include tourism, health and social care and defence. 40 Commando Royal Marines are based in Somerset, and the county also includes several MOD bases.
Court services in Somerset
For civil matters, there are County Courts in Yeovil and Taunton. For criminal matters there are Magistrates Courts at Taunton and Yeovil. For the more serious criminal matters, there is a Crown Court at Taunton.
Profile of solicitors in Somerset
Solicitors in Somerset can be found in each of Somerset’s key towns. The highest concentrations of solicitors in Somerset are found in Taunton and Yeovil, but there are also practices in Street, Glastonbury and Bridgewater.
However, due to the rural nature of the county, there are several solicitors in Somerset based in smaller villages and rural locations, representing local individuals and businesses. Services offered by solicitors in Somerset include:
- Conveyancing for residential, commercial and agricultural premises and land
- Agricultural law
- Criminal representations
- Commercial litigation and contract law
- Divorce, separation and family law matters
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