The firm expanded in to the Weald of Kent in 1984 when Timothy Monckton opened a branch office in Tenterden. He represented the sixth generation of the Monckton family in succession to be partners in the firm. Tim retired from the partnership in March 2014.
The firm was one of the first law practices in the country to open an Investment Management Department in 1995 to provide an in-house service to clients with investment portfolios and a dedicated independent financial service. There have been many recent developments within the investment management arena and in 2013, the department became a commercially independent branch of Raymond James Investment Services. Mark Beaney who established the department in 1995, is now Branch Principal of the Raymond James Weald of Kent Branch and continues to manage the investment management operation. This development enabled the Investment team to offer clients their personalised service matched with international investment and product research.
In 2013, the firm opened an office in Canterbury at 32-33 Watling Street. We already had a large number of clients in East Kent so it was a logical move to expand our offices to offer our full range of legal services to clients from a convenient central Canterbury location. With the three offices in Kent we are now able to offer our clients easier access to our services and solicitors.
In April 2014, the firm moved from a traditional partnership to a Limited Company, offering a more flexible structure to enable us to compete in today’s market. Partners of the firm became Directors under the Limited Company.
We joined LawNet on 1st August 2015, an association of over sixty six independent law firms. The LawNet team have been supporting independent law firms for over 25 years.
In October 2016, we were delighted to merge with Docklands Solicitors, a firm established right in the centre of Canary Wharf. Docklands Solicitors was established in 2005 to provide bespoke legal expertise to individuals who live and work in the thriving area of “Docklands”. This merger has widened the geographical scope of Whitehead Monckton’s coverage and enabled us to build new relationships and clients.
In April 2017 we obtained the quality management standard ISO9001.