Branch Austin McCormick is a boutique law firm based in St James’s in central London, specialising in advice for individuals and business.
We deliver a partner-led service that covers various aspects of both personal and commercial law. We offer a full service, including commercial property, corporate law, divorce and family law, dispute resolution, employment, immigration, residential conveyancing and wills and probate.
For us, our clients are not just another case number or file.
We get to know you and take the time to understand your unique needs, no matter how personal, so that we can represent and protect them properly. We work hard to tailor solutions which take into account each client’s concerns and priorities.
With many years of combined experience, our partners and the wider team are highly skilled in offering professional legal services. And, in addition to the expertise of our internal team, when necessary we draw upon an established network of other business professionals and provide a service that is complete as well as dependable.Contact us
Years in Mayfair but with a heritage stretching back to 1561
Countries where our clients are based
Industry sectors we work with
Languages our team speaks
The origins of our firm go back over 450 years to Pickering Kenyon, a firm that is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest law firm in the world dating back to 1561. Pickering Kenyon was the only law firm in England ever entitled to bear arms and the ornate letters patent granting armorial bearings may be found in our offices. Our firm was formed in 1990 by three of Pickering Kenyon’s partners – Messrs Lass, Salt and Garvin.
Together with our long history and our established roots, we pride ourselves on being a forward-looking law firm, focused on meeting the needs of our clients.Our team
We are a tight-knit, specialist team of experienced lawyers offering a partner-led service that allows each of our clients to feel supported throughout their engagement with us. In many, if not most cases, our partners will be the lead lawyer on your case and the person with whom you will have day-to-day contact. As our client, you will have consistent contact with the partner leading your case so that you feel connected and informed at every stage.
A focus on client service
We pride ourselves on our reputation for forging long-standing working relationships and a retained client base. Our clients are our best spokespeople and recommend us time and time again.
Listening is at the heart of our practice
We take the time to listen to you, understand your case and concerns and then provide prudent legal advice to remediate your case.
We are engaged & friendly
From your initial enquiry to the end of your engagement with us, we will have consistent contact with you offering a friendly and engaged response to any query or concern you may have – no matter how small.
Fair & reasonable pricing
Our fees are lower than many other law firms of our classification with some cases offering fixed-fee arrangements. We understand that your time and money are of the utmost importance and we always work to resolve our client’s cases efficiently on both these terms.
Our first communication with you
We will take the time to speak with you on an initial call, at no charge. Once we have established that we can assist you, we will provide you with a clear understanding of the fee and costs arrangement in your case, costs and advise you on our next steps.
It is important to know the merits in your case so that you can take a cost versus benefit approach in your matter. We will keep you updated throughout your engagement with us on the merits of your case. We can also then advise you on possible outcomes and solutions.
What happens next?
Once you are satisfied that we are the right firm for you, we will let you know what further information we require and offer clear advice for the next steps of your matter and any initial actions we need to take.
What should I do now?
Contact us by phone or email and experience first-hand how different we are from other law firms. We invite you to take the time to speak to us so that we can assist you in your prospective case.
Our working style
Although we are based in central London, we are at home in all four corners of the globe.
We have our own international specialists whose understanding of local laws, cultures and market practices is invaluable when it comes to delivering cross-border solutions. Our services are sought after by clients from all over the world. As such, we work with an established network of independent law firms in jurisdictions that include the European Economic Area, European Union, United States, United Arab Emirates the CIS States and emerging markets.
Our list of satisfied clients includes individuals, entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses; international companies, both large and small, and in a huge variety of sectors from banking to oil and gas to publishing and public relations. Many of our clients are themselves professionals, including many lawyers and barristers who see us as their first port of call for their own personal matters, which we think speaks for itself.
We work with many high profile names who are happy to call us their ‘trusted advisers’ and who recommend us time and time again.Our careers
We value being able to give something back to our community.
In addition to charitable donations, all of our employees are encouraged to participate in pro bono initiatives and to help with a variety of projects.
As a progressive and forward-looking law firm, we understand and recognise that by having a robust climate action plan, we can help to create a better future. We are a member of the SME Climate Hub which supports us in achieving our climate action goals, in particular by reducing our emissions and considering sustainable work practices for the benefit of our wider community.
All of our staff are encouraged to be environmentally aware, whether they are, for example, procuring resources or minimising waste. We are committed to educating our staff and, where appropriate, our clients on the need for climate action.