For more than 200 years, the name Bates Wells and Braithwaite has been synonymous with a high level of service and expertise as solicitors and lawyers serving clients nationwide and abroad.
From our offices in Sudbury, Suffolk on the border with Essex, we can provide highly experienced and skilled advice on property transactions, agriculture, wills, probate and litigation.
We have also broadened our specialisms to include company and commercial matters, employment, agricultural and rural businesses, personal injury, family, contract and civil litigation and dispute resolution.
Bates Wells and Braithwaite. A name you can trust.

If you are a farmer or landowner there are inevitably times you need a solicitor to assist with property transactions or advice. For disputes Tim Parsons from our Dispute Resolution department can assist but our non-contentious property work is carried out by Robert Sainsbury.


If you are a business owner or intending to start up or take over a business there are inevitably times you need a solicitor to assist with property transactions or advice. For disputes Tim Parsons from our Dispute Resolution department can assist but our non-contentious…


Our Litigation Solicitors Mark Heselden and Tim Parsons have a wide range of experience in identifying, dealing with and resolving legal disputes. We provide you with realistic and practical advice and will work with you to achieve the best possible outcome for you…


Whether you are an employer or an employee, we offer in depth support and guidance throughout all of the stages of your matter, drawing on our extensive expertise and experience of work related issues; from advice, the initial drafting of contractual…


Rebecca is experienced in advising in all areas of Family Law. Rebecca can assist couples who are going through a separation or if assistance is required in relation to a dispute relating to children arrangements. Rebecca can also help obtain necessary Court Orders…


If you have suffered an injury, your life may have changed and you are worried about the financial impact of your injuries and you may not be able to work. Our team of approachable and friendly solicitors will help to guide you through each stage of you claim…


Lorraine Moser and Matthew Stamp are experienced in advising on the buying and selling of freehold and leasehold residential property, remortgages, Deeds of Gift, Declaration of Trusts and Transfers of Equity. They are assisted by Trainee Conveyancer Emily Turner…


Glenn Blair and Catherine Palmer are experienced in advising on and preparing documents for Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Trusts. They can also help in obtaining a Grant of Probate and conducting Estate Administration and in making…

Recent News

  • Guide to entering our offices in the Covid-19 period

    By now we should all be used to the fact things are not quite what they were before, with many aspects of our everyday lives disrupted or altered as a result of Social Distancing. ...

  • Introducing Monika Sargeant

    The Directors of Bates Wells & Braithwaite are pleased to welcome Monika Sargeant as a Solicitor dealing with Employment Law as well as Corporate and Company Commercial matters....

  • Good News in Difficult Times

    The Directors of Bates Wells & Braithwaite Limited, Sudbury, Solicitors (BWB) are pleased to announce the appointment of Glenn Blair to the Board as a Director and Head of their Private Client Department. ...


Please note that Bates Wells & Braithwaite are still operating during the Covid-19 crisis and will be throughout.


We are pleased to confirm we are now reopening our office doors for clients and third parties.


Please note that in line with Government guidance, all visitors will be required to wear a face mask (unless you are exempt) 


You can enter reception during our standard opening hours of 9:00am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday to enable you to produce ID or drop off or collect documents or to attend a pre-arranged meeting.


  • All meetings will still be strictly by appointment only and where possible we ask that you arrange appointments by contacting us by telephone or email in order to assist social distancing measures.
  • We ask that you please do not arrive early or late to an appointment as we have to strictly control the numbers of people entering the building at any one time.
  • On entry, you will be required to obey social distancing rules and to use the hand sanitiser provided prior to approaching reception.
  • To assist with social distancing, you may find you are asked to wait on the pavement outside the office, or that the front door is locked in order to control the number of people in reception at any one time.

We have a visual walk-through you can access by clicking here to outline all the rules and precautions we have had to put in place


If you are not yet ready to attend our offices we will still offer telephone appointments where possible.


Please call us on 01787 880440 to discuss existing or new instructions.


Thank you

The Directors of Bates Wells & Braithwaite