Bates Wells & Braithwaite have been at the heart of the Sudbury area’s legal sector for over 100 years, with focus on having a local presence, and work completed to the highest of standards.

We have always been based in Friars Street, Sudbury and have kept to traditional values of service, trust, integrity, reliability and expertise in all the areas the firm covers.

Our aim is to be happy in our work of providing a friendly, competent, responsive, efficient, reliable and financially sound legal service to our existing and new clients predominantly within a 15-25 mile radius of Sudbury.

Currently employing 10 fee earning lawyers (7 of whom are qualified solicitors) with two further currently completing their training and numerous support staff we are well placed to meet the needs of our clients.


Late 1800’s

Thomas Bates assumed control of another long standing practice that had been in operation since the mid 1800’s


Charles Wells formed a partnership with Thomas Bates creating Bates & Wells Solicitors


Thomas Braithwaite joined the partnership creating Bates Wells & Braithwaite


Cecil Wells, nephew of Charles Wells opened an office in Ipswich


Andrew Phillips (who later became Lord Phillips of Sudbury), son of the then Partner Allan Phillips opened an office in London


The three offices split creating three separate, independently run “sister” practices all called Bates Wells & Braithwaite each with their own areas of specialism and unique client base


Bates Wells & Braithwaite celebrated it’s 100th year of trading under the full name


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


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.

The office will be closed between the hours of 1pm and 2pm.


Please note that our Covid Policy requires all visitors to wear a face mask (unless you are exempt) and observe social distancing, even after July 19th 2021

This is to ensure that we continue to be able to offer an environment as safe as possible for all clients and staff


  • All meetings will remain to be 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 wear a mask, obey social distancing rules, use the hand sanitiser provided and the wall mounted thermometer prior to approaching the reception desk.
  • 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 or video appointments where possible.


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


Thank you

The Directors of Bates Wells & Braithwaite

Last updated: 15/07/2021