A little bit of history

F. Arthur Jones & Co is a friendly high street firm of solicitors based in the pretty south-east Devon town of Exmouth in Devon providing friendly legal advice. The firm prides itself on its long-standing local reputation for excellent service combined with approachability.

We are not a solicitors’ firm which adopts airs and graces; we are here to help and find solutions to a variety of legal problems.

The practice was founded in 1951 by Mr. Arthur Jones and it was he who established the firm’s ethos of welcoming clients with friendliness and informality. To this day it is seldom necessary for a client visiting the firm to make a prior appointment. All members of the staff are involved with meeting clients and in the day-to-day business of dealing with their affairs, meaning that there is always someone available to help.

Anthony Wade, who qualified as a solicitor in 1964, is the firm’s proprietor. Mr Wade spent the early part of his legal career working in London, covering diverse areas such as criminal, matrimonial and commercial matters. In 1973 he became the sole proprietor of F. Arthur Jones & Co., choosing to retain the firm’s existing name and build expertise in bread and butter work of a high street law firm: conveyancing, wills and probate, criminal, commercial and matrimonial.

More recently …

Since then the firm has dealt with legal work ranging from the everyday to the obscure.

Today Mr Wade focuses on the firm’s core business of conveyancing, wills and probate. His experience of these matters has been honed over a lifetime in law and, with knowledge of many other legal problems, Mr Wade tries to find incisive, practical solutions for clients.

More recently, the firm has added a Family Department to its repertoire.  We are now able to assist clients in the event of a divorce, issues over children and finances.  The firm’s ethos remains the same and the Family Department aims to provide a personal and efficient service to its clients.

and finally …

F. Arthur Jones is not a firm with a phalanx of solicitors or an array of legal executives. But it is a firm where a tight-knit staff work with their Principal to look after an extensive network of clients who reside in and around south-east Devon and further afield.

Many clients are based in nearby Budleigh Salterton, where Mr Wade lived and ran a branch of the firm for many years.

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