The Setfords Story

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The secret to Setfords’ incredible growth and continued success is investment – in our support structure, our staff, and our consultant lawyers.

We’ve created a firm that is all about support. We know that it’s what consultant solicitors need to do their best work, embrace flexibility, and delight their clients. Our attitude of empowering those we work with to achieve their very best also runs deep within the firm, helping out lawyers to reach their full potential.

We understand that in order to be the best, you have to build solid relationships that last. That’s about delivering what you promise and exceeding expectations. We first started doing that 17 years ago, and we’re still doing it today.

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2006

The beginning

Setfords is founded by Guy Setford as a traditional law firm based in Guildford, Surrey. Inspired by how technology and new, disruptive business models are revolutionising other sectors, he begins to sketch out a new kind of law firm offering greater flexibility for lawyers.

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2009

Pioneering a new way of working

In 2008, Setfords becomes the first nationwide full service law firm to launch a consultancy model. By 2009, Guy is joined by cousin Chris Setford, and the platform law firm is born. As joint CEOs, the pair invest heavily in technology and a dedicated support team.

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2013

Success breeds success

Setfords has seen double-digit growth since introducing its platform law firm model to the UK legal sector. The company moves into bigger offices, and has 75 consultants. Turnover will double over the next three years.

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2016

The next chapter

Setfords celebrates its 10th anniversary with 160 consultant lawyers connected to its platform. Expansion continues and the firm opens offices in the heart of London’s legal district in Chancery Lane, branded as Setfords London.

2024

Fuelling growth

In 2021, Setfords attracted Private Equity funding to fuel further growth and investment in new, cutting edge technology. The firm moved into a new HQ with a bistro, gym and state-of-the-art facilities. Today, more than 500 consultant lawyers are connected to the revolutionary platform, and continued investment is fuelling our growth plans for the future.

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    For unparalleled flexibility, greater earnings, and all the support you need to build your successful business, Setfords is here. If you’re an entrepreneurial lawyer who wants to join an award-winning firm where investment in your growth is the priority, fill out this form, and one of our team will be in touch to discuss life as a consultant lawyer.

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