A Leading Law Firm in North Devon

with offices in Barnstaple, Bideford & Braunton

Why Brewer Harding & Rowe?

Our experienced solicitors provide a wide range of specialist legal services, so you can be sure that the right person will deal with your case. Our aim is to find practical solutions to problems and give straightforward and understandable legal advice.

Our team are based in our North Devon Offices but represent clients across a very wide area.

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Alice Jellard
Amy Toop
Andrew Woo
Claire Way
Donna McNulty
Emily Souch
Greg Cloke
Jessie Allen
Justin Wallace
Michelle Williams
Nicola Emo
Nigel Treasaden
Richard Allin
Roderick Ball
Sarah James
Sarah Parkhouse
Sophie Rowcliffe
Stephen Dove
Stuart Tansley
Sue Borer
Tim Nock
Tim Watson
Toby Barnes
Wendy Johnson

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Traditional values in a changing world

Our professional and friendly team of 72 operate from our three North Devon offices. Between them they have experience and expertise across all areas of personal, business and agricultural law. We pride ourselves on being one of the finest law firms in North Devon, a truly wonderful part of the World to live and work.


Certainity - The National Will Register
Resolution - First for Family Law
Lexcel - Law Society Accredited
Legal Aid Agency
Conveyancing Quality Scheme - The Law Society
Family Law Quality Scheme - The Law Society
STEP - Advising Families Across Generations
Agricultural Law Association

Our History

Richard Harding established the firm in Combe Martin, then a small village on the North Devon coast, at the end of the 18th century. He came from a family of landowners and bankers, who built Upcott House, Barnstaple. Much of his early work involved the management of the family properties. In 1988 the Partners gave a large collection of Harding family papers to the North Devon Records Office.

The firm grew steadily during the 19th century and was acquired by Geoffrey Stallard, a London solicitor, just after the second World War. A partnership of the Stallard family ran the firm as a general country practice until their retirement in 1979.

A period of rapid expansion followed. In 1982, the firm acquired the old Bideford practice of T. Oerton & Martin and expanded that practice to cover an area down to Bude. In 1993, the firm acquired the Ilfracombe practice of Rowe Watts & Wood, which had been the leading firm in that town for over 100 years. In 1996 the firm merged with Brewers which had been a leading firm in Barnstaple for over 200 years, with a wide ranging client base. Finally in 2008 we acquired Triggs Read & Dart in Barnstaple. Our growth since then has been organic, with an emphasis on recruiting high quality and dedicated staff with a commitment to living and working in North Devon.

Today the firm is very highly regarded in our local community with a long established, growing client list and offices in Barnstaple, Bideford and Braunton. We have acted for many local families for generations, but value equally new clients with a wide variety of personal and business needs.

Our clients say ...

  • “As always Greg is excellent and a pleasure dealing with."

  • “Amy Toop was fantastic, did a lot of Chasing on our behalf and always replied to emails very quickly, but with answers too."

  • “Mr Woo was excellent in telling me exactly where I stood with the law and translated 'legal' terminology."