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With a strong reputation as a law firm in historic Canterbury, Gardner Croft brings experience with approachability.

Established in 1900, Gardner Croft is today a firm of depth and talent and as a leading city centre law firm possesses an enviable team of private and commercial lawyers.

Whilst our clients range from private individuals to national businesses they each benefit from our ‘no surprises’ approach. Remembering that all our clients are real people who require personal attention, Gardner Croft strives to build a strong relationship and ensure our client's needs are our foremost consideration.

This firm-wide philosophy surrounds not only how we manage each case, from high profile or sensitive cases to on-demand legal advice and contract support, but also our transparent approach to the management of time and costs.

Our Accreditations


Lexcel is an accreditation indicating quality in relation to legal practice management standards. It was introduced by the Law Society of England and Wales and involves rigorous annual assessment of our policies and procedures. The required management standard has evolved and become more rigorous over time and we are proud that we meet our annual assessment with confidence and that we are aligned with the Lexcel standard.

Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)

CQS is the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS). CQS provides a recognised quality standard for law practices which provide residential conveyancing among their services. Membership of CQS establishes a level of credibility for us stakeholders such as regulators, professional indemnity insurance providers, lenders and of course, our clients. Membership gives us access to most of the major lender panels.

How does being CQS accredited benefit the client?

By choosing us to assist you in buying or selling a home you are making an informed choice. We have demonstrated that we follow best practice, meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service and are able to satisfy regulators, lenders and insurers.

Membership of lender panels helps to make the conveyancing process seamless.


Resolution is an organisation run by family lawyers for family lawyers. It provides a bi-monthly magazine, training and forum groups. Membership of Resolution is personal to the lawyer.

How does Resolution membership assist our clients?

Both Joanna Illingworth and Sophie Thayre are Resolution members so you can be sure that you are receiving advice from specialists who are up to date on the law and procedure.

Resolution Collaborative Family Lawyer

A collaborative lawyer accredited by Resolution has received specialist training to advise clients and achieve solutions on family breakdown in a conciliatory way. Joanna Illingworth is a fully trained collaborative lawyer accredited by Resolution.

How can a trained collaborative lawyer benefit our clients?

Collaborative law is a specialist service where our accredited lawyer, Joanna Illingworth, can advise a client who would like to follow the collaborative route to resolving divorce and ancillary matters, where the other party will also be advised by an accredited collaborative lawyer. This provides a realistic prospect of a conciliatory resolution and avoiding the uncertain outcome of Court. It is recognised that collaborative solutions are also cost effective for the clients.

Solicitors For The Elderly

Society Of Trust and Estate Practitioners

The primary purpose of STEP is to support its members, providing professional development and technical information and protecting its members reputations by maintaining the highest professional standards. STEP accreditation is personal to the lawyer. Peer Le Fleming and Emma Baker are full members of STEP and achieved that by sitting and passing the rigorous examination process.

How does being a STEP member help our clients?

STEP members work with families helping them with real problems. STEP members have specialist skills to help them do that while maintaining the highest professional standards as they abide by the STEP professional code.

Personal Injury

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