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In 1964 the firm purchased Number 1 Poole Road, Bournemouth where we have our offices today. This once Victorian Gentleman's residence continues the traditions of service provided by a dedicated team of lawyers and support staff, bringing a strong combination of skills and resources to meet the demands of today's clients.

Our Heritage.

The practice was started by John Mayer Burrow Turner in 1898 and for many years was known as J M B Turner and Co.The firm was founded in the affluent Victorian seaside town of Bournemouth; an area that is still affluent to this day. 

John Turner's career as a Solicitor was a distinguished one in which he made a considerable reputation as an advocate and was twice president of the Bournemouth and District Law Society. He died in 1938, leaving his son George at the head of a thriving firm. J M B Turner had another son, John Reginald Turner. John was articled to his father and was Secretary of the Bournemouth and District Law Society before going off to fight in the first world war. John was a Lieutenant  in the Dorsetshire regiment and was one of the first to see action. He fought at The Battle of Mons and then at the battle of the Marne. On the 13th October 1914 Lieutenant John Turner was killed in action with five other Bournemouth men from the Dorsets. (Read more about this by clicking here).

After the upheavals of the Second World War George Turner continued in partnership with Paul Day and the firm became known as Turner & Day.

In 1950 they were joined by Malcolm Kirby, but in 1953 Paul Day left and the firm reverted to its old name of J M B Turner and Co.Then in 1964 the firm purchased 1 Poole Road where it has its offices today. This move prompted a period of expansion and diversification. At the time the firm was mostly engaged in Property, Finance and Probate work but an increase in Litigation and Criminal work brought further expansion and susidiary offices were opened in Wimborne, Poole and Broadstone.

In addition to providing a full Private Client and Commercial Law Practice the firm also maintained a busy Legal Aid Practice providing Criminal Law, Family Law and General Civil Litigation services to all comers but with changes to eligibility and cut backs in Legal Aid funding the firm later decided that it could no longer support publicly funded work at the expense of its Commercial and Private Client practice; as a consequence the case for branch offices disappeared. The firm now practices only from 1 Poole Road but with good IT, dedicated and hard working staff and dynamic Partners the firm continues to thrive. Its emphasis now lies in providing high quality legal services to Individual Clients and Businesses with an emphasis in Property (Commercial and Residential), Civil and Commercial Litigation including Divorce, Company, Commercial and Employment Law and Wills, Probate and Trusts.Turners today is a provincial law firm offering services which its founder would scarcely have imagined.

Still with its roots in the tradition of service, as successor to the partnership, Turners Solicitors LLP now has a thoroughly modern and forward thinking approach to meeting the needs of today's individual and corporate clients, with skills that have expanded from those of a 'local' practice to include what is needed to handle corporate and commercial work on behalf of clients in many parts of the UK.

Today Turners is a successful law firm where the tradition of service is carried on by a dedicated team, embracing modern technology and bringing a strong combination of skills and resources to meet the demands of today's clients.

The future

In order to future proof the firm, deal with succession planning and with the intention of continuing with our tradition of providing quality legal services to clients and future generations, the Partners have sought permission to re develop its site at 1 Poole Road with a view to moving the firm to modern offices better suited to the needs of our clients and the business. Sadly a converted Edwardian Villa does not fulfill our current needs. However it is unlikely that we will be moving far as we are historically a Bournemouth based practice and intend to continue in the sale light.