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Welcome to Clarkson Wright & Jakes, Solicitors and Notaries in Orpington, Kent

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    As we emerge from the pandemic and return to a new normal way of life, find out how our team are working and continuing to support you and provide you with the service you expect from us. More

  • People often turn to their solicitor for advice, especially when they are facing a life changing experience or at a key stage in their life. It is at such times that you need the best possible support. Our lawyers are accustomed to meeting your individual needs and will provide timely, expert advice. You can be assured that our five generations of experience mean that it is extremely likely that we have experienced any situation that you may find yourself in on many previous occasions.
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