About Goughs

One of Wiltshire’s leading law firms with offices across the county providing a wide range of legal services for individuals and businesses

Goughs is one of Wiltshire’s leading law firms

With over 140 years experience

We are proud of our excellent local reputation and are committed to meeting and exceeding our clients’ needs.

Our mission is to provide excellent, trusted and truly personal legal services. How we do this is simple – we are committed to our clients, our people and our communities.

See our mission in action – rather than just taking our word for it, click on the videos below to see how our mission plays a key part in our commitment to our clients.

Our Popular Services

Specialisms

Our specific and specialist areas of expertise

Corporate & Commercial

Legal services to cover all your corporate and commercial legal needs

Future Planning

Saving for the future

Probate

Preserve your wealth for future generations

Real Estate

Supporting land promoters, landowners & housebuilders

Family

Relationships, divorce and children

Employment

Discrimination, unfair dismissal and disputes

Your dedicated lawyer will guide you through your legal transaction

Your local solicitors since 1882

Find out why our team love working at Goughs

The Goughs Family Law Team
The Goughs Family Law Team
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Our People - Our Success
Our People - Our Success
A Day in the Life of Emma Taylor
A Day in the Life of Emma Taylor
A Day in the Life of Phillip Bolton
A Day in the Life of Phillip Bolton

Why choose Goughs?

Our team have worked with thousands of clients over the years to ensure their families are well looked after on their death and that their wishes are acted upon as planned.

We can assist you with…

  • Making a Will

  • Amending a Will

  • Making a Living Will

  • Preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney

  • Disputing a Power of Attorney

  • Deputyship applications

  • Statutory Wills

  • Disputing a Deputyship

We’re recommended by the leading legal guide; the Legal 500.

Why work
with Goughs?

Local since 1882, with an excellent reputation

First-class, effective service

Largest solicitors in Wiltshire

Seven offices throughout the county

Nationally accredited law firm

Recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners

Our History

Goughs was established in 1882 by George Isaac Gough, since then the firm has evolved beyond recognition. Originally founded in Calne, we now have seven offices all in well appointed high street locations at Calne, Corsham, Chippenham High Street, Greenways Business Park in Chippenham, Devizes, Melksham and Trowbridge.

Whether you require legal services for you, your family or your business, you can rest assured that with over forty lawyers at seven easy-to-reach high street locations, you will receive high quality legal advice, tailored to meet your needs.

We embrace the latest developments in IT and working practices in order to ensure that our clients receive timely and informed responses. From the most complex disputes to the simplest transactions, we have specialist solicitors and legal executives ready to represent your best interests.

Philip Fowler

Very professional service

Very professional service - at a difficult time due to Covid 19.

2021-03-08

Jane Weller

Helpful

Helpful, prompt and efficient

2021-03-08

Ms Michelle Fielding

I would definitely recommend Goughs

I definitely would recommend Goughs they were very efficient, very helpful and always informed us of what was happening in the chain.

2021-03-02

Ms Kathleen Lucas

Thank you very much for doing a great job

Thank you very much for doing a great job as always, would recommend you for sure for being so efficient and getting the job done as quick as possible.

2021-03-01

Very helpful

Very helpful. Advice clear with plenty of time for us to consider all the options before making decisions.

2021-02-14

Mr Wood

Very thorough

Very thorough, and we also got forces discount.

2021-02-02

Testimonials

Andy Turner | Managing Director | Princeton Homes

Efficient and extremely knowledgeable

Rebecca is professional, efficient and extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of Construction Law.

2021-03-03

Tom O'Connor | Managing Director | Redcliffe Homes

Highly recommend

Andrew is an experienced, diligent and pragmatic development lawyer.  Highly recommended.

2021-01-12

JS

Very professional and prompt

Rowena is very professional and very prompt response every time I needed something.

2020-11-04

Paul Ealey

An excellent commercial lawyer

Gemma combines sound commercial judgement with a refreshing clarity and approach.  An excellent commercial lawyer.

2020-08-05

Bath Property Awards 2021

Legal & Financial Winner

Goughs prides itself on its first-class service, with growing property marketing reach and increasing areas of expertise. Enquiries also escalated by 20%, a commanding showing this year!

2021-03-20

Amelia Hanratty

Isabel Figueiredo was professional

Needed for Goughs to act quickly with an issue I had . They exceeded my expectations ! Isabel Figueiredo was professional , and swiftly dealt with the matter. Would strongly recommend these Solicitors.

2021-03-04

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Popular questions
about making a Will and LPAs

In many situations, people make assumptions about how their estate will be distributed on their death and therefore don’t make a Will. We strongly advise against this as the ‘Intestacy Rules’ that come into play, in the event no will has been prepared, are very strict.

Having a Will is a good way of protecting children. Should the parents die prior to their eighteenth birthday, this is their opportunity to appoint a Guardian’ to take care of their child(ren).

Making a Will is also particularly important if you are in a relationship, living together or if you have remarried and there are biological and/or stepchildren who should benefit from your estate. They won’t necessarily benefit under ‘Intestacy’ so you will need to make provisions for this.

If you should be separating from your partner or spouse, you should review any existing Will, or make a new Will, particularly if there are children involved. Divorce does not revoke a Will. The Will remains valid but no gifts to your former spouse take effect.

Creating a Will yourself or through an online provider might look like a favourable option in terms of costs, however we’d strongly advise against this.

Having a solicitor to draw up your Will means it is very flexible in terms of the Executors that are chosen, they are prepared in accordance with what you want, and then stored safely and securely.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the accuracy of the Will can be guaranteed. It is easy to make ambiguous statements or even errors when constructing your own Will, which could lead to stress for a grieving family and even huge expense in correcting upon your death.

It is important to keep your Will updated to ensure it continues to reflect your circumstances. Any changes in your personal circumstances should trigger the review of your Will.

At Goughs Solicitors, we’re happy to look at your personal circumstances to ensure your Will is still reflecting your wishes.

It’s a common misconception that Lasting Powers of Attorney are for the elderly but mental incapacity can affect anyone, regardless of age.  Unfortunately, no one knows what the future holds and anyone can have an accident or be struck down by an illness and in this respect a Lasting Power of Attorney is just as essential as having a Will in place. 

By making a Lasting Power of Attorney you can have peace of mind that in the future all of your affairs will be dealt with by your chosen, trusted Attorney.

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