In the 1960s, Harold Kenwright, based in Walton Road, took over the practice following Mr Lake’s untimely death. The firm traded as Kenwright Lake & Co.
In 1979, Rob Preece and Bushi Patel, two young solicitors based in Wembley, advertised to purchase a practice ‘anywhere in the Home Counties’. The advertisement ran for almost six months in the Law Society Gazette without any response. Then, with only a few days left, came a reply from Harold Kenwright. Rob and Bushi acquired the practice and continued to trade as Kenwright Lake & Co.
In 1987 Rob and Bushi acquired Maynard James Rosen, a practice in Hersham, and in 1996 they merged their growing business with a local competitor Walker Wyllie, entering into partnership with Rob Walker, Martin Wyllie and Gary Coleman. The new firm took the name Kenwright Walker Wyllie. Sadly, Bushi died only four years into the life of the expanded firm.
David Anstee joined the practice in 1997 and became a partner in 2003. In 2006, five years after joining the firm, Salvatore Sole became a partner.
In 2011 the firm rebranded itself as KWW Solicitors and in 2014 the practice merged with Bosworths, another local practice that had been based at the Hampton Court end of East Molesey since the mid 1970s. We were delighted to welcome a number of new lawyers and support staff at Walton Road.
Rob Walker retired in 2008 and Martin Wyllie died in 2013. Rob Preece, the ‘elder statesman’ of KWW, became a consultant to the business in January 2016. Gary Coleman retired as a partner at the end of 2017 but continues to head up the Private Client department.
*By the way, the picture above shows Walton Road at the turn of the 20th Century. KWW's main office is halfway across the picture, on the left-hand side, where the tall houses end.
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