MKB Solicitors LLP, based in Barnsley, is celebrating 50 years in business.
Known originally as Mills Kemp and Brown, MKB was formed by the merger of W. Winter Kemp and Co. and JD Driver, Mills and Co. on 1st July 1967. Expansion was seen in 2000 as the firm merged with Hinchliffe Baker with a rebranding taking place prior to the turn of the decade upon the firm incorporating as an LLP.
Having originally offered their services from 3 Huddersfield Road, MKB now occupy six Victorian buildings between 1 -11 Huddersfield Road as a result of their growth over time. Recent success has seen David Wright, former Managing Partner, awarded Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year in 2014 and the firm awarded Yorkshire Law Firm of the Year (1-10 partners) in 2016 at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.
The founding partners of the practice were David Mills, Douglas Kemp and Rodney Brown. Mr Kemp and Mr Brown intend to take part in celebrations with the firm throughout the 50th year, with Mr Mills sadly passing away in 2012.
Mr Kemp, who qualified as a solicitor in 1956, commented, “The merger of the firms was a legal first in Barnsley. Probably the greatest change I have seen would be the introduction of legal aid, which granted a huge section of the public access to legal services. Computerisation also changed everything.”
Current Senior Partner at MKB, Steven Dawson, said, “We are incredibly proud to be carrying on the firm started by Mr Mills, Mr Kemp and Mr Brown 50 years ago and handed down to us by all those who went before us. The firm really is a Barnsley success story and, as such, we are very grateful to the wonderful people of Barnsley for supporting us over these last 50 years. The partners, past and present, acknowledge the success of the firm has been due in large measure to the hard work and loyalty of the members of staff who work for us now and who worked for us in the past.”