In 1750 Armitage Sykes was known as Crosland & Fenton. The West Yorkshire Kirklees archive hold many papers from this time including Wills dating back to 1808 and Court briefs from 1763.
Mr Armitage was a keen advocate and represented clients all day for a guinea. It is reported that he was also a keen farmer where most of his money made from the law was spent. He died in 1898 the day after making his Will.
Armitage Sykes and Hinchcliffe began its first action in London. History records the firms travel to London for a hearing to unseat an MP in 1853. Photo of Mr Walter Armitage.
By 1910 the firm supported the newly formed Yorkshire Board of Legal studies where Mr James Sykes was one of the first graduates passing his examinations in 1902. The firm was also ground breaking in allowing one of the first four women solicitors to practice law in 1925.
Today Armitage Sykes has expertise in over 44 areas of law through its seven departments. It holds the Lexcel Award from the Law Society for excellent standard of practice management and the Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation.
Our aim today remains the same as it has always been, to provide a top-quality legal advice.
One of our most distinctive features is our ability to operate at a level which is usually only matched by larger city firms.