Helping clients succeed in business, law and commerce since 1884.
Our heritage started in Midtown London at the birthplace of the English legal system; and we now work from major airport towns across the UK with a pedigree in helping internationally spread clients succeed in matters of business, law and commerce that dates back to 1884.
William J Greig established practice at Fenchurch Street in the City of London.
In 1884, William J Greig established his practice at 15 Fenchurch Street in the heart of London’s business, legal and commercial district. On the grounds of that first office now stands the iconic ‘walkie-talkie’ building overlooking another iconic landmark, the affectionately named ‘Gherkin’ at 30 St Mary Axe.
In 1912, William Fairchild Greig succeeded his father’s practice and changed the practice name to Fairchild Greig & Company. The firm operated from 61 Carey Street and later at 1 New Square on the estate of Lincoln’s Inn, which remains the epicentre of the English legal profession to this day.
The firm relocated to the City of London and opened a branch in ‘Oak Town’ (known today as Acton) where it remained in practice for a further 99 years.
William Fairchild Greig moved the firm back into the City at 177 Fenchurch Street and established a branch office at Bank Chambers in Acton where it survived to become the second oldest law firm in the area, practising as Fairchild Greig & Co., Fairchild Greig Solicitors and later as just Fairchild Greig.
Roger and Brian Greig took over the running of Fairchild Greig & Co. in both the London and Acton offices.
William Fairchild Greig’s sons Roger and Brian took over the firm, Roger running Bank Chambers in Acton and Brian the practice at 177 Fenchurch Street.
Henry Wells left his partnership at Clifford Turner to establish Fairchild Greig & Wells, returning the firm to Lincoln’s Inn.
The firm returned to Lincon’s Inn, this time with offices at 5 Stone Buildings, where the practice remained until it merged with Fisher Dowson & Wasbrough. At around the same time, Henry Wells joined the firm from Clifford Turner (now Clifford Chance) which specialised in corporate client matters.
The London firm became known as Fairchild Greig & Wells while the Acton office continued the good name of Fairchild Greig & Co. as its practising name.
Roger and Brian Greig retired in 1974 and ’75 and the new partners branched out into Buckinghamshire.
Roger Greig retired as senior partner in 1974 when Oliver Dobbs took over the running of the Acton practice and branched out into Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire practising as Fairchild Dobbs & Company until the 1990’s.
Brian Greig and Henry Wells worked together until Brian’s retirement in 1975, having built up a reputation for charity law, in particular Church charities, as well as private client matters.
Adam Houghton joined the firm in 1975 and remained until his retirement in 2009.
Paul Hall joined the firm and Christopher Hutson was appointed Partner to establish our litigation practice.
Paul Hall joined the City practice in 1977 and Henry Wells retired in 1979.
Christopher Hutson joined Fairchild Greig & Company in 1977 to establish a litigation practice specialising in a wide variety of civil litigation. He was appointed a partner of the firm in 1978 and remained a partner until 1987 when he took some time out of the profession.
Duncan Halliday was appointed Partner as Christopher Hutson took a career break to help establish a mediation and arbitration service.
Duncan Halliday had joined Fairchild Greig & Company as an associate solicitor in 1978, dealing with conveyancing and other property work. He was appointed a partner in 1989 and dealt with a wide variety of residential and commercial conveyancing, wills, probate and other non-contentious work.
Christopher Hutson returned as Head of Litigation.
After a career break during which he was involved in setting up a mediation and arbitration service, Christopher Hutson re-joined Fairchild Greig & Co. in 1991 as a consultant and Head of Litigation practice. He led a broad litigation practice with particularly strong results in personal injury and negligence claims.
Fairchild Greig & Wells merged with Fisher Dowson & Wasbrough to form Fisher Fairchild Wasbrough.
In 1992 Adam and Paul merged with the partnership of Fisher Dowson & Wasbrough and moved to 10 Great James Street. In due course, the name of the merged practice became Fisher Fairchild Wasbrough.
Fairchild Greig & Co. continued to thrive in Acton throughout this time.
Duncan N Halliday took over the running of Fairchild Greig & Company in Acton as the partners divested Fairchild Greig Dobbs & Company.
Duncan Halliday became the principal of Fairchild Greig & Co. in 1997 when Fairchild Dobbs & Co. separated from the business. He went on to lead the firm at Bank Chambers until April 2018, when the office in Acton closed.
Duncan N Halliday and Christopher Hudson joined Lexia Law to commence the long process of closing down the Acton office.
Duncan N Halliday enrolled in the Legal Services Continuum programme through which he was able to ensure client interests were protected as he started the long process of closing down the Action office. He was joined by Christopher Hutson and the two practised under the name of Lexia Law from new offices at Stockley Park in Uxbridge near London’s Heathrow airport. Coplexia Consulting who developed the three-year programme managed it from corporate offices at ‘the Gherkin’ (30 St Mary Axe), close to where Fairchild Greig was first established in 1884.
Coplexia Consulting carried the good name of Fairchild Greig & Company on an interim basis as modernisation work began.
Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the good name of Fairchild Greig became an interim trading style of Coplexia Consulting as they assembled a professional team of practice partners working from home and modern workspaces including Stockley Park in Uxbridge and Chiswick Park, a short distance away from the old offices of Bank Chambers in Acton.
The firm secured the backing of a private investor to help realise its vision of becoming a preeminent UK practice with global appeal.
You have been brilliant. Thank you so much for helping me and rescuing this wreckage of a case and for helping me keep my home.
A huge, enormous thank you for all the help, support and patience you have shown over the whole probate experience. You are, and ever will be, a star in the probate firmament!
I am writing to thank you for the professional way that Fairchild Greig carried out the hard work regarding my personal injury claim and for bringing it to a satisfactory ending.
I wish to thank you for your sterling effort in proceeding with my case and pursuing it to the final outcome. Many thanks for the settlement cheque which I am very satisfied with.