A FAMILIAR name is returning to high streets across the south today with the relaunch of the Churchers Solicitors brand throughout Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport.
The Churchers Solicitors name has featured in high streets across the south since 1886, but its distinctive brand disappeared when the firm merged with Bolitho Way in 2013 to form Churchers Bolitho Way.
But after talking to clients and staff, the partners of the merged firm have decided to switch back to the Churchers name and are relaunching their new branding today.
Managing partner Ian Robinson said: ‘Both Churchers and Bolitho Way had long heritages when we merged, but a little bit of both of them was lost when we combined the names.
‘We decided we should restore the Churchers name because that is a name with which many people have grown up and which has been familiar throughout Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport for many years. It is like the return of an old friend.’
The firm – which has offices in Ryde, Lee-on-the-Solent and Cosham as well as its offices in Gosport, Portsmouth and Fareham – was originally founded by two brothers in Gosport in the 19th century.
Originally known as Churcher and Churcher, it quickly became recognised as Churchers and was a familiar brand on high streets throughout the south.
Ian added: ‘We have taken this opportunity to freshen up our brand with a new logo and a new website that we hope will enable us to be even more accessible to people across the Solent area.
‘There is no change to our ethos of providing the very highest quality legal services from local offices in convenient town centre locations – in fact we intend to develop the expertise we have on offer to the public and to business across the south under our new Churchers banner.
‘Our heritage covers 130 years of providing legal services in this area.
‘This relaunch really sets us up for the next phase in our history on the south’s high streets.’