About Norton Peskett

Lowestoft officeEdmund Norton founded the firm in Lowestoft in the early 1830's.

Initially, the firm practiced from addresses in the town's High Street. In 1892 the firm moved to its present location, then known as Ivy Cottage.

The partnership gained its former name, Norton Peskett & Forward when William Brian Forward joined Frank Peskett in the practice shortly after the First World War. From the early 1920's until 1948 Mr Forward was a sole practitioner, assisted by two long serving clerks.

Peter Cooper joined Mr Forward in the practice in 1948. Peter practiced for many years and retired in 1987.

Derek Adkinson joined the firm as a Solicitor and Partner in the early 1960’s and was Senior Partner from 1987 to 1993. Anthony Ambrose replaced Derek Adkinson as Senior Partner when Derek retired in 1993.
On 1st January 1996 the firm changed its name to Norton Peskett. James Hartley became Senior Partner in 2005 when Anthony Ambrose retired.

Norton Peskett has enjoyed significant growth in recent years, both in terms of size and reputation and has provided legal services to the people and businesses in East Anglia for over 180 years. Since the early 1970's the firm has expanded considerably and now has a staff in excess of 100 in six offices in Lowestoft, Beccles, Gorleston, Gt Yarmouth, Halesworth and Norwich. The practice continues to build on traditional core values of professionalism and integrity.

Since its foundation Norton Peskett as a firm has always prided itself on being part of the community. With its various offices throughout the area many Partners and staff have been members of voluntary organisations such as Roundtable, Rotary, Lions and Governors of local schools, giving back to the community their time and expertise in fund raising and charitable work.

As a highly regarded commercial and individual client law firm, our objective is to deliver clear legal solutions which precisely match your needs. Our business is based upon providing excellent service to our clients.

William Brian Forward
Peter Cooper
Derek Adkinson

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