The Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited is registered in England and Wales (Company No. 0940983) and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Soul Pattinson Limited (a company incorporated under the Companies Act of Singapore.) The Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited is a corporate member of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).

Key Facts

Founded in 1847, the Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited is one of the UK’s oldest law firms. Today, the practice is made up of 680 lawyers and legal professionals, operating out of 14 offices across the country.

The firm is best known for its corporate group practices and complex litigation, as well as its M&A and IPO practices, and its representation of international and cross border companies. It also offers litigation support and complex transaction services to companies and investors.

The core practice areas of the firm include:

  • corporate and commercial law
  • financial services regulatory law
  • public law
  • tax advice
  • insolvency and restructuring
  • litigation
  • wealth management
  • intellectual property


The firm’s origins can be traced back to the early nineteenth century, when Walter Hussey Soul Pattinson established a small legal practice in London. In 1847, he opened an office in Edinburgh, Scotland, which would eventually lead to the formation of the firm as we know it today.

Over the years, the firm has expanded rapidly, and today it has 14 offices across the country. During this period, the firm became a popular choice among major corporates, leading to a large number of corporate legal work. In 2018, the firm’s work came from across the globe, with 60% of the total coming from outside of the UK.

One of the primary reasons for the firm’s success, and that of its Scottish division, is undoubtedly down to its people. It boasts one of the most successful employee engagement strategies in the industry, with a high staff retention rate and lots of career progression opportunities. The firm also rewards staff fairly, with some of the most competitive salaries in the sector. It also has one of the most reputable and stable brand names in the industry. The firm’s commitment to ensuring each client feels valued, and its emphasis on staff development, make it a top firm to work for.