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Girlings Solicitors
16 Rose Lane
Solicitors in Canterbury

Girlings Solicitors is one of the leading law firms in Kent, serving individuals and businesses in the city of Canterbury and the surrounding areas. We also have other legal offices in the south east in Ashford and Herne Bay.

With over a hundred staff, we have the expertise to assist with a wide range of personal and business law matters. Our specialist solicitors and legal advisers are all recognised experts in their respective fields, and are renowned for their friendly, down-to-earth and professional approach.

Girlings Solicitors is also Lexcel accredited - the Law Society’s quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care.

Speak to an expert at our Canterbury office today by visiting the Contact page or calling us on 01227 768374.

Branch Partner, Canterbury office: Lesley Rushton

Our services

Our experienced team of Canterbury solicitors and legal experts are all specialists in their particular areas of practice:

Personal Law

We offer legal support and advice for families and individuals across a wide range of issues. Our legal experts and personal law solicitors in Canterbury can help with a variety of concerns ranging from residential property and conveyancing to Family Law matters such as divorce and separation, children, Wills and estate administration.

Business Law

Our experts provide trusted advice to many types of business in the local area on employment law, commercial property, dispute resolution and debt recovery as well as corporate and commercial services which include advice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, articles of association and more.

We also offer legal services for charities and other not-for-profit organisations.

Our sister company, Girlings Personal Injury Claims, can advise you on Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Claims

Our Canterbury office

Our history began in 1881, when the solicitor Walter Hills set up an office in Margate, operating as a sole practitioner. Our first Canterbury office opened in 1906 in Dane John Gardens, and today the Girlings Solicitors head office is located in the heart of the city at 16 Rose Lane.

For more than a century we have worked to build our reputation as one of the leading solicitors in Canterbury. Over the years, we’ve worked from a number of locations throughout the historic Cathedral city, from our original office on the High Street to other premises which include Upper Bridge Street, St Margaret Street, Watling Street and Dane John Gardens.

Since 2003, we have been based at our current office in the heart of the city centre, close to the bus and train stations and car parking.

We also offer legal services to customers located in the wider Canterbury area including villages such as Chartham, Blean, Tyler Hill, Broad Oak and Sturry (as well as Hales Place, Fordwich, Rough Common, Bridge, and Bekesbourne).

Our role in the Canterbury community

At Girlings Solicitors, we have made a long-term commitment to serving our local community. From supporting local charities with legal advice and fundraising to sponsorship and educational talks, we see it as our responsibility to be an active and valuable part of the local community.

Girlings is proud to be involved with numerous activities and causes in the Canterbury area. Our corporate charity is Take Off, a local mental health organisation providing social support in the form of self-help groups and other activities.

We provide volunteers for the Law Clinic at the University of Kent, which offers a free public service for local citizens who cannot afford essential legal advice and representation - as well as contributing to the education of students at Kent Law School though direct legal practice.

Girlings Solicitors are also sponsors of the Kent County Cricket Club, Canterbury Pride and the Canterbury Wine Festival, among many other local events in the city and the surrounding area.

Girlings Solicitors is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority No. 614527. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd is a separate company authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority No. 522082.

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Opening hours

Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Directions to Canterbury office

By car

There are many car parks around Canterbury city centre. Most convenient for our office at Rose Lane are:

  • Watling Street Car Park: Watling Street, Canterbury CT1 2UD
  • Whitefriars Carpark: Gravel Walk, Canterbury, CT1 2TF

A complete list of Canterbury’s car parks is available on the City Council website

By Park and Ride

The Canterbury Park and Ride service offers a regular service into the centre of Canterbury from the following sites:

New Dover Road - CT1 3EJ
Wincheap - CT1 3TY
Sturry Road - CT1 1AD

By train

Our Canterbury Office is in easy walking distance from both Canterbury East Station (less than a 10 minute walk) and Canterbury West Station (around a 15 minute walk).

By bus

Stagecoach runs regular local bus services into Canterbury Bus Station which is about a 5-minute walk away from our Canterbury solicitors’ office.

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Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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