Rollits celebrates 175 years in business
In 1841 the first edition of Punch magazine was published,
Robert Peel became Prime Minister, and the Penny Black stamp was
replaced by the Penny Red.
In Hull, a young Solicitor called John Rollit began practising
law with his Partner William Dryden - their firm was called Dryden
Sons & Rollit.
In due course, John Rollit set up his own practice at 62
Whitefriargate and soon after welcomed his two sons Albert and
Arthur to the Partnership (now called Rollit & Sons). Both were
eminent and colourful characters of their time, particularly Sir
Albert who later became an MP.
Thomas Farrell joined in 1879 and the firm's other "named
partner", Dick Bladon became a partner in 1934. The firm remained
as Rollit Farrell and Bladon until shortened to Rollits in
Over time Rollits has occupied various premises within a stone's
throw of each other in Hull's old town …Cogan House and Cogan
Chambers from 1878 to 1981; Elsworth House; Alfred Gelder Street in
the late 1960's; King William House in Market Place from 1981 to
1991; Lowgate House from 1988 to 1991; Wilberforce Court on High
Street from 1991 to 2016 and now from its brand new premises at
Citadel House at the other end of the High Street.
Ralph Gilbert, Managing Partner said "On 9 June 1841, John
Rollit was admitted as an attorney of the Court of Queen's Bench
and also a solicitor of the High Court of Chancery. His portrait is
displayed in our reception at Citadel House today.
"The firm has developed and changed in untold ways over the last
175 years. It has practised from various offices in the Old Town in
Hull but also in London, Beverley, Hornsea, Helmsley and, from
1990, in York. There have been in the region of 80 partners and
hundreds of staff who have made the firm it is today.
"Today's society, the legal profession and the firm itself would
be most alien to John Rollit as he embarked on his legal career but
we are rightly proud that we are the same firm (albeit possibly in
the style of "Trigger's broom") that started life 175 years ago and
we will be both commemorating and celebrating this "significant"
birthday over the next 12 months.
"Rollits continues to provide commercial legal services from its
bases at Citadel House, High Street and Rowntree Wharf, York and is
proud to be celebrating 175 years in business in Yorkshire."
Posted on: 17/06/2016
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