• Brachers is proud to have served
    the people of Kent for 125 years

  • But our responsibilities don’t stop there – as the firm continues to grow and adapt to the changing landscape, we are committed to ensuring we are around for 125 years to come.

    • 1895

      Henry James Bracher starts the firm on Earl Street, a premises where he already worked as Guardians of the Hollingbourne workhouse.

    • 1912

      Frank Miskin joins the firm when he marries George’s daughter, Marjorie. His son and grandson will go on to join the firm.

    • Guy Bracher - 1912
      1912

      Henry’s son, Guy Bracher joins the firm which is renamed Bracher, Son and Miskin. He was killed in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

    • 1923

      Henry’s son, Philip Bracher, joins the firm. He will later become President of the Kent Law Society.

    • 1985

      Works carried out on premises corner of Pudding Lane and Earl Street.

    • 1987

      Somerfield House purchased and extension work begins.

    • 1990

      Opening of Somerfield House, with the Maidstone Mayor and Lord Lieutenant attending.

    • Geoffrey Dearing
      1996

      Geoff Dearing named Brachers Managing Partner.

    • 1998

      George Bracher at his retirement.

    • Brachers Staff Photo
      2003

      The number of staff reaches 130.

    • Brachers Healthcare & Medical Defence Partner John Sheath
      2004

      John Sheath named Brachers Managing Partner.

    • Brachers Managing Partner Joanna Worby
      2013

      Joanna Worby named Brachers Managing Partner.

    • Brachers Leeds Castle Classical Concert 2019
      2018

      Brachers sponsors Leeds Castle Classical concert.

    • Brachers and Mote Colts Cricket Team 2019
      2019

      Brachers sponsors Maidstone’s Mote Colts cricket team.

    • Brachers East Kent Ploughing Match 2019
      2019

      Brachers supports its agricultural heritage at East Kent Ploughing Match.

    • Brachers Joanna Worby and Elmer the Elephant
      2020

      Brachers commits to supporting Elmer elephant trail through Maidstone to raise money for Heart of Kent Hospice.

    • Brachers 125 Celebration 2020
      2020

      Brachers launches its 125 anniversary year.

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  • Supporting businesses and the community for 125 years

    Our 125th anniversary year has proved challenging for businesses and individuals due to the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak and we continue to support our clients and the wider community through this.

    Charitable giving is an important part of Brachers’ culture, especially during these challenging and uncertain times, and staff are encouraged to give back through donation of time or money.

    Every two years we choose a local charity to support with donations and help raise the charity’s profile. Over the past four years, Brachers’ staff have raised more than £45,000 for Kent charities, including Macmillan KentHeart of Kent HospiceHeadway West KentBlackthorn TrustDemelza House, Five Acre Wood School, as well as our 2019-2020 charity, Spadework.

    During our anniversary year, we also have plans in place to plant trees around the country to give back to the community in which we are part of.

    This year we are demonstrating our commitment to serving the businesses and residents of East Kent by opening a large office in the heart of Canterbury. As well as the increased level of work undertaken for our longstanding rural clients, we have seen a rise in demand for private client advice, and the new offices will make it easier for individuals to arrange their legal affairs. Operating from both Canterbury and Maidstone means we are also perfectly placed to serve our clients across the whole of Kent and Sussex, as well as in London.

    We are proud to have been shortlisted for the Law Society Excellence in Marketing and Communications Award, which has shown how we have adapted to the challenges that this year has seen and our quick response to change the way in which we support our communities and businesses. We have produced a range of support including:

    • Returning to work after lockdown webinar series
    • Restarting your business – practical guidance for post-lockdown webinar series
    • #OneMinuteBriefings– a series of short videos about fast-moving legal changes during the pandemic
    • Coronavirus Hub on our website which pulls together all coronavirus-related articles
    • Targeted emails and newsletters to clients with the most up-to-date coronavirus-related content
    • Coronavirus information sheets for clients highlighting the range of coronavirus support we have available
    • Coronavirus risk assessment for clients visiting our premises
    • Our offices are following strict social distancing guidance with plastic screens in meeting rooms and in reception, and have signs up to promote the use of masks and regular hand sanitising
    • Adhering to NHS Test and Trace service

    Our promise

    From the very start we have put clients at the heart of our business, which has always sat alongside our promise to the local community and ability to offer excellence. In the beginning, the highest standard of work quickly become the expectation of all who instructed us.

    Today, we remain a law firm renowned for building lasting relationships with clients and delivering high quality advice. The firm is run by an executive board which makes all major decisions with these objectives in mind. The firm has changed a lot over the years but its core values and culture are still recognisable.

    As a firm we are proud of our continuing role in the region’s most significant developments and our commitment to the key sectors represented in the region.

    125 Years With You

    Brachers’ was founded in 1895 by Henry James Bracher who moved to Maidstone when he was appointed Clerk to the Guardian of the Hollingbourne Union, a workhouse based in the area. In 1912 he was joined by his son, Guy, who was later killed in The Great War, and Frank Miskin.

    Brachers took its name from these first three partners, Bracher, Son & Miskin and for the first 75 years the partners were drawn solely from the Bracher, Miskin and Brown families.

    By 1970 it became necessary to recruit other partners to support clients and in 1988 the name was changed to Brachers.

    George Bracher retired in 1998 and Chris Brown in 2003, who were the last of the family members.

    While the world has changed to be almost unrecognisable to what Henry Bracher would have known in 1895, what hasn’t changed for the business is our focus on our clients and the quality of advice.

    Today as we celebrate our 125th anniversary, we continue our commitment to our clients and supporting the local community by consistently seeking the best possible outcome for businesses and individuals. Find out more about Brachers.