The Annual Round Up 2022

Now 2022 has come to a close it is time for reflection on another impressive year for Grey-Smith Legal. Still in its infancy having only been practising for 22 months, 2022 has seen Grey-Smith Legal make huge strides in the UK conveyancing market.

In September Grey-Smith Legal completed the acquisition of Cochrane’s Law Firm, increasing its workforce from 11 to 27.  Jim Cochrane, Founder and Director of Cochrane’s, said: “Our two firms are similar in size and make-up, so it made sense to come together to create a larger firm, able to provide a comprehensive legal service to local communities as well as further afield”.  Grey-Smith Legal now has four offices across the North-East, namely Skelton, Spennymoor, Stockton and Billingham.

Furthermore, it was an impressive year for award wins; Jo Grey, Director was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Conveyancer of the Year 2022 category at the LEAP Modern Conveyancing Awards held on 24th November 2022. Grey-Smith Legal were also crowned winners at the Global Business Awards taking home the Most Efficient Residential & Commercial Conveyancing Company North East England. Additionally they won at the Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards in the category of Property Law UK.

Grey-Smith Legal continues to build its five-star reputation. Its exceptional client service has it ranked 1st in Redcar & Cleveland, 7th in Teesside and 256th nationally according to Review Solicitors. Additionally, its hard work and customer focus can be validated by its five-star reviews on the Solicitor Review Panel. A tremendous achievement for the firm and an absolute testament to Grey-Smith Legal’s tenacity, dedication and professionalism.

Looking forward to 2023, Grey-Smith Legal is expecting to see revenue in the next financial year exceed £2.5 million and will continue to grow its colleague base from 27 to 40 across the next 12 months. Grey-Smith Legal is part of The SDDE Smith Group who are looking forward to launching their new brand, website, and ESG strategy in the near future, which will reflect and demonstrate the brilliance of the Grey-Smith Legal brand and the commitment it has to pushing boundaries to create better places to live, work and stay. 

Dale Smith, CEO of The SDDE Smith Group and Operations Director of Grey-Smith Legal has said: “What a year for Grey-Smith Legal and still only in its second full year of operation. Revenue has grown by over 300% year on year, and the colleague base with the acquisition of Cochranes Law Firm in September now sits at 27 across four office locations. The Grey-Smith Legal brand continues to build its five-star reputation, providing exceptional client service, ranking 1st in Redcar & Cleveland, 7th in Teesside and 256th nationally according to Review Solicitors.”

To close the chapter on 2022, Laura Zielinski, Legal Director of Grey-Smith Legal, says: “We would like to wish all our clients, staff, referrers and suppliers a prosperous 2023. We have had a fantastic year at Grey-Smith Legal, a particular highlight of 2022 was the acquisition of Cochranes Law Firm.  We could not have done this without the support of all staff involved so a huge thank you to our team.  We will continue to grow in 2023 and we are excited as to what the future holds for us. We will continue to push boundaries to create a better place to live, work and stay in 2023.”

Grey-Smith Legal is part of The SDDE Smith Group, a portfolio of businesses based in the North East, striving to push boundaries and support local communities to create better places to live, work and stay.

Get in touch with the Grey-Smith Legal team on or by calling 01287 653990.

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