The History of "HEWETTS"

The history of Hewetts can be traced back all the way to 1883. 

Charles Ernest Hewett was admitted to the roll in January 1883 and began practising on his own from 1884.  He then went into Partnership with Frances James Churchill to create the firm of “Hewett & Churchill” and then later “Hewett & Pim” with Henry Ernest Pim.  Mr Hewett died in 1939, but not before leaving a considerable amount of land to the local councils.  You can still see his name popping up on a few road names and public parks in the Reading area.

Mr Pim continued the Practice during the War, ably assisted by two Senior Clerks, Mr Wyeth and Mr Neville.

Following the end of the War in 1945, Mr Pim was joined (as the Practice expanded) by Michael Grey Dixon and the firm then became “Hewett Pim & Dixon”.  Early in April 1967 Christopher Josephi joined the firm as an Assistant Solicitor.  However, on 22 May 1967 Mr Pim was tragically drowned in Paradise Bay off Malta and Mr Josephi was subsequently appointed a Partner in that year, and practised with Mr Dixon until his death on 4 June 1974.  Mr Josephi continued the Practice initially on his own and ultimately was aided by five Assistant Solicitors, two of whom (Anthony Constantine Phipps and Christopher Nigel Kennedy) were taken into Partnership.  As the Practice expanded Christopher Branson and Peter Lancaster joined the Practice as Partners.

In 1989 the Practice was re-formed. Mr Josephi became a Consultant Solicitor while Christopher Kennedy joined Mr Geoffrey Kew in Partnership, with Mr Branson and Mr Lancaster moving on. At the same time Hewetts moved from its traditional home in Station Road, to a new office in London Street where it remains to this day.

In 1995 Mr Robin Gambles joined the Partnership as Mr Kennedy left, followed by Mr Timothy Butcher and Ms Elizabeth Bettes.

In 2014 the business incorporated, so changing from a Partnership to a limited Company, with both Mr Gambles and Ms Bettes retiring shortly after. Mr Oliver Kew (Geoff's son) and Ms Deborah Sumitra became partners alongside Geoff and Tim. Geoff - well-known and well-loved in the local legal community - sadly passed away unexpectedly in 2020.

Hewetts continues to be a modern day law firm providing a complete range of legal services to both business and individuals, having extensive contacts in the local community and legal profession.


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