Firm's history

Founded 1908

Herbert Harrowell set up his original practice in 1908 – the same year that Henry Ford’s first model T automobile was produced. In 1926 Mr Harrowell was joined by Norris M Brown and over the next four decades the partnership steadily expanded with Kenneth Bloor, Raymond Fox, Dick Stanley and John Yeomans successively becoming partners.

St Saviourgate

Following the firm’s move from Parliament Street to the St Saviourgate office in 1974, the expansion of the practice began in earnest. Over the ensuing thirty years, Harrowells broadened its expertise beyond its property and private client focus to include advice on commercial law and different aspects of litigation.

Harrowell Shaftoe

The merger, in 1985, of Harrowells with Shaftoes (itself founded in the 1860s) and the more recent merger, in 2005, with Ashworth Tetlow were important steps towards the creation of what is now a major regional practice. 2008 saw the renaming of the firm, for the second time in its long history, as Harrowells.

Hileys and Powell & Young

Hileys of Thirsk and Easingwold and Powell & Young of Pocklington, are two highly regarded practices with strong local followings that have merged with Harrowells, in 2011 and 2013 respectively, with the result that the combined practice now has an enhanced presence and coverage across North and East Yorkshire.