Our History

When Matthew Brettenham Kingsbury established the firm back in 1790, he could not have envisaged that the partnership would become the modern, sophisticated and successful one that it is today.

In 1908 Percy Jeans Sprake, grandfather of David Sprake, joined the practice, taking it over in 1912. Percy’s brother, Geoffrey Guy Sprake, joined him in 1920 and later their sons, John Humphrey Sprake and Austin Sprake, entered the firm.

In 1974, Richard Hughes joined the practice with John Sprake, David Sprake's father, and the firm became known as Sprake & Hughes.

David Sprake started working in the firm in 1981. Following the retirement of Richard Hughes, Nicolas Kingsley joined the business in 1992 and soon after the firm became known as Sprake & Kingsley.  Karen Phillips and Frances Davy joined the firm in the 1990's, later becoming Partners.

In 2019 the firm adopted the modern structure of a Limited Liability Partnership becoming Sprake & Kingsley LLP.

In October 2022 John Hay, John Williams and Anna Farquharson joined as new Partners.   At the same time David Sprake and Nick Kingsley became consultants. Thereafter Nick retired at the end of 2023.

“Sprake & Kingsley” & “Sprake & Kingsley Solicitors” are trading names of Sprake & Kingsley LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (LLP Number OC422486) whose registered office is 16 Broad Street, Bungay, NR35 1EN. 

The firm’s Partners are:
Karen Phillips (Managing), Frances Davy, John Hay,
John Williams, Anna Farquharson
The firm’s Consultants are:
David Sprake (Solicitor),
Jennifer George (Chartered Legal Executive)
The firm, its solicitors and all fee earners are only qualified to advise on English Law within the jurisdiction of England & Wales
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