All change at Glanvilles

“It is important Glanvilles Damant retains its established values and history but at the same time develops a new and modern identity..”

Managing Partner, Raj Sangha

Left to Right: Nick Hessey, Gemma Cook, Claudia Roberts,  Mark Harman, Marie Russell, Colin Samuelson, Raj Sangha.

All change at Glanvilles

There have been a number of changes at Isle of Wight law firm Glanvilles recently, having split from the mainland side of the business enabling a much more local focus, and with the aim of better serving the needs of Islanders.


Our Isle of Wight office derives from two long established firms, Damant & Sons and Buckell & Drew. Members of the Damant family started practising in Cowes in 1841 and Damant & Sons remained in that family until 1953.  The merger with Glanvilles took place in 1988 when the firm became Glanvilles Damant. William Way Buckell started his firm in Newport in 1843 and his descendants remained partners in the firm continuously for 155 years. Buckell & Drew merged with Glanvilles in 1998.


As part of the project, the firm has undergone a total rebrand, with a new name, new logo, tagline and website to support its continued evolution as the Isle of Wight’s leading full service law firm. The firm officially launched on October 1st as Glanvilles Damant Legal Services. The name change is a nod to the firm’s long history on the Island, having merged with another historic Island firm Damant & Sons in 1989.


The new brand identity reflects Glanvilles Damant’s commitment to provide the very best legal services in order to meet the needs of its clients. The new tagline ‘Island Knowledge, National Expertise’ reflects the wealth of expertise and experience on offer whilst remaining local and approachable.


Managing Partner, Raj Sangha said: “It is important Glanvilles Damant retains its established values and history but at the same time develops a new and modern identity. The rebrand will ensure we get the right message out there. It is important to let people know what Glanvilles Damant stands for and our new tagline ‘Island Knowledge, National Expertise’ further signifies the commitment of everyone at Glanvilles Damant to the firm’s clients.”


All Partners and staff have remained with the firm, and a number of promotions have been made. The firm continues to be managed by Managing Partner Raj Sangha, along with Senior Associate Mark Harman who has been made Head of Operations. Mark has been with the firm since 1999 and started working for Glanvilles in Portsmouth before relocating to the Isle of Wight in 2007.


The firm welcomes two new Trainee Solicitors, Amy Hosell and Dannielle Long,  and has also made three promotions. Lauren Elliott becomes an Associate Solicitor. Lauren is based in the Property Service Department and deals with all aspects of selling and buying freehold and leasehold residential properties including re-mortgages and transfers of equity. She also deals with shared ownership properties and has dealt with the acquisition of properties under the Help To Buy Scheme.


Hannah Lisseter becomes an Associate Solicitor. Hannah specialises in all aspects of Will writing, Probate and Estate Administration, Powers of Attorney and Care Fee Planning. She also undertakes Court of Protection work helping people lacking mental capacity and their families to manage their affairs.


Julia Whitter becomes an Associate Solicitor. After completing her training contract with Bond Pearce in Southampton, Julia returned to her roots on the Isle of Wight working at RJR Solicitors before leaving to head up the Residential Conveyancing department at Bolitho Way. Julia joined the the Property Team in April 2012 and specialises in residential conveyancing.

Glanvilles Damant have offices at:

The Courtyard, St Cross Business Park, Newport, PO30 5BF and can be contacted on (01983) 527878.

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