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  • Hart Reade Solicitors, specialists in personal legal services and business law.

About Us

Hart Reade is a modern firm of solicitors with offices in Eastbourne, HailshamPolegate and MeadsEast Sussex with a track record of providing helpful and reliable legal advice to clients for over 100 years. Our lawyers are organised into departments ensuring specialisation and maximum efficiency and deal with the following areas of work:

Family Law Department:

Divorce, Civil Partnerships, Finance, Separation, Pre-nuptial Agreements and Children.

Property Department:

Property Conveyancing and Residential Property Law.

Private Client Department:

Probate (Administration of Estates), Will Writing, Powers of Attorney, Management of Affairs and anything relating to Trusts and Tax, Challenging Wills.

Civil Litigation Department:

General Litigation, Dispute resolution, Challenging WillsEmployment Law, and Court Cases.

Commercial Department:

Business Advice, Business Transfers, Commercial Property Law, Employment Law, Commercial Litigation and Landlord and Tenant issues.

We utilise modern training and technology to deliver a high quality service at a cost which is affordable and proportionate to the matter in question.
Our firm has achieved the Law Society Lexcel quality standard which shows our commitment to our clients and to our staff.
We are also accredited members of the Law Society’s Lawyers For Your Business and Conveyancing Quality Schemes and members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners and the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and members of Resolution – first for family law.

Cost Estimates

We intend that you should have as much information as possible about our charges and will therefore provide details of our Terms of Business as well as estimates of likely final cost. We always provide estimates of fees and will do so without charge either by telephone or at a free initial appointment.

Client Identification and Anti-Money Laundering

Money laundering regulations require that we obtain evidence of identity, not only in the case of clients who are new to the firm, but also for existing clients.

We are also required to comply with other anti-money laundering law and regulations, which we take very seriously.

When you instruct us, we will ask you to produce to us your original Passport or Photographic Driving Licence and a recent (within the last three months) utility bill.  If you do not have these, then there are alternatives we can discuss with you.  It is helpful if you can bring these documents to your first appointment, as it will speed up the initial process.

In all transactions, we undertake an online Anti-Money Laundering search.

To protect our clients, we work closely with the National Crime Agency.

Free Legal Appointment

Our Family Law Department offers a free 30 minute no obligation appointment to discuss your case generally and to give you preliminary legal advice. We will also discuss costs with you and advise you of the payment options available. 

Professional Indemnity Insurance

As Solicitors we carry adequate insurance so that you can feel entirely confident in placing your affairs in our hands. Note that the same is not true of many non- professionals!


Hart Reade are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) number 0050799.

Firms regulated by the SRA are required to collect, report and publish workforce diversity data.  To review our results please click on the link – Diversity in the legal sector.

Specialist Panels

We belong to specialist panels for Family Law and Lawyers For Your Business and are members of Resolution – first for family law. We are also members of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme and accredited members of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners.

Safe Storage

The firm provides a safe custody service to clients in respect of Wills, Deeds and other securities and no charge will be made to clients unless prior notice in writing is given of a charge to be made from a future specified date.

Quality Standard

We are pleased to have gained and retained accreditation to the Law Society Lexcel quality standard since 2004.  We feel this standard demonstrates our commitment to client care and to staff development, both of which are of prime importance for the success of our firm.

Lexcel is the Law Society’s practice management quality mark and is only awarded to solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care standards.  Lexcel accredited practices undergo rigorous independent assessment every year to ensure they meet required standards of excellence in areas such as client care, case management and risk management.

See further details of the standard via the link at the bottom of the page.

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