Thorntons mark 50 years on Brothock Bridge

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ONE OF Arbroath’s oldest law firm has marked its move 50 years ago to Brothockbank House on Brothock Bridge.

Thorntons has commemorated this impressive milestone with a special lunch, attended by past and present partners.

The gathering took place in the Brothock Bridge offices where those there shared fond memories and stories about the firm’s history.

George Dunlop, managing partner of Thorntons Arbroath office said: “It is hugely satisfying for Thorntons to reach this milestone and it is thanks to the people in and around Arbroath and to our local staff that we still have such a large presence in the town.

“We have advised generations of families and businesses in the area allowing us to fully understand the needs of the community and we work hard to ensure they are given the best possible service.

“We have also shown our long-term commitment to Arbroath by signing a new lease which will see us stay in Brothockbank House for the next 30 years.”

Thorntons legacy began more than 150 years ago but in the early 1960s new offices were required due both to the rapid expansion of the business and the then offices being scheduled for demolition to enable the building of the dual carriageway through the town.

In partnership with its then landlords, National Commercial Bank, a new office was designed. The firm moved into Brothockbank House in the summer of 1962 and this remains the Thorntons offices today - albeit with a few alterations.

In 1985 Clark Oliver, as it was known then, merged with Thorntons Dickie and Brand to become Thorntons Oliver, before becoming Thorntons in 1990.

Mr Dunlop added: “Thorntons has been on quite a journey over the last 50 years in Brothockbank House and during that time the firm has adapted to meet the needs of the local community. For example, in the 1960s Saturday was an especially busy day in Arbroath as the farmers’ market would take place.

“Traditionally lawyers were only open Monday to Friday but the firm opened its doors on a Saturday to allow farmers to pop in and see the partners while they were in the town.

“We also advised many local businesses at that time, including the national company, Sixty Minute Cleaners and many textile and metalwork companies run by Arbroath families.

“Over the years, although the town has changed and people have moved on, it is important to us at Thorntons that we continue to provide a full and first class service to the local community.”

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