Our Heritage

The origins of the firm go back to Pickering Kenyon (which was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest law firm in the world dating back to 1561).  and was formed in 1990 by three of that firm’s partners, Messrs Lass Salt and Garvin, later becoming LSG and (on merger with Gardner Austin in 2016) LSGA.  In January 2021, the LSGA partnership converted to a limited liability partnership and rebranded with the new name of Branch Austin LLP.

Our Approach

At Branch Austin we’re very good at listening. It’s what helps us get to know you, not as the next case number or file but as a client who has specific and sometimes uniquely personal needs.

Of course, we’re not only good at listening. We’re good at talking too. Questioning, answering, advising, negotiating. Whatever it takes to get the job done professionally, cost-effectively and with the minimum of fuss and delay.

And when we talk, we promise to speak your language. In an often complex world full of jargon and legalese and at a time when you may be feeling the pressure, our aim is to provide you with advice that’s practical, clear and easy to understand.

In short, we know what we’re doing and we believe it’s important that you know what we’re doing too.

So, we listen, we learn, we talk and, with all the facts at our fingertips, we act, delivering a partner-led service that supports our clients in both their business and personal lives and covers everything from corporate and property matters to dispute resolution, divorce and private client work.

For your total satisfaction, not to mention peace of mind, when necessary we add to our own expertise by drawing on the experience of an established network of other business professionals. It means we offer a service that’s complete as well as dependable.

And though based in central London, we’re at home in all four corners of the globe. We have our own international specialists whose understanding of local laws, cultures and market practices is invaluable when it comes to delivering cross-border solutions to problems. In addition, we work with independent law firms in jurisdictions that include Russia, the UAE and the USA plus a number of Central and Eastern European countries.


It’s an approach that works.

Our time and expertise are the key elements of the services we provide to our clients and so our fees are calculated by reference to the time spent by and the hourly rates of the legal personnel who deal with the matter.

Our list of satisfied clients includes individuals; entrepreneur and family-owned businesses; international and domestic companies, large and small. And in almost every sector, from banking and leisure to telecommunications, oil and gas, publishing and PR, we work with many high profile names who are happy to call us their ‘trusted advisers’ and who recommend us time and time again.

Details of our charges are set out in our fees.

Our Partners

Saika Alam


Hal Branch


Authorised & Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority No. 812138

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