Our People

John Rudd founded the firm in 1933 from an office in Westcliff-on-Sea and was subsequently joined by Bill Davenport and Jack Moorfoot when the firm became Rudd Moorfoot and Davenport.


The firm acquired premises in Rayleigh in the late 1950s and moved to its present office in Rayleigh High Street in the 1960s. In 1993 in common with a number of Solicitors firms at that time it was decided to shorten our name and as we were always known locally as Rudds this was an automatic choice. In 2012 a number of factors came together including the availability of additional premises adjoining our existing office in Rayleigh which made it advantageous to amalgamate the two offices and for the firm to practice under one roof in Rayleigh High Street. This has proved to be a very successful move and we are now one of the largest firms in Rayleigh.


The world has changed dramatically since John Rudd put up his name plate on the wall of an office in Westcliff-on-Sea but we have always adhered to his underlying principle of providing good sound professional legal advice to our clients on a personal basis. Rudds view technology as a very helpful tool but that is not what it is all about. Effective and efficient legal advice remains, as always, about our clients. Customer service is important. Having someone to speak to about your matter when needed and providing a personal service is the cornerstone on which we have built our practice and is the reason for our continued success.

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