Our history

Our history

With more than 1,000 lawyers in 28 offices in 16 different jurisdictions, Taylor Wessing is a truly international law firm, exceptionally placed to serve clients across the world’s most dynamic economies.

Taylor Wessing is a future-focused firm, but our standing today is built on a proud history dating back to 1788.

  • 2018


    October: Taylor Wessing opens a Liverpool office, its fourth in the UK.

    Adoption of Swiss Verein structure.

  • 2016


    July: The firm extends its presence in Hong Kong with the creation of a new local office and association with local firm HM Chan & Co.

    June: RHTLaw Taylor Wessing expands into Vietnam through a merger with PBC PARTNERS to form RHTLaw Taylor Wessing Vietnam.

    May: An association with Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners Law Firm is signed extending our presence in Saudi Arabia.

  • 2015


    September: The firm adds two new offices through a merger with leading Netherlands firm Deterink Advocaten en Notarissen.

  • 2014


    Taylor Wessing opens two business offices in the US, in Silicon Valley and New York City, to provide on-the-ground support to US clients.

    An association with the Korean firm DR & AJU International Law Group is signed, extending Taylor Wessing’s presence in North Asia.

  • 2013



    Taylor Wessing is named Law Firm of the Year by leading industry publication The Lawyer – for the firm’s “strategically astute, not to say imaginative, growth and its commitment to investing in new economies, thereby differentiating itself from so many of its competitors…Taylor Wessing has tapped extraordinary sources of energy.”

  • 2012


    March: RHTLaw, the Singapore firm with which Taylor Wessing formed an exclusive co-operation agreement in August 2011, formally joins the firm as RHTLaw Taylor Wessing. The move creates a wider network for the firm in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

    May: The firm adds eight new offices in six new jurisdictions across Central and Eastern Europe through a merger with leading Austrian firm, e|n|w|c.


  • 2011


    Taylor Wessing becomes the first law firm to open a dedicated office in London’s Tech City, reflecting the firm’s support of both UK technology companies and international businesses locating in the area.

  • 2008


    Taylor Wessing opens a Beijing office, its second in China, strengthening its foothold in the country and furthering its commitment to its multi-national Chinese clients.

  • 2007


    Taylor Wessing launches in Dubai through a merger with long-standing associated firm, Key & Dixon.

  • 2002


    Taylor Wessing is born following the merger of Taylor Joynson Garrett and Wessing & Berenberg-Gossler.


    Taylor Joynson Garrett and predecessors

    1989 – Taylor Garrett merges with Joynson-Hicks, to become Taylor Joynson Garrett.
    1982 – Taylor Garrett is formed through the merger of Taylor & Humbert and Parker Garrett.
    1879 – Humbert joins R.S. Taylor & Son and the firm becomes Taylor & Humbert.
    1866 – The third generation of the Taylor family joins, forming R.S. Taylor & Son.
    1832 – The second generation of the Taylor family joins and the firm becomes known as Mould Taylor & Co.
    1788 – A sole practitioner, Thomas Smith, is joined by the first member of the Taylor family.


    Wessing & Berenberg-Gossler and predecessors

    1996 – Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmermann Lange opens an office in Shanghai, China.
    1993 – The firm merges with Kanzlei Lange & von Braunschweig, becoming Wessing Berenberg-Gossler Zimmermann Lange.
    1990 – Berenberg-Gossler merges with Dr. Graf von der Goltz Dr. Wessing & Partner and Zimmermann Hohenlohe Sommer Rojahn.
    1971 – Resolution to enlarge the law firm by accepting multiple lawyers as partners.
    1957 – Dr. Kurt Wessing becomes a partner at a law practice founded by Dr. Rüdiger Graf von der Goltz.
    1873 – Wessing & Berenberg-Gossler’s oldest predecessor is formed – a Hamburg-based firm founded by Hermann May and Alfons Mittelstrass, focusing on the Hanseatic merchants.