Many years ago, there were four leading law firms based in South Essex. Travell Horner, Bates & Partners, Twitchen & Musters, and finally Robinson & Kelly. The first two, Travell Horner and Bates & Partners merged and became Bates Travell, and then the other two superb law firms Twitchen & Musters and Robinson Kelly also came together to become Twitchen, Musters, Robinson & Kelly – which was a bit of a mouthful so they became TMK Solicitors in due course. These two exceptional legal practices continued until they decided to join forces and became the BTMK that we know and love today. Here’s some fun facts to show you the full story… This is our story:

The first of those four really good companies that formed was Bates & Partners back in 1934. So the history of the B in BTMK began…

At the age of just 25 the coronation of Elizabeth II took place.  Queen Elizabeth II has become the world’s longest-reigning living monarch.

At the age of just 25 the coronation of Elizabeth II took place.  Queen Elizabeth II has become the world’s longest-reigning living monarch.

Ashley Kalms Travell & Co were formed, paving the way for the business that we know and love today!

Women were finally given equal rights in law in 1975 with the passing of the Sex Discrimination Act, but women remained under-represented in the highest paid jobs such as lawyers and company directors.

Women were finally given equal rights in law in 1975 with the passing of the Sex Discrimination Act, but women remained under-represented in the highest paid jobs such as lawyers and company directors.

Margaret Thatcher becomes the first ever female Prime Minister in the UK, marking a huge step forward for equal opportunities in the workplace. In charge for 3 terms, she was Britains longest-serving Prime Minister in the 20th Century, and helped shape a number of laws and regulations still in place today.

John Twitchen and Patrick Musters join forces to become Twitchen & Musters – a niche litigation practice and the first of its kind in the area. – what will in the next decade become TMK Solicitors

John Twitchen and Patrick Musters join forces to become Twitchen & Musters – a niche litigation practice and the first of its kind in the area. – what will in the next decade become TMK Solicitors

It became law to wear seatbelts in the front of the car – rear seats were later in 1989.

Julie Hayward was the first woman to win a case under the amended Equal Pay Act. Julie was a canteen worker in Liverpool and got paid less than her male colleagues.

Julie Hayward was the first woman to win a case under the amended Equal Pay Act. Julie was a canteen worker in Liverpool and got paid less than her male colleagues.

1990 cemented it’s place in history as the year that Nelson Mandela was momentously freed from imprisonment on Robben Island in South Africa. His well-documented ordeal would shape laws around the world regarding discrimination and apartheid. Twitchen & Musters merge with Robinson & Kelly from Shoeburyness to become Twitchen, Musters, Robinson & Kelly Solicitors. In the same year, Ashley Kalms Travell & Co merges with David Horner & Webb to become Travell Horner & Partners.

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1990 cemented it’s place in history as the year that Nelson Mandela was momentously freed from imprisonment on Robben Island in South Africa. His well-documented ordeal would shape laws around the world regarding discrimination and apartheid. Twitchen & Musters merge with Robinson & Kelly from Shoeburyness to become Twitchen, Musters, Robinson & Kelly Solicitors. In the same year, Ashley Kalms Travell & Co merges with David Horner & Webb to become Travell Horner & Partners.

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Twitchen Musters & Kelly becomes known as TMK Solicitors.

The law changed to allow shops to open seven days a week and the idea of shopping as a leisure activity for everyone became even more popular.

The law changed to allow shops to open seven days a week and the idea of shopping as a leisure activity for everyone became even more popular.

As the global technology evolution continues the Data Protection Act was launched, designed to protect personal data stored on computers or in an organised paper filing system.

The world welcomes in the new millennium and, contrary to popular belief, computers can count to 2000 without crashing the markets and sending us all into a tailspin. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The world welcomes in the new millennium and, contrary to popular belief, computers can count to 2000 without crashing the markets and sending us all into a tailspin. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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In the same year that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth instalment in the wildly popular series, hit the shelves in June and rocketed up the best-seller lists, a little more magic happened in Southend as Travell Horner & Partners then took over Dutton & Hook and Mary Tucker & Co before merging with Bates & Partners – who had been in the town for a very long time – to form ‘Bates Travell’.

In the same year that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth instalment in the wildly popular series, hit the shelves in June and rocketed up the best-seller lists, a little more magic happened in Southend as Travell Horner & Partners then took over Dutton & Hook and Mary Tucker & Co before merging with Bates & Partners – who had been in the town for a very long time – to form ‘Bates Travell’.

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Queen Elizabeth II christens the RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise liner, the largest ocean liner in the world at the time. It has now been surpassed by Royal Caribbean International’s ‘Symphony Of The Seas’.

Civil Partnerships became legal in the UK, which meant that same-sex couples had almost the same legal effects, rights and obligations as married couples.

Civil Partnerships became legal in the UK, which meant that same-sex couples had almost the same legal effects, rights and obligations as married couples.

In a year that saw Prince Charles and Camilla marry, another major event took place – BTMK was born! Bates Travell merged with TMK to form BTMK. This high-profile merger of two of the most important law firms in South Essex created a combined firm of more than 100 members of staff, bringing together the leaders in their fields and creating the largest firm of its kind in Southend-on-Sea 

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In a year that saw Prince Charles and Camilla marry, another major event took place – BTMK was born! Bates Travell merged with TMK to form BTMK. This high-profile merger of two of the most important law firms in South Essex created a combined firm of more than 100 members of staff, bringing together the leaders in their fields and creating the largest firm of its kind in Southend-on-Sea 

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Over in the US, search engine giants Google purchased the popular video streaming site YouTube. Despite the site being just over a year old, it was recognised for being one of the fastest-growing and most popular websites online and was bought for $1.65 billion through a stock purchase!

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As Gordon Brown took over the reigns in charge of the country following Tony Blair’s resignation in 2007, BTMK acquired Marcus Baum Solicitors. Marcus Baum handle over 2500 residential property transactions each year; they have an exciting blend of experience and youth and are regularly praised for their quality in the field of domestic conveyancing work.

As Gordon Brown took over the reigns in charge of the country following Tony Blair’s resignation in 2007, BTMK acquired Marcus Baum Solicitors. Marcus Baum handle over 2500 residential property transactions each year; they have an exciting blend of experience and youth and are regularly praised for their quality in the field of domestic conveyancing work.

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The Equality act of 2010 comes into force. Nine pieces of separate legislation are merged and updated to ensure everybody is treated equally.

The Equality act of 2010 comes into force. Nine pieces of separate legislation are merged and updated to ensure everybody is treated equally.

The Olympics comes to the UK and is hosted in London! Team GB placed in the top 3 for medals and a number of cycling olympic records were broken by both male and female British athletes. This year also marked the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne, and Diamond Jubilee celebrations took place up and down the country.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in the same year, and became the highest grossing film in the series! Another stellar event took place this year as BTMK acquired FWG, a bespoke wills, inheritance and probate firm which itself had a history of 28 years under the guardianship of Fred and then Mark Goodson.  They have one of the best reputations in their field and assist in BTMK’s strategy to have one of the market-leading private client teams throughout Essex.  The acquisition also helped to cement BTMK’s position in Leigh-on-Sea.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in the same year, and became the highest grossing film in the series! Another stellar event took place this year as BTMK acquired FWG, a bespoke wills, inheritance and probate firm which itself had a history of 28 years under the guardianship of Fred and then Mark Goodson.  They have one of the best reputations in their field and assist in BTMK’s strategy to have one of the market-leading private client teams throughout Essex.  The acquisition also helped to cement BTMK’s position in Leigh-on-Sea.

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A vote on the UK’s participation in the European Union was granted to the general public, and after a long and drawn-out campaigns by teams for both sides, the British public opted to leave the EU. David Cameron resigned, and Theresa May took over as only the second female Prime Minister. This year also saw the introduction of the National Living wage. It’s based on how much an individual actually needs to earn to cover the basic cost of living, and is significantly higher than the national minimum wage.

A vote on the UK’s participation in the European Union was granted to the general public, and after a long and drawn-out campaigns by teams for both sides, the British public opted to leave the EU. David Cameron resigned, and Theresa May took over as only the second female Prime Minister. This year also saw the introduction of the National Living wage. It’s based on how much an individual actually needs to earn to cover the basic cost of living, and is significantly higher than the national minimum wage.

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In the news, the probe Juno showed us stunning new images of Jupiter! A little closer to home, BTMK and Marcus Baum formally merged, with each still retaining their own identity but now one company. The overall business has over 110 members of staff, and now offers the widest range of legal services of all its competitors.

In the news, the probe Juno showed us stunning new images of Jupiter! A little closer to home, BTMK and Marcus Baum formally merged, with each still retaining their own identity but now one company. The overall business has over 110 members of staff, and now offers the widest range of legal services of all its competitors.

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“GDPR” sent Europe’s businesses and consumers into a meltdown, as nobody knew what it meant. In truth, people quickly realised it’s there to protect their online privacy from data harvesters. But like all good professionals, we’ve always closely guarded our clients data and privacy.

“GDPR” sent Europe’s businesses and consumers into a meltdown, as nobody knew what it meant. In truth, people quickly realised it’s there to protect their online privacy from data harvesters. But like all good professionals, we’ve always closely guarded our clients data and privacy.

In the year that unified the nation with the belief that football may finally come home (it didn’t), many found comfort in the exciting news that BTMK had acquired Todmans SRE, a well-established firm based in Rayleigh.

Todmans SRE are specialists in Conveyancing, Commercial Property and Wills and Probate, and of course these will continue and grow. BTMK Solicitors will also be increasing the portfolio of services available to Rayleigh residents and business owners locally, to include Corporate & Commercial, and in due course, a presence from our specialist litigation and family law teams.

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In the year that unified the nation with the belief that football may finally come home (it didn’t), many found comfort in the exciting news that BTMK had acquired Todmans SRE, a well-established firm based in Rayleigh.

Todmans SRE are specialists in Conveyancing, Commercial Property and Wills and Probate, and of course these will continue and grow. BTMK Solicitors will also be increasing the portfolio of services available to Rayleigh residents and business owners locally, to include Corporate & Commercial, and in due course, a presence from our specialist litigation and family law teams.

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