Who we are


About us


Charles Underwood established his law firm in London’s West End in 1845. We have developed into an industry-leading business with a deep appreciation of the value of thinking long term.

Today Underwood & Co is a multidisciplinary commercial law firm, providing high-end legal services to household names, international businesses and individuals in the UK and around the world. Our core teams are small but specialised and we believe that this is our strength, enabling us to provide every client, no matter your size, with the personal expertise we’re known for. We work with clients in banking and finance, property development, hospitality, professional services, secured lending and private estates, to name but a few.

We have deliberately forged a cohesive working ethos which enables us to offer first-class legal advice, sound business acumen and to create strong, client-focussed working relationships, something we pride ourselves on. Our size means that each client is able to have direct contact with one of our partners as required, ensuring a truly personal touch. We’re extremely honoured that many of our clients have been with us for years and proud that so much of our business comes through recommendation.

Our history

For much of the 19th Century and through three generations of the Underwood family Underwood & Co served professionals and landed families in the West End of London.

We expanded our reach during the 20th Century, acting on behalf of retail businesses, banks, hoteliers, property investors, accountants, surveyors, doctors and dentists.

In 1998, we merged with Corbould Rigby & Co, a business whose roots can be traced to the 18th Century. This union brought with it specialist expertise in fields such as property consultancy, landed estates, trusts and probate.

In 2004 we converted into a Limited Liability Partnership, well ahead of many other professional service firms. Today we continue to strive to maintain our position at the forefront of commercial law, constantly deepening our expertise as we continue to offer our clients the best, industry leading, service.

Corporate information

Corporate information

Underwood & Co is a trading name of Underwood Solicitors LLP.

Underwood Solicitors LLP is a limited liability partnership incorporated and registered in England under registration number OC307730. Its registered office is 40 Welbeck Street, London W1G 8LN. It is a corporate body that has Members and not Partners. A list of the Members is available for inspection at the registered office.

The Members are all solicitors. Any person described as Partner is a Member, consultant or employee of Underwood Solicitors LLP and is not a Partner in a Partnership. The term Partner is used because it is an accepted way of referring to senior professionals.

We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) whose rules can be found at www.sra.org.uk/code-of-conduct.page