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Jacksons Law Firm donates historical legal books to Judges Hotel, in Yarm

Posted on 8th August, 2017

Jacksons Law Firm recently donated over 250 legal books to one of the regions’ finest establishments; Judges Hotel, in Yarm, located in Kirklevington Hall.

The full set of case English law reports, some of which date back 150 years, along with a set of statutes were an essential resource for any law library prior to the days of the internet. During Jacksons’ pre-move office clear out, it was decided the books were no longer required as the reports can all be accessed on-line these days. The books were gratefully received by Hotel Manager, Tim Howard.

Tim said, “We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the books in our hotel. Some of them go back before the Hall was commissioned by The Richardson family, from Hartlepool as their family retreat. The books have been displayed in our public areas as well as our bedrooms and already look like they’ve been there since 1884 when the hall was built. I have no doubt the judges, who frequented the hotel in years gone by, would approve of the books and I’m sure they will be admired by guests for many years to come.”

Geoff Skeoch, Senior Partner at Jacksons said, “We’re sad to see these old books leave the firm and many of us at Jacksons will remember pouring over them in the past; they’ve certainly served their purpose. There really wasn’t any reason to keep them with the internet being the best resource there is for accessing legal reports. It made perfect sense for them to be donated to Judges, for obvious reasons, and it’s good to know they’ve gone to a good home. We know they will look after them!”

Kirklevington Hall, the location for Judges Hotel, dates back to 1881. During the Second World War it was a secret command centre for the North-East. In the 1970s the building was transformed to a country lodging for circuit court judges, hence the name. These days, it is the preferred choice for those living locally and visitors from all over the UK for family celebrations including weddings, corporate events and an escape for those who want to dine in a fine restaurant and experience a night or two in a historical setting. Praised in the Times, The Sunday Times and The Telegraph as one of the finest hotels in the UK.

Jacksons Law firm is moving to a more modern, purpose built office building in Falcon Court, two miles away from its current location on Yarm Rd, Stockton in October this year. It is one of the North East’s longest established law firms and has been practising in the Tees Valley for over 140 years. Operating from its head office in Stockton on Tees, and an office in Newcastle upon Tyne, it is well placed to assist clients across the region on a wide range of business and personal legal advice.


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