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History

McNeil and Co, formally Andrew Jay & Co was formed in Gainsborough in 1983. At that time it dealt purely with criminal law and today it still enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the most experienced criminal specialists in Lincoln and Gainsborough. It presently has 4 experienced criminal lawyers 2 of whom are "Solicitor Advocates", Solicitors whose expertise in the criminal courts has been assessed as equivalent to that of Barristers.

Over the years the firm acquired lawyers specialising in other areas. First to join was the family team who conduct divorce, domestic violence and children matters. Property lawyers then joined dealing with both residential and commercial land and leases followed by Wills and Estates.

In 2009 Philip Hanby acquired the practice. Phil, brought 30 years’ experience of civil litigation and "rounded the circle" to provide a full range of legal services. Following Phil’s death in 2019 Michele Hanby joined the firm as a Director. In October 2020, Mark McNeil purchased the practice and became the Principal. Michele Hanby retains an interest as a Director. On 10th March 2021, McNeil & Co Solicitors became the trading name of the company. Mark and Michele's number one priority are our clients. The name has changed but our experience and expertise remains the same. We will grow from strength to strength. 

All in all you might find us different to our competitors. We hope so. We are transparent with our fees from the word “go”. We respect and value our clients and believe that their problems are ours. We give added value and encourage the client to stop us if we stray into using “legalese” instead of plain language. Quite simply we strive to be a rock to our clients during their times of stress i.e. during death, divorce and moving house (and suing and being sued). We have their trust. Try us and see.