Pengelly and Rylands was founded by Keith Rylands and the late Richard Pengelly in Tenterden High Street in 1975.

Three years later the firm opened a Matrimonial Department, which is now headed by Laura Hails.

Trevor Chapman, our Notary Public, joined the firm in 1988 and since officially retiring as a solicitor in 2004 has continued to carry out his notarial duties from our offices.

In 1998, Richard Pengelly retired and was replaced by Rosalind Johnson, our partner specialising in wills, estate planning, probate and elderly client care.

The partners were joined in 2004 by Senior Commercial Solicitor Malcolm Bassett who heads the Company Law Department.
In April 2011 Keith Rylands retired from the Firm and was replaced by Elizabeth Connell who specialises in residential conveyancing. Rosalind Johnson became Senior Partner.

As of 1st August 2016, the practice of Pengelly & Rylands Solicitors has joined together with the long standing and well established Gravesend law firm, Hatten Wyatt incorporating Morlings Solicitors. Since its establishment in 1844, Hatten Wyatt has gone from strength to strength in the Gravesham area, and its more recent presence throughout Maidstone is testimony to the strength of service and values that the Firm offers.
Pengelly & Rylands are thrilled to be able to work alongside Hatten Wyatt, expanding and developing the business offering additional service areas and an increased number of experienced solicitors for its clients.

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