John Grimes was born in Southend and educated at Southend High School. He went on to read Law at the University of Bristol and graduated in 1971. Returning to his home town, he served his articles with Drysdales and stayed on as an assistant solicitor after qualifying in 1974.
He became a partner with the firm in 1976 and since that time until his retirement, he ran the Probate Department, specialising in wills and in the administration of estates. He advises on the impact of inheritance tax and capital taxation generally, together with the use of powers of attorney and the management of clients’ affairs where they have no one else to rely on. He is proud of the continuity of the firm and the fact that in the case of many of his clients he has acted for their parents and grandparents before them.
He is also experienced in domestic and residential estate conveyancing although he no longer acts for Clients in these areas. John Grimes retired from the Partnership in March 2012 and became a Consultant of the Firm.