Metcalfes, formerly known as Bennett Metcalfe, came into being following the amalgamation of F.E. Metcalfe & Co and Peter Bennett & Co in 1989. Originally in offices in Clare Street, the firm moved to 48 Queen Square in the 1980s and in 1990, the former practice of F.E. Metcalfe & Co moved from Great George Street to 47 Queen Square. In 1995, the firm acquired 46 Queen Square. The practice that was Peter Bennett & Co can trace its history back 250 years having historically run from a number of branch offices in and around Bristol. The last of those branch offices at Wrington became a separate firm of “Bennetts” on 1 January 1998 and Bennett Metcalfe changed its name in Bristol to 'Metcalfes'.
On 1 October 1999 Metcalfes merged with Lloyd Harper Solicitors who practised from offices at College Green in Bristol. The firm, still known as “Metcalfes”, now operates out of 46-48 Queen Square. Lloyd Harper had previously been known as Lloyd Bragg and Harper & Co. Harper & Co was previously known as Stiddard Harper, becoming Harper & Co in the early 1980’s. Julia Smart has been a partner at Metcalfes since the merger.
On 1 October 2008, Metcalfes took over the personal injury files of Moriarty Stone following the retirement of John Moriarty, Sole Practitioner.
The present partners include David Boniface who joined Peter Bennett & Co in 1983, becoming a partner shortly afterwards. Anthony Heath and Kay McCluskey both joined as partners from Rowberry Morris, a firm formerly in Bristol, in 1990 and Tony Forster formerly a lawyer at The Imperial Group, joined Metcalfes as a partner in 1995.
Steve Duddell was formerly a partner at Lawrence Tucketts, latterly TLT Solicitors, joining Metcalfes in 2000. Rhona Forster joined Metcalfes in 2000 after working as legal counsel and executive manager for 14 years with Allied-Lyons plc that became Allied Domecq plc and included Punch Retail Limited.