Armitage Sykes

In 1750 Armitage Sykes was known as Crosland & Fenton. The West Yorkshire Kirklees archive holds many papers from this time, including Wills dating back to 1808 and Court briefs from 1763. Mr Armitage was a keen advocate and represented clients all day for a guinea. It is reported that he was also a keen farmer where most of his money made from the law was spent.

He died in 1898 the day after making his Will. By 1910 the firm supported the newly formed Yorkshire Board of Legal studies where Mr James Sykes was one of the first graduates passing his examinations in 1902. The firm was also ground breaking in allowing one of the first four women solicitors to practice law in 1925.