History

  • Born in Lancashire on the 8th January 1910, Sir Maxwell Entwistle moved to Liverpool aged 7 years old, after his Father decided to relocate his highly successful dog food business.
  • Having attended Merchant Taylors’ School in Great Crosby, Sir Maxwell qualified as a solicitor at the age of 21. Initially starting practice as a partner in Gee, French and Entwistle in 1934, he set up his own practice, in his own name, at 6 Water Street, Liverpool.
  • In 1941, he was joined by John Byrne and by April 1986, Maxwell Entwistle & Byrne acquired the practice of T J Smith & Son, established in Liverpool in 1853. During this time, the firm also incorporated the old established Wirral practice of Woolcott & Co.
  • As leader of the City Council, Sir Maxwell was instrumental in assisting business development and played a leading role in approving development plans for the city centre.
  • Sir Maxwell Entwistle passed away on the 10th February 1994, at the age of 84.
  • Following his death, the firm acquired Aneurin Rees & Davies, a Liverpool practice, and together with J. Smith & Son continued to work from offices at 14 Castle Street in Liverpool.
  • In 1999 the firm acquired the Formby practice Goffey & Co, and in 2004 took over the firm of Vyner Brooks in Aintree.
  • In 2005, Maxwell Entwistle & Byrne merged with Carter Hodge Solicitors, becoming Maxwell Hodge as we know it today.
  • Today the firm operates from eight branches across Merseyside and Wirral.
  • The eight heroic musicians in Titanic’s band were recruited by music agents CW and FN Black in the same building where Maxwell Hodge were previously based. These offices are featured in the Liverpool Maritime Museum.
  • In 2013, Maxwell Hodge moved away from traditional partnership structure to become a limited company. New Team Leaders and Team Co-ordinators were introduced to lead strategic growth.
  • The new structure ensures that Maxwell Hodge is able to provide a full range of dedicated services for its clients, driving growth through a tailored approach.
  • Today, Maxwell Hodge is led by Chief Executive Officer Simon Leyland, and Directors Claire Banks, Denise Scoular, Allan Langfeld and Michael Danby.