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John Barkers

Solicitors Southport

John Barkers Solicitors is proud to offer exceptional and affordable legal services to the Southport area. Our team are dedicated to providing personalised and tailored advice that ensures our clients get the best value for their money. Established in 1884, John Barkers have been providing quality legal assistance for generations, so you can be sure of a long-standing relationship with an experienced solicitors firm. We understand how busy life can get, so we make it easy for our clients to communicate with us in whichever way suits them best - whether that's through video call, telephone or email.

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Solicitors serving Southport

At John Barkers Solicitors, we are proud to provide a wide range of legal services to people living in Southport and the surrounding areas. We have a strong presence across Southport, from Formby through Ainsdale, Banks, Mere Brow and Tarleton. Our experience covers many areas of law including family law, property law, contract law and wills & probate. Our team of experienced lawyers understand the importance of providing professional advice in a timely manner.

We understand that many people feel anxious when it comes to dealing with legal matters. That’s why our team is here to make sure you receive the best advice tailored specifically for your individual case - whatever your needs. All of our team strive to be approachable and work hard to ensure that you feel comfortable discussing your case with us.

At John Barkers Solicitors, we are committed to providing a full range of legal services while always offering exceptional value for money. We believe in making legal advice accessible and affordable for all and strive to keep costs down wherever possible. We also offer free guidance on a variety of issues, including first wills, in order to give everyone access to the best advice available when it comes to their legal situation.

Southport Information

Southport is a beautiful seaside town on the coast of Merseyside, England. It is situated in the North West of England and is conveniently located close to motorways such as M6, M58, and M56 for easy access from most parts of the country.


The stunning coastal location of Southport makes it a popular tourist destination, with attractions such as beaches, golf courses and museums. The area is also home to several theme parks including Pleasureland and Blackpool Pleasure Beach which attract thousands of visitors every year.

Motorway Access

Southport is well-connected via motorway access, making it easy to reach from other parts of the country. The M6 motorway links Southport with cities like Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham in just over an hour.


The town boasts a major port on its coastline which makes it accessible for sea freight as well as road freight. This makes Southport an ideal choice for businesses needing quick delivery services and access to national ports.


Southport’s economy is primarily based around tourism and retail. The area has many popular shopping centres, restaurants, cafes, and bars. It is also home to some large manufacturing companies such as Rolls-Royce Aerospace, which employ hundreds of local people.


Southport’s population is around 90,000, making it one of the largest towns in Merseyside. The area has seen strong growth over the past decade with an influx of young professionals moving to the town for its coastal living and employment opportunities.

Investment in Southport

The government has invested heavily in Southport over the last few years, providing funding for initiatives such as business development programmes and infrastructure improvements. This investment has helped the town to become an attractive place for businesses and investors.

As a result, Southport has seen increased business activity, with many new companies setting up shop in the area. This is helping to boost the local economy and create jobs for local people. Furthermore, Southport’s transport links have been improved, making it easier for people to travel to and from the area.

A Legal History of Southport

Southport is a coastal town in the North West of England, located between Liverpool and Preston. The history of Southport goes back to 1251 when King John granted it a charter. The town has become an important tourist destination over the years, and its legal history is closely tied with that development.

Early Legal History - 1251-1770

In 1251, King John issued a charter to Southport granting it freedom from serfdom which allowed people living within the settlement’s boundaries to own their land and have trading rights. This was one of the first examples of legal recognition for a settlement in what is now known as Merseyside. the 16th century, Southport was further established as a market town and port when Queen Elizabeth I granted it permission to hold fairs. This led to an influx of merchants and traders who helped develop the town’s economy.

The legal development of Southport continued in 1770 with its incorporation as a borough under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. This act established elected councils for towns across England, giving them local government powers such as levying taxes, managing public services, and passing bylaws for local regulation. With this new status came increased control over trade and commerce within Southport's boundaries.

Development - 1800-1850

Southport's legal status as a borough enabled it to become an increasingly important regional centre during the 1800s. In 1837, a new railway line connecting Southport to other cities in the region was opened and this increased trade and visitor numbers significantly. This same year saw Southport designated as one of three royal ports, alongside Liverpool and Preston.

The rapid growth of Southport led to further legal developments: in 1841 the Royal Borough Charter was granted by Queen Victoria which allowed for the town’s mayoralty. As part of this charter, Victoria established a court of record with jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases within Southport.

Modern Legal History - 1850-Present

Southport continued to be a popular tourist destination during the 19th and 20th centuries, resulting in an influx of wealthy visitors from other parts of the country. This led to a significant legal development: in 1875 Southport was made a separate county borough independent from Lancashire County Council. This meant that Southport residents were subject to different laws and regulations than other towns within Lancashire.

In 1974, as part of Local Government reorganisation, Southport became part of Sefton Metropolitan Borough. This had far-reaching implications for local law enforcement and planning regulations, bringing them in line with national standards. The establishment of Sefton Council also saw the introduction of a new judicial system for the area, with magistrates courts and county courts.

Today, Southport remains an important tourist destination in the North West. The town’s legal history has been shaped by centuries of development and is reflected in its current laws and regulations. This makes it one of the most historically significant settlements in Merseyside.