About us

Solicitors in Brighton, Sussex

Burt Brill & Cardens was founded in 1893.

We have been serving a wide range of clients for over one hundred years from the Old Steine in Brighton and across our other offices.

We have been serving a wide range of clients for over one hundred years from the Old Steine in Brighton and across our other offices.

If you’re often confused by legal language, we make it easy by explaining everything in detail, giving you control of your matter. We’re always happy to chat, so if you need our help before, during or after your case, we’d be delighted to hear from you. We take pride in delivering professional results while maintaining human contact and making it easier for us to help you by staying in touch.

Our services

What we deliver

Whenever you consult us we shall always aim to:

  • Remain independent and objective
  • Identify and achieve the best results for you
  • Respond quickly and be available when you need us
  • Give practical and reliable advice
  • Be approachable, understanding and courteous
  • Keep you informed about progress and costs

Our process

How the process works with one of our solicitors.

Many people are unfamiliar with what exactly happens when you contact a solicitor. Our aim is to be as open and transparent as possible. We want to take you through what exactly happens.

Meet the team

Learn more and meet our team.

Our team includes specialists in a number of legal areas, providing you with the expertise you need when you need it most. We are experts in legal issues affecting individuals and their families.


Learn more about join our team.

If you are a friendly, positive, self-motivated individual who is interested in providing quality legal advice to clients then you should talk to us – we offer outstanding career prospects.

Our history

Who We Are

Our firm was founded by two famous Brighton residents.

In 1893 a young solicitor named Herbert Carden set up on his own in Castle Square Brighton, before buying our office, number 30 Old Steine, at auction in March 1897. He moved in with his young family, working from the front ground floor room while his family occupied the rest of the building.

30 Old Steine already had some legal heritage as it was here, on 16 September 1858, that Edward Marshall Hall was born. Sir Edward was later to be Knighted and appointed Kings Counsel. He was one of the most famous criminal defense counsels of his time.

Charles Burt Brill came from a famous Brighton family. Mr Burt Brill’s grandfather was the owner of Brill’s Baths in Brighton, at the time the largest baths in Europe. Charles set up practice as a solicitor in 1901 and was later joined in partnership by Arthur Edwards, forming Burt Brill & Edwards.

The two firms continued, Cardens being run by a succession of Cardens’ until Kenneth Edwards (confusingly no relation of Arthur Edwards) joined D’Arcy Carden in the early 1960s. In 1986, the two Firms merged, to form Burt Brill & Cardens. Our main office is still based at number 30 Old Steine, where Sir Herbert set up practice over 125 years ago.

Our policy


We embrace equality and diversity and comply with the SRA requirements for collecting and reporting diversity data.

At Burt Brill & Cardens we have a diverse group; 61% are under 35 and 39% over 35 and our staff are predominantly female. Our staff have varied ethnicity and varied religious beliefs and no religious belief. 50% of our staff were educated in non-selective state run or funded schools.


Get in touch

Speak to one of our solicitors today. We would love to hear from you and discuss any legal issues you may have and how we can assist you.

Find Us

30 Old Steine, Brighton, BN1 1FL