Our History – Burt Brill & Cardens

The firm was founded by two famous Brighton residents.

In 1893 Herbert Carden, a young solicitor, set up on his own in Castle Square Brighton. Then in March 1897 he bought 30 Old Steine at auction. He moved in with his young family, working from the front ground floor room, with his family occupying 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, later to be Knighted and appointed Kings Counsel and one of the most famous criminal defence counsel of his age.

Charles Burt Brill, whose grandfather had been the owner of Brill’s Baths, at the time the largest baths in Europe set up in practice in 1901 and was later joined in partnership by Arthur 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 and Burt Brill & Edwards by various partners until 1986 when the two firms merged to form Burt Brill & Cardens.