The firm which became Mears Hobbs & Durrant was founded at the end of the 19th Century by Daniel Havers whose family have a strong legal background and counts amongst its members Sir Michael Havers (a former Attorney General), Baroness Butler-Sloss (the first female judge to sit in the Court of Appeal) and Sir Michael's son, actor Nigel Havers. Daniel Havers later took into partnership Bernard Durrant and by 1930 the firm had become Daniel Havers and Durrant. Bernard Durrant’s son Michael succeeded his father in the practice after the second world war.
In 1967 Martin Mears began to practice in his own name in Gorleston on Sea and in 1971 he was joined by Chris Hobbs who opened a Lowestoft office of the practice which later acquired Daniel Havers and Durrant to become Mears Hobbs and Durrant. Michael Durrant retired from the practice in 1973.
Since then the Lowestoft office of Mears Hobbs and Durrant has grown from a modest 6 people to a large office with an increasingly broad expertise. The firm now has offices in Lowestoft, Beccles and Gorleston.