Williams Lea celebrates 200 years in business

November 19, 2020

NEW YORK CITY (Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020) – Williams Lea, the leading global provider of skilled business-critical support services, is celebrating 200 years in business. Founded as a print house in 1820 by Londoner John Wertheimer, the company has evolved and adapted to the business world. Now, Williams Lea has over 5,700 employees on five continents supporting financial, legal and professional services clients through a global service network.

“Success in business only comes with the ability to transform and innovate,” said Williams Lea CEO, Clare Hart. “Williams Lea is the embodiment of adaptability – we have evolved through the years to meet the changing needs of the business world and our clients.”

Hart added that 2020 has been the “ultimate test” of the business’s adaptability. The company has continued to see increased demand for many of its virtual services as clients in the legal and financial industries become more reliant on remote working.

Because of COVID-19, Williams Lea was forced to abandon plans for in-person celebrations of this monumental 200th anniversary. Instead, the company relied on virtual activities, leading up to the launch of its showpiece video, “200 Years in 200 Seconds.” The video details the timeline of the business alongside a moving history to explain how Williams Lea leveraged technology and innovation to better serve its clients.

Hart added, “I want to thank our clients for their trusted partnerships and every one of our employees all over the globe who have contributed to our success, enabling us to reach this impressive milestone.”

About Williams Lea

Williams Lea is the global provider of skilled business-critical support services to financial, legal and professional services firms. We connect people, processes and technology to manage documents and streamline key operational functions. From our humble beginnings as a financial printer in London, to our position today as a global outsourcing leader, our business is built on a strong heritage, great relationships and a talented team. Our 5,700 worldwide employees work onsite at clients and onshore/offshore at Williams Lea operations providing unrivalled support and helping clients transform their support operations.

With revenues of over €400 million, Williams Lea is backed by Advent International, one of the largest global private equity investors.