Saltley Stories returns to 325 Stratford Road

Following on from the success of the Big Hoot 2015 Art Exhibition, the owls were sold off in the Big Hoot Auction 2015 in order to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

We were lucky enough to purchase the Saltley Stories Owl which was the owl that was unfortunately vandalised during the exhibition last year. Now having been restored, we have been taking Saltley Stories on a tour of local schools and the owl has also had a long stay at The Core Theatre in Solihull as part of the latest Art Exhibition, The Big Read 2016.

John Wadsworth stated “We wanted to get ‘Saltley Stores’ due to his very positive message – he is decorated with the words ‘peace’ and ‘love’ and features images of Birmingham’s industrial heritage. He also features sacred geometric patterns and words in a variety of difference languages. The fact that he had unfortunately been subject to vandalism while on display only made his need for a new home greater.”

Saltley Stories is now back at our offices in Shirley having a well-deserved break. If you would like any further information regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us or even visit our offices to see Saltley for yourself. We have been delighted at the huge interest in the owl and are very proud to own a bit of Birmingham history.

Personal Injury Claims

Have you been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, you could be entitled to compensation…

We understand that being injured is often a very difficult and stressful time. That’s why here at Wadsworths Law we make claiming the compensation you deserve easy! With our totally free service we help thousands of injured people every year with their accident claims. Our aim is to remove the stress out of claiming by doing all the work for you.

There are NO loans to pay, NO credit agreements to sign and NO third party payments of any kind. One phone call to our friendly team of advisors is all it takes. Remember, Wadsworths Law guarantee – you pay nothing, win or lose.

To find out whether you are entitled to receive compensation for an injury you have suffered, please complete our online claim form using the link below.

If you would like any further information pertaining to Personal Injury matters please do not hesitate to contact us.

Family Law

Family law is often complex. At Wadsworths Solicitors, we can assist you to separate the emotional difficulties involved with relationship breakdown from the practical issues that must be addressed. Faced with what can be complex issues, our aim is to make the process as efficient and non-confrontational as we can for you.

We can assist with:-

  • Divorce Law

  • Separation Agreements

  • Financial Remedy

  • Clean Break Orders

  • Help with Children issues (Child Arrangement Orders)

  • Civil Partnership Dissolution

  • Cohabitation

  • Pre-nuptial Agreements

  • Mediation

  • Annulment

  • Domestic Violence issues

If you would like to arrange an appointment with a member of our Family Law Department in order to discuss your requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Commercial Property Law

At Wadsworths we understand that dealing with commercial land transactions, buying or selling property or entering into leases can be very complex. Our experienced Commercial Property team provide a comprehensive range of legal services to our client’s .We invest time to understand your needs and consider the long term objectives of your property requirements, providing you with the advice and expertise which you require for your commercial matter.

Whether you are increasing your existing property portfolio or entering into a new commercial venture we will assist you or your business with all aspects of your matter. At Wadsworths we will endeavour to ensure that your matter proceeds as cost effectively and as efficiently as possible.

Our legal experts deal with a wide range of transactions, handling all aspects of Commercial Property and property acquisitions and disposals including:

  • Freehold Sales and Purchases

  • Commercial Leases and all other Landlord and Tenant matters

  • Development work, site acquisition and disposal

  • Option Agreements

  • Overage

  • Commercial Borrowing including Bridging Finance

Like with all of our work, our dedication to customer service is what we hope you will take away from dealing with us and also what we hope will set us apart from our competitors.

If you would like any further information pertaining to Commercial Property matters please do not hesitate to contact us.

Residential Conveyancing

Wadsworths have been assisting the people of Solihull to move house for more than 25 years

We are experts in both the field of property law, and also the local property market. We have excellent links with all of the major estate agents, as well as all of the other, local Solicitors.

As such, we are able to draw on this experience to provide a personal and dedicated service to all of our conveyancing clients and to do everything possible to ensure that the process runs smoothly and successfully.

Whether you are a first time buyer or a property developer, we have experience in acting for people just like you, and are able to tailor our service to suit you.

We also fully appreciate that, whatever type of property owner or purchaser you are, the conveyancing process can be very stressful. We pride ourselves on being able to minimise that stress, and we do everything we can to try to ensure that matters run smoothly and simply for you.

We offer fixed fee services for most conveyancing services, and prior to your instructing us we will have provided our estimate, for you to agree. That way, you will neither incur any fees before the transaction commences, nor will you be hit with any additional costs that you weren’t expecting.

In some cases, it is not possible to provide a fixed fee for the service, for example if there are uncertainties about what will be involved. In those circumstances, we will give you an estimate of costs, which will not be exceeded without your express permission.

Like with all of our work, our dedication to customer service is what we hope you will take away from dealing with us and also what we hope will set us apart from our competitors.

Lasting Powers Of Attorney

More and more people are now, when making or amending their Will, also creating a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). An LPA is a document in which a person can set out their desires, both in terms of finances, and their health and wellbeing, should they lose mental capacity for any reason.

It is unfortunately a sad reality of life that while we are all living longer, the prevalence of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and strokes is increasing, meaning there may come a time when we are unable to manage our own affairs.

An LPA nominates a person, which is usually either a family member or friend, to act as your ‘Attorney’ should you no longer be capable of managing your affairs. In such an event, the Attorney is able to register the LPA with your bank, and various other organisations, and will be able to handle your finances, pay bills and do all of the other day to day tasks that you are no longer able to do.

It is also possible to set out in an LPA your desires for your future medical treatment – there may be certain procedures, or outcomes that you do not wish to have to endure – setting these out in an LPA ensures that your wishes in this regard will be honoured, even if you are no longer able to express those wishes yourself.

The important aspect of LPAs is that they must be made while you still have mental capacity. They cannot be made once a person becomes incapable. As such, at Wadsworths we advise all clients, however old and in whatever state of health, to consider making an LPA, to ensure that should the worst happen and mental capacity is lost, their wishes are already recorded and will be honoured.

We keep these prices deliberately low in the hope of encouraging people to make LPAs – rather like Wills, they can often be put off, or thought of as being something unnecessary at the present moment – but it is often the case that when they are really needed, when mental capacity begins to deteriorate, it is too late to take one out.

We also offer an entirely free, no obligation LPA review service, to discuss your circumstances and whether an LPA would be of benefit to you.

PRICE GUIDE*Lasting Power of Attorney – Property and Financial Affairs – £350 plus VAT
Lasting Power of Attorney – Health & Welfare – £350 plus VAT

Home Visit Fee – £50

(*Prices correct as at 22 November 2018)

THE TEAM

Our Wills department consists of Michael Wadsworth and Laura Bates.  Please visit “meet our team” to find out more.

Wills

Making a Will is one of the most important steps that a person can take in their life – yet it is one that a staggeringly high number neglect to do before they die. The effects of not making a Will, known as Intestacy, can be unpredictable and often result in legacies and inheritances not going to those people to whom you would have wished. This is particularly so given the prevalence of second marriages and step families.

Making a Will can often be complex and there are fertile grounds for making mistakes. This is one of the reasons why DIY Will kits and non-regulated Will Writing firms are so discouraged, as one error in the drafting or execution of the Will can lead to quite unexpected, and often devastating outcomes, and can often lead to fall-outs amongst surviving family members.

Reviewing a Will is equally as important, and it is recommended that a Will is reviewed every 2 years (or whenever there is a change in your family circumstances), to ensure that it remains appropriate. This is to ensure that, where necessary, wills are updated to keep pace with changes in family life, such as births, deaths and marriages, which may affect how your current Will deals with your legacy.

At Wadsworths, we have been helping the local community arrange their financial affairs for over 25 years, and presently hold in excess of 15,000 Wills in our Will Bank. We have particular expertise in advising clients on how best to ensure that the right people inherit their estate when they die, as well as that the right funeral arrangements are put in place. You will also be safe in the knowledge that your Will has been drafted and executed by a firm of Solicitors, properly regulated and with particular expertise in this field.

Moreover, we are able to assist in providing advice in ensuring that clients’ financial affairs are managed in such a way as to minimise liability for Inheritance Tax. This will often be with the input of an external firm of Financial Planners.

The cost of a Will is kept deliberately low in the hope of encouraging as many people as possible make a Will, or to keep their existing will updated.

We also offer a free, no-obligation Will-Review service, where you can come and have a chat with one of our staff, to discuss whether your present Will ensures that your final wishes are still provided for. We also offer a home visit service so that if you are unable to travel or are in hospital we will come to you to take your instructions.

PRICE GUIDE*
Single Will – £100 plus VAT
Mirror Wills – £165 plus VAT
Property Trust Wills and Notice of Severance – £400 plus VAT

Home Visit Fee – £50

(*Prices correct as at 22 November 2018)

THE TEAM

Our Wills department consists of Michael Wadsworth and Laura Bates.  Please visit “meet our team” to find out more.

Employment Law

Employment Law Services for Employees

If you are having problems at work, it can be a stressful and daunting process attempting to deal with them yourself, especially if you are facing dismissal or redundancy.

We can help you and offer advice on any issue relating to your employment or engagement with a business. We can offer you guidance on a wide range of issues including:

  • Your employment rights including maternity and paternity rights, equal pay, flexible working and retirement
  • Potential claims arising out of employment or its termination – including unfair dismissal, breach of contract, whistle-blowing and discrimination.
  • Redundancy
  • Advice on settlement agreements. These are binding agreements whereby an employee who is leaving agrees to accept a lump sum in full and final settlement of all employment claims. We will always check your agreement carefully and give you clear and understandable advice as to your options
  • Reviewing and negotiating terms of Directors service agreements and Consultancy Agreements
  • Negotiating terms for exit from a business.
  • Claims for Unfair Dismissal, Constructive Dismissal and Wrongful dismissal.
  • Advice on how to pursue a grievance against your employer.
  • Advice upon disciplinary proceedings and how to defend yourself at a disciplinary hearing.
  • How to appeal against a decision made by your employer.
  • Your rights and what to do if you are the victim of unlawful discrimination or harassment because of your gender, age, disability, personal orientation (LBGT), personal faith or belief, or ethnic origin. These are called protected characteristics. The law also protects you from both direct and indirect discrimination, associative discrimination (for example, if you the carer of a disabled person) and perceptive discrimination (this is where you are treated less favourably because you are perceived to have a protected characteristic even if you do not in fact possess that characteristic). You do not have to be an actual employee to enjoy protection under the Equality Act. It protects job applicants and agency workers. Negotiating a settlement with ACAS.
  • Representing you at the Employment Tribunal.

For more information please ask to speak to a member of our Employment Law team.

If you would like to arrange an appointment for us to visit your company and discuss your requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Clinical Negligence Claims

What is involved in pursuing a claim

This information is intended to provide a brief overview of what is involved in pursuing a clinical negligence claim.

Compensation (Money Damages)

The sole purpose of compensation (Money Damages) is to put you back in the position you would have been in had it not been for any negligence identified (as far as money can do this).
Damages

There are two types of damages:
General Damages – designed to compensate for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
Special Damages – out of pocket expenses (e.g. loss of earnings (past and future), care, etc).

Negligence

In order to succeed in a claim for clinical negligence compensation it is necessary to prove, on the balance of probabilities, that the medical care and treatment received by a patient fell below a reasonable standard and that the substandard treatment caused injury and loss.
In order to be successful in bringing a claim it must be proven that:-

There has been a breach of duty;
That you have suffered an injury/loss;
That the injury/loss was caused as a direct result of the breach of duty.

In order to prove the above we require an appropriately qualified independent medical expert of the same medical discipline as the Defendant to say whether the treatment provided by the Defendant was inadequate and whether, as a direct result of that inadequate treatment, you have suffered injury.
It must always be remembered when considering a potential clinical negligence action that it does not follow that there has been negligence just because someone has not achieved full recovery or where further treatment has been undertaken that was not initially envisaged or recommended. Even the best care can result in a poor outcome for the patient due to the nature of the initial injury or pre-existing features.

Procedure

The usual procedure is to obtain the client’s medical records from all treating healthcare providers including the GP. Thereafter, these are arranged in their correct chronological order and indexed and examined.

Following examination of the records, provided it is deemed appropriate to do so the next step is usually to obtain a preliminary liability report where the medical records will be examined by an appropriate independent medical expert who will consider whether the care and treatment received was negligent or not. Sometimes it is necessary to obtain a report from more than one expert.

The report from the expert will enable us to determine whether or not a claim for clinical negligence compensation is likely to be successful. It is at this stage that we will have to reassess the likely prospects of success and advise accordingly.

Provided we receive supportive medical evidence from the expert in relation to bringing a claim against the Defendant we will be able to proceed to the next stage, which is usually to submit details of the claim to the Defendant. At this stage we may also make arrangements for any additional reports to be obtained, which are deemed to be necessary in the pursuit of the claim.

A Letter of Claim will be sent to the Defendant who will then have 4 months in which to investigate the case and either admit or deny fault. If fault is admitted then the claim will be valued and thereafter it can usually be settled by negotiation between the parties. If fault is denied then it may be necessary to go to Court. Further advice on going to Court will follow at that stage, if applicable. The majority of clinical negligence claims settle without the need to go to Court. Of the cases that do go to Court only approximately 1% goes as far as a Trial
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At each stage of the case the likely prospects of success will have to be reassessed and if at any time the prospects fall below 51% we will let you know. If this happens we may not be able to proceed any further with the case.

Timescale

Generally, it takes in the region of 18 months to investigate the claim to the point where we know whether fault is admitted or denied. Clinical negligence claims can take several years to come to a final conclusion and it is important that clients are aware of this from the outset.

Limitation

As a rule, you must investigate and file a claim at Court within three years of the date of knowledge of the substandard treatment. A failure to do so can result in the claim being statute barred by the Limitation Act 1980. There are some exceptions to this rule; particularly where the claim concerns a child or a deceased person. In these cases the three year time limit does not begin to run until the child reaches the age of eighteen or in the case of a deceased person; provided the date of death occurs within the original three year time frame then the time restarts from the date of death.

If you, a family member or friend believe that you have been subjected to negligent medical treatment our clinical negligence team will be happy to discuss the circumstances of the case with you, without any obligation. Please contact us today.

Services for Businesses

The legislation, rules and regulations relating of the world of work are constantly changing and this can make the law on Employment confusing and difficult to understand for both employer and employee alike.

With over twenty-five years of experience, in employment law we can advise you on the following aspects of the law:-

  • Advice for Businesses
  • We have considerable experience in advising employers of all sizes on a broad range of employment law issues, including:
  • Employment documentation – including reviewing and drafting contracts of employment, policies and handbooks. With a properly drafted terms and conditions of employment, both the employer and employee know where they stand and have a clear policy and procedure to follow to resolve problems should they arise.
  • Reviewing and drafting Directors service agreements
  • Advice on day to day issues such as maternity/ paternity rights and responsibilities
  • Disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Sickness and absence management
  • Changing terms and conditions of employment
  • Discrimination and equal opportunities
  • Family friendly rights
  • Redundancies and reorganisation
  • Dismissals and Settlement Agreements
  • Employment Tribunal Claims. We can offer complete support through the process and representation at the Hearing
  • Restrictive covenants. If you have a legitimate business interest such as customer details to protect then we can help you with a restraint clause
  • TUPE
  • Reviewing and drafting Consultancy Agreements

Wadsworth’s can help your business with all aspects of the law relating to employment. We would always recommend that employers seek advice on employment problems at the earliest opportunity. Prevention is always better than cure.

If you would like to arrange an appointment for us to visit your company and discuss your requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact us.