Welcoming Richard to the Team

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Richard Dundee who is joining Wadsworths as our new Head of Private Client across all four offices.

Predominantly based at our Warwick Office, he’ll also be seeing clients at our Henley-in-Arden Office on request.

Richard completed his legal studies in Coventry and Leeds, qualifying as a Solicitor in 2014 after training with a well-regarded firm of Solicitors in Coventry. He went on to work for both a national estate planning company and a large firm of solicitors based in Birmingham as their Head of Department.

Richard has knowledge and experience of many areas of Private Client Law and can advise on all aspects of Wills, the administration of Estates and Probate, Estate Planning and Trusts.

He strives to make complicated subjects as easy to understand as possible, avoiding jargon and making clients feel at ease, so we already know he’s going to fit right in to our fantastic team.

Welcome to Wadsworths Richard!

Welcoming Louise to the Team

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Louise Dawson to our growing Warwick Team!

Prior to joining Wadsworths, Louise gained experience working at several firms in the West Midlands and since qualifying as a Solicitor, has specialised in all aspects of Family Law.

Louise is very experienced in dealing with matrimonial breakdown including divorce and finances, private law children matters including child arrangement applications, prohibited steps and specific issue orders, representing parents and grandparents.

She also has extensive experience in acting for clients regarding non-molestation and occupation orders and prides herself on her friendly and down to earth approach.

We’re feeling very lucky to have such an experienced and diligent solicitor join our team – welcome to Wadsworths Louise!

Congratulations to Molly as she’s offered a Training Contract!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Molly Cook, one of our wonderful Residential Conveyancing team, who has just found out she’s passed her LPC with flying colours!!!

Due to her completion of the LPC, together with a proven track record of exceptional legal skills and capabilities, we are thrilled to have offered her a training contract, which she’ll commence on 1st October.

Well done Molly!! After much work and dedication, you’re now on the final stages of your journey to becoming a solicitor!

[Pictured; Mike Wadsworth, Director and Molly Cook, Conveyancing Caseworker and soon to be Trainee Solicitor!]

Congratulations to Hannah as she Qualifies as a Solicitor

We are delighted to announce that Hannah Halden has taken up the role of solicitor in our Dispute Resolution Department, having successfully completed her training contract with the firm and being officially admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on 15 July 2020!

We are delighted that Hannah has chosen to stay at Wadsworths and feel privileged to be sharing in the next stage of her career.

Congratulations Hannah!

[Pictured: Hannah Halden and Alexandra Tait, Director]

Welcoming Sarah-Jayne to the Team

Wadsworths are excited to announce the arrival of Paralegal, Sarah-Jayne Bucknall!

Sarah-Jayne graduated with a law degree from the University of Law in 2019, completing her LPC LLM this year.

Whilst completing her degree, she participated in various pro-bono activities including volunteering for the National Centre for Domestic Violence and Legal Advice Centre. She also gained work experience at Wadsworths, which is when we spotted what an asset she’d be to our busy team!

Sarah-Jayne is joining us in our Commercial Property Department alongside head of department Christopher Dingley.

Welcome to the Wadsworths Team Sarah-Jayne.

Welcoming Sara to the Team!

Wadsworths are excited to announce the arrival of new solicitor Sara Atkinson!

Sara is a Law and Business graduate who qualified as a Solicitor in 2007, having gained her Legal Practice Certificate from the College of Law in Birmingham.

She has experience in several areas of law including Family, Employment and Private Client matters and has worked for firms ranging in size from sole practitioners to large regional law firms, holding positions ranging from Assistant Solicitor to Partner level.

She has several, specialist years of Private Client experience including drafting Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Trust Deeds together with full Intestacy and Estate Administration services.

Sara is joining us in our Wills and LPAs department alongside Director Mike Wadsworth, Laura Bates and Kelsi Jones.

Welcome to the Wadsworths Team Sara!

Who would manage your business if you suddenly couldn’t!?

Have you EVER considered what would happen to your business if you were suddenly unable to manage it yourself? WHO would be legally entitled and able to manage the day to day running of your business should you lose mental capacity?

Business Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) allow the donor (the business owner) to appoint a suitable attorney to make decisions concerning their business interests when they’re unavailable OR lack mental capacity to manage it.

If there is no business LPA in place, you may be putting your business at risk. Just as a few examples:

…..If one of your bank account signatories lacks capacity, the bank could potentially freeze the account to protect the now vulnerable adult…and if there is an overdraft attached to your business, the possibility of the bank freezing the account is higher!

…..Any contracts entered into by a person who had capacity, but now lacks capacity, may become unenforceable owing to their incapacity.

…..Paying creditors, employees or tax becomes difficult as does running the business generally with a businessperson who now lacks capacity.

…..Investors may require their investments to be returned.

By appointing a business LPA attorney, these issues may not arise and you can be reassured you are doing your utmost to safeguard your business.

If you lost the ability to manage your business without a business LPA in place, an application would need to be made to the Court of Protection to have a deputy appointed. This might take months (or even longer!), during which time the business is exposed to uncertainty of survival. Also bear in mind the person chosen to manage your business will be picked by the Courts and might not be the person you’d ideally want managing your affairs……

Michael Wadsworth is a Director of Wadsworths and head of our Wills and LPA Department. With over 16 years of experience in this field and thousands of happy clients, Michael is able to advise on the best way forward to protect your business and personal affairs and get an LPA in place.

To make an appointment or to speak with a member of the team, please call 0121 745 8550 or email michael.wadsworth@wadsworthslaw.co.uk.

C&W in Business Article, May 2020

Wadsworths Solicitors is a well-respected, community-minded law firm based in Solihull. Building on its successful 33-year history and an enviable reputation, this year has seen the company grow its family tree by adding two new offices.

In February 2020, the firm opened its second office in Henley-in-Arden and office number three came through an acquisition in April, with Wadsworths bringing Duncan Watts Family Lawyers of Warwick into the fold.

Boasting thousands of satisfied clients, Wadsworths offer an array of legal services for both families and businesses. They pride themselves on working to the highest standards of professional service, an approach that’s been recognised by numerous awards programmes including the Federation of Small Businesses and the Birmingham Post Business Awards. Most recently they were shortlisted for both ‘Company of the Year’ and ‘Family Business of the Year’ at the Midlands Service Excellence Awards 2020.

Wadsworths also has a well-earned reputation for reliably serving the community, and proudly invests a proportion of its turnover into support for local charities, schools and events. The firm also supports discounted legal fees for workers in the NHS, Police and Armed Forces.
Founded in 1986, the firm now employs 29 staff across three locations, including ten solicitors and other fee earners. Four of the staff, including two of the firm’s Directors, are members of the founding Wadsworth family.

Wadsworths Solicitors arrives in Henley-in-Arden

In February 2020, Wadsworths Solicitors announced the opening of their second office in the beautiful Warwickshire town of Henley-in-Arden. Located at 129 High Street, the office has helped the firm to meet the growing demand for its services.

John Wadsworth, Managing Director, said: “We chose to open our second office in Henley-in-Arden for several reasons, not least because of the town’s thriving community and large number of independent businesses.”

Alexandra Tait, Director added, “This has been an exciting time for the team at Wadsworths Solicitors. We’ve enjoyed further assisting our Henley-in-Arden based clients by opening an office on their doorstep as well as welcoming new customers, who can safely leave personal and business matters in the hands of our expert team.”

Duncan Watts Family Lawyers in Warwick joins Wadsworths

Wadsworths went on to acquire Duncan Watts Family Lawyers in Warwick on 3 April 2020. Like Wadsworths, the niche family law firm has had over 30 years of success. The team-up increases the firm’s overall presence to three locations and 29 staff. This includes Martin Croom, a partner at Duncan Watts, who now joins Wadsworths as Head of the Warwick office.
The town centre offices at 26 Market Place, Warwick will still be home to the family law specialists of Duncan Watts, with the addition of Wadsworths’ complete range of legal services across both family and business law. The office will be re-badged as ‘Wadsworths Solicitors, incorporating Duncan Watts’ later this year.

Croom stated, “We are excited to be joining Wadsworths and expanding our offering of legal services to the people of Warwick and surrounding areas. Our clients will benefit from the broader expertise we can now provide across a wider range of services, meaning that we can cover all their legal needs under one roof.”

John Wadsworth, commented: “We are delighted that the team at Duncan Watts are joining us at Wadsworths. Duncan Watts has an excellent reputation in the field of family law and we are thrilled that this expertise will be added to our existing service provision.”
He added “We had been looking to open a Wadsworths office in Warwick for some time, given how thriving and vibrant the town is. This tie-up with Duncan Watts allows us to establish ourselves in the area with an existing firm and client base. We look forward to building on the firm’s close links to the community and extending our charitable support activities into the Warwick and Henley-in-Arden areas too.”

The future of Wadsworths Solicitors in the Midlands

On the question of further expansion, John Wadsworth said “We will continue to look for new opportunities in Warwickshire and the West Midlands in the months and years ahead. We’re committed to acting in the best interests of our clients, so if continued expansion meets that goal, we’ll always be open to the possibility.”

Wadsworths Solicitors Acquire Top Warwick-Based Law Firm

Wadsworths Solicitors are proud to announce its acquisition of Warwick-based Duncan Watts Family Lawyers. The tie-up between the two firms came into effect on 3 April 2020.

Like Wadsworths, the niche family law firm has had over 30 years of success. The addition of Duncan Watts increases the firm’s overall presence to three locations and 29 staff including Martin Croom, a partner at Duncan Watts, who now joins Wadsworths as Head of the Warwick office.

The town centre offices at 26 Market Place, Warwick will still be home to the family law specialists of Duncan Watts, with the addition of Wadsworths’ complete range of legal services across both family and business law. The office will be re-badged as ‘Wadsworths Solicitors, incorporating Duncan Watts’ later this year.

Martin Croom stated “We are excited to be joining Wadsworths and expanding our offering of legal services to the people of Warwick and surrounding areas. Our clients will benefit from the broader expertise we can now provide across a wider range of services, meaning that we can cover all their legal needs under one roof.”

John Wadsworth, commented: “We are delighted that the team at Duncan Watts are joining us at Wadsworths. Duncan Watts has an excellent reputation in the field of family law and we are thrilled that this expertise will be added to our existing service provision.”

He added “We had been looking to open a Wadsworths office in Warwick for some time, given how thriving and vibrant the town is. This tie-up with Duncan Watts allows us to establish ourselves in the area with an existing firm and client base. We look forward to building on the firm’s close links to the community and extending our charitable support activities into the Warwick area too.”

On the question of further expansion, John Wadsworth said “We will continue to look for new opportunities in Warwickshire and the West Midlands in the months and years ahead. We’re committed to acting in the best interests of our clients, so if continued expansion meets that goal, we’ll always be open to the possibility.”

DUNCAN WATTS

Duncan Watts Family Lawyers are based in the beautiful town of Warwick – they joined Wadsworths Solicitors in April 2020.

The firms philosophy is to run a specialist practice dealing exclusively with Divorce, Financial Remedy and Children issues, offering a range of services including Mediation and a Collaborative Practice.

The firm’s high reputation has enabled it to attract a variety of clients (including high net worth individuals), all of whom are looking for advice from a very experienced and efficient team.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US…..

Providing a service that is pragmatic and attuned to the needs of individual clients, as well as being technically proficient, we are very much geared to looking after our clients carefully and taking a proactive approach in pursuing settlements. Whether this is by negotiation or as a result of pushing on with proceedings, we will decide which course is appropriate depending on each client’s individual situation.

Specialisms include:

Divorce

We can help you to resolve difficulties in relation to your separation and to advise you on the grounds.  Advice will include practical issues such as how to separate, the arrangements for the children, financial matters and whether urgent action is required.

Children

We understand how important decisions in relation to children are and how difficult it can be to make those decisions and reach an agreement especially in the midst of a separation.   The firm’s aim is to advise you on all the options available to you as a parent and to resolve any contested issues in the best way possible,  Court action should only be a last resort and the welfare of the children is always the paramount consideration.

The Collaborative Process

The Collaborative Process is a new way to resolve divorce and family disputes with dignity and respect.  It is an alternative method, less confrontational and restrictive and a more solution-orientated approach – couples work as a team with trained lawyers and other professionals to resolve issues arising from a relationship breakdown.  We have considerable experience in this area.

Finances

We have substantial experience in advising and resolving the division of assets.  Where finances are concerned, all cases are different and are treated as such.  Our aim is to provide a proactive service to meet your individual needs and negotiating a tailor made solution swiftly and cost effectively for you.

Mediation

Mediation can be an alternative to, or in conjunction with, negotiations through solicitors and court proceedings.  Mediation enables people to negotiate their own arrangements with the assistance of a Family Mediator.  Mediation can help families communicate better and minimise conflict.

 

To discuss your individual requirements or to find out more, please do give us a call on 01926 493485 or pop into the office which is located at:

26 Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4SL