JOB VACANCY: Family Solicitor

Wadsworths Solicitors are looking to recruit an additional family solicitor to join our busy Family team based in Shirley, Solihull.

You will have 2-5 years’ PQE in family law and must have a solid understanding and background in Divorce & Financial Remedy matters and all other aspects of private family law including Children Act applications.

This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to join an expanding, thriving and dynamic team. You will work alongside the Head of Department, offering top-quality legal services and have the opportunity to manage your own caseload.

In return we offer a competitive salary, a genuine work/life balance and a friendly work environment.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Degree 2:1 or above.
At least 2 years relevant experience.
A client centric approach.

For further information or to apply, please email your CV together with a covering letter to Julie.haden@wadsworthslaw.co.uk.

Wadsworths support TeddyRose with cash donation

The TeddyRose Foundation were thrilled to receive a cheque recently for £1,500 from Wadsworths Solicitors.

The firm donated £20 for every new conveyancing matter, the legal side of buying or selling a property, opened during the month of July together with a further “top up” donation of £500.

The TeddyRose Foundation was set up in memory of Teddy who was born in 2017 and passed away shortly after and Rose who was born sleeping in 2018. The charity, set up by Teddy and Rose’s parents, works to support other families who have also suffered a devastating baby loss.

Mike and Trisha White of TeddyRose said: “We are so overwhelmed by the support and generosity of all associated with Wadsworths, they have really got behind us.”

“We would not be able to continue providing support to bereaved families without donations like this, we cannot thank them enough.”

Gemma Dempsey, Head of Residential Conveyancing at Wadsworths Solicitors added: “As part of our ongoing commitment to the local community, Wadsworths are delighted and proud to have been involved in fundraising for such an amazing and inspiring charity.”

“We are very much looking forward to further sponsoring and attending the fundraising event taking place later this month and hope to continue working with and supporting the charity in the future”

The TeddyRose Dinner and Dance is taking place on Saturday 28th September at Hogarths Hotel. To order tickets for or more information about The Teddy Rose Foundation, please visit: www.facebook.com/TheTeddyRoseFoundation/

New Director for Wadsworths!

We are delighted to announce that Michael Wadsworth has joined the Wadsworths Board of Directors, alongside John Wadsworth and Alexandra Tait.

Michael, known as Mike, joined the firm in 2002 and now heads up Wadsworths’ Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney Department.

Mike’s promotion to Director comes ahead of what promises to be an exciting time for us as we continue to expand to meet demand. We have recently welcomed a new member of the Commercial Litigation Department and taken on a trainee Commercial Property Solicitor.

Mike said: “I’m very happy to step up to this role at what is proving to be a positive time for the firm. Together with my co-directors and dedicated team, I’m looking forward to continuing to build on the success we’ve had over the last 32 years.”

John Wadsworth, Managing Director, said: “Alexandra and I are thrilled to have Mike joining us on the Board of Directors. In recent years the firm has gone from strength to strength. Enhancing our directorship with the skills and knowledge Mike can bring will only continue to increase our success.”

Mike has assisted thousands of satisfied clients throughout his time at Wadsworths Solicitors, helping to build our reputation as reliably serving the legal needs of the community.

Wadsworths Approved as an ABS

Wadsworths Solicitors are proud to announce that they have been approved as an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

We have proved our suitability for the change following an intense assessment period over recent months.

As a result of becoming an ABS, Wadsworths are able to offer a wider array of client services and open up the possibility of investment, together with the appointment of Directors, from those who are non-solicitors.

Managing Director John Wadsworth said the announcement was a ‘major step forward at a time of positive changes within the company’, adding that Wadsworths would be announcing several further developments over the coming months.

Alexandra Tait, Director, said: “becoming an ABS will no doubt strengthen our legal offering and continue to build on our already strong reputation in the West Midlands area and beyond”

Wadsworths have been based in Shirley, Solihull for over 32 years, growing from a small family firm opened in 1986 to the bustling practice it is today. They are able to assist with multiple areas of law including commercial property, dispute resolution, family law, residential conveyancing and probate matters.

Wadsworths back local special needs school with £4k pledge

We’re proud to announce our five-year commitment to Reynalds Cross School by funding the refurbishment and thus adopting the “Rainbows Classroom” which includes the installation of a new computer and touchscreen smartboard.

Reynalds Cross School caters for pupils aged 2½ to 19 with severe to profound multiple learning difficulties and a large proportion are on the autistic spectrum.

John Wadsworth, managing director of Wadsworths said: ‘We pride ourselves on being a company that takes an active part in supporting our local community. We are looking forward to continuing to build a strong relationship with Reynalds Cross School over the coming years.”

Jane Davenport, Head Teacher at Reynalds Cross School said: ‘We are delighted to have received a classroom sponsorship from Wadsworths Solicitors. It’s through the generosity of companies like Wadsworths that we can continue to our provide pupils with a balanced education that is tailored to his or her individual needs.”

Reynalds Cross are now appealing for other local companies to support them in adopting a classroom. Anyone – including trusts, foundations, companies and individuals – who would like to get involved should contact the School Business Manager, Deb Jervis on 0121 707 3012”

Wadsworths Solicitors raise £1,100 for Carers Trust Solihull

Carers Trust Solihull were thrilled to receive a cheque recently for £1100 from Wadsworths Solicitors.

The legal firm, based in Shirley, donated £20 for every new conveyancing matter, the legal side of buying or selling a property, opened during the month of February.
Carers Trust Solihull are a charity that provides free help and support for unpaid carers of all ages providing help, guidance, training and social activities within Solihull and surrounding areas.

Chief Executive Officer Brandon Scott-Omenka said: “The support from our local community has always been important to Carer’s Trust Solihull and we are so appreciative of the very generous donation we have received from Wadsworths Solicitors.”

John Wadsworth added: “Wadsworths Solicitors are delighted and proud to have been involved in fundraising for Carers Trust Solihull”.

“We pride ourselves on taking an active part in our local community and are therefore thrilled to be supporting such wonderful cause.”

For more information about Solihull Carers Association, please visit https://www.solihullcarers.org/ or call them on 0121 788 1143.

Wadsworths Dive for Charity!

Wadsworths Solicitors’ Probate Assistant, Lily Franklin, will be swapping probate for a parachute on Saturday 25th May as she takes on an exciting challenge for a local charity.
Lily will be jumping from a plane 10,000 feet up in the air as she undertakes a tandem skydive to show Wadsworths’ support for Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid.

Lily said: “Whilst it’s a big challenge for me, I have been so encouraged by the support received from my colleagues, friends and family.”

Here at Wadsworths Solicitors, we are proud to get involved in local community and charity initiatives and I’m thrilled with the money already raised for BSWA as I prepare to undertake my skydive.”

Wadsworths are a Shirley firm of solicitors that have been assisting the local community with their legal problems for over 30 years. They remain family run, with members of the Wadsworth family still working with the company.

A representative of Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid said: “We are so incredibly grateful to Lily for committing to a skydive, all to raise money for us! All money raised will go to supporting women and children affected by Domestic Violence.

Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid supports women and children affected by gender-based abuse including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. They believe that women and children have the right to live free from violence, abuse and fear. For further information, please visit https://bswaid.org/

If you would like to donate, go to Lily’s’s JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wadsworthsskydiveoct18?fbclid=IwAR3xL4PdOtkNyuY5hdHz41KXcEGoHAVNUFJr3SVl9MlltVVtdbphWl0iTpg

Wadsworths Solicitors Raise £1340 for Solihull Special Needs Playgroup

As part of their ongoing commitment to community initiatives, for each and every new conveyancing matter opened during the month of March 2018, Wadsworths Solicitors donated £20 to Solihull Special Needs Playgroup resulting in a total donation of £1340.00 which was recently presented to the playgroup by Wadsworths’ Managing Director, John Wadsworth.

The Green Lane Playgroup was formed in 1968 and offers a safe, friendly and stimulating environment for pre-school children with special needs including Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairments, feeding problems, global developmental delay, epilepsy, autism and multi-sensory difficulties. Although it receives some limited statutory funding, this doesn’t cover the playgroup’s essential running costs and they are therefore reliant on charitable donations and grants to supplement their fundraising efforts.

Wadsworths are a Shirley based firm of solicitors that have been trusted by the people of Solihull for over 30 years. They pride themselves on their legal knowledge, whilst maintaining a down to earth approach together with their commitment to supporting the local community.

Jo Brown, Chair of the Trustees said ‘’ The support from our local community has always been important to the running of Green Lane Playgroup and we are so appreciative of the very generous donation we have received from Wadsworths Solicitors.

John Wadsworth told us;
“Wadsworths Solicitors are delighted and proud to have been involved in fundraising for Solihull Special Needs Playgroup. We pride ourselves on taking an active part in our local community and are therefore thrilled to be supporting such wonderful cause.”

For further information about Wadsworths Solicitors, please visit www.wadsworthslaw.co.uk.

Wadsworths; Helping you Find a Resolution!

We’re proud to announce that Wadsworths’ Family Department are now all members of the national organisation Resolution.

Members of resolution are family specialists who follow the Resolution code of practice, so clients can be confident that they will receive advice which takes account of their needs and those of the whole family, particularly the needs of any children.

Resolution members are committed to working towards reaching an agreement without conflict and the need for expensive court proceedings. We will advise you of all of the options available to you and your family, and we will guide you through the process of separation while ensuring that you are given the correct professional advice to suit your individual circumstances. It is important for clients to understand the long term financial consequences of decisions and we will be there to help you every step of the way.

As resolution lawyers, we offer an initial 1 hour meeting at a fixed fee of £75 (plus VAT). If you would like to arrange an appointment with a member of our family law department, please do not hesitate to contact Julie Haden or Zarah Alam on 0121 745 8550. If you wish to email please email either julie.haden@wadsworthslaw.co.uk or zarah.alam@wadsworthslaw.co.uk.

We can assist with the all of the following matters:-

• Divorce
• Judicial separation
• Financial remedy applications and orders
• Clean break orders
• Children matters
• Civil partnership dissolution
• Cohabitation agreements
• Separation agreements
• Pre and post-nuptial agreements
• Mediation

Vital funds raised for Breast Cancer Haven

Wadsworths Solicitors have provided a breast cancer charity with a boost – by donating money raised from their Will writing service.

The firm donated £5 from each Will written during November to Shirley-based Breast Cancer Haven.

Their efforts amounted to a total of £355.

Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands opened in October 2017 to provide support for the 2,500 women diagnosed with breast cancer each year within 35 miles of the new centre. Breast Cancer Haven supports women through their breast cancer treatment by providing emotional, physical and practical help.

Michael Wadsworth, head of the Wadsworths’ Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney Department, said: “Wadsworths Solicitors are delighted and proud to have been involved in fundraising for the new Breast Cancer Haven centre in Solihull, West Midlands. 

“We pride ourselves on taking an active part in our local community and are therefore thrilled to be supporting such a vibrant and much needed support centre for local people going through breast cancer treatment. 

“We plan to continue working closely with Breast Cancer Haven by raising funds and assisting in any way we can in the future.” 

Matthew Price, corporate fundraising officer at Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands, said: ‘We’re delighted to have the support of Wadsworths Solicitors.

“Alongside their donation of £355 from Wills Month 2017 their business development manager Victoria Hicks is taking on the exciting challenge of a skydive on 17 March 2018 with the aim of raising another £500 for Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands.

“With Wadsworths Solicitors support we can continue to help women in the West Midlands who are in need of our service.”

Breast Cancer Haven, West Midlands must raise £500,000 each year to run its free support service for local women.