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

Birmingham Post Shortlist Wadsworths Solicitors for Top Business Award

Wadsworths solicitors have reached the finals of the Birmingham Post Business Awards 2018 after being nominated in the category of “Outstanding Contribution to the Community”. The annual awards aim to celebrate success, recognise achievement and highlight the innovative people and companies in Birmingham who are putting the region on the map by boosting the economy while making a positive contribution to the local community.

John Wadsworth, Managing Director of Wadsworths said: “We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted as one of the finalists in the contribution to the community category.

We have been assisting the people of the West Midlands with their legal needs for over three decades and have always felt a keen sense of responsibility to the local community. All of the team here share those values and have been very keen to get involved in any way they can. It is a privilege to work with some fantastic charities, community groups and schools and not only see the tremendous work they do, but also see the results, which are so valuable to the local area.”

The awards final, which will take place at The ICC, Broad St, Birmingham on Thursday 1st November, will be attended by hundreds of Birmingham’s business elite.

New Additions to the Wadsworths Team

Wadsworths Solicitors added another two members to its outstanding team this week, recruiting staff for two growing departments.

Suraiya Isaac has joined as a solicitor and Head of Commercial Litigation and Harriet Muffett as a paralegal in the Commercial Property Department.

John Wadsworth, Managing Director and Head of Litigation said “We’re delighted to welcome Suraiya and Harriet to the company at what is proving to be a very exciting year for us.”

Suraiya graduated from the University of Warwick with an honours degree in law and completed her Law Society Finals (now LPC) at the College of Law in 1991. She trained with Edge and Ellison in London and Birmingham. On qualification she worked with Hammond Suddards. Both firms have since merged into Squire Patton Boggs. As a result, Suraiya gained the highest quality of training and work experience with some of the world’s leading lawyers. Suraiya went on to work with Harrison Clark (now Rickerbys). Suraiya has worked with both plc’s and owner managed companies . She is renowned for providing pragmatic solution orientated legal advice all encompassed with a high level of client care.

She said: “Wadsworths are an established firm in Solihull with an excellent reputation for client care and serving their local community which mirror my own core values. Wadsworths are perfectly positioned for growth in the commercial client arena and I am looking forward to advising existing and new clients and I am excited to be joining a competent and entrepreneurial team to contribute to this growth.

Harriet Muffett will be working alongside Chris Dingley, Head of Commercial Property as the department continues to get busier following its formation in early 2017.

Harriet said: “I’ve been made to feel very welcome during my first few days at the firm and I’m really looking forward to learning from Chris and the rest of the Wadsworths team.”

Wadsworths Solicitors have been based in Shirley, Solihull for over 30 years. They have recently been named as one of the UK’s Top 100 Small Businesses 2018 by SmallBiz100 and acknowledged for their work supporting the local community.

Wadsworths Recognised as Top 100 Business

Wadsworths Solicitors has been named as one of the UK’s top ‘Small Biz 100’ by Small Business Saturday. Wadsworths has been selected as a trail-blazer in the official count-down to Small Business Saturday, which takes place across the UK on 1 December 2018.

The achievements and contribution to the local community of Wadsworths will be celebrated and spotlighted on one the 100 days running-up to Small Business Saturday. This is part of the campaign’s mission to celebrate small business success, and encourage the nation to ‘shop local’ and support British small businesses.

The 2018 Small Biz 100 are drawn from every corner of the UK and reflect the vibrancy of the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses. Reflecting the latest in innovative start-up trends, from ethical shopping, through to Artificial Intelligence, this year’s Small Biz 100 features a range of unique independent businesses. This year’s cohort joins hundreds of previous Small Biz 100 alumni champions, which have been celebrated by the iconic campaign since its UK launch in 2013.

Director of Small Business Saturday UK, Michelle Ovens said:

“The launch of the Small Biz 100 marks the exciting count-down to Small Business Saturday 2018. We are thrilled to highlight the dynamic, creative and inspiring small businesses from across the country, as part of our campaign to celebrate and champion the success of the UK’s small businesses. The Small Biz 100 showcases the companies at the heart of the UK’s economy, which we need to support now more than ever.”

In its sixth year Small Business Saturday is the UK’s most successful small business campaign, which last year saw an estimated £748m spent with small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday.

A grassroots, not-for-profit campaign, Small Business Saturday was originally founded by American Express in the U.S. in 2010. American Express remains the principal supporter of the campaign in the UK, as part of its on-going commitment to encourage consumers to shop small.

The #SmallBizSatUK campaign trended at number one in the UK on Twitter during 2017, reaching over 115 million people globally. The Prime Minister and the Mayor of London were among those publically supporting the campaign. Over 87% of local councils also supported the campaign.

Small Business Saturday also benefits from the backing of leading business organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses and Enterprise Nation. The campaign is also supported by Amazon, Indeed, Royal Mail, Vistaprint, Xerox, and Square.

Small Business Saturday 2018 is open to all businesses to participate in, and will commence its regional bus tour roadshow across the UK during the autumn, to drum up further support.