Wadsworths Solicitors Opening Office in Tamworth

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:

Family-run law firm Wadsworths Solicitors has announced the opening of a new office in Tamworth to satisfy high demand from new and repeat clients.

The new office on Church Street opened for business on 5 October and offers a range of family and business law services. It marks the next stage of growth for the firm, which is building on its enviable 34-plus years of success.

The new site extends their practice to four offices; with their head office in Shirley (Solihull) and two further locations which opened earlier this year in Henley-in-Arden (Warwickshire) and Warwick town centre. It will be headed up by Michael and Victoria Wadsworth who are looking forward to expanding to the north east of the region.
Michael Wadsworth, Director, said: “The opening of our fourth office is the latest development as we continue to grow to meet the welcome increase in clients wishing to access our services.

“Our team has gained a well-deserved reputation for being efficient and effective but approachable and caring alongside. We’re honoured that our clients return to us and that they confidently recommend us to friends and family without hesitation.”

Victoria Wadsworth, Probate Caseworker, added: “We’re excited to be bringing our award-winning services to the people of Tamworth and surrounding areas. Our new office is right in the heart of this beautiful town which we chose specifically for the community feel and rich history.”

Established in 1986, the firm now employs over 35 people including four members of the Wadsworth family. They are heavily involved with local communities and support schools, charities and other good causes through sponsorship, fundraising initiatives and donations.

Victoria Hicks, Wadsworths’ Regional Marketing Manager commented: “We pride ourselves on being active members of the community. Whether it’s taking part in activities such as skydives or fire walks, or donating a percentage of takings from a certain department over a specified length of time, giving back to the community is one of our core values. We will continue to do this in our new location of Tamworth.”

Clients will be able to seek advice and support relating to a variety of legal issues including, Wills and LPA’s, Probate, Residential Conveyancing, Family Law, Dispute Resolution, Court of Protection, Commercial Property Law, Employment Law, Clinical Negligence Claims and Personal Injury Claims.

For further information, please contact v.hicks@wadsworthslaw.co.uk.

Welcoming Mairam to our Residential Conveyancing Team!

We’re really happy to welcome Mariam Nosheen to our Residential Conveyancing Department, who will be primarily based at our Henley-in-Arden Office!!

So, a little bit about Mariam….

She graduated in September 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law with Honours and went on to pursue her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) from which she graduated in June 2015.

Over her years in practice Mariam has gained extensive experience in a wide range of residential property matters and loves getting her teeth stuck in to the following:

Freehold Sale and Purchase transactions;
Sale of deceased estate properties;
Right to Buy Purchases;
Purchases of Freehold
First Registrations; and
Transfers of Equity.

Mariam prides herself on her meticulous approach to her work and thoroughly enjoys assisting clients to deal with their matters on a day-to-day basis. She works hard to ensure transactions run as smoothly as possible and makes clients feel at ease with her friendly, helpful and professional approach.

WELCOME TO WADSWORTHS MARIAM!

Welcoming Richard as our Head of Private Client

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 our Family Law 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 our Commercial Property 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 our Wills and LPA 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.”