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.

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.