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Business Continuity Update

In the light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we are maintaining the measures previously put in place to ensure that we still continue to keep the highest level of service to our clients and to help to protect our clients and our team.

Ash House office

The office continues to be staffed by a combination of working from home and operating still with a minimum number at Ash House. We can all be contacted directly on our mobile numbers for each team member supplied to our clients, or by the Ash House main number of 0121 770 1221.

Ash House is now open for face to face client meetings as an alternative to virtual meetings if this is preferable. We find this is helpful for new clients who wish to meet us in the first instance and afterwards prefer the convenience of Zoom meetings.

Existing clients

Virtual attendances at conferences with Counsel and the Court, as before, are reviewed on an individual basis.

The majority of Court Hearings continue to be conducted remotely via telephone or Microsoft Teams.

For Attended Hearings, Attendance is limited depending on the Court and their Covid-19 plan. In attendance it is likely to be the parties and Counsel or Solicitor (if Counsel hasn’t been retained). If you are represented by Counsel, if possible and subject to arrangement with the Court office, your solicitor will attend virtually.

New clients

As stated above now offer face to face meetings which we find are welcomed by new clients.

We continue to offer a first virtual meeting via Zoom, Teams or Skype on the basis that we receive in advance details of the client’s concerns, whether personal, financial, or involving children or any combination of those issues. We find this works well, particularly if followed by a meeting note or an email summarising the advice provided.

General

For the re-assurance of our clients, all confidential emails will be encrypted and the password information supplied on each occasion. The system we have is very user friendly.

Any queries or concerns please give me a call on 0121 770 1221 or email me on [email protected]

As the situation develops we will continue to be alert to Government advice and will keep you updated as to any changes in our procedures and plans.

Services

Stop Press

Our office at Ash House is now open for face to face client meetings as an alternative to virtual meetings if this is preferable. We continue to offer Zoom/telephone meetings however we find that, in particular, a face to face first discussion is something welcomed by new clients.

Maintenance Orders

We have recently had a success in terminating a joint lives maintenance Order continuing the trend which first started in 2011 with one of Mercy’s reported cases of L v L 2011 EWHC 2207.

Before embarking on the exercise of varying a maintenance Order, clients need the help of experienced advisers as to the return on the costs investments to make it worthwhile.

Bank of Mum and Dad

We are now finding that increasingly we are advising the family members who have advanced funds to, for example, their children and are concerned as to how their funds should be protected in the event of a marital breakdown.

Certainty Or Risk

In today’s tumultuous times we find that clients are increasingly wishing to exert control over their futures by way of resolving issues with their former partners and reaching a consensus as opposed to the uncertainty and expense of litigation.

We are fully supportive of this approach and keen to advise on ADR with particular reference to private financial dispute resolution meetings as opposed to hearings.

The firm is able to assist in all areas of family law and you can read more about the issues most commonly faced by our clients by clicking on the links below:

Marital and Civil Partnership Breakdown

A decision to separate has an enormous impact on our clients and their families.

Children

Arrangements for children can become particularly controversial and problematic following a relationship breakdown...

Financial Arrangements

The questions and aspects which need to be considered when one party is considering divorce...

Agreements

We have experience in advising clients who are looking to protect pre-acquired, family or inherited wealth...

Second Opinion

We have established a reputation in successfully concluding cases for clients coming to us...

Appeals

We have unrivalled experience in relation to Appeals.

Family and Property Protection

It may be that the client feels vulnerable or threatened in the aftermath of a relationship breakdown...

Alternative Routes
to a Successful Outcome

Settlement away from the Court is always encouraged.

Fees and Payment

Transparent fees and billing and fair estimates of anticipated future costs.

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