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Business Continuity Update - 2nd Lockdown

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

We remain open for business and the office continues to be staffed by a combination of working from home and operating 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.

As existing clients are aware, meetings are now virtual by phone or Zoom. If you wish to deliver papers to Ash House, please liaise with ourselves first, to save a wasted journey as the main gates may be closed.

Existing clients

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

The Court remains open for Hearings. Routine hearings continue to be conducted remotely via telephone or Microsoft Teams.

We are finding that hearings other than routine ones are now likely to be attended in person. 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 far as new clients are concerned, we 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.

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.

General

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.

Who We Are

The Team

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Mercy Messenger


Senior Partner

Mercy oversees all cases dealt with in the firm and ensures that she is the first point of contact for new clients. Mercy deals exclusively with matters involving complex legal issues, cases of particularly high value, or with corporate and business interests. Mercy has also developed a particular interest in carefully analysing and computing claims on behalf of non-married parents, usually mothers for the benefit of their children.

Having developed a vocation for family law, Mercy set up her own firm specialising in all areas of family work in 1983, leading on to a part time judicial appointment for a number of years.

Mercy has for several years been personally recommended in industry guides as a Leading Individual in Family Law, including Legal 500.

Mercy is very proud of a leading case she was involved in, one of the first cases to start the trend to alleviate the burden of maintenance payable by husbands, L v L 2011 EWHC 2207

A particularly rewarding side of the work for Mercy is to see clients moving forward with financial security into a new phase of their lives after the initial shock of their relationship breakdown.

Before the concept of coercive control became general public knowledge, Mercy has, and does, ensure that meticulous instructions were and are taken to find out if the client has been abused in this way. It is then discussed with the client concerned who sees it as a “light bulb" moment. This then means the client can be encouraged to assert his/her control over the situation and move away from the shadow of abuse.

In her spare time Mercy's interests after family are gardening, theatre, cinema, cooking new recipes (the more obscure the better) and collecting old cook books.

Mercy oversees all cases dealt with in the firm and ensures that she is the first point of contact for new clients. Mercy deals exclusively with matters involving complex legal issues, cases of particularly high value, or with corporate and business interests. Mercy has also developed a particular interest in carefully analysing and computing claims on behalf of non-married parents, usually mothers for the benefit of their children.

Having developed a vocation for family law, Mercy set up her own firm specialising in all areas of family work in 1983, leading on to a part time judicial appointment for a number of years.

Mercy has for several years been personally recommended in industry guides as a Leading Individual in Family Law, including Legal 500.

Mercy is very proud of a leading case she was involved in, one of the first cases to start the trend to alleviate the burden of maintenance payable by husbands, L v L 2011 EWHC 2207

A particularly rewarding side of the work for Mercy is to see clients moving forward with financial security into a new phase of their lives after the initial shock of their relationship breakdown.

Before the concept of coercive control became general public knowledge, Mercy has, and does, ensure that meticulous instructions were and are taken to find out if the client has been abused in this way. It is then discussed with the client concerned who sees it as a “light bulb" moment. This then means the client can be encouraged to assert his/her control over the situation and move away from the shadow of abuse.

In her spare time Mercy's interests after family are gardening, theatre, cinema, cooking new recipes (the more obscure the better) and collecting old cook books.

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Lauren Parton


Assistant Solicitor

LL.B (Hons) LL.M

Lauren is a graduate from the University of Sheffield who joined the practice in 2014 as a paralegal. Lauren's ambition has always been to become a solicitor and she was delighted when she was offered a training contract with the firm. Lauren was admitted as a solicitor in January 2018.

Lauren's main area of interest relates to the financial side of the practice. She manages her own case load which comprises a variety of different areas including divorce/dissolution, cohabitation and financial remedy both on a negotiated and litigated basis. Lauren also assists Mercy on her complex and demanding financial cases.

Lauren is experienced in advising in relation to children law issues and is the second point of contact for all children law clients. Lauren understands the difficult nature of Children Act proceedings and the emotional impact the litigation has on the client.

Lauren has unrivalled experience in relation to Appeals. She is familiar with and an expert in the Appeal process currently being heavily involved in several. Lauren has an in depth understanding of the time sensitive nature of Appeals and is fully aware of the technical aspects involved.

Lauren also deals with all property aspects arising regularly liaising with the Land Registry in respect of conveyancing issues. Lauren has developed an expertise in dealing with cases involving cohabiting couples and is competent is advising in relation to the claims that can be made under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. Lauren is also highly experienced in preparing Separation Agreements.

Lauren finds her role more than rewarding and enjoys the mathematical number crunching and tax calculations involved within the more complex cases.

Outside of work Lauren enjoys going to the gym, attempting new recipes (not always successfully) and socialising with family and friends.

 

‘I am indebted to Mercy for her guidance and oversight and to my solicitor, Lauren Parton, who is quite simply amazing. She is incredibly efficient, and her organisational skills are second to none. She is articulate and incisive and managed my case superbly. I was particularly impressed at how accessible she was via. phone and Email and always responded promptly to both. Lauren kept me informed at every stage of the process and no stone was left unturned in terms of preparation for a very complex case.’

Harpreet Saund


Children Lawyer

LL.B (Hons) LL.M

Harpreet Saund, our Children specialist and Legal Executive, has been with the practice for over 11 years and deals solely with the children aspects within the firm.

Harpreet graduated from the University of Birmingham after completing her Masters in 2005. She joined the practice in 2007 as a paralegal. Initially, Harpreet assisted Mercy with complex financial cases. In 2009, Harpreet completed her CILEx exams and became a fellow of FCILEX.

Harpreet developed an interest in the children law aspects of the firm and now solely concentrates in that field.

Harpreet specialises in cases involving children both under the umbrella of Court proceedings as well as on a conciliatory basis, and has obtained outstanding results for her clients.

Harpreet has in depth experience within the field, and has dealt with Child Arrangement Orders, Live With, and Residence, Prohibited Steps and Specific Issues Applications, together with removal from the Jurisdiction. In addition, Harpreet has also dealt with Fact Finding Hearings, which are legally complex hearings, which she understands can often be an emotional and stressful time for the clients. Harpreet offers support and reassurance to those involved to help alleviate the pressure of going to Court.

Harpreet has an impressive success record for all her clients. Just recently she obtained an unusual No Contact Order for a child where there were allegations of abuse.

Outside of work Harpreet enjoys attending her spin classes and swimming, however is also kept busy with her two young daughters.

 

‘I cannot fault Mercy Messenger and her team, especially Harpreet who has been nothing but amazing throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend to anyone who needs a Solicitor’s firm who they can trust in and know that any concerns will be answered with professionalism. Thank you Mercy Messenger and Harpreet for getting me the best outcome.’

Patrice Coughlin


Assistant Solicitor

LL.B (Hons) LL.M

Patrice assists Mercy on her complex and demanding financial cases as well as assisting Harpreet in matters involving children. Patrice also assists with the property aspects of cases, regularly liaising with the Land Registry in respect of conveyancing issues.

Patrice is a law graduate from Aberystwyth University and has graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Masters in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Her interest in family law began during her time at university and during work experience which she undertook at a law firm in Northern Ireland which dealt with cases involving family law.

Patrice was offered a training contract with the firm in September 2017 and is currently undertaking her training contract alongside studying the LPC part-time at the University of Law. Patrice will be admitted as a Solicitor in September 2019.

Patrice is the first point of contact for many clients and has developed the knowledge to be able to assist clients with many of their enquiries. Patrice is responsible for routine case management activities and also assists with the preparation of Court documents for the litigated files. Patrice has been involved throughout in various litigated cases under the umbrella of both Financial Remedy and Children Act proceedings. Patrice enjoys the variety which her role offers and gaining exposure to all aspects of Family Law.

Outside of work Patrice enjoys spending time with her family, going to the gym and volunteering at her local Scout group.

 

‘Thank you again for all of your hard work on this Patrice, you are such a reassurance to me and I’m so very grateful’

Mercy Messenger


Senior Partner

Mercy oversees all cases dealt with in the firm and ensures that she is the first point of contact for new clients. Mercy deals exclusively with matters involving complex legal issues, cases of particularly high value, or with corporate and business interests. Mercy has also developed a particular interest in carefully analysing and computing claims on behalf of non-married parents, usually mothers for the benefit of their children.

Having developed a vocation for family law, Mercy set up her own firm specialising in all areas of family work in 1983, leading on to a part time judicial appointment for a number of years.

Mercy has for several years been personally recommended in industry guides as a Leading Individual in Family Law, including Legal 500.

Mercy is very proud of a leading case she was involved in, one of the first cases to start the trend to alleviate the burden of maintenance payable by husbands, L v L 2011 EWHC 2207

A particularly rewarding side of the work for Mercy is to see clients moving forward with financial security into a new phase of their lives after the initial shock of their relationship breakdown.

Before the concept of coercive control became general public knowledge, Mercy has, and does, ensure that meticulous instructions were and are taken to find out if the client has been abused in this way. It is then discussed with the client concerned who sees it as a “light bulb" moment. This then means the client can be encouraged to assert his/her control over the situation and move away from the shadow of abuse.

In her spare time Mercy's interests after family are gardening, theatre, cinema, cooking new recipes (the more obscure the better) and collecting old cook books.

 

‘Mercy Messenger has a good analytical mind. She is an astute solicitor with very good judgement and a good understanding of human nature. She has extensive experience (including a knowledge of the judges she deals with and her professional opponents) and is tough – both with the other side and her own clients’

Ellie Sofroniou


Trainee Solicitor

LL.B (Hons) LL.M

Ellie has been offered and was delighted to accept a training contract with the Firm.

Ellie is the first point of contact for many clients and has developed an understanding as to how she can assist clients with a number of their enquiries. Ellie's role includes making sure clients are made to feel welcome upon their arrival to the office.

Ellie is a law graduate from the University of Law Birmingham and has also completed her LPC and LLM in Professional Legal Practice. Ellie's interest in family law began whilst at university and continues to grow during her time at the firm.

Ellie also deals with the invoicing and credit control within the firm and is able to assist clients with queries regarding billing, disbursement payments, and costs budgeting, which many clients find helpful and reassuring.

Ellie assists all members of the team and enjoys the variety which her role offers on a day to day basis.

Outside of work Ellie enjoys spending time with family, travelling and attending gym classes (occasionally!)

 

‘They won my case and I’m still grinning. Thank you Mercy, Lauren and Ellie 10/10’