Brighton and Hove Pride 2018 is only a month away and we are pleased to announce our renewed support to the festival for the next 3 years.  This will be our 4th consecutive year of support for Pride, and we are proud to say that MW Solicitors reflects the culture of equality and diversity that Pride represents within our own workforce.

MW Solicitors have over 25 offices across the South Coast and South East of England with offices in Brighton, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing and Bognor Regis to name just a few and we provide the public with a wide range of consumer legal services including family law and private practice, property conveyancing, civil and criminal litigation and clinical negligence and personal injury practices.

In addition to supporting and sponsoring Brighton and Hove Pride each year, MW Solicitors are proud to provide The Brighton Pride Organisation with its legal services each year.

Supporting equality of opportunity and access to justice are at the core of what MW Solicitors strive to deliver to the communities of Brighton, Hove and all along the south coast as we continue our proud association and support of Brighton and Hove Pride.

Join us at our Free Legal Seminar on 17th July 2018

As well as being involved over the Pride weekend in August both in the Park with our own stand and with our open top bus in the Pride Parade, MW Solicitors are also hosting a free legal seminar open to anyone covering topics such as Surrogacy, Adoption, Pre Nuptial and Cohabitation Agreements and Wills and Declarations of Trust along with other topics of interest.

This will take place at Club Revenge on Tuesday 17th July at 6.30pm and will last around 90 minutes. There will be plenty of time for questions and we will have a broad range of our legal team on hand in support so please do come along to hear where the law and legal processes stand on these important topics, refreshments will be provided.

After many, many months of organising,Thursday 31st May 2018 saw the Chestnut Tree House Charity Quiz Night take place at The Tally Ho Lounge Bar in Eastbourne old town.


Jessica Shale
Jessica Shale
Associate - Private Client Services

After attending a fantastic charity quiz night back in February hosted by my fellow private client colleagues at MW Hove in aid of The Rockinghorse Charity, I was inspired by their success and decided I would set myself a challenge to organise a quiz night of my own.

It was an easy decision to raise money in aid of Chestnut Tree House, a fantastic local charity dedicated to caring for children who are unlikely to live until adulthood and their families. They offer respite, crisis and end of life care at their hospice building near Arundel and in families’ own homes across East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire.  Their care costs are over £3.5 million each year and they receive less than 7% of their funding from central government and so they rely heavily on local fundraising events. 

The Team at MW Eastbourne maintain a great relationship with Chestnut Tree House and I have been to a number of their networking events which are not only a great way for me to make business contacts but also incredibly educational and inspiring.  It was at these networking events that I learnt of how Chestnut Tree House needs people like us to keep them going. 

Chestnut Tree and MW

The support I received from the community was second to none, with 10 teams made up of local businesses eager to donate or provide raffle prizes for the event.  Special thanks to Quizmaster Ryan who agreed to donate his time to the evening and kept all the guests entertained with his enthusiasm for the evening remained apparent throughout.

I was blown away by the response I received from the local community and soon had over 30 raffle prizes generously donated by a variety of businesses in the area.  We sold over 700 raffle tickets sold and I was absolutely delighted to announce that the grand total raised was almost £850.  We even managed a last minute auction for a raffle prize won by one of the Close Brothers’ team who decided that the charity deserved the money more!

I would like to thank each and every agent and business that participated in the evening and made it possible for us to raise such an amazing amount of money for such a fantastic charity.  I would also like to thank my colleagues at the MW Eastbourne for their ongoing support and help, especially Danielle Hemming and Lisa Treleven who took time out of their day and evening last Thursday and helped make sure that the evening was a success.

Thanks to the participating teams from MW Eastbourne, Chestnut Tree House, Close Brothers, Arbonne, Protea Financial Services, Lodestone Financial, APlan, Suchila Pang, Homesprite and Robbins Financial.

Thanks to everyone who donated Raffle prizes including; Medikids, Polegate Podiatry & Health Clinic, Scarlets Beauty Rooms, Relax Therapy, Annie Cheadle Yoga, IKlean Domestic Services, K9 Connect, Beauty Ninjas, Arbonne, Love Yoga & Massage, Younique, Creature Comforts, Two Bulls Steakhouse, Pacific House, Mr & Mrs B’s Seriously Buzzin Hot Sauce, The Secret Wardrobe, The Daisy Clinic, Amethyst Light, Hastings Adventure Golf, Pebbles & Paintpots, Halo, Hpynotix Hypnotherapy, TAG Cards & Crafts, Jo Kilmartin Mobile Hairdresser, Melanie Wight Hair Stylist, Suchila Pang, The Beauty Boutique, True Nails, Anthea Pienaar and Cale Sinfield.

After such a successful evening, I can honestly say that I am very much looking forward to arranging further charitable events in aid of Chestnut Tree House in the future.

London Legal Walk

MW Solicitors are proud to announce that for the sixth year in a row we will be demonstrating our support for Legal Aid Charities by walking the London Legal Walk.


Keeley Lengthorn
Keeley Lengthorn
Partner - Family & Child Law

Staff from every one of our network of Our Offices will be helping to raise money by donating and walking the walk to support the vital work we see every day carried out by Legal Aid Support Charities throughout the London Region.

Family Solicitor and MW Legal Walk Organiser Keeley Lengthorn said:

"During a time when access to justice is being hindered, the Legal Walk is a real testament and example of the legal professions continued commitment to providing access to Justice to all and is a stellar example of how legal professionals from all areas of law can come together for one afternoon of the year to raise much needed funds for this great cause. Last year saw 12,000 people walk and £800,000 raised. Lets make this years walk bigger and better than ever!"

Dominic Harrison
Dominic Harrison
Chief Executive Officer

MW CEO Dominic Harrison said:

“The London Legal Walk is a great opportunity for us to give back to those often unsung heroes who make it possible for us to provide much needed Legal Aid funded advice to some of the most vulnerable clients who are at the heart of Our Mission; To make quality legal services accessible to everyone”.

London Legal Walk 2016

We are pleased and proud to announce that we will resume our place on the Metro Bank lending and securities panel. 

As an original member we are excited to see nine new entrants, clearly reflective of Metro Bank’s great success in this area.  The quality of the firms who have joined the panel speaks for itself, including CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Charles Russell Speechlys, Bates Wells Braithwaite, DMH Stallard, Gateley, Seddons, Abrahams Dresden, Birketts and Woodfine. 

MW has worked with and been a customer of Metro Bank since its early days, and we applaud their customer centric and innovative approach to retail and commercial banking.  MW and Metro Bank operate out of many similar locations, and our respective growth stories overlap in geographic, strategic and operational terms.  We look forward to continuing our work with Metro Bank, alongside old and new panel members, deepening our relationship with them and the clients we jointly service.

MW conducts lending, securities and other company-commercial work from our London Bridge and other offices. 

Call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk to see if we are the right fit for you and your business. 

On 4th November, some of McMillan Williams’ Solicitors Trainees and Paralegals attended the Guildford Lions Fireworks Fiesta to raise money in aid of three charities; Challengers, Headway Surrey & The Guildford Welfare Fund.

Volunteers were selling torches on Guildford High Street, just a few minutes walk from our new office, MW Guildford.

MW Staff Raise Money for Guildford Lions Club

Pictured above (Left to Rght) are MW Trainees and Paralegals Stephanie Clark, Ryan Stewart, Danielle Nuttall, Sarah Henson and Fiona Owuru who braved a cold blustery night in Guildford High Street.

About Guildford Lions

Guildford Lions Club are a charitable organisation which hold numerous fundraising events throughout the year and for a various number of worthy causes. They are part of the wider Lions Club International, the largest service club organisation in the world who live by their motto ‘We serve’.

Their evening consisted of a torchlight procession led by the Nautical Training Corp (NTC) TS Implacable, and hosted by Peter Gordon from Eagle Radio, from the High Street, past our new office and towards Stoke Park where the fireworks finale took place. McMillan Williams were supporting the Lions with collection buckets. 

It was wonderful to meet the volunteers at Guildford Lions, of whom we are very thankful for, for making us feel so welcome on what turned out to be a wonderful evening filled with community spirit!

We were thrilled to learn that the event raised a huge £15,000 although the final figure is yet to be confirmed.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone.", Our dedicated and expert Solicitors can advise across a full range of legal issues.

Call us today on 020 3551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk.

 

On the 4th October MW Solicitors reached another milestone in our history opening the 27th office in our network.

MW Eastbourne

Meet The Team

Anne-Marie Smith (Licensed Conveyancer)


Anne-Marie Smith
Anne-Marie Smith
Licensed Conveyancer - Head of Property Law Division – Eastbourne

With over 10 years experience in Residential Property, Anne-Marie provides clients with a personal service and ensures that they feel supported throughout the conveyancing process without bombarding them with legalese. 

Her experience runs the full gamut of transactions from multi-million pound properties to lock up garages.  All of her clients get the same high quality service with high availability, timely responses and top quality communications which put you at ease and ensure you have an expectation exceeding customer journey.  Anne-Marie can assist with:

  • Freehold/leasehold sales and purchase
  • Transfers of equity
  • Remortgages
  • Lease extensions

Emily Reed (Property Law Executive)


Emily Reed
Emily Reed
Executive - Property Law

Emily has 17 years experience in the legal sector, the last 15 of which have been spent in Residential Property. 

She takes pride in providing a high quality service, her attention to communication with clients, estate agents and lawyers enables the transactions she manages to proceed as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Emily has strong local connections to the Eastbourne area and is well regarded by many of the local Estate Agents whom she has dealt with for many years.

Emily can assist with all aspects of Residential Property conveyancing including:

  • freehold and leasehold sales and purchases,
  • re-mortgages
  • transfer of equity

Barbara Macdonald (Partner and Solicitor Family and Child Law)


Barbara Macdonald
Barbara Macdonald
Partner - Family & Child Law

A qualified Family Lawyer since 2005, Barbara's practice focusses primarily on Care Proceedings, representing children directly or through their Guardians and for parents and grandparents.   She is often instructed by Guardians in private law proceedings where the child requires separate representation.

Barabara is acutely aware that many parents who find themselves caught up in care proceedings come from very difficult backgrounds and lack the support of a loving family.  At MW our lawyers understand and snsure that the person representing your legal interests, or the legal interests of your child, is sensitive to those human issues.

Barbara is also:

About MW Solicitors

Founded in 1983, MW Solicitors is a multi-branch, multi-disciplinary, consumer led high street law firm with 400+ employees and 28 Offices located across London and the South of England.

We are one of the fastest growing law firms in the country in employee numbers, office locations and services provided.  We are an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and private equity funded by Business Growth Fund (BGF)

Our Mission

To make quality legal services accessible to everyone."

Our Vision

  • We aspire to have more specialist solicitors in more areas of law in more offices on more high streets speaking more languages and accessible in more ways than any other firm in the country.

  • We believe the support of the law should be life-long and that our clients should feel they and their families are cared for across generations.
     
  • We believe you should be able to deal with real people, close to you, who know you.

  • We strive at all times to offer an accessible, affordable, personal service.

At MW Solicitors we are serious about how we train our Paralegals and Trainees and we are rightly proud of our Training and Development Programme which is crucial to MW's promise to make the best advocates available to clients not just now but for years to come.

What is the Advocacy Competition?

Put simply the MW Advocacy Competition is an annual event which pits Paralegals and Trainees against each other in mock court room trials.  Our junior legal staff gain practical experience and learn vital skills for their future as MW Solicitors.  During the course of several hotly contested rounds they examine their briefs in close detail, construct their arguments and present their case as either the counsel for the defence or prosecution in front of real judges.

Unique Among Law Firms

The Advocacy Competion is a unique feature of the MW Training and Development Programme which attracts prospective candidates to MW from Universities and Law Schools all over the country.  We have made a video to give  a taste of what it is like to compete as an MW advocate and what a career as an MW Paralegal or Trainee might entail.  

Part 1

Part 2

Advocacy Competition Final 2017

This year's Final Round takes place at the Royal Courts of Justice on the 13th of September 2017 and promises to be another exciting event eagerly anticipated by everyone at MW.  If you are interested in a career at MW Solicitors, visit our Vacancies Page follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin to get the latest news about recruitment opportunities.

On the 20th May 2017 I took part in the first International Disabled World Cup motorcycle race at the famous Le Mans Circuit in France.

This historic event was an official support race at the HJC sponsored French round of the MotoGP series. As one of the two British racers invited to attend the event, I was excited and honoured to be representing Great Britain in the 600cc category.

Bridgestone Le Mans Grid PhotoPre-race reparation did not go entirely to plan as two weeks before the race, whilst demonstrating at the Donnington Endurance Legends event, I suffered a jammed throttle and went over the front of the bike, spearing myself head first into the gravel. Whilst I wasn’t too badly injured, the bike needed a new fairing and an investigation into why the throttle stayed wide open. After eight frantic days I was heading into the Channel tunnel with a repaired, but untested, race bike on my way to France.

Team Talan MotorsportArriving at Le Mans, the International Bridgestone Handy Race paddock was found to be some distance away from the actual main paddock and pit lane, just outside of the actual Bugatti Circuit and along the 24Hour circuit. Surrounding us were campsites filled with bikes being bounced off the rev limiters non stop. Never before have I seen such a fanatical bunch of petrol heads incessantly feeding engines with fuel and listening to their exhausts bark a cacophony like an orchestra.

Whilst waiting in the transport to get to the track for Practice and Qualifying, we were treated to a thunder and lightening storm that brought hail down so hard the current session was red flagged.

The circuit became wet, really really wet. Our practice began in light rain and that got gradually heavier throughout. Everyone was cautious to begin with, but soon found that the newly surfaced track was giving amazing levels of grip. Having a new fairing changed my sitting position as the race tail piece with hard foam seat covering sat me considerably higher than being on the standard seat piece. The new position put a lot of strain on my wrists, not so much of a problem in the wet as I wasn’t braking hard, but it would be an issue in the dry.

#83 Talan Skeels-Piggins on trackIn our qualifying we were red flagged half way through, the thunderstorm once again brought hail and standing water. Once it was safe we headed back out to finish the session. I was lucky enough to know the Data Engineer from the Mistral Moto2 team, so I was parked outside the garage which offered a bit of shelter.  One of the rider’s dads popped out to offer his thoughts…

Mr Wayne Gardner (1987 500cc World Champion) simply thought we were all mad! At the end of qualifying I was 7th out of 30. A decent position to be in considering my top speed was between 10-20kmh slower than all the other top nine racers.

Later that evening my team and I were able to go back and visit the Mistral Moto2 garage to have about 30 minutes chatting with Wayne, get a good look at the Moto2 bikes, tour around the Tech3 MotoGP garage and finished off by meeting with their rider Karel Abraham. Karel was interested to hear about the racing as well as The Bike Experience (a charity I founded to teach disabled people how to ride motorcycles). It was great to see the interest from all the racers, and ex racers, in what we were doing.

Saturday brought sunshine, clear skies and a crowd of thousands of race fans. The start was a ‘Le Mans’ style grid line up, followed by two lap formation behind a safety car, then eight laps for the chequered flag. In pairs we lined up behind the safety car and I set about warming up my tyres. I was on brand new Bridgestone R10s that were stone cold due to a mechanical failure of the generator. Initially the under-pressure tyres caused me to bounce around and slip under braking.

After the first lap they were beginning to get some heat and the bike began to turn as I expected. At the end of Lap 2 the safety car pulled in, we rolled down towards the start line, all waiting for the Tricolore flag to be waved. The noise of the crowd went through my helmet, my ear plugs and into my very core, it was intense and massively addictive. The flag dropped and we were racing.

As expected, the 1 litre bikes came shooting up past me and the ones in front pulled away. I was cautious with the cold tyres and didn't want to get involved in any fairing bashing at the first chicane. Through the chicane and down to Chapelle the group was slightly spread out, and by the time we went into Garage Vert for the first time, there was a bit of order about the race.

I was gapped by the faster bikes on each straight and was forced into some very late braking in order to catch up. After the third time of locking the front on the brakes I decided it wasn’t going to be safe to continue this style of riding for the race. I went back to what I knew best, smooth riding. The seating position proved to be a problem for me. With a very dry and grippy surface I was able to brake hard, but that meant my backside started lifting from the seat and bouncing me off the centre line of the bike. I do not have stomach muscles, and so the act of trying to straighten myself up on the bike means lots of pulling and pushing on the bars whilst dragging my tummy onto the tank. As a result I cannot simply focus on going fast, as I can’t be sat on the ‘upside’ of the seat in a corner at pace. Nevertheless I enjoyed a decent battle with two litre bikes and another 600.

The chequered flag came earlier than I had expected, as I didn’t see the last lap flag waved to us. Suddenly it was all over, the marshals lined the circuit, the crowds waved and cheered, we all gave thumbs up to the other racers and waved back to the spectators. I was ninth overall from thirty starters. The position translated to fourth in all of the 600s (twenty of us) and second place in the 600cc paralysed class. A very respectable finishing position and one I and be proud of. The victory in my class went to fellow British rider Michael Reynolds, and congratulations go to him.

There were so many memories to treasure: being part of a MotoGP event, getting invitations into Moto2 and MotoGP garages, meeting the racers you see on TV, wheeling out onto the start/finish straight and hearing the cheer of five thousand people. The most important part was that we, the disabled racers, got to show the world that anything is still possible.

My thanks go to you; my sponsors, my supporters, my friends, my family, my fellow racers.

Talan Skeels-Piggins

We Can Help

MW Solicitors are proud to have sponsored Talan Motorsport Racing since 2014 and continue to support the spinal cord injury community by working closely with organisations such as the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and the Back Up Trust.  Our specialist Personal Injury Solicitors are experts in getting clients the help they need to rebuild their lives after Spinal Injury trauma.

If you would like to speak to a specialist to discuss your case call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

Estate & Trust Disputes Team

MW are very proud to announce the arrival of Wendy Rixon to the Estate & Trust Dispute Team.

Wendy has many years of experience in all aspects of contentious probate work including challenging the validity of wills (on grounds of mental capacity, undue influence or otherwise), claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and TOLATA (Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act) claims.

Wendy is also a member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (CTAPS), a further recognition of her expertise in this often complex and specialist field

Examples of Wendy’s successes in the past have included an Estate worth £1.2 million, comprising a farm, and her successfully recovering 60% of the Estate, plus costs, for a spouse who had not been provided with reasonable financial provision from her husband’s Estate. She has even acted for a claimant alleging a Will had been forged (a difficult ground to succeed upon) and succeeded in overturning the Will at trial on that basis (leaving an earlier Will to be admitted to probate under which the claimant received 50% of the Estate).

On joining MW Wendy says

“I am excited to join MW’s Estate & Trust Dispute Team. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and continuing to help those vulnerable clients who feel they may need a helping hand to rectify those injustices often arising on a loved one’s death”

Wendy joins MW’s rapidly expanding Estate & Trust Dispute Team which is headed up by Hayley Bundey in our Devon office. Working with her in Devon is Hayley Prideaux as well as Sharon Bell who is based in our Sevenoaks office. With further new starters due to join in the coming months the team is continuing to grow to meet the demands of their rapidly expanding client base and are ready and able to help callers with any queries they may have about their Estate or Trust Dispute.

We Can Help

At McMillan Williams, our mission is "to make quality legal services accessible to everyone" and our Specialist Estate & Trust Dispute Team can advise you on all aspects of Inheritance Claims and  Estate and Trust Disputes (including TOLATA – Trusts of Property - claims).

If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t know if you would have a claim against an Estate or in relation to a Trust or Property then our Specialist Estate & Trust Dispute Team can guide you through the process step by step and as quickly and painlessly as possible.

If you would like to take advantage of our FREE CASE REVIEW, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk

Millenium Bridge

McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited are excited to announce that it has incorporated South London High Street Law Firm Ormerods with effect from 3rd October 2016. 

McMillan Williams CEO Colum Smith

“At McMillan Williams our mission is to “To make quality legal services accessible to everyone” and this acquisition further extends our capability and presence on the high street.
 
We welcome the Ormerods team into the MW Family who will complement our already strong team of specialist solicitors helping our clients to achieve pragmatic and affordable justice across all areas of consumer and commercial law.”

Ormerods Managing Partner Simon Cook

“We are looking forward to bringing our historic legal expertise to McMillan Williams.  Their reputation as a modern and forward thinking law firm combined with their extensive infrastructure will enable us to continue to provide excellent service to both existing and new clients alike.”

About McMillan Williams

McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited is a high street law practice with 24 offices across London, The South of England and Devon. Providing pragmatic legal solutions across a full range of consumer and commercial legal disciplines for over 30 years, MW employs over 200 Solicitors and Legal Executives with an annual turnover of £30M.

Note to Ormerods Clients

Ormerods Solicitors continues to trade but cannot undertake reserved legal activity and is not insured to do so.  Any complaint or undertaking you have from Ormerods should be sent to Ormerods at their continuing service address 45 Friends Road, Croydon, CR0 1ED

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