Local solicitors McMillan Williams remain open for business whilst their Bath & Guildford offices remain closed.
McMillan Williams Solicitors has been providing legal services to the businesses and communities of London and the South since 1983. In May they were acquired by solicitors Taylor Rose TTKW, creating a top 75 law firm. They will continue to trade as McMillan Williams, providing a wide range of services including property, family, litigation and wills and probate.
Throughout the Coronavirus Lockdown the McMillan Williams legal team have been home working with telephone numbers diverted and secure IT networks installed resulting in little impact on client relationships and services. The firm’s staff will remain working from home, with the company prioritising the health and safety of employees and clients.
The McMillan Williams team remain committed to providing the highest level of legal advice to Bath and Guildford’s businesses and communities and look forward to continuing our relationship.
Clients can continue to contact their fee earner on their direct dial number or alternatively call 020 3551 8500.
The UK government released updated guidance on the containment of coronavirus yesterday, substantially increasing the rate of self-isolation across the country. Part of this recommendation was that those who can work from home should do so.
I wish to reassure you that your safety, your matter and your data remain our highest priority and subject to the very highest standards of professional conduct.
MW has robust, resilient, and tested Business Continuity and Business Recovery plans, so we can maintain the levels of service you would expect from us despite the external disruptions. These plans are now coming into effect. In the coming days we will significantly reduce the number of staff who are required in branch offices, with no compromise to service levels.
Times of disruption present opportunities for the unscrupulous to take advantage of heightened confusion.
PLEASE TAKE EXTRA CARE, PARTICULARLY WHEN MAKING PAYMENTS TO OR RECEIVING MONEY FROM MW, THAT YOU OBSERVE HIGH STANDARDS OF CAUTION, INCLUDING:
To preserve the health of our staff and clients we have been operating policies of restricted travel and meetings. Only essential meetings and inter-office travel have been permitted for the last week. This has now extended to self-isolation in line with government advice. This may affect our ability to conduct face to face meetings, but it will not prejudice our ability to deliver outcomes for clients.
MW Solicitors works on cloud-based infrastructure, meaning our staff can log in and access their client files privately from any computer. This access is protected by two-factor authentication, ensuring no compromise to security for client information.
Further, all of our critical support functions, including finance and compliance, are maintained on the same cloud-based infrastructure. This allows supervision, audit and client payments to also be made as normal even when our staff are working away from their normal office locations.
We will continue to monitor guidance from government as this complex situation continues to evolve. You can always be assured that:
With effect from Monday 23rd March 2020, the majority of our staff shall be working from home.
This will mean that we may need to take your file of papers or certain documents from the file home with us. We can assure you that these will be transported in a safe manner. These files or documents will remain in your legal representative's home and will be kept private until such time as they return to the office. This will enable your legal representative to continue to progress your matter. We will continue to adhere to our data protection policies and procedures during this time of homeworking.
Please rest assured that we take client confidentiality extremely seriously and the files and documents will only be seen by your legal representative.
To mitigate the risk posed by the current outbreak of Coronavirus, we will be sending all correspondence wherever possible by email and ask that when sending correspondence to MW Solicitors that you only send hard copies when absolutely necessary, for example when an original signature is required. If you need to send original documents to us please continue to use your usual correspondence address.
Please note that MW Solicitors will also, until further notice, agree to accept service of proceedings and documents by email. Service of proceedings and documents by email should be sent to email@example.com. It remains the position that we do not accept service of proceedings or documents by fax. Please note that these arrangements do not include service of documents by Local Authorities in relation to care proceedings who should continue to serve documents on the MW Solicitor instructed.
We are communicating to you as a critical part of the client-care we owe to our clients. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please contact your solicitor in the normal way. If you wish to contact MW Solicitors regarding a new matter please use our Contact Us to arrange a callback at your convenience.
Taylor Rose TTKW Limited (Taylor Rose) is pleased to announce it has acquired McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited together with related staff and offices to create a top 75 law firm. The combined firm will represent revenues of over £40 million and have 32 offices nationwide covering Cumbria to Sussex with headquarters in Peterborough and London.
Both firms place great value on providing a high quality service to their clients. The combined firm will prioritise client service during this uncertain time and provide a platform for investment in future growth. McMillan Williams’ focus on property complements Taylor Rose’s own property capabilities to create a Top 10 residential conveyancing firm in the UK. Other legal teams being welcomed into Taylor Rose include Litigation, Private Client, Crime and Family.
The complementary services with distinct geographies allows for immediate cross selling and scale. The enlarged group also expects to be able to access a wider range of financing opportunities to support its continued growth. Recent investment in people and technology by both firms will support the delivery of high quality advice to clients and facilitate future acquisition activity.
Taylor Rose’s unique business model covering owned offices and employed staff, alongside a fast-growing consultant solicitor programme has allowed it to offer an attractive mix of options for McMillan Williams’ operations.
The acquisition completed following discussions which began in 2019. McMillan Williams’ advisors, Quantuma LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP, considered Taylor Rose, with its compelling cultural and strategic fit, best placed to complete a deal with minimal disruption to the McMillan Williams business, its clients and staff.
Taylor Rose has been advised by John Llewellyn-Lloyd, Head of Professional Services, Arden Partners.
McMillan Williams has been advised by legal sector specialists Sean Bucknall and Andrew Hosking, Partners at restructuring advisors Quantuma, alongside legal regulatory experts Samantha Palmer and Steven Cottee, Partners at Pinsent Masons' Professional Practices team. The McMillan Williams Board have also been advised by Lee Sennett at Shoosmiths.
Taylor Rose is excited to be working with the excellent legal teams and support staff at McMillan Williams and is looking forward to building on the strong client base it has developed over the last few years.
Commenting on the acquisition, Adrian Jaggard, CEO of Taylor Rose:
“Taylor Rose aims to be a leading player in the UK consumer law market. The excellent fit of our two businesses is clear and is a major step forward in achieving our goal. I have been very impressed by the quality and dedication of the McMillan Williams staff notwithstanding recent uncertainty. We look forward to welcoming the legal and support teams into the Taylor Rose family. I am very confident that together we can maximise the opportunities of our combined business. Our resulting strength leaves us well placed to benefit as the Legal Services Market starts its journey of recovery from the stresses of the pandemic.“
Commenting on the acquisition John McMillan, Chairman McMillan Williams;
“We are thrilled to be joining the Taylor Rose platform and the opportunities for both our clients and staff within Taylor Rose. A shared culture, complementary services and distinct geographies made Taylor Rose an obvious home for McMillan Williams and there is enormous potential to bring our respective strengths to bear moving forward.”
Clients are assured that their McMillan Williams file handler will continue to progress their matter, ensuring continuity and avoiding disruption. You can continue to contact your file handler on the same contact number and email address. However if you have a general question which has not been answered please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media enquiries please contact Adrian Jaggard at Adrian.Jaggard@taylor-rose.co.uk.
International Women's Week takes place from the 8 March 2020 and aims to help nations worldwide eliminate discrimination against women.
The 2020 campaign is themed #EachforEqual. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day where we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.
I am proud to work for MW Solicitors in a business which supports and recognises the work and progression of our female staff at all levels whilst being the most socially diverse firm I have worked for in relation to gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. We acknowledge the support of our male colleagues in our progression and look forward to celebrating International Men's Day on November 19 each year.
At MW we recognise the efforts and contribution of those committed to helping when things go wrong whatever your background. If you would like to talk to us about your case, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a call back at your convenience.
National Careers Week is a week long celebration (2nd to 7th March) which raises awareness about improving careers education in schools and colleges.
Government evidence shows that this is an area that needs improvement in order to ensure that future generations will benefit from quality, meaningful interactions which help them to understand the links between courses, skills and the pathways they open up.
Today I started my fourth and final seat in my training contract with our Personal Injury department. This is part of my career progression to becoming a qualified solicitor. This has been my ambition since I was 15 and I have gained valuable legal work experience along the way. I am looking forward to my next 6 months in which I will learn how to represent the victims of accidents and how the legal system compensates them.
MW Solicitors supports schools and colleges by giving talks on how to obtain a legal career and what life as a lawyer is like. Joanna Bailey, the Head of Personal Injury gives an annual lecture to Middlesex University on exactly this, whilst last November our departments para legal, Shazad Ali returned to his old school to do this too.
MW Solicitors partners with the award winning social enterprise, Enabling Enterprise, who work with primary schools, secondary schools and businesses to bring the world of work into the classroom through lesson-time projects, challenge days and inspiring visits to businesses. If you (or your school) would like further information on the programme, please contact Enabling Enterprise via their website.
You can find out more about National Careers Week at nationalcareersweek.com or get involved in the chat on Twitter using the hashtag #NationalCareersWeek .
At MW we recognise the efforts and contribution of those committed to helping when things go wrong having dedicated their careers in doing so. Our Head of Department, Joanna Bailey, and our team have years of experience in acting for client’s entitled to make a personal injury claim. We are "small enough to care, big enough to make a difference".
Congratulations to the 17 new Trainees who embark on the next step of their journey to qualification.
Director of Legal Services, Neil Perot, commented
“MW are very proud to be awarding 17 training contracts which is a reflection of the individuals’ concerned capabilities and hard work. With 23 of their colleagues qualifying as solicitors at the same time, with over half continuing in qualified roles within the company, MW’s commitment to training and bringing on future talent remains as strong as ever.”
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Congratulations to the Team at MW Bexleyheath who came away with the top honour in the category of Best Employer at the recent Bexley Business Excellence Awards 2019. McMillan Williams Solicitors are very proud of this success as we stive to make our business a great place to work.
The category of Best Employer takes its inspiration from the words of Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, who said
“Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your business,”
The Judges were looking for an employer with a strategic and committed approach towards employee investment, engagement, welfare, training, development and diversity, no matter the person’s gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or social status.
Specifically their criteria were:
The judges commended MW for three outstanding achievements:
The Team, led by Office Manager Keeley Lengthorn, faced stiff opposition from some of the biggest employers in the Bexleyheath, Sidcup and Dartford area including; EB Associates Group (a large financial planning consultancy), Staffline (a national recruitment agency) and global food retailer McDonalds.
Many thanks to all those who assisted in preparing the submission and a special thanks to our CEO Dominic Harrison who has been with the firm for just two years and has spearheaded the cultural change programme which has led to MW Solicitors winning this prestigious award.
Partnering with Thomson Reuters and Fusion IT, MW Solicitors has developed a new secure client portal to make the conveyancing process faster, smoother and more secure.
Over 1,400 clients have already used the portal and the feedback has been extremely positive. There is no need to download separate apps, and it is designed to guide people through the process while allowing them to break off and log in later if they find they don’t have everything they need to hand.
Director and Chief information Officer MW Solicitors, David Fazakerley said
“Our new system enables clients to key in everything they have to provide in their own time, without needing to come into the branch, which is far more convenient for them. And from a business point of view, this has dramatically reduced the time spent logging client details to the system, in addition to being completely secure and accurate. What once took two weeks to complete now takes just two hours.”
Jamie Watson, managing director of Fusion IT, commented
“As the biggest MatterSphere consultancy practice outside of Thomas Reuters Elite, we were able to develop a bespoke solution for MW Solicitors that enabled them to enhance their client offering while reducing the amount of business hours spent inputting data”
Patrick Hurley, vice president, Customer Advocacy for Thomson Reuters Elite, described the project as
“a perfect trifecta of collaboration between our teams. MW Solicitors has always sought to use our solutions in new and innovative ways, and we are thrilled to have Fusion IT as a certified Implementation Partner for 3E MatterSphere helping them achieve such ground-breaking success.”
The launch of the MW Client Portal continues to position MW as the only Solicitors Firm offering High Street service and Big Tech innovation.
It is with sadness that we see that another firm with a strong personal injury claims department has ceased trading. Our thoughts go to the employees and the firm’s clients.
Seth Lovis & Co were a Legal 500 ranked for their work in the personal injury field. Sadly firms ceasing trading or being taken over has become an all too common an occurrence with recent rafts of governmental led reform in the personal injury world since 2010. With the forthcoming Civil Liability Act 2018 coming into effect in just over a years time it is likely that more firms will cease trading.
When a firm ceases trading or goes into administration that firm’s clients will worry about what happens with their case. This is particularly true for people who are seriously injured. Usually the files are assigned to one or more firms who then have to go through all of the files and work out what happens next.
However the client has a freedom to choose to move their matter to another firm – one of their choosing.
At MW Solicitors, Our Mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone" and our dedicated team of highly experienced Personal Injury lawyers are here to help you.
We are able to quickly assess whether the matter is something we would be able to assist with. We are experienced in taking over cases from other firms when clients have become dissatisfied with their current firm or that firm lacks the necessary expertise to run the claim. MW Solicitors is ranked in the Legal 500 for their expertise in the Personal Injury field. We have specialist lawyers who deal with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injuries, amputees, chronic pain conditions including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) as well as orthopaedic injuries such as broken legs.
If you have been notified that your current solicitors are ceasing trading or have any concerns about the handling of your case we are more than happy to speak with you or offer a free initial interview. Use our Branch Finder to locate your nearest MW Office and our lawyers are willing to travel if necessary. To speak to a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor don't delay, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a callback.
MW Solicitors are proud to announce that the firm has been shortlisted as Finalists in two categories at the British Legal Technology Awards 2018.
The nominations are in the category of “Alliance of Year” with technology partner Infotrack and in the category of “Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year” for the development work MW Solicitors have done creating web based portals for their clients.
In response to the announcement MW Solicitors Chief Information Officer, David Fazakerley, said:
“To be named finalists out of hundreds of submissions is an achievement in itself and is recognition of the progressive work MW staff have been doing on behalf of their clients.”
With the judging panels now completed, Representatives from MW will be present at the awards ceremony on 1st November where the Winners and Runners Up will be announced.
This is the first year MW have been shortlisted in these awards and is a testament to the progress in technology that we have made especially given the judging panels are made up of the UK’s leading industry experts in academia, technology providers and peer law firms.
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