Regional High Street Law firm, MW Solicitors (MW), has qualified a record twenty three new Solicitors in September 2019, and thirty one in the last twelve months. This makes MW one of the largest providers of Training Contracts in England.
Almost ten thousand Solicitors’ Firms nationwide offer only six thousand traineeships annually, less than one each on average.
Well over half of these Newly Qualified Solicitors have accepted full-time, permanent roles with MW in fields from Clinical Negligence to Family Law, with a significant number joining the Firm’s market leading Residential Property business.
Chief Executive, Dominic Harrison said,
“We are thrilled that the significant investment we have made in our people and our communities for many years is now yet again bearing fruit, for us, for the clients we serve, and of course for the Trainees themselves who have worked tirelessly and diligently during their training contracts in pursuit of this crowning career moment.”
MW operates a training program of approximately one hundred people at any one time, and offers training not only for Solicitors but also for alternative legal qualifications such as CILEx and CLC.
Head Trainee Sonia Jain, who joined MW in 2016 as a Paralegal and will qualify as a Solicitor this year, said,
“Joining MW has meant the opportunity to train in the many different legal disciplines we practice, and in different offices around the South of England. This is not something other Firms could offer me. I am thrilled to have accepted a role as a Qualified Solicitor in the Civil Litigation team in our Fulham Office.”
The firm recruits candidates in all positions all year round and also awarded seventeen new training contracts this week. MW has grown considerably since attracting private equity funding in 2015 and is now one of the largest providers of Legal Aid and Conveyancing services in the country.
MW Solicitors is a modern, multi-branch consumer focussed law firm. We cater to all our clients’ day to day legal needs, from writing a will, to buying/selling a house, to helping with the more difficult things life can throw at you such as divorce, catastrophic injury, or professional negligence. We bring our services to you from your high-streets at twenty six offices across London and the South, meaning a solicitor you can talk to is never far away.
MW is an equal opportunity employer and proud of its commitment to diversity in the workplace. In the latest diversity submission to the Law Society, MW was 72% female and 34% Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME).
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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”.
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.