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Mortimers achieves Lexcel accreditation

 

We are delighted to announce that Mortimers Solicitors has been awarded a coveted quality mark of excellence from the Law Society.

Mortimers has been granted the Lexcel standard which has been achieved by only a few practices in the area; the accreditation applies to each of Mortimers' offices in Bridgnorth, Shrewsbury and Hereford.

Co-founder and senior partner of Mortimers, Christopher Waters, said he was delighted that his team had been recognised for their high standards and the care they give to clients.

“To gain Lexcel accreditation a practice must undergo several rigorous inspections and assessment processes,” said Mr Waters.

“This includes carrying out interviews with members of staff and a detailed on-site visit from an experienced Lexcel assessor.

“We are particularly pleased because this is the first time we have applied for this quality mark and it is a much sought after standard within the legal profession.”

Lexcel is developed specifically for law firms and is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme which gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards.

President of the Law Society of England and Wales, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, said: “Gaining and maintaining Lexcel is no mean feat. There are many facets of being a Lexcel accredited law firm, including client care.

“A commitment to customer service in today’s evermore competitive legal services market is vital. The scheme is a beacon of quality to clients and potential clients alike.”

Mr Waters added: “While we are proud to have secured the Lexcel award, it is our clients and staff who are the main beneficiaries as they can be assured that the way we manage the practice has their interests at heart.”

Mortimers has a thriving family law division and departments which deal with the specialised fields of employment, education, property, agriculture, equine, private client and litigation. It joins more than 1,200 other legal practices in England and Wales with Lexcel accreditation.

29-10-2012

Free Family Law Advice Clinic in Shrewsbury on October 20th

A Shropshire Family Law expert is inviting people with matrimonial and care issues to take part in a free advice session on Saturday, October 20.

Jackie Meredith, who is based at the Shrewsbury branch of Mortimers Solicitors in Windsor Place, will be holding the free clinic which will operate between 9.30am and 12.30am.

“I am inviting people to come along for a one-to-one 20-minute advice session which will give them an opportunity to raise issues and concerns, find out about costs, procedures and everything they might expect to encounter,” said Mrs Meredith.

“I will be able to advise them on any problems they may be facing with matrimonial issues, children, care proceedings, financial matters and domestic violence.

“These are often sensitive and upsetting areas for people to talk about so I am hoping to give some reassurance and sound advice.

“We are here to help and we hope that the clinics will be beneficial to those who do not know how to proceed if they have problems.”

Anyone interested in visiting the advice clinic on October 20 is asked to make an appointment and can contact Mrs Meredith on 01743 298629.

10-10-2012

Legal Aid services in each of our three offices

Mortimers has been awarded contracts to offer Legal Aid services in each of its three offices.

The firm won the contracts in the categories of family law, education and employment to members of the public who qualify on a means and merits basis.

Bryony Walker, a partner at Mortimers who specialises in family law and education, said that this was a major cause for celebration for the firm.

“While the Bridgnorth and Hereford offices have traditionally been awarded these contracts, this is the first time the Shrewsbury office has been able to offer Legal Aid services,” said Mrs Walker.

“Our Family Law department, which is now nine strong, has developed into something of a powerhouse division which we would like to think is the equal to pretty much any in the area.

“We have an established reputation for advising privately paying clients but it is great to be able to offer our services to those needing publicly funded legal help in all our offices.

“Our privately funded work will of course continue as before, but we now feel that our services are better balanced across the social spectrum.

“It is particularly pleasing that our newly opened Shrewsbury office, which is now based in Windsor House in the town centre, has been awarded the contract enabling it to become a really dynamic force in the county town.”

Mrs Walker added that the areas in which the firm’s Family Law team were most specialised were matrimonial issues, complex financial issues, matters relating to children and care proceedings, and domestic violence.

16-02-2012

Free advice clinics in Shrewsbury for Family Law issues

A Shropshire Family Law expert is setting up free advice clinics to help guide people through matrimonial and care issues.

Jackie Meredith, who this month joined the Shrewsbury branch of Mortimers Solicitors, will be holding four free clinics starting on Saturday, February 11.

“I am inviting people to come along for a 20-minute advice session which will give them an opportunity to raise issues and concerns, find out about costs, procedures and everything they might expect to encounter,” said Mrs Meredith.

“I will be able to advise them on any problems they may be facing with matrimonial issues, children, care proceedings, financial matters and domestic violence.

“These are often sensitive and upsetting areas for people to talk about so I am hoping to give some reassurance and sound advice.

“We are here to help and we hope that the clinics will be beneficial to those who do not know how to proceed if they have problems.”

Mrs Meredith works from Mortimers’ new Shrewsbury office in Windsor Place having recently joined the firm’s growing Family Law department after spending many years working for a Telford-based practice.

She specialises in all aspects of family-related issues and is a member of several accredited panels across the family law spectrum.

Anyone interested in visiting the advice clinic on February 11, which will operate between 9.30am and 12.30am, can contact Mrs Meredith on 01743 298629.

The dates of the other free clinics are March 24, April 21 and May 26.

25-01-2012

Jackie Meredith heads Shrewsbury family team

A Shropshire firm of solicitors has bolstered its family law department by welcoming a well known figure from the county legal scene to its team.

Jackie Meredith has joined Mortimers Solicitors after spending many years working at a Telford-based practice.

She specialises in all aspects of family-related issues, including matrimonial and childcare matters, and domestic abuse, and is a member of several accredited panels across the family law spectrum.

Mrs Meredith will be predominantly based at Mortimers’ Shrewsbury office in the town centre where she will be heading up the branch’s family division.

Christopher Waters, co-founder and senior partner at Mortimers, said he was delighted that Mrs Meredith had agreed to join the firm.

“This is a real feather in our cap,” said Mr Waters, who set up Mortimers in 1998.

“Jackie brings with her a wealth of experience and a real knowledge of all aspects of family law, and is well versed in both private client and Legal Aid based work.

“Now that our Shrewsbury office is very much up and running we were keen to find someone of a high calibre with a broad range of skills to head our family department there, and I believe we have found the perfect person to fill that role.

“We would like to think that Mortimers’ family team is one of the most respected in Shropshire and the West Midlands, and the arrival of Jackie will only serve to reinforce that claim.”

Mrs Meredith has worked at well known firms in Telford since the mid 1990s.

She said: “This is a hugely exciting opportunity for me and I see this as being a really important moment for me in my career.

“I have got to know various members of Mortimers’ family law department over several years of seeing them at court, and the firm’s reputation in this part of the world is well deserved.”

17-01-2012