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Shrewsbury office open for business!

Everyone at Mortimers is delighted after the firm announced the launch an office in Shrewsbury town centre - and it is now very much open for business.

This is the first time Mortimers has had a presence in the county town.

The firm has now taken on prestigious premises in Swan Hill Court, just off Swan Hill.

Partner Christopher Waters, who co-founded Mortimers in 1998, said he was delighted that the firm would now have a branch in Shrewsbury.

He added: “We have wanted to move into Shrewsbury for a while but we were just waiting for the right premises to become available.

“I strongly believe that the demographic of Shrewsbury and the surrounding area, and the services we provide dovetail very well.

“We will be concentrating on private family and matrimonial work, as well as employment and agricultural services.

“This is an extremely exciting move for Mortimers. The premises, which are in a prestigious and discrete part of the town centre with parking for clients, are ideal for our purposes."

Mr Waters explained that solicitors would be moving from other Mortimers offices rather than the offices being filled by the employment of new staff.

He added: “Because we obviously missed out on the tender process for legal aid for the Shrewsbury office, our focus will be on private-client work.

“This fits well into the overall Mortimers profile as the Bridgnorth and Hereford offices have been granted a substantial number of legal aid starts by the Legal Services Commission.”

You can contact the Shrewsbury office on 01743 298629.




Agricultural expert joins Mortimers

We are delighted to announce that one of the area’s leading figures in the world of agricultural law has joined our team.

Nigel Gowling is a respected barrister who was previously a member of the UK’s largest chambers as an agricultural expert.

Mr Gowling, who lives near Ross-on-Wye, is now working with Mortimers as in-house counsel.

He is predominantly based in our Hereford offices but he frequently travels to Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth.

“I cover a range of matters associated with agriculture and rural affairs,” said Mr Gowling.

“Background understanding and knowledge of the industry is essential in understanding individual clients’ issues and problems.

“These can include anything from agricultural holding and tenancy matters to contractual disputes, and livestock/equine issues to negligence claims.

“I have spent several years as a barrister and mediator with No 5 Chambers, working at their Bristol annexe, but I wanted to spend more time in an area where I have a lot of contacts and see scope for real growth.

“I have worked with Mortimers in the past and the opportunity to work with such a forward-thinking firm in both a city and county I know really well was too good to let pass.”




Karen Wins Commendation

One of our senior solicitors said that she was delighted to have been given an official commendation for outstanding legal practice.

Karen Brake, a family law expert and partner with Mortimers, received a certificate from the Good Lawyer Guide, the independent guide to solicitors in England and Wales.

Karen, who heads the family department and is based at Mortimers’ Ludlow office, said today: “To have been recognised as an outstanding legal practitioner is very pleasing.

“I am delighted because it is a completely independent guide and I had no knowledge that I was going to be given this accolade.”

Karen is a member of the both the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and also Resolution, an organisation which is committed to the resolution of family disputes through a non-confrontational approach and acts in the best interests of the whole family, especially children.

She is also a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and specialises in representing children and guardians in both care proceedings and private contact and residence cases.


Divorce proceedings are being dramatically complicated by the recession

A Shropshire family law expert has warned that divorce proceedings are being dramatically complicated by the recession – and the situation is not going to get better for possibly years to come.

Bryony Walker, a partner at Mortimers solicitors based in the firm’s Bridgnorth office, said that the recession is causing many diverse complications for people going through divorce proceedings.

Mrs Walker added: “Financial situations are changing rapidly as more people are being made redundant, and property and equity values fall.

“This is a very real problem which I can only see getting worse over the next 12 months at the very least.”


Demand for brand new properties is on the rise again

The demand for brand new properties is on the rise again as people see them as being wise investments.

That is the clear message from a Shropshire solicitor at the cutting edge of the property market.

Loretta Aston, Mortimers solicitors' property expert, said that she was receiving a marked increase in instructions from people purchasing new build properties for investment purposes.

She added: “Over the summer it became more and more noticeable that there was increased interest for new build properties.

“It then became apparent that a good proportion of the purchasers were already home owners and were buying these as investment vehicles.

“I think people are still sceptical about the stock market and they see bricks and mortar as offering the greater return in the long run.”