Probate Pilot Service Invitation
Our Wills, Tax and Probate Department has been selected by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service to be one of the first Law Firms to trial and have input into the future of the new Probate Application system.
On the news Richard Neea, head of the Wills, Tax and Probate Team comments ‘It is exciting to be asked to be involved in the trial of the new Probate Application system. It not only gives us an opportunity to be involved in the development of what the new application procedure will be like, but also evidences the reputation and abilities our Team has in this area of Law. We are very proud to have been asked to take part.’
Enoch Evans LLP have been assisting clients with Probate applications for over 130 years along with advice on Wills and Inheritance Tax planning. If you have any queries on any of these topics please contact us on 01922 720333 for our Walsall office, or 0121 355 2336 for our Sutton Coldfield office. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Solicitors Run in aid of Local Hospice
In early June, two of our solicitors took part in the Great Midlands Run in aid of Midlands-based charity, St Giles Hospice.
James McFarlane, senior solicitor in Enoch Evans LLP’s Company and Commercial department and Lucy Grimsley, senior solicitor in the Wills, Tax and Probate team raised just under £1,000 for the hospice.
Both James and Lucy agreed: “It was great to take part in such a well-supported event. The conditions were perfect bearing in mind the course was on varying terrain.
“We are delighted to be able to do something to help St Giles Hospice and the patients it cares for. We are very thankful for the support from everyone at Enoch Evans LLP; without their backing we would not have been able to raise such a fantastic sum of money.”
Elinor Eustace, director of fundraising from St Giles Hospice said: “The support from Enoch Evans LLP is fantastic, to have such amazing support for this historic event right in the heart of the communities we serve is wonderful. We rely on people like James and Lucy fundraising for us to continue our work.”
Black Country Chamber Mini Expo
Calderfields Golf Club and Country Club played host to one of a series of mini expos which will run throughout the year in areas throughout the Black Country for businesses in the Walsall region.
We were exhibitors at the event, which took place in mid-April, with Lauren Smith and Emily Parry there as exhibitors on behalf of the firm.
The event attracted around 25 businesses who were looking to work alongside the Chamber’s members, Patrons and commercial providers, together with exhibitors in the many sectors the region has to offer. The Chamber were on hand to offer advice and support from their multi-talented team of policy, Brexit, international trade and membership offers.
Coffee and a Chat in Sutton Coldfield
In April a selection of fee earners across our Private Client departments hosted a coffee morning at Caffé Botanico; located within House of Fraser in Sutton Coldfield.
The team were able to discuss matters relating to Wills, Probate, Inheritance Tax, Divorce, Matrimonial Finances, Civil Disputes, Property Sales and Purchases and Remortgages.
During the morning over 40 members of the public were able to benefit from the advice that was on offer. The event was considered to be a success and the management from Caffé Botanico were pleased to accomodate the firm.
Law Society Shortlist Announced
We have been shortlisted as finalists at the annual Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards in the category of Law Firm of the Year (Regional). Now in their 18th year, the Awards have become a permanent fixture in the legal and business calendar, with the event attracting a capacity crowd year-on-year to celebrate the success and achievement of both individuals and firms over the last 12 months.
To get through to the final stages our firm had to undergo an initial written submission, followed by an interview with selected individuals from the judging panel.
It is a proud moment for the firm to get to the final stages of the awards and this marks another significant step in Enoch Evans LLP being recognised by the legal sector for being a firm that maintains the highest of standards for legal services in Walsall and the Black Country.
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 14th March 2019 at the International Convention Centre.
New Faces at our Sutton Coldfield Office
Following the successful launch of our first branch office in Sutton Coldfield, we have appointed a new matrimonial and family solicitor to further strengthen our team.
Monica Ghai brings with her over eight years of experience after working for a well-established high street firm as well as experience in managing the Birmingham office of a London based law firm.
Monica will be supporting our clients with divorce and financial proceedings and will act on a range of dispute cases including the division of finances following the breakdown of marriage or those involving children and domestic abuse issues.
Monica said: “I have experience in representing people on both sides of the fence and family breakdowns often involve tackling multiple issues at the same time. This means as law professionals, we have to be extremely sensitive and understand the people we’re advising are often going through some of the most difficult times in their lives.
“That’s why I’m extremely excited to have joined Enoch Evans as a practice which has such heritage and is grounded in offering a quality service to clients. I’m looking forward to providing practical and robust legal advice to the people of Sutton Coldfield and beyond. With any case, my ultimate goal is to help people reach practical solutions whilst minimising conflict.”
Legal executive, Julie Edmondson-Jones who has been working with us for over 15 years has also made a strategic move from our Walsall head office to be part of our residential conveyancing team in Sutton Coldfield.
Julie said: “We feel we can bring a forward-thinking different style of law to the Sutton Coldfield market. This is the start of something very promising for the firm. We will continue to service businesses and individuals across the West Midlands and beyond but having a Sutton Coldfield base allows our clients to see us face-to-face and gives them greater flexibility.”
Launch of our Sutton Coldfield Office
On Thursday 22nd November, professionals from the Sutton Coldfield and Walsall area gathered at Migas Wine and Tapas bar to celebrate the launch of Enoch Evans LLP’s new branch office.
David Evans, our managing partner, said: “This is the first expansion outside of Walsall for the firm since the opening in 1884 by Enoch Evans himself. We’re proud to offer traditional legal services in a modern way; working with individuals and business clients in a fashion that puts service first. As a business, the opening of the Sutton Coldfield branch proves we’re not standing still; we’re growing and developing whilst retaining our long-standing values.”
In recent years we have has grown to over 80 staff and are listed in the Legal 500 which ranks the world’s best practices. From a single location the firm has steadily built a solid reputation in providing legal support to generations of families and businesses that operate within the West Midlands and throughout the UK.
The Sutton Coldfield office will provide expert services to private clients as well as businesses from its convenient setting on Mill Street, adding particular value to professionals.
Promotion in Civil Litigation
Our Litigation department have a newly promoted senior solicitor in Katie Baker-Clifton.
Katie joined Enoch Evans LLP in 2016 and has a wealth of experience in Employment Law as this has been her sole area of expertise since 2009. She has a varied caseload from non-contentious advisory work for both corporate and private clients through to complex contested employment tribunal cases.
Regarding Katie’s promotion within the Litigation department Steve Nixon, Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation said “Katie’s hard work has been rewarded in her being promoted to Senior Solicitor within Enoch Evans LLP. As a firm we strive to promote from within and promotion within our teams means that we can build stronger relationships with our clients.”
Pharmacy Show 2018 Update
Our Company & Commercial team have just returned from a successful two days exhibiting at the Pharmacy Show 2018.
As certified Business Partners to the National Pharmacy Association they were at the NEC Birmingham, along with 400+ exhibitors, 200+ expert speakers, 150+ educational sessions and 7 theatres at the national event. Those attending included Pharmacy owners, Pharmacy Technicians, Hospital Pharmacy Teams, Wholesalers & Distributors and Pre-registration Pharmacists.
The Pharmacy Show is by far the largest pharmacy training event in the UK and plays a vital role in supporting both community, primary and secondary care pharmacy professionals with free continued professional development (CPD) content covering strategy, tactics, clinical, business, public health, digital health, leadership and GP practice pharmacy training and advice vital for the future of the profession.
Head of the Corporate and Commercial department Sukie Shemar commented; “We had a great show this year, with plenty of visitors to our stand. We look forward to following-up on the contacts that were made while maintaining relationships with existing contacts”.
Sutton Coldfield Branch Office
We have chosen Sutton Coldfield as the location of our first branch outside our Walsall headquarters.
In recent years our firm has grown to over 80 staff and is listed in the Legal 500 which ranks the world’s best practices. From a single location the firm has steadily built a solid reputation in providing legal support to generations of families and businesses that operate throughout the length and breadth of the UK.
David Evans, managing partner, said: “This is the first expansion outside of Walsall for the firm since the opening in 1884 by Enoch Evans himself. We are well-established in Walsall with a good understanding of the value of being embedded in a community and we plan to take this approach over to Sutton Coldfield.
“We’re proud to offer traditional legal services in a new way; servicing individuals and business clients in a modern fashion which puts service first. As a business, the opening of the Sutton Coldfield branch proves we’re not standing still; we’re growing and developing whilst retaining our long-standing family values.”
Reiss Matthews, a solicitor specialising in Wills, Tax, and Probate, said: “We recognised that many corporate clients stay in Walsall for work but now live in Sutton Coldfield due to the lifestyle it offers. It therefore made sense to have a dedicated branch that would be more convenient for them.
“As a Sutton Coldfield resident, I know this area incredibly well, and even though our Walsall office covers the whole of the West Midlands, the new office allows our team to be even more reactive and it’s much easier for clients to see us face-to-face; something that’s really important when working on sensitive personal cases.
“The opening is also about bringing a Birmingham style of law to the door step of businesses and individuals in this area. We take a professional and commercial approach; even though we’re outside the city, we utilise modern procedures and methods of communication which allow us to be clear and open with clients who are able to get hold of us whenever needed.”
The Sutton Coldfield office will provide expert services to private clients as well as businesses from the convenient setting on Mill Street, adding particular value to professionals such as accountants, surveyors, and financial advisors.
To celebrate the opening of our office in Sutton Coldfield (Mill Street, B72 1TJ), we will be holding a number of seminars that provide invaluable information on different topics. To keep informed on when these seminars and advice sessions will take place, visit www.enochevans.co.uk or call the new Sutton Coldfield office on 0121 355 2336. Alternatively, follow the firm on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
Visit to the Sensory Room at Walsall Child Development Centre