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Clark Willis Law Firm LLP maintain Law Society excellence quality mark

We are delighted to announce that following an annual audit we have maintained our Lexcel quality mark. We have held this quality mark since 2010.

Lexcel is defined by the Law Society at http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/accreditation/lexcel/

‘Lexcel is the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in client care. It provides a flexible, supportive management framework to help practices develop consistent operational efficiencies and client services, manage risk effectively, reduce costs and promote profitability.

Lexcel sets the required Standard in seven different areas: structure and strategy, financial management, information management, people management, risk management, client care, file and case management. Lexcel scheme rules outline the design, principles and governance processes of the scheme.’

At Clark Willis we are committed to excellent Client care and practice management and we continue to meet the high standards expected of this quality mark.

The ‘Christmas’ Conundrum- a Family Lawyers perspective by Tanya Bloomfield

I know, I know it’s ‘only October!’ but we are starting the countdown and the Christmas gifts have appeared in the shops.

I am talking about this now because it needs to be looked at sooner rather than later.

How the Christmas holidays are split is a tricky issue between some separated parents. There is no right or wrong answer. The Law doesn’t tell us what to do, in fact the Children Act which is the Law dealing with this issue doesn’t say anything about Christmas.

From my own experience there are lots of different ways that separated parents can try and agree this. There are lots of things to take into account; what families usually do, how far parents live from each other, the ages of the child(ren) etc.

Some of the ways that I have come across include

  • alternating Christmas eve/Christmas day,
  • splitting Christmas day (usually after lunch/mid afternoon),
  • being with one parent on Christmas day each year and the other every boxing day

These are just some of the ways I have seen cases be agreed or determined by the court but they are not the only solutions.

Ultimately what is right for your family depends on what is best for your child or children. I say again there is no right or wrong way.  What will be important to the child is seeing both of his/her parents and their extended families.

Christmas is a magical time for children but often the adults get more hung up on the time when all the children are concerned about is the presents!

As far as you are able, always try and come to an agreement. Ultimately you both know what is best for your family. If you can’t reach an agreement and/or are unable to communicate well about it then you might need some help.

If you can avoid going to court to ask a Judge to make a decision. They will come up with what they think is best but it might not be what either parent wants or what you think is best for your child.

At Clark Willis we can offer you different ways of trying to sort things out including advice from a Solicitor, Mediation and Collaborative practice. Contact us now if we can help  on 01325 281111 or find more information at www.clarkwillis.com

Tanya is a partner within the firm who specialises in Family cases. Tanya is also an accredited Family Mediator with the Family Mediation Council and Collaborative Practitioner trained by Resolution.

Third victory for the Legal Eagles quiz team at the St Teresa’s Hospice quiz!

Once again the Clark Willis Legal Eagles reigned supreme at the St Teresa’s Hospice Quiz held last night at Cockerton Club.

The rounds were more difficult this year but we managed to pull it out of the bag once again!

Clark Willis also fielded a second team the Clark Willis Legal Budgies but sadly they were not able to keep up. However one of their team members  as consolation did win a raffle prize – a Stunt passenger driving experience- lets hope she comes back in one piece!

A few photos from the night

    

Consumer guidance on Personal Injury Compensation claims

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has launched a public information booklet which looks at the importance of personal injury compensation.

 

If you are considering making a claim for personal injury compensation then this is an absolute ‘must-read’!

 

The guide explains the basic principles and also looks at the different injuries you may be able to claim for. There is even a table setting out how much compensation you might get for a particular injury.

 

If anyone has any questions about the guide, or would like to chat to one of our experienced and friendly solicitors about making a claim, please call us today on 01325 281 111.

 

The guide can be found at https://www.apil.org.uk/compensation