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Support for St Giles Walsall Hospice

November 2017

St Giles Walsall Hospice has once again received a cash boost from Enoch Evans LLP solicitors after the firm donated the proceeds from participation in Make a Will Fortnight. A total of £400 was raised for the 2017 event.
The annual two-week fundraising initiative takes place every autumn, giving people the chance to take advantage of the professional services of St Giles’ partner solicitors across the region to prepare a standard will.
Our firm has been taking part in Make a Will Fortnight since 2009, waiving their usual fees in exchange for a donation to St Giles, which provides high-quality care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Enoch Evans LLP Solicitors has been a longstanding supporter of St Giles Walsall Hospice and is proud to participate in Make a Will Fortnight every year.
Richard Neea, Partner and head of the Wills, Tax and Probate department says: “During Make a Will Fortnight we lend our expertise to draw up a will and instead of charging the client we donate the cost of this service to St Giles, while also asking clients who take part to make a donation. At Enoch Evans LLP we decided to support St Giles Walsall Hospice as it’s a really popular local charity that’s close to the hearts of many people in the surrounding area.
“The benefits of Make a Will Fortnight are two-fold – it’s extremely important that everyone draws up a will so they can ensure their estate is passed on to the people they want it to go to, while also doing a wonderful job of supporting a local charity that does excellent work.
“St Giles is a very well-known charity and because we’re the biggest solicitors firm in Walsall we are very keen to lend our support. Many of our clients are delighted to show their support for the hospice and it has an excellent reputation.
“Everyone at St Giles Walsall Hospice is very grateful for our help and always looking to show their appreciation.”
The expert team at Enoch Evans LLP also has three members of Solicitors for the Elderly, a national association that provides legal advice for older and vulnerable people.
Richard adds: “We have a wealth of experience dealing with wills and it’s a chance for people to get professional help for a little bit cheaper, while supporting a really worthwhile cause. We’ve had a great reaction from local people and we’re eager to continue showing our support for St Giles in the future”.

Highly Experienced Litigator Becomes Qualified Mediator

November 2017

We are proud to announce that Partner and Litigation Specialist, Andrew Pointon (pictured right) is now a fully qualified, ADR Group Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator.
Andrew, who is a member of the Association of Midland Mediators (AMM) has successfully gained the accreditation which now allows him to practice mediation, a structured approach to negotiation and settlement for all levels of civil and commercial disputes. Referrals are welcome from law firms and other professional services providers.
He said, ‘I am delighted to have completed my qualification and to add to my specialist skill set. Fewer parties can afford to go to Court, but their issues, some of which can be potentially life changing, still need to be resolved and I am here and ready to assist with that process.’
Andrew has been with Enoch Evans LLP for over thirty years. He has spent the vast majority of that time working in the Commercial Litigation and Employment Law Departments of the firm.
Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation, Stephen Nixon said, ‘Andrew has worked incredibly hard for this qualification and it’s a true testament to his commitment that he has completed it. We are excited to be offering our mediation services to all professional firms’.

Local Firm – National Recommendation

October 2017

Our firm has scored one of the best in a worldwide ranking scheme that recognises the industry’s best performers.
We have been ranked in the Legal 500 listing which is a guide to help clients choose the legal advisers who are the cream of the crop.
The firm’s Corporate and Commercial team made the list, in addition to special mentions for Managing Partner, David Evans and the Head of Corporate and Commercial team and, Healthcare Specialist, Sukie Shemar
Managing Partner, David Evans, said: “We’re extremely proud of our staff who have worked so hard to achieve this national recognition. It’s a great achievement for a local firm to have been recognised for the quality of our business.
“We are one of a few law firms in the West Midlands to have been endorsed by such a prestigious legal directory and it’s a testimony to the commitment and dedication of our staff.”
The Legal 500 assessors said Enoch Evans LLP’s Corporate and Commercial team was “very well informed, capable and conscientious”. In particular they praised Sukie Shemar, Head of Corporate and Commercial team “for handling the matters promptly and efficiently”. Significant praise was also given to her work done for Pharmacies in particular key client Medi-Zen Healthcare Services.
Healthcare Specialist, Sukie Shemar, said: “I’m truly overjoyed that we have been recognised, it’s taken years of hard work and dedication to get to this point and we only plan to work harder and move higher up the rankings.”
The Legal 500 listings have been published for more than 29 years and give a comprehensive overview of legal services worldwide.
They are compiled every year through independent researchers contacting thousands of UK law firm clients across the UK and referencing their feedback against the opinions of other commercial lawyers. The Legal 500 team also gathers information about client lists and the transactions handled by individual law firms.

Still Outstanding in Our Field

September 2017

Enoch Evans LLP recently sponsored the 8th annual Elford Scarecrow Festival, which saw around 7,500 visitors attend the well-established event.
A variety of scarecrows were on display, ranging from Humpty Dumpty to The Gruffalo, which was crowned the winner this year. As well as scarecrows, new attractions included; a birds of prey display, animals from Ash End Farm and a Lion, Witch & Wardrobe inspired display in the grounds of Howard Primary School.
The popular Scarecrow Festival has raised thousands of pounds for local causes over the years and has this year broken their fundraising records. Scarecrow Festival Chairwoman, Ursula Middlemore comments, “The festival is run entirely by volunteers and gives us an opportunity for us to give back to the local community. Each year we select a beneficiary close to our hearts. The weather was fantastic and it was incredible to see so many visitors flooding the usually sleepy roads of Elford”.
The event was considered a success in that their Facebook page has now received over 16,000 views and the event itself raised in excess of £20,000 for the village and local charities.
Enoch Evans LLP congratulates the organisers and entrants of the Elford Scarecrow Festival. In the near future we anticipate playing our part in other community events in the Black Country region.

Addition to Growing Family Department

August 2017

The Matrimonial and Family department  have a new addition in the form of newly qualified solicitor Thomas Edwards.
Thomas began as a Trainee Solicitor with Enoch Evans LLP in August 2015 and has now successfully qualified. Following his studies at Nottingham Trent University, Thomas has spent the past six months developing his knowledge and experience in all aspects of private family law matters, including divorce, matrimonial finances, cohabitee disputes and private children act matters. Thomas now becomes the latest fully qualified member of the firm and will assist in developing and boosting the already excellent reputation of the growing department. On his recent appointment Thomas comments “I am extremely excited to have been offered a position within the Family team at Enoch Evans and look forward to getting to grips with some of the more complex cases dealt with by the firm following my admission to the roll of Solicitors.
Regarding the new addition to her department Emma Birch, Partner and Head of Matrimonial and Family said “I’m really pleased that Tom is joining the Family department, adding to our expanding team. I feel that he will be an asset to the department and going forward will be dealing with private family work and assisting with the Child Care side of the department.
Enoch Evans LLP are a constantly evolving and innovative law firm who provide a specialist range of legal services, ensuring all legal needs are catered for. Their other services include Wills, Tax and Probate, Company and Commercial, Commercial Property, Commercial Finance, Healthcare, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Wills, Residential Conveyancing, Criminal and Regulatory Offences.
Please contact Enoch Evans LLP on (01922) 720333, family@enoch-evans.co.uk or visit their website at www.enoch-evans.co.uk for more information.

New Legal Executive for Matrimonial & Family

July 2017

Legal Executive Andrew Wood has joined the Matrimonial & Family team.
Following positions at number of local firms, Andrew brings a wealth experience in to the Matrimonial and Family department and since qualifying has specialised in only Family Law. On joining the firm Andrew comments “I am pleased to be joining a well-established and accomplished department. Even before joining, I knew that the firm has an excellent reputation in providing clients with a high quality service. I look forward continuing to play my part in the success of the firm.
Regarding the new addition to her department Emma Birch, Partner and Head of Matrimonial and Family said “Andrew is an experienced Legal Executive who is local to the area. He will be adding to the expanding private Family Law team and his work will include divorce, ancillary relief and children cases. We welcome his addition of experience and local knowledge to continue to help our clients.

Enoch Evans LLP hosts Lord Chancellor

May 2017

David Evans with Liz Truss and Cllr Eddie Hughes

Cllr Eddie Hughes, Liz Truss and James Bird

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Liz Truss recently visited , where she spent an hour listening to and discussing concerns with senior solicitors from the firm, in a break from her campaigning visit to Walsall on Tuesday 16th May.
During her visit The Right Honourable Liz Truss discussed a variety of issues with Managing Partner David Evans, Head of Criminal, Chris Loach and Matrimonial and Family partner David Milne, including the Governments position with regard to Legal Aid, the future of the criminal justice system, the importance of preserving finance for Child Care work as well as the state of the court systems generally.
Enoch Evans LLP Managing Partner, David Evans said;
“It’s not every day you get to sit down with The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and be asked for your opinion on a variety of issues which affect your own business”
“It was a great privilege to be able to act as host to a senior Government Minister and talk through real issues directly affecting many of our clients on a daily basis, both in business and their private lives as well as the systems within which we in the legal world have to work within.”
Liz Truss was accompanied by Cllr Eddie Hughes and newly appointed candidate James Bird, who all travelled to the offices at the invitation of the firm which was established in Walsall more than 130 years ago and has remained close to its roots in Walsall.
David Evans, Chris Loach and David Milne discussed with both local Conservative candidates their concerns about the future of Walsall and in particular the town centre development and need for improved transport infrastructure for local businesses to thrive.

WIQS Re-accreditation for Enoch Evans LLP

May 2017

Enoch Evans LLP is celebrating re-accreditation to the Law Society’s prestigious Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).
The addition of the kite mark demonstrates to clients the guaranteed standard of service which is available within the Firm. Being part of WIQS reinforces the five star level of service clients have come to expect; an approach which Enoch Evans LLP displays throughout every department when dealing with matters for all its Clients.
As the largest provider of legal services in Walsall the accreditation reinforces the focus of the Firm to provide high quality personal, professional and practical legal advice, while setting high standards in quality client care. With the addition of WIQS the Firm sets itself apart from other Solicitors.

An integrated approach for smarter long term care solutions

April 2017

Enoch Evans LLP, is tackling the disparate nature of long term care provision with an integrated service to manage and co-ordinate the specific circumstances of patients and their families.
Enoch Evans LLP has launched a new division dedicated to improving long term care planning and allowing people to make informed choices for more beneficial care.
The service aims to give users a much clearer understanding of legal and financial options for care services and funding availability, helping them put more efficient plans in place to help meet care costs.
It includes a detailed analysis of patient needs and advice and guidance on long term care provision, including NHS Continuing Care Funding eligibility, sorting out care home fees or recovering care costs.
Richard Neea, Head of Probate from Enoch Evans LLP says; “Looking after the care needs and financial affairs of loved ones as they grow older presents a complex, sensitive set of challenges.
“Too often this involves having to deal with several different, unconnected organisations, which can be a stressful, emotional and protracted process for patients, carers and their families.
“We are giving elderly people and their families access to one-to-one, dedicated support to co-ordinate all aspects of their long term care.  Research suggests a clear demand for this integrated approach.”
The service has been designed to meet the individual needs of patients with support tailored accordingly so that they can put more efficient plans in place to help meet care costs.  Every client is allocated with a dedicated, experienced and professional advocate who supports them throughout the entire process.
“Our network of care specialists organise everything, from financial planning and legal arrangements to co-ordinating care provision and managing all of the complex paperwork,” adds Richard.
“We provide patients and their families with legal and financial solutions to help them make informed choices, cover costs and achieve the best possible long term care.  We can also ensure family representatives have the appropriate legal powers to act in financial affairs.”
For further information about the new service, call  01922 720333 and ask for Richard Neea.

Wills, Tax & Probate Continues to Expand

April 2017

We have continued to expand our Probate team with the new appointment of Claire Magennis.
Claire will be a Legal Executive undertaking the important work of Will writing and Power of Attorney work for the firm, which has seen a growth in this area of work over the recent times.
Claire comments ;
“I am delighted to be appointed Enoch Evans LLP.   I saw the firm as a strong contender in the marketplace and their Probate team is the largest in Walsall.
“The range of work looks really exciting and I know I will be busy.   It is interesting work and I love the interaction with the clients so I know it is something I will really enjoy.”
Claire was previously worked locally before joining Enoch Evans LLP, as a trainee fee earner in the Residential Conveyancing department, moving across to the Probate department in May 2008, undertaking a mix of Wills, Power of Attorney, Court of protection whilst undertaking her CILEx qualification.
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