Passport panic!

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 05/25/2022 - 2:31am

After a 2-year travelling hiatus, Britons have been itching to get abroad for the summer of '22. But many holidaymakers' plans have been foiled by a simple administrative hurdle. Cue the bureaucratic nightmare that is renewing your passport!

Unsurprisingly, in the wake of Covid and the fallout from Brexit, the Passport Office has been swamped with passport applications. The reason: many of us did not contemplate travelling during the pandemic. Since we have emerged from lockdown, some 5 million people realised that they needed to renew their passports!

In theory, the non...

New People Development Director appointed at employee-owned law firm

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 12/16/2021 - 10:16pm

Following the arrival of Alex Mackie as Stephens Scown LLP’s first Chief Operating Officer in September 2021, the employee-owned law firm has made another inspired strategic appointment with the announcement that Mark Shepherd has joined as the Firm’s first People Development Director.

Having previously held a range of senior leadership roles across the John Lewis Partnership – including Regional Branch Manager and Integration Lead for John Lewis and Partners – Mark brings with him vast experience and expertise, inspiring and empowering people withinthe largest employee-owned...

South West Law Firm praised for client service in independent legal guide

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/27/2021 - 10:06am

One of the South West’s leading law firms has been praised for its expertise, experience and high level of client service in the latest edition of an independent guide to the legal profession.

Employee-owned law firm, Stephens Scown LLP, has confirmed its position as a regional heavyweight with another strong performance in the Chambers & Partners’ UK 2022 guide. The firm has ranked in 16 sections of the prestigious guide, with three teams and six of the firm’s lawyers receiving the highest Band 1 ranking, and several clients citing client service as one of Stephens Scown’s...

Brace of diversity awards for law firm Browne Jacobson  

Law firm Browne Jacobson has won two major awards for promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal sector.

The firm won the Innovation in Diversity & Inclusion Award at the 2021 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards. It also scooped the Innovation Award at the fifth annual UK Social Mobility Awards 2021 on the same day.

Browne Jacobson has established a national reputation for its commitment to promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and is currently ranked as one of the top 5 businesses in the UK by the Social Mobility Foundation....

New COO appointment for employee-owned law firm

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 10/01/2021 - 12:38am

South West employee-owned law firm, Stephens Scown LLP, has appointed Alex Mackie as its first Chief Operating Officer (COO) to support the firm’s ambitious three year strategy and growth aspirations.

Alex joins from Tozers LLP, where he was Commercial Director, and brings with him an impressive range of experience forged in banking, commercial and legal sectors. He will be pivotal in helping to drive the firm‘s strategic goals and vision for the future.

Alex, commenting on his appointment, said: “I am excited to be joining Stephens Scown at this time, which has proven...

International recognition for leading South West family lawyer

A divorce lawyer from the South West has been celebrated for providing exemplary client service and supporting her clients through the coronavirus pandemic.

Liz Allen, a senior consultant at Stephens Scown LLP, has been recognised as one of the Top 100 Private Client Lawyers in international private client and wealth management , according to the rankings released by leading wealth management publication Citywealth magazine.

One of the hallmarks of a great private client lawyer is their ability to provide great client service, including the all-important soft skills....

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New faces at family law firm

It was a positive start to the year as The Family Law Company welcomed four new starters to the teams in Exeter and Plymouth.

The growth in cases concerning children and domestic abuse during the lockdown months is well documented. Solicitor Hannah Duddridge has been engaged in Exeter to join the busy Children and Domestic Abuse Response team. Hannah qualified in 2019 and will be working with Team Leader, Senior Associate Gemma Sparks.

Victoria Power is also joining the team as a Paralegal. She will have the opportunity to assist the team working with victims of domestic...

Elizabeth McCallum, who is a family barrister and co-founder of Children in the Middle.

Family barristers commend report calling for a change in approach to divorce and separation

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Tue, 12/08/2020 - 11:41am

BARRISTERS at a Westcountry-based law service specialising in family and child law is supporting a new report that calls for parental breakdown to be moved away from a ‘justice’ response.

A 123-page report by the Family Solutions Group said that a legal response to parental disagreements over their children is inappropriate for many, and actively harmful for some.

Family barrister, Elizabeth McCallum, who co-founded Children in the Middle® with fellow Exeter barrister Sarah Evans, says: “The new report from the Family Solutions Group calls for a rethink of society’s...

Top tier rankings in this year’s Legal 500 for law firm Ashfords

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 10/02/2020 - 9:47pm

Following the publication of the Legal 500 2021 directory, Ashfords has once more been positioned as an outstanding leading law firm with rankings in 37 practice areas.

The Legal 500 provides comprehensive coverage on the best law firms and legal professionals, assessing the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions. The firm has received top tier rankings in eight practice areas: Corporate and Commercial, Employment, Insolvency & Corporate Recovery, Contentious Trusts & Probate, Shipping, Sport, Social Housing and IT & Telecoms.

Ashfords' London...

Elizabeth McCallum, who is a family barrister and co-founder of Children in the Middle.

Education and wellbeing of children remains as important as ever after lockdown

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Mon, 09/07/2020 - 12:25pm

A WESTCOUNTRY legal practice which specialises in child-focused family law says a youngster’s education and wellbeing is now more important than ever after the COVID-19 lockdown (September 2020).

It was recently revealed by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) that children from wealthier families were spending more time studying during the pandemic than poorer children.

Family barrister, Elizabeth McCallum, who co-founded the legal service, Children in the Middle®, with fellow Exeter barrister Sarah Evans, says: “Understandably, parents have had a lot to worry about...