Taylor Rose TTKW Limited (Taylor Rose) is pleased to announce it has acquired McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited together with related staff and offices to create a top 75 law firm. The combined firm will represent revenues of over £40 million and have 32 offices nationwide covering Cumbria to Sussex with headquarters in Peterborough and London.

Both firms place great value on providing a high quality service to their clients. The combined firm will prioritise client service during this uncertain time and provide a platform for investment in future growth. McMillan Williams’ focus on property complements Taylor Rose’s own property capabilities to create a Top 10 residential conveyancing firm in the UK. Other legal teams being welcomed into Taylor Rose include Litigation, Private Client, Crime and Family.

The complementary services with distinct geographies allows for immediate cross selling and scale. The enlarged group also expects to be able to access a wider range of financing opportunities to support its continued growth. Recent investment in people and technology by both firms will support the delivery of high quality advice to clients and facilitate future acquisition activity.

Taylor Rose’s unique business model covering owned offices and employed staff, alongside a fast-growing consultant solicitor programme has allowed it to offer an attractive mix of options for McMillan Williams’ operations.

The acquisition completed following discussions which began in 2019. McMillan Williams’ advisors, Quantuma LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP, considered Taylor Rose, with its compelling cultural and strategic fit, best placed to complete a deal with minimal disruption to the McMillan Williams business, its clients and staff.
Taylor Rose has been advised by John Llewellyn-Lloyd, Head of Professional Services, Arden Partners.

McMillan Williams has been advised by legal sector specialists Sean Bucknall and Andrew Hosking, Partners at restructuring advisors Quantuma, alongside legal regulatory experts Samantha Palmer and Steven Cottee, Partners at Pinsent Masons' Professional Practices team.  The McMillan Williams Board have also been advised by Lee Sennett at Shoosmiths.

Taylor Rose is excited to be working with the excellent legal teams and support staff at McMillan Williams and is looking forward to building on the strong client base it has developed over the last few years.

Commenting on the acquisition, Adrian Jaggard, CEO of Taylor Rose:

“Taylor Rose aims to be a leading player in the UK consumer law market. The excellent fit of our two businesses is clear and is a major step forward in achieving our goal. I have been very impressed by the quality and dedication of the McMillan Williams staff notwithstanding recent uncertainty. We look forward to welcoming the legal and support teams into the Taylor Rose family. I am very confident that together we can maximise the opportunities of our combined business. Our resulting strength leaves us well placed to benefit as the Legal Services Market starts its journey of recovery from the stresses of the pandemic.“

Commenting on the acquisition John McMillan, Chairman McMillan Williams;

“We are thrilled to be joining the Taylor Rose platform and the opportunities for both our clients and staff within Taylor Rose. A shared culture, complementary services and distinct geographies made Taylor Rose an obvious home for McMillan Williams and there is enormous potential to bring our respective strengths to bear moving forward.”

McMillian Williams Client Enquiries

Clients are assured that their McMillan Williams file handler will continue to progress their matter, ensuring continuity and avoiding disruption. You can continue to contact your file handler on the same contact number and email address.  However if you have a general question which has not been answered please email info@taylor-rose.co.uk.

Media Enquiries

For media enquiries please contact Adrian Jaggard at Adrian.Jaggard@taylor-rose.co.uk.

For more information about McMillian Williams Solicitors please visit www.mwsolicitors.co.uk or more information about Taylor Rose TTKW please visit www.taylor-rose.co.uk.

Stress At Work

A man who developed post traumatic stress disorder and recurrent depressive disorder whilst working for a government agency has recovered £150,000 in an out of court settlement.


Philip Scarles
Philip Scarles
Solicitor - Health & Injury

MW Solicitors Philip Scarles, a serious injury and stress at work specialist, said that the former local environment officer’s psychiatric injuries meant that he was unlikely to be able to return to work.He explained:

“My client, a local enforcement officer, was asked by his employers to take over the investigation and prosecution of two individuals who were well known criminals with violent propensities. This was despite the agency having specialist teams to conduct cases involving violent offenders and organised crime, and who had special measures to protect them. My client has no such protection, and as a result, he and his family were harassed and intimidated by hardened criminals.

The client attended occupational health professionals engaged by the agency but the agency failed to follow their advice and recommendations” said Philip. “They also refused his requests to move home or relocate his work.”

Philip said that the government agency’s solicitors always denied liability. He also commented:

“I approached four barristers who all refused to take the case on a conditional fee basis, in view of the difficulty in establishing liability in stress at work cases. Had I ceased acting at that stage, the client would have recovered nothing. But I always believed that the client had a good case.”

Barrister Andrew Buchan of Cloisters Chambers accepted the case and, at a round table meeting, an out of court settlement was reached for the client.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors we recognise the need to talk to someone who will listen and take the time to hear about what has happened to you to so we can appreciate better the merits of your case. Our team, although small, has over 130 year’s experience in providing clear advice from the start and working with you to secure a just outcome. We are also well connected being able to signpost you to other organisations which can help. We are "Small enough to care, big enough to make a difference".

If you would like to talk to us about your case, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a call back at your convenience. Stay safe.

MW's Head of Personal Injury, Joanna Bailey, is pleased to have been re-accreddited by the Law Society as a Personal Injury Panel Member

Joanna said:-

“I am delighted to be reaccredited by the Law Society for this scheme. The Law Society confirm that this a scheme “which covers all work undertaken by solicitors and suitably qualified fellows and members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), on behalf of victims and their dependants, who have suffered personal injuries or fatal injuries as a result of an alleged act of negligence or breach of statutory duty”.

Joanna has been accredited since 01/01/2002 and since 2012 has been an assessor for the panel, seeking to ensure that those applying to it show they have the knowledge and experience to represent their client in a fair and clear way often in complex circumstances. Whilst many lawyers practice this area of law, accreditation is currently held by only 50 practitioners in Greater London.

 Joanna further explained:-

 “It is always a privilege and to be trusted by a client and their family to represent them to seek fair compensation when things go wrong  through no fault of their own on the road, at work or in a public place. I am proud to lead our team at MW specialising in this area of the law”.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, we recognise the need to talk to a legal representative who has the knowledge and experience to understand the needs of an injured person and their family when an accident occurs. Our team, recognised in the Legal 500, although small, has over 130 year’s experience in providing clear advice from the start and working with you to secure a just outcome. "Small enough to care, big enough to make a difference".

If you would like to talk to us about your case, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a call back at your convenience. Stay safe.

Brain Injury Case Report

 

MW Personal Injury specialists, Caroline Kempster and Ian Latimer, jointly conducted a case for a client who suffered a catastrophic brain injury in a road traffic accident and who never regained full consciousness.  Caroline and Ian are both members of the Association of Personal Lawyers (APIL).


Caroline Kempster
Caroline Kempster
Senior Legal Executive

Caroline explained that:

“the client was in a minimally conscious state. In accordance with the Royal College of Physicians guidelines on prolonged disorders of consciousness, this was likely to be a permanent state, as years had elapsed since the injury at the time of settlement and there was no clear trajectory of improvement”.

Ian Latimer further explained that:

“it was possible that the client might acquire basic functional communication skills using assistive technology, but unlikely that this would be sufficiently reliable for them to emerge from the minimally conscious state”.

Following release from hospital the client had been cared for in a care home. Additional therapeutic input was required. Caroline and Ian therefore needed to be give consideration to the long-term housing needs and care of the client amongst other matters. The case was resolved by mediation and an award subsequently approved by the Court in July 2019.

Caroline and Ian commented:


Ian Latimer
Ian Latimer
Solicitor
“whilst no amount of money can ever compensate for the injuries sustained, it has been a privilege to act for this client with their family to secure a settlement which will help ensure the best care in the years to come”.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, we recognise the need to talk to a legal representative who has the knowledge and experience to understand the needs of an injured person and their family when an accident occurs. Our team, recognised in the Legal 500, although small, has over 130 year’s experience in providing clear advice from the start and working with you to secure a just outcome. "Small enough to care, big enough to make a difference".

If you would like to talk to us about your case, call us today on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us page to arrange a call back at your convenience. Stay safe.

Coronavirus Claims Contract Confusion

 

What impact will the coronavirus have on performance of contracts?


Meta Panchamia
Meta Panchamia
Partner & Deputy Head of Civil & Commercial Litigation

From general commercial contracts where you may wish to terminate or delay a contract or be a victim of the same, or special occasions where you may have put down significant deposits. Insurance cover may not always be sufficient in these circumstances to claim back compensation or deposits. We can advise you if you are unsure of your rights.

A Force Majeure clause may assist in your liability for what could otherwise have been a breach of contract. If there is no such clause in your contract you can seek to rely on the common law doctrine of frustration of a contract.  Frustration occurs whenever the law recognises that without default of either party a contractual obligation has become incapable of being performed.

Generally a party shall not be liable for any failure of or delay in the performance of an agreement for the period that such failure or delay is beyond the reasonable control of a party and provided the legal requirements are fulfilled.

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, our mission is “To make quality legal services accessible to everyone” including those trying to resolve contract disputes or insurance claims.

If you are a creditor or an Insolvency Practitioner and would like to talk to one of our Commercial Debt Resolution Team . Call us today on 020 3551 8500 or fill in our Contact Us form to arrange a callback at your convenience.

 

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