Congratulations to the Team at MW Bexleyheath who came away with the top honour in the category of Best Employer at the recent Bexley Business Excellence Awards 2019.  McMillan Williams Solicitors are very proud of this success as we stive to make our business a great place to work.

What does it take to be a Best Employer?

The category of Best Employer takes its inspiration from the words of Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, who said

“Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your business,”

The Judges were looking for an employer with a strategic and committed approach towards employee investment, engagement, welfare, training, development and diversity, no matter the person’s gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or social status.

Specifically their criteria were:

  • A highly visible strategic approach towards valuing employees and developing their potential.

  • A commitment to diversity within the workforce, valuing every employee, no matter their gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or social status.

  • A planned programme of employee engagement and two-way communication; and the opportunity for employees to have their say.

  • A comprehensive training and development programme, including performance planning and management.

  • Best practice in employee welfare, equal opportunities, health, safety, security and wellbeing.

  • Evidence to show the commercial benefits of the company’s ethos; including productivity,recruitment and employee retention.

Our Achievements

The judges commended MW for three outstanding achievements:

  • The appointment of MW Wellbeing Officers.

  • The annual Employee Opinion Survey.

  • Continuous commitment to Employees.

The Competition

The Team, led by Office Manager Keeley Lengthorn, faced stiff opposition from some of the biggest employers in the Bexleyheath, Sidcup and Dartford area including; EB Associates Group (a large financial planning consultancy), Staffline (a national recruitment agency) and global food retailer McDonalds.

Team MW Bexleyheath

Many thanks to all those who assisted in preparing the submission and a special thanks to our CEO Dominic Harrison who has been with the firm for just two years and has spearheaded the cultural change programme which has led to MW Solicitors winning this prestigious award.

MW Client Portal

 

Partnering with Thomson Reuters and Fusion IT, MW Solicitors has developed a new secure client portal to make the conveyancing process faster, smoother and more secure.


David Fazakerley
David Fazakerley
Chief Information Officer

Over 1,400 clients have already used the portal and the feedback has been extremely positive.  There is no need to download separate apps, and it is designed to guide people through the process while allowing them to break off and log in later if they find they don’t have everything they need to hand.

Director and Chief information Officer MW Solicitors, David Fazakerley said

“Our new system enables clients to key in everything they have to provide in their own time, without needing to come into the branch, which is far more convenient for them. And from a business point of view, this has dramatically reduced the time spent logging client details to the system, in addition to being completely secure and accurate. What once took two weeks to complete now takes just two hours.”

Jamie Watson, managing director of Fusion IT, commented

“As the biggest MatterSphere consultancy practice outside of Thomas Reuters Elite, we were able to develop a bespoke solution for MW Solicitors that enabled them to enhance their client offering while reducing the amount of business hours spent inputting data”

Patrick Hurley, vice president, Customer Advocacy for Thomson Reuters Elite, described the project as

“a perfect trifecta of collaboration between our teams. MW Solicitors has always sought to use our solutions in new and innovative ways, and we are thrilled to have Fusion IT as a certified Implementation Partner for 3E MatterSphere helping them achieve such ground-breaking success.”

The launch of the MW Client Portal continues to position MW as the only Solicitors Firm offering High Street service and Big Tech innovation.

Press Coverage

MW Solicitors Personal Injury Department is proud to support National Road Victim Month recognising and supporting the families of loved ones who have been killed or injured on our roads.


Joanna Bailey
Joanna Bailey
Partner - Head of Personal Injury

Our wealth of experience as expert Personal Injury lawyers is recognised and highly regarded by the Legal 500. We are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).  Our Head of Department is both an Assessor and a Member of the Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme.

In the year ending June 2018 (Gov.uk) there were 165,100 reported casualties including 26,610 people killed or seriously injured.   Whilst this decrease from 2017 is to be welcomed, road crashes remain a major cause of death and injury in the UK.

We Can Help

MW Solicitors Personal Injury Team are dedicated and expert specialist Personal Injury solicitors who strive to get you the financial support that makes a real difference to the long-term recovery of accident victims and the security of their family.  In July 2019 our Personal Injury Team secured an award of £6.5 million approved by the Court for a road traffic collision victim. 

We are “Small enough to care and big enough to make a difference”.  If you would like to speak to a specialist to discuss your case call us today on 0203 551 8500 or fill out our Contact Us form to arrange a call back.

Adverse Posession

 

Disputes often arise over the ownership of an area of land. If you own land that someone else is using without your permission, you might be at risk of losing it altogether.


Jessica Piper-Thompson
Jessica Piper-Thompson
Solicitor - Head of Property Litigation - South West

Someone who does not own land can obtain it by adverse possession. This is sometimes referred to as ‘squatters rights’.

Adverse possession is where a person can become the legal owner of land if they have possessed that land for a specified period of time, without permission from the legal owner.

There are two ways in which a squatter could obtain land by adverse possession. Once adverse possession is established the legal owner may not be able to oppose it. This would allow the squatter to legally register the land in his/her own name.

The Old Rules

The old rules are in common law and they are based on the Limitation Act 1980. The old rules allow a squatter to obtain land by adverse possession after they have possessed it for 12 years or more. The period should end by 13th October 2003.

The test was set out  in Powell v McFarlane (1979) 38 P & CR 452. This case tells us that the squatter needs to prove the following to claim title by adverse possession:

  • Uninterrupted factual possession of the land for the necessary period; and
  • Intention on the part of the claimant to possess the land during that period of possession.

Time begins to run when the legal owner of the land is not in factual possession of it and the squatter has possessed the land.

It is important to note that once the necessary 12 year period has been established, the owner of the land will not be able to claim it back. 

The New Rules

If the squatter has not been in possession of the land for 12 years by 13th October 2003, then he/she could apply to be registered as the legal owner of the land after 10 years of adverse possession. However, under these new rules, the owner can oppose the application.  If the owner objects to the application, it will be rejected unless the squatter satisfies specific conditions.

Time is a Factor

Whether you are the land owner or you believe that you may have acquired land by adverse possession, it is important that you consider when possession started and the specific period of time the land has been used for.

The timing and period of possession will determine whether your dispute falls under the old rules or the new rules (under the Land Registration Act 2002) which may have a significant impact on the situation.

We Can Help

At MW, our mission is "to make quality legal services accessible to everyone", including landowners who are in dispute over ownership of land. 

Our specialist Property Disputes Lawyers have the experience and knowledge to help you to resolve your issues in an efficient and timely way. 

If you think that you may have a land or property dispute or would like to discuss your issue with our team, call us today on 0203 551 8500 or use our Contact Us form to arrange a call back.

Extradition

 


Sarah Phillips
Sarah Phillips
Solicitor - Crime & Extradition

Sarah Phillips, a solicitor in the Crime and Extradition Team, along with Josh Kern of Counsel from 9 Bedford Row secured the discharge of a Requested Person wanted to serve a sentence of 3 years 6 months in Poland for offences including assault and theft.

The offences dated back to 2002/2003 and the Requested Person had previously been subjected to extradition proceedings in the UK in 2012 before the warrant was withdrawn by Poland.

District Judge Griffiths ordered discharge of the Requested Person on Passage of Time (s14) and Article 8 grounds. She found that although the Requested Person had been a fugitive at the time of his previous extradition proceedings in 2012, he had ceased to be a fugitive thereafter and he was therefore able to rely on the s14 bar to extradition. The Requested Person had two children in the UK, one of whom had been born since 2012.

His extradition was therefore found to be oppressive by virtue of the passage of time between 2012 – present day and to be contrary to his Article 8 right to a private and family life in the UK. 

We Can Help

With MW Solicitors, you can be confident that you have a legal team with the specialist knowledge and experience required to thoroughly investigate your case and present the strongest possible defence on your behalf.

Our team have defended clients sought all over world, from Peru to Nigeria and from Albania to the United States.  Don't delay, talk to our specialist Extradition Lawyers on 020 3551 8500 or use our Contact Us form to arrange a callback.

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