At McMillan Williams we like to share the success of our corporate relationships and are very proud to announce that on 18th February 2016, Karen Bach (founder of KalliKids) and Talan Skeels-Piggins (Founder of Talan Motorsport and The Bike Experience Charity), were installed as Freemen of the City Guild of Entrepreneurs by its Deputy Master and Alderman of the Ward of Tower, Sir Paul Judge, at an historic ceremony at Guildhall in the City of London.

Newly Installed Members of The Guild of Entrepreneurs
Newly Installed Members of The Guild of Entrepreneurs Karen Bach and Talan Skeels-Piggins
(Image Courtesy of The Guild of Entrepreneurs & Jonathan Cherry)

 

The Guild of Entrepreneurs

The Guild of Entrepreneurs is one of the newest City Guilds, founded in 2014.  MW's Charge d'affaires Nicola Manning is one of its founder members and a Court Assistant  (equivalent to its Board of Directors ).  It is made up of men and women who have invested their own money and time in setting up and running successful businesses.  Its aims are to:

  • promote excellence in the profession of Entrepreneurship
  • support the Lord Mayor, encourage the growth of the City and promote its full potential to Entrepreneurs and growth businesses
  • foster fellowship among entrepreneurs
  • give money and time for charitable works that support the development of Entrepreneurs and help to bring the opportunities of Entrepreneurship to young people.

KalliKids

The KalliKids goal is simple.  To give parents access to tried, tested and KalliKids approved activities. They check every last KalliKids provider, giving you complete piece of mind and inspiring activities for your kids. With so many trusted providers onboard, they offer something for everyone.

Find trusted children’s activities in your area today www.kallikids.com

MW and Kallikids Working Together

The KalliKids ethos of giving families information they can trust and opportunities inclusive to all, resonates with the core belief of MW Solicitors to make quality legal services accessible to everyone.

The foundation of both companies is firmly routed in giving you the best possible service with the most reliable information, whether it be attending your local nursery, to securing legal assistance for your family.

MW Solicitors and KalliKids work together to ensure your family has a trusted place to turn to when you need it most.

Talan Skeels-Piggins

Motivational speaker, winner of the 600cc paraplegic class at the Di. Di. World Bridgestone Cup, GB Paralympian and Founder of The Bike Experience.

At the start of 2003 Talan was an active PE Teacher and ex Royal Navy Lieutenant.  On March 8th 2003 he suffered a motorcycle accident, which shattered his back and fractured his neck in several places.  Initially just given 30% chance of survival and told to expect a hospital stay of 2 years, Talan was left paralysed from the chest down.  Eight days after the accident he set myself the goal of learning to ski, getting into the GB Team and competing at the 2010 Winter Paralympics.   This has since happened, and Talan is now part of the world’s first privately funded disabled race team. 

This truly remarkable team was thought up by Talan in 2011.  The team’s first solo race with the approval of the ACU was in 2012 with Club Thundersport.  Since then, the team has raced in Assen in a 3 hour endurance race as well as few select races in the UK.  2014 saw the team sponsored by McMillan Williams Solicitors Ltd and for the first time, race a full season with 3 national racing clubs.  Following on from the success of 2014, the team expanded for 2015 to include 2 new riders:  1 paraplegic and 1 above knee amputee.  With 2016 around the corner, watch this space for more exciting racing ahead!

You can find out more about the inspirational Talan Skeels-Piggins at www.talanracing.co.uk.

 

McMillan Williams are proud sponsors of the Brave Heart Hero Award at the Bath Chronicle Pride of Bath Awards 2016

Do You have a Brave Heart?

Pride of Bath Awards 2016Do you know someone who has overcome fear or faced danger to help others?

This special award will be given to an individual who has responded to an immediate need and significantly affected the life or lives of others.  This may be someone who has rescued a person from a dangerous situation or shown courage to help another in difficulty. This could also include someone who has bravely faced tragic or devastating personal circumstances and gone on to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

About The Pride of Bath Awards

We hear a lot about the big society these days, but our city has always been enhanced by people who think nothing of doing something for others. These awards are all about thanking them for what they do and giving them the credit they deserve.

The 8 categories of awards recognise those people who go above and beyond the call of duty, those who care for others and their communities and those who have been involved in remarkable acts of bravery.

The Awards ceremony takes place on the 14th April at Bath Racecourse.  Please show your support by following the event on Twitter and celebrate the Award Winners using the hashtag

Slater & Gordon, the heavily bankrolled new entrant to the UK legal services market who bought Quindell’s professional services arm in the UK for $1.3bnAUD one year ago, has now lost its newly appointed in-house counsel, Moana Weir, after two months.

The departure comes as Slater & Gordon have until the end of the week to assure its bankers that it has found a way to service its $741mAUD net-debt position.  This comes on the back of a $958mAUD 6 month loss reported in February, a 95% decrease in share price over 12 months, a write-down of the Quindell acquisition to almost nothing, and a glut of class-action lawsuits from investors related to bad acquisitions.

If Slater & Gordon are unable to find a way to reassure their financiers, their loans will fall payable within twelve months.

Slater & Gordon's high profile UK acquisitions include: Quindell Legal Services, Claims Direct, Fentons, Goodmans, Pannone, Pickering & Partners, Russell Jones & Walker, Taylor Vintners.

Read more from Jonathan Shapiro at the Sydney Morning Herald

Slater & Gordon Share Price: From $8 to $0.23 in 12 months (Yahoo Finance)

McMillan Williams were proud to participate in this years Free Wills Month.

Our private client Solicitors in MW Carshalton, MW Chiswick and MW London Bridge managed to raise £18,680 of future income in support of a range of charities including:

• Comic Relief
• British Heart Foundation
• Royal National Lifeboat Institute
• National Trust
• Age UK
• Stroke Association
• British Lung Foundation
• Asthma UK
• Arthritis Research UK
• Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Well done to David Hall, Harriet Edwards, Jane Morel and Andy Grant.

The recent FT article “BGF unlocks financing for small UK Companies” highlighted the work of the BGF (Business Growth Fund) in helping SME businesses to keep growing as the UK economy recovers.

McMillan Williams Solicitors Limited is proud to be one of the businesses who have benefited from this investment. 

CEO, Colum Smith said "We are grateful for BGF investment which boosted our growth where taking on more bank debt could not". 

MWSL is one of over 80 businesses in the BGF portfolio and we are using the investment to increase our number of high street offices by 25% in the next two years.

McMillan Williams Solicitors are proud to have received two nominations for the 2015 Croydon Business Excellence Awards.

In the Best Business for Marketing and Social Media category we showcased our innovative use of provocative imagery in our Bus and Tram campaign which helped to raise our brands profile and get us noticed.

Our nomination in the Best Business for Training and Development category recognises our Trainee Solicitors programme the highlight of which is our annual Advocacy Competition where two trainees battle it out in a mock trial at the Royal Courts of Justice.

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