Our New Guide to Moving House

Keelys LLP has recently published our New Guide to Moving House. The guide conatins all the information you’ll ever need to understand the buying and selling process.

The guide is free for everyone to download beow.

Keelys LLP – Our Guide to Moving House

To speak to a member of our experienced Conveyancing team, call us on 01543 420000.

The Collaborative Law Process for Family Law Cases – New Video

Virtually everyone knows someone whose marriage has come to and end and has heard the stories of how it took years to resolve all of the issues and to unwind the finances & assets created during the marriage.

We may also have heard the stories of the ill feeling and stress that sometimes occurs during the process, the effects of which last for years and infect the future relationships with new & old partners and children.

Increasingly, we now also hear of the delay in finalising the divorce because of waiting for the court to list the hearing and having to go through hoops which neither party were happy with, and which caused even more delay and distress.

There is a better way to divorce called the Collaborative Law Process, but most people have either not heard of it or their lawyer is not able to provide the service.

Keelys have been involved in championing the Collaborative Law Process and have now helped to create a video which explains the Collaborative Law Process. This is now available on our Family & Matrimonial Law section of this website.

Keelys family lawyers are all Collaboratively trained and are there to help you avoid court; the delays & stress and to let you deal with your divorce which avoids the ill feeling that the court process can leave you with.

Please watch the new video and contact us for more information.

Sad News

We are deeply saddened to announce that former partner John Parkes passed away on 16th February aged 64.

John was an extremely accomplished and highly regarded Commercial Property lawyer acting in his time on significant projects including the development at Trentham Lakes and Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent. He made an outstanding contribution to the firm particularly during his time as Senior Partner in the 1990s

A total family man, John was very well liked and respected by all who knew him and worked with him. Our thoughts are with his wife Helen and their family.

Final Countdown to GDPR

Not ready for GDPR yet? Don’t panic! Two of our solicitors will be explaining what practical steps HR managers need to take to get ready in Wolverhampton on 9th May. This event is organised in conjunction with the Black Country Branch of the CIPD who will be holding their AGM during the event. It is free to attend for everyone and you can book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-final-countdown-to-gdpr-plus-agm-tickets-27143625314

Free Seminar: Managing Change and Risk: Key HR and Legal Changes in 2018

On Tuesday 6 March, Paul Roberts, Head of our Employment Department, will be presenting an employment law update as part of this event.  He will cover:

  • Balancing the rights of employers and employees
  • Abolition of employment tribunal fees and the impact on claims
  • Gender pay gap reporting
  • Atypical workers: UBER and the gig economy/zero hours contracts
  • Important employment tribunal cases

There will also be presentations on GDPR and employee benefits.

The event is at Hotel du Vin in Birmingham and runs from  8.30am  to 11.30 am.

There is no charge and breakfast is provided.

To book, please click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-change-and-risk-key-hr-and-legal-changes-in-2018-tickets-42783047246?aff=Emaillinke

Divorce needs sensitivity and is more than a start of year phenomenon

There is a tendency at the start of the year for many law firms, who deal in family law to discuss the issue of divorce more than at any other time.

However, we at Keelys have to admit to being a little uncomfortable in highlighting the fallout of a miserable festive season as a reason to go looking for legal help to end a marriage.

We are not too fond of the recent media invention of Divorce Day, which was January 8 – a concoction invented by the press to highlight the subject.

The Law Society Gazette recently wrote an article pouring cold water on the idea of a divorce day showing that there is little substance to it.

At Keelys, like all family laws experts in Lichfield and elsewhere, we know and understand that divorce is an incredibly painful episode in people’s lives – often cited as the most difficult process an individual can go through.

Therefore, the human aspect always needs be taken into account, before approaching this most sensitive of subjects.

All of our family team are qualified specialists and we take a proactive and sympathetic, yet pragmatic approach.

Our view is that whilst good family law firms are involved in helping oversee divorce, it has to always be looking at what is best for the client.

This means even sometimes telling the client that they may not be ready to divorce and to consider other channels, such as counselling to prepare for a final break.

Whilst we will always give you the best legal advice, what is also important is to take the time to listen to the individual and hear their story as no two stories are ever the same. This allows us to help you to a divorce that is custom made to suit your circumstances.

For many, we are often one of the main confidantes giving clear advice, sympathy and emotional support at a time when those we are working with can feel vulnerable, and struggling to cope with such a life changing event.

Keelys family lawyers will always do what is best for their client and see the bigger picture. Divorce deserves to be discussed maturely and much soul searching has to be done.

We can advise you on the options through which a divorce can be obtained including the collaborative process, which includes mediation, but with lawyers in the room.

Anyone who wishes to talk to Keelys in confidence about any matter surrounding divorce or family law can do so by contacting us on 01543 420000.