Catherine Elliott Joins Keelys LLP

Catherine Elliott joins Keelys LLPWe are delighted to announce that Catherine Elliott has joined us a the new head of the Wills, Trust and Probate Department. Catherine joins us from Shoosmiths Birmingham office and brings with her substantial expertise, experience and a significant reputation amongst clients and work referrers in her field of specialism.

Keelys LLP Sponsor Lichfield Cathedral Prayer Tree

Keelys LLP Sponsor Lichfield Cathedral Prayer TreeKeelys LLP is proud to sponsor this years Prayer Tree inside Lichfield Cathedral. The tree, standing 7 feet tall, will be decorated by visitors to Lichfield Cathedral with their prayers and wishes at Christmas.

The tree will be in Lichfield Cathedral throughout the month of December.

Keelys Jayne sets up marathon challenge for love of Faith

Keelys Jayne sets up marathon challenge for love of FaithWe at Keely’s are proud to add our support to one of our team Jayne Whitehouse, who has set herself the challenge of completing 10 marathons within a year for a very special reason.

Jayne, who works with us as a legal secretary, is hoping to raise £5,000 to help research into the condition that affects her daughter Faith’s life.

Jayne, is lacing up her running shoes for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation” (JDRF), which is a charity researching to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes, which 13-year-old Faith was diagnosed with when she was just a toddler.

Now a decade on Jayne has marked the anniversary in a special way, by vowing to complete her own unique challenge, which she has called 10 for 10.

Jayne has devised a plan to ensure she is in top shape, and is running four times a week, come rain or shine, clocking up almost 40 miles, whilst also sticking to a strict gym regime.

Having a team of keen runners we at Keelys are only too pleased to spur Jane on.

Type 1 diabetes is currently incurable, and Jayne feels not enough is known about effects on sufferers and their families.

She will be tackling many of the UK’s best-known marathons, with Portsmouth in December next on her horizon. She’ll start 2018 off with the Gloucester Marathon, and there will be the London Marathon in April.Her challenge will finish close to home with the Birmingham Marathon in late 2018.

Anyone wishing to support Jayne can do so by clicking on her Justgiving page.

Bournemouth Half Marathon

Bournemouth_1On 8th October, Keelys’ run club members Tania, Jayne and Mark travelled to Bournemouth for the half marathon. The run along the front was enjoyed by all and thanks to donations from staff and clients Tania raised over £700 for Diabetes UK.

100 Mile Velo Birmingham

100 Mile Birmingham VeloNo rest this week-end for partner Paul Roberts who completed the 100 mile Velo Birmingham and raised over £1,000 for St Giles Hospice.

Paul had his arm twisted in to entering even though at that time he did not even own a road bike. Paul would like to thank staff and clients for their generosity in donating to such a worthy cause.

Don’t Get Stressed About Work Related Stress

Paul Roberts, head of our employment law department, will be speaking at the Evangelical Alliance HR Conference in Birmingham on 12 October.  Mental health problems are responsible for more than 70 million days lost from work each year in the UK alone, making it the leading cause of absence in the workplace. At the conference, Paul will lead an interactive session looking at some of the challenges in handling mental health issues in the workplace.  Places at the conference for Christian employers can be booked here:

Lichfield 10K 2017

Lichfield 10K 2017

The Keelys’ running team were out in force again on Sunday 10th September at the Lichfield 10K. However we had a new recruit – Yvonne Price, 69, joined the Team and was cheered over the line by all her grandchildren. What an inspiration to everyone.

Region enjoying impressive house price growth

At a time of great change and uncertainty, it is heartening to know that the heart of England appears to be enjoying a boom.

The region is outstripping pretty-much all areas of the country when it comes to house price growth, with some properties in the region rising at more than double the national average rate, according to a recent index.
West Midland’s prices have risen by 6.9 per cent, more than double the 3.1 per cent increase in asking prices across England and Wales as a whole.

It is a finding that is of little surprise to us at Keelys, as we help many people with the conveyancing aspect of their property moves.

Well-known property website Rightmove said high demand appeared to be driving the momentum and that is no surprise.

Currently, the traditional late summer trend has seen the average August/September price tag on a home in England and Wales fall by 0.9 per cent to £313,663.

A Rightmove spokesman said: “High demand and limited supply are still driving momentum, especially in the counties in the middle of the country.”

It seems to us at Keelys that the West Midlands and central England, in general is meeting the needs of home hunters at relatively affordable prices.

Long may the region’s housing market continue to prosper, and if you are in a position where you are looking to move, please call on us at Keelys – we have an experienced conveyancing team who will do their utmost to ensure the buying and selling process goes through as smoothly as is possible

Profit Through People

You are invited to join us for Profit Through People, a seminar which will provide practical solutions to some of the current challenges in workforce management.

Wednesday 27 September 2017

11.30 am  – Refreshments

11.50 am – Wendy Dean – MD – Strategi Solutions Group

Wendy will explore the power of employee engagement in a growing business or a business wanting to change and will give real life examples of:

  • How to create a positive environment through engagement of employee champions
  • What to do about people who are resistant to change – or are scared stiff of change!
  • How Vision and Values can be living and breathing and not just words to decorate your office walls.

12.15 pm – Paul Roberts – Head of Employment – Keelys LLP Solicitors

Paul will dispel some of the most common myths in employment law and show you how to tackle:

  • Employees with poor attendance records
  • Poor performing employees
  • Former employees who try to poach your customers

12.35 pm – Ann Diggins, Tax Partner – Dains Accountants

Ann will review employee incentives and benefits from a tax perspective both for the business and the employee, providing real client examples:

  • What  are the recent changes all business owners need to know about
  • EMI – Enterprise Management Incentives – a flexible and tax efficient way of retaining and incentivising your key people

1pm – Lunch

Venue: Keelys LLP, 28 Dam Street, Lichfield, WS13 6AA

This seminar is for business owners, managers or Directors who have responsibility for workforce planning.

To book your place please just email

Cannock Chase 10K

Cannock Chase 10KKeelys runners all put in a superb performance at the recent (very hilly) Cannock Chase 10k. Numbers were down due to injury, holiday and marathon training so extra canine support was on hand.