Mediation producing a brighter future for couples who don’t want a lifetime of hurt

Dealing with marriage break up is sadly part and parcel of family law experts day to day working lives.

However, no matter how much we accept it as an aspect of our jobs, it still can be difficult at times when we see divorces where the couples find it very difficult to reach an agreement and the case inevitably leads to court proceedings.

Of course, that is not always the case and many couples can move on with their lives as amicably as possible.

With the week of January 21-25 being National Mediation Week it makes good sense to talk about avoiding conflict in marriage breakdown.

Collaborative law, as we know it, is a sensible approach to divorce.

It involves couples sitting down with their respective specialist family solicitors, face to face, to work on a solution.  It isn’t for all situations, and it can only be successful if the parties have a desire for it to work and if the parties are totally honest.

This Collaborative Family Law approach prevents the expense and emotional turmoil of going to court.

It is worth adding also that you still benefit from having your own independent legal advisor, but it takes away the threat of court proceedings.

Many more family law cases are being dealt with in this way and it has to be welcomed.

It avoids prolonged legal battles and in our view is generally a positive course of action, which should be pursued with legal advice to ensure that the right decisions are made for the future.

Thankfully, mediation is now helping to make a very difficult part of a person’s life, which causes great upheaval that little bit easier at an emotionally draining time.

If you wish to know more please contact the family law team at Keelys. We are here to help.

Navigating the Minefield

With Brexit remaining unresolved, business owners face an uncertain future in 2019. We are therefore teaming up with St James’s Place to offer a free seminar to equip clients to cope with the challenges.

Our speaker from St James’s Place will be Nick O’Sullivan, who will explain how lessons he learned in the Royal Marines can be applied to investments and financial planning.

Paul Roberts, Head of our Employment Department, will be explaining how to dodge the bullets of employment law and colleagues from our commercial, dispute resolution and wills and probate departments will also be offering practical advice.

The event will be on 5 February at our offices at 28 Dam Street, Lichfield.

The timetable for the event will be as follows:

11:45 – Coffee and registration
12:00 – 13:00 –  Presentations
13:00 – 13:30 – Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 – Further presentations

The event will be ideal for all business owners and Directors.

To book your place, please just email

Keelys proud of our Jayne’s marathon year

We are honoured to announce that our very own Jayne Whitehouse has raised £4,500 after a yearlong marathon challenge to help research into the condition that affects her daughter’s life.

Jayne has spent 2018 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.

Jayne’s 14-year-old daughter Faith, was diagnosed with the condition when she was just a toddler, and Jayne, a legal secretary with us, set a task of running 10 marathons during 2018- a feat completed recently with the Leicester marathon.

Throughout the year she was supported avidly by us as she kept a strict regime throughout running four times a week, come rain or shine.

We wish, on behalf of Jayne, to thank all those in the wider community in Lichfield, for their work in helping reach this great target.

The funds raised will make such a great difference into the research putting a step closer to a cure for Faith and the 400,000 in the UK like her.

Jayne started 2018 off with the Gloucester Marathon, and there was also the London Marathon along the way.

She said it was the most demanding challenge she’d ever taken on, but we are so pleased she managed it. We have a lot of keen runners here at Keelys and Jayne’s adventure has been a big part of 2018 for all of us.

Once again, we congratulate her on such a wonderful achievement.

2019 – What does it hold in these unusual times?

As we get ready to welcome in a New Year, it is safe to say that most of us are looking at 2019 somewhat warily.

However, despite the ongoing drama surrounding Brexit, regardless of which way you voted, it seems sensible to try and strike a balanced message as we say goodbye to 2018.

As solicitors at the heart of the Lichfield community, we have found the ‘B’ word cited in practically every conversation in recent times.

It is fair to say, as we edge nearer to the actual date that interest in the subject and its impact on some of the businesses we work has become even greater.

So what can we expect for sure in uncertain times?

Well, being totally pragmatic, we can still expect businesses to carry on doing business with each other.  People will still buy goods, sell goods and trade will continue. Businesses will fail, new ones will emerge and the world will keep spinning on its axis.

Whilst this seems the obvious thing to say, and it’s not meant to be churlish, it is worth pointing out that in an age of 24/7 news media, and the added fuel of social media, it is easy to get too wrapped up in the ‘what ifs,’ of the future.

However, despite this, we at Keelys have had a very busy end to the year. We are still seeing an active property market and business’s continuing to move forward and invest in their future.

Lest we forget, the UK, is still home to many of the world’s leading companies, and despite the atmosphere of these modern times, it’s safe to say this will continue to be the case.

Like all of us in business and the watching public, we at Keelys Solicitors will continue to look on as the Brexit drama continues to unfold and trust that whatever the outcome, Britain will get on with doing business.

During 2019, we’ll still be here to help whatever your personal and business circumstances, so if you would like to discuss any legal issue, then you are most welcome to contact us.

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2019.

Keelys proud to play a part in Connected Futures

Keelys were honoured to have played a part in the recent Connected Futures careers exhibition at nearby Staffordshire University.

We were approached by the University Law School to give a talk at one of their Business/Commercial sessions for the annual careers event, which helps students prepare for their future – an offer we were eager to accept.

The annual Connected Futures event is a staple part of the University’s programme and is held in high esteem, making it a much anticipated occasion.

In a well-attended session, which lasted for around an hour and a half, Sian Peverill, one of our young lawyers, was the public face of Keelys doing a sterling job, fielding questions from eager students.

It is fair to say it was an engaging session, where Sian was able to give firsthand experience of what it is like to pursue law as a career. She was able to give a very open talk about her own route into what remains one of the top professions for many bright young graduates.

Now a much-changed profession to what it was a generation ago, Sian gave a very articulate presentation and got to meet many people connected with the university.

Whilst much can now be found online when it comes to careers, we believe such events are vital to give students a proper understanding of the legal profession, where they can have a meaningful dialogue with someone they can relate to.

As you can imagine Sian was asked some searching questions from an inquisitive audience and we have no doubt that as a result of Sian’s talk there will be many a career in law launched.

We’re very much looking forward to the 2019 Connected Futures!

Keelys Cycle Networking

We have launched a new cycle networking event.  On the last Friday of each month, we meet at 1pm at the Plough at Huddlesford, ride about 30 miles and then meet back at the Plough for a well-earned drink (and possibly some cake!).  Everyone is welcome so, if you would like to join us, please email

Keelys welcomes local lady Sian on board

We at Keelys Solicitors are delighted to welcome a local Staffordshire girl, Sian Peverill, who has taken up a post as part of the corporate team.

Living not so far away in Uttoxeter, and originally heralding from the Staffordshire and Derbyshire border, Sian had worked for a law firm in Stoke-on-Trent, prior to arriving at our headquarters.

For Sian it is more of a welcome back as she had a work experience placement here some years ago.

She studied law at the University of Sheffield and also did her legal practice studies there before starting her legal career at Staffordshire County Council, and then moving to a practice in the Potteries, where she gained experience in commercial law.

With an impressive background in contracts at Staffordshire County Council and strong experience in corporate & commercial work, Sian, who recently qualified as a solicitor is ideally placed to join our team.

It’s certainly all change for Sian too as she got married in the summer and went on an amazing honeymoon to Mauritius as well.

Away from work, she enjoys yoga, fitness classes and photography and also admits to enjoying a bit of creative baking!

Like all Keelys’ staff, she has a great approach to her work and is a very welcome addition, we wish her every success.

Keelys proud as Jayne’s marathon challenge reaches its finale

Throughout the past year we at Keelys have been rooting for our own Jayne Whitehouse who set the challenge to take on 10 marathons to help fund research into type one diabetes.

Jayne Whitehouse is hoping with one last push to raise over £3,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation” (JDRF), which is a charity researching to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Her daughter Faith, aged 13, has had the condition since she was an infant, prompting Jayne, who is a legal secretary with us to embark on her goal, which she has labelled the 10 for 10 challenge.

With such an incredibly diverse year of weather, Arctic winter temperatures and the sunniest and hottest summer in many people’s living memories , it’s tested every ounce of Jayne’s resolve.

Through it all we at Keelys have cheered Jayne on as she has kept to a strict fitness regime.

Now she has the final hurdle of the Leicester marathon on October 14, before she can finally take things a little easier.

It is fair to say Jayne’s trials and tribulations through this challenge has been something we at Keelys have followed avidly and we really hope she can raise the extra money to meet this target for such a great cause

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

Tour de Cotswolds

Paul Roberts, Head of our Employment Department, has completed a 100 mile ride to raise funds for our client, St Giles Hospice.  The route included four climbs in the Cotswolds including some which will be used in the Tour of Britain.  Paul completed the ride in under 7 hours and raised £1,725 for St Giles, thanks to the generosity of many of our other clients.