One of the West Midlands’ fastest growing law firms has launched a dedicated care team at its Edgbaston office.
Talbots Law, which is an employee-owned trust, has capped a strong year of recruitment by appointing three experienced solicitors in family and care matters as it looks to support hundreds of parents in Birmingham and Solihull.
Natasha Chand, Kayleigh Hodges and Nicole Adcock have more than 20 years’ expertise in this specialist field between them and have been tasked with developing a dedicated offer for families in the city and surrounding area.
The trio offer specialist legal advice from the minute parents receive a pre-proceedings letter from a local authority right through to court proceedings, ensuring the best possible outcome for the families and the children.
“Talbots hasn’t had a specialist family team working from its Birmingham office, so the opportunity to come together and shape the offer from the ground up was very appealing to the three of us,” explained Natasha Chand, who is a Children’s Panel Accredited Associate Solicitor.
“There are more and more parents in the city needing legal assistance at what is a very challenging time for them, and this can cover a myriad of local authority involvement, including court proceedings. What they want at that time is to know they have access to advice from an expert who understands the intricacies of this complex field.”
Nicole Adcock, Family Executive at Talbots Law, went on to add: “This can be initial conversations over the telephone, to full representation at pre-proceedings meetings or court hearings, providing support and tailored advice every step of the way with the aim of achieving positive outcomes.
“All of this support is covered by Legal Aid making it free to parents…they just need to pick up the phone to us and we will help.”
The new appointments will be able to call upon the backing of Talbots Law, which has grown over 22% in the last year – a combination of organic expansion and the strategic acquisitions of Sarginsons in Coventry, Wright Solicitors in Dudley, and Scaiff LLP in Worcester.
They will also be able to share resource and the knowledge of an established care team based out of the firm’s offices across the West Midlands and specialist private family law advice from Associate Solicitor Jennifer Brook, who is also based in Edgbaston.
Kayleigh Hodges, who represents clients involved in Care and Supervision Order proceedings, the pre-proceedings process, and children’s services involvement, continued:
“We want to have a really positive impact on families in Birmingham and Solihull and, with this in mind, have started to reach out to local community groups and family centres to set out what support we can offer their service users.”
The former Swansea University Graduate concluded: “We are urging other local organisations to explore how we can help or even host regular events. It’s such an important initiative to increase communication with people who may not necessarily know where to turn to for advice.”