Memberships

The following members of staff are members of, or affiliated to these organisations:

Solicitors for the Elderly

Ruth Nolan is an SFE accredited member at Wallace Robinson & Morgan Limited.

The SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) is an independent, national organisation of over 1,500 lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and chartered legal executives, who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

In order to be a fully accredited member, lawyers must have a minimum of three years’ experience advising in areas of older client law and have completed the Older Client Care in Practice Award – a qualification which demonstrates the specialist client care skills that enable lawyers to advise and support older and vulnerable clients. Members like Ruth are also required to continuously update their knowledge with training and produce an annual statement of competence, which ensures they maintain their expertise.

Clients of SFE members can also be reassured by the SFE code of practice and safety of redress through the members’ regulatory bodies, should something go wrong.

For more information about SFE please visit www.sfe.legal.

Ruth is also a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS)

Wallace Robinson & Morgan were one of the first 20 firms in the country who gained the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) accreditation in February 2014. This shows that we follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing tailored Wills and Probate advice to consumers.

Our WIQS accredited solicitors are Paul Hughes, Ruth Nolan, Liam Wdowiak, Charlotte Woodward and Charlotte Nicklin.

Further information about the Law Society WIQS accreditation can be found on their website.
http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/Support-services/Accreditation/Wills-Inheritance-Quality/wiqs-client-charter/

Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)

Wallace Robinson & Morgan were one of the first practices in the country to secure membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) – the mark of excellence for the home buying process. We have been successfully reaccredited every year since its introduction in 2011.

Our CQS accredited solicitors are Tim Langford, Paul Hughes, Katherine Stratton and Michelle Layton.

Collaborative Law

Kathryn Ferris is a Collaborative trained family lawyer and offers the benefits of this revolutionary approach to her clients.

Collaborative Law is an innovative approach to dealing with matrimonial disputes based on the belief that, in the majority of cases, the best and most amicable solutions are those agreed between the couples themselves. Collaborative Law allows couples to meet face to face, with the support of their respective solicitors, and discuss their views and suggestions for resolving the matter.

This enables couples to reach agreement without the need for costly, stressful and time-consuming Court battles. Everyone in the room has the common goal of finding the best solution for the couple and their family.

For more information about Collaborative Law see our article.

Resolution

Kathryn Ferris and Kirsty Roberts are members of Resolution.

Resolution’s members are family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Members follow a Code of Practice promoting a non-confrontational approach to family problems. They also encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family – and in particular the best interests of children.

For more information about Resolution see their website http://www.resolution.org.uk/

Help and Support for Separated Families mark (HSSF)

The ‘Help and support for separated families’ (HSSF) mark is designed to help parents navigate the range of support available to them and choose, with confidence, a high-quality outlet to help.

Through their membership of Resolution, Kathryn Ferris and Kirsty Roberts go through a regular monitoring process and have been awarded the HSSF Mark as this shows they meet the strict set of standards for promoting parents working together after relationship breakdown.