Legal Matters: Evolve Family Law Looks back at 2022

As we near the end of 2022, Robin Charrot recaps on the developments at Evolve and the family law changes in 2022.

2022 for Evolve Family Law
• In June, the firm converted to full employee ownership, joining the ranks of John Lewis, Richer Sounds, and Go Ape. For Evolve clients there is no change; Robin Charrot and Louise Halford are busy helping clients with their divorce financial settlements and children law proceedings, supporting the team of family and private client lawyers, and will remain at the helm for years to come to oversee excellent client service. Evolve is however proud to be the first law firm in the Northwest to convert to employee ownership and to be 1 of only 13 employee-owned law firms in England. Employee ownership gives the strong message that we value and trust our specialist solicitors and support staff and see them as integral to the continued success of Evolve as an independent specialist legal practice focused on client needs.

• Judith Chesters, a solicitor with over 30 years’ experience in private client work, joined the Holmes Chapel office and Ellie Nejman, started her legal career as a trainee paralegal in our Whitefield office. We were delighted to announce that Amber Oakley qualified as a solicitor, after almost 2 years of hard work and study, whilst working equally industriously at Evolve. 2022 developments in family law
There have been some positive developments in family law but also a need to respond to family clients caught up in the post-pandemic court backlogs and the financial uncertainty created by the cost-of-living crisis. Key changes include:

• The introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce law making divorce proceedings more straightforward. That is why whilst other companies have been increasing prices, we have been able to reduce our fixed fee for no-fault divorce proceedings whilst continuing to provide expert divorce financial settlement advice and help in securing financial court orders.

• Court delays have seen a sharp rise in enquiries about family arbitration as a means of resolving family law disputes without having to wait for a court hearing. Our team are experts in representing client interests in arbitration cases and as arbitration is more flexible than court proceedings it is normally cheaper and certainly quicker.

• The cost-of-living crisis, inflationary pressures, and the likely changes to the housing market have meant that clients need extra guidance about their financial settlements so they are not disadvantaged by these changes.

For expert divorce, children law, financial settlement, and private client law advice call Evolve Family Law on 0345 222 8 222.

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