North West law firm Evolve Family Law has become an employee-owned business, in a deal supported by Brabners.
The family law specialist, which was established in 2015 by Robin Charrot and Louise Halford, is now 100% owned by a newly established employee ownership trust (EOT) which will look after the interests of the firm’s 13-strong team.
The deal will preserve the future independence of the £1m+ turnover business, which has offices in Holmes Chapel and Whitefield, with both founding directors continuing to play an active and long-term role in the firm as it pursues further growth under employee ownership.
The transition to employee ownership was supported by the corporate team at leading independent law firm Brabners – led by employee ownership specialist Stephen Hadlow.
Evolve acts for a wide range of UK and international clients, including high net worths, on family matters such as finances on divorce, cohabitee disputes, nuptial agreements, child arrangements (including relocation and abduction), wills, estate planning and probate.
Employee ownership is one of the fastest growing business succession solutions in the UK, following the introduction of EOTs by the government in 2014. One in every 20 private company sales is now to an EOT, with Evolve Family Law joining a network of EOTs in the UK that includes Richer Sounds and Go Ape.
Robin Charrot, founding director at Evolve Family Law, said: “Over the past seven years, we’ve grown the firm sustainably while bringing new people into the fold to share in our success. Our priority has always been looking after our clients and co-workers rather than maximising profit, and that sentiment has been at the core of our decision to become an employee-owned business, which will provide a platform for everyone to contribute and benefit as Evolve grows in the future.
“Louise and I could have sold the firm to an outside party, but we decided that this would not provide the best outcome for our clients or our staff. We have no plans to step away from the business, so we’re looking forward to helping Evolve prosper under employee ownership while we continue to support clients with transparent, trusted advice for years to come.”
Stephen Hadlow, partner and employee ownership specialist at Brabners, said: “Employee ownership has become an increasingly attractive and popular option for business owners, particularly so since the pandemic. At a time when markets continue to consolidate, it offers a route for businesses to preserve their independence and culture, as well as create a long-term, sustainable pathway for succession. With businesses putting a greater focus on their employees, wellbeing and CSR, we’re expecting more and more firms to move to employee ownership models in the coming months.”
James de le Vingne, chief executive of the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), said: “We congratulate our member Evolve Family Law on its transition to employee ownership; securing the ethos, values and culture of the business, as well as rooting jobs in the North West. Businesses that give employees a stake and a say in the business build trust and shared responsibility, uniting leaders and employees behind a common purpose, and leaving businesses in a better position to flex and adapt.”
Read the EOA press release here:
Family law specialist transitions to EO to ‘provide a platform for everyone to contribute and benefit’ as the business grows | Employee Ownership Association
Evolve Family Law is delighted to announce that it is expanding its Holmes Chapel, Cheshire office and Whitefield, North Manchester offices with the recruitment of experienced family and private client paralegal, Amber Morgan, in Holmes Chapel and specialist family law solicitor, Bethany Davies, in Whitefield. The continued growth in both offices is down to the rise in family law and private client enquiries in both Cheshire and Whitefield. At Evolve Family Law our ambition is to be seen as the ‘go to’ specialist family and private client law firm and with this continued growth we are proud to be establishing our reputation as one of Cheshire and North Manchester’s best and most trusted law firms..
Family and private client solicitors
Evolve Family Law specialises in divorce proceedings, reaching financial settlements after a separation, resolving child custody and contact as well as private client matters. For help with your family and private client law needs call Evolve Family Law on 0345 222 8 222 or complete our online enquiry form.
We are open and following the current government guidelines regarding appointments. When government guidance states that we can open our Covid-secure offices in Holmes Chapel and Whitefield these will be available for pre-booked appointments for those who wish to visit us. We will also offer remote appointments via phone and video call for those who prefer this option. When government guidance recommends work from home we will be doing so and will continue to offer remote appointments to our current and prospective clients.About solicitor Bethany Davies
Bethany Davies combines an impressive legal pedigree with local connections to North Manchester. Partner, Robin Charrot, believes that is a winning combination for Bethany’s success at Evolve’s Whitefield office.
Bethany qualified as a solicitor in 2018 and since qualification she has specialised in family law with a renowned national law firm, working from its Manchester city centre offices. Her experience means she’s confident in resolving emotionally charged children law disputes and applying herself to the legal intricacies involved in complex financial court proceedings.
Bethany Davies has a particular interest in financial claims after a separation or divorce. Her experience includes:
Representing high profile individuals in TOLATA and schedule 1 financial claims involving unmarried families with children and complicated litigation
Divorce and financial proceedings involving pre-marriage acquired assets and inherited wealth
Complex financial court proceedings centring upon divorce and business assets and company valuations
Preparation of separation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
Children law and child arrangements order applications including cases where parental alienation was alleged requiring detailed investigation and assessment by the court.
About paralegal Amber Morgan
Amber Morgan combines substantial legal experience with local connections to Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. Partner, Louise Halford, says that Evolve Family Law are fortunate to welcome Amber to its Holmes Chapel office with Amber’s seven years’ experience of working in the legal sector and her wealth of practical and legal experience.
Amber Morgan’s experience in family and private client includes:
Organising financial consent orders as part of divorce proceedings
Securing court orders for unmarried families
Representation in injunction and children law applications
Will instructions and preparation
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Assisting with probate and the administration of estates including the issue of the grant of probate, inheritance tax forms, estate accounts and distribution of monies to beneficiaries.
Robin Charrot says:
‘I am delighted to welcome Bethany Davies and Amber Morgan to the team at Evolve Family Law. They are both great additions to our Whitefield, North Manchester and Holmes Chapel, Cheshire offices with their local connections, legal expertise and ‘can do attitude’ with an empathetic approach to their work. These are important attributes at Evolve Family Law as our ethos is all about offering our clients an excellent legal service at transparent cost pricing during what can be a difficult period in clients’ lives. The addition of Bethany and Amber means that Evolve can continue its ambitious plans for 2021 and offer expert and approachable family and private client legal advice from our North West offices’.
How can Evolve Family Law help?
For help with your family and private client law needs call Evolve Family Law on 0345 222 8 222 or complete our online enquiry form.
We are open and following the current government guidelines regarding appointments. When government guidance states that we can open our Covid-secure offices in Holmes Chapel and Whitefield these will be available for pre-booked appointments for those who wish to visit us. We will also offer remote appointments via phone and video call for those who prefer this option. When government guidance recommends work from home we will be doing so and will continue to offer remote appointments to our current and prospective clients.Latest From Our Family Law Blog:
As divorce and family law solicitors based in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire and Whitefield, North Manchester, the latest research from the Legal Services Board was of particular interest to the Evolve Family Law divorce team. At Evolve Family Law we have long thought that ‘‘North is best’’ and the official research seems to agree with us. In this blog we look at the latest Legal Services Board research findings and what they mean for those of you needing divorce, family law or private client help.Manchester and Cheshire Divorce Solicitors
Manchester and Cheshire based Evolve Family Law solicitors specialise in divorce, family and private client law. Whether you need help with a separation, child care and contact, your divorce financial settlement or need a Will or probate advice, the lawyers at Evolve Family Law can help you. Call the friendly team of solicitors on 0345 222 8 222 or complete our online enquiry form to set up a face to face meeting, video conference or telephone appointment.
Divorce and family law fees
Research published by the UK Legal Services Board on the cost of divorce and Wills has confirmed what many Manchester and Cheshire solicitors thought, namely that legal advice is generally twenty percent cheaper in the north of England compared to legal fees in the south of England. The official research has revealed that divorce firms based in London are on average a third more expensive than those based outside London.
Manchester divorce solicitors say that the Legal Services Board research has confirmed that there really is a north-south divide when it comes to legal fees. Some may question the quality of what you get ‘’up north’’ or think that the mantra that ‘’you get what you pay for’’ must be right but the Legal Services Board research does not indicate that there is any difference in the quality of the family law legal advice that you receive depending on the location or postcode of your divorce and family law solicitor.
Divorce and fixed fees
It is always hard to judge if you are getting value for money with a fixed fee divorce or family law or Will package. However, the Legal Services Board research reveals that divorce law firms who offer fixed prices are on average over a third cheaper than those law firms where estimates of costs are given.
At Evolve Family Law we are committed to transparency on costs and providing as much information online about our fixed fees and pricing. Our cost guide can be accessed here. We also welcome calls to discuss potential legal fees.
Should I shop around for a divorce solicitor?
The Legal Services Board advises that those with a legal problem shop around and check out potential legal fees. According to the LSB only a fifth of those needing legal advice currently look around and check out fees before committing to instructing a solicitor.
The chair of the Legal Services Board, Dr Helen Phillips has stated:
‘‘Whether buying a home, getting divorced, or making a will, we encourage people to shop around to find a good value deal that meets their needs. Unless they shop around, people risk paying far more than they need to. Where people don’t feel they need to deal with a lawyer face to face, they could make considerable savings by using providers in parts of the country where prices are cheaper.’’
The legal advice price research was commissioned jointly by the Legal Services Board, the Competition and Markets Authority and the Ministry of Justice. The research involved interviewing 1,500 legal businesses in England and Wales and included a spread of legal firms across different types of legal provider and in different locations across the country.
Is a good divorce solicitor all about price?
At Evolve Family Law, whilst we believe in transparency on legal costs and fixed fees, we also recognise that choosing a divorce solicitor or a Will or probate solicitor isn’t just about the legal fees. You need to be able to feel confident that your solicitor will listen to you and will offer you the guidance you need so you can make informed choices, whether that is about a child arrangements order application for your children or a divorce financial settlement.
Evolve Family Law recommend that in addition to looking at online information about price structures that you speak to a solicitor to make sure that you can form a trusting relationship and work together. Don’t worry about distances as divorce, Will and probate solicitors offer appointments by video conferencing, Skype or by telephone appointment. Most family law clients say that speaking to their chosen divorce solicitor in the comfort of their home is more relaxing, and according to the latest Legal Services Board research, it could also result in you achieving considerable savings in legal fees.How can Evolve Family Law solicitors help you?
For advice on any aspect of family or private client law, from divorce and separation advice to child arrangements order applications or representation in financial settlement and financial court order proceedings, negotiating a prenuptial agreement or the preparation of your Will or Lasting Power of Attorney call Evolve Family Law on 0345 222 8 222 or complete our online enquiry form to set up a video conference or telephone appointment.Latest From Our Family Law Blog:
Evolve Family Law is delighted to announce that Claire Gatley has joined the Holmes Chapel office of Evolve Family Law.
Claire Gatley is a Cheshire family solicitor and advises on divorce and cohabitation relationship breakdown, financial settlements, and children law cases.
Claire joins Louise Halford, co-founder of Evolve Family Law and one of the North West’s leading experts on children law and child abduction at Evolve Family Law’s offices in Holmes Chapel.
Claire, who is a Cheshire resident, is passionate about helping people resolve their family law and children access and custody issues after separation or divorce.
Claire says ‘’ I have been made to feel really welcome at Evolve Family Law. It is lovely to join such a caring and friendly firm of solicitors. As a local Cheshire resident, I think it is brilliant that a firm like Evolve Family Law combines Manchester city centre legal expertise, up-to-date technology, with old-fashioned attitudes to client care and taking time with family law clients to listen to their needs and goals’’.
‘’Although I have only recently joined Evolve Family Law what really struck me, from day one, was how everyone cares about their colleagues and clients. That makes for a great working environment and a relaxing client experience’’.
‘’I have always had a passion for family law and for helping people. I am brimming with enthusiasm to help Louise Halford and the team at Evolve Family Law achieve the best family law outcomes for clients , whether they are seeking a divorce, need to reach a financial settlement or require specialist legal advice on a child arrangements order or child custody’’.
Commenting on Claire’s move to the Holmes Chapel Cheshire offices of Evolve Family Law and the continued expansion of the family law team, Louise Halford said:
“Claire Gatley is a very welcome addition to the family law team at Evolve Family Law. She has lots of enthusiasm, a ‘’can-do’’ attitude and a sunny, caring personality. That is evidenced by her willingness to go the extra mile with her commitment to charity fund raising having ran half-marathons and leaping out of a plane. I am confident that all our family law clients will really appreciate Claire’s caring attitude and hard work on their behalf’’.
‘’The addition of Claire Gatley to the family law team at Evolve Family Law and our continued expansion plans put us firmly on the path towards becoming the first choice legal advisors for local clients from all backgrounds in Cheshire and Whitefield, Manchester.”
If you would like to speak to Claire Gatley or Louise Halford at Evolve Family Law they can be contacted on 01477 464020 or email Claire or Louise Halford at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Evolve Family Law Holmes Chapel office is located at 4 The Clock Tower , Manor Lane , Holmes Chapel , Cheshire CW4 8DJ.
Help us to win the award for Best Family Law Firm in Manchester in the Talk of Manchester Awards 2018!
Anyone who knows me and the Evolve Family Law team knows that we don't usually go in for awards. We prefer to let our work and our clients speak for us. However, one of our very happy clients put Evolve Family Law forward to receive an award for Best Family Law Firm in The Talk of Manchester Awards 2018 and we have since been shortlisted! Our winning this award depends on the number of people voting for us so please do vote today.
Helping clients make informed choices by focussing on guiding them through the confusing minefield of family and divorce law is what we do best and being recognised for this makes us extremely proud of our team's hard work and commitment.
If you like what the Evolve team do and what Evolve Family Law stands for, please click on the link below to vote. All you have to do is enter your name and email and then scroll to Category 13. Voting closes at 5pm on 12 October
Thank you to everyone who has voted for us to far, we are very grateful for the nomination and for anyone who takes the time to help us achieve our vision “To be the most trusted and first choice advisors for everyone going through relationship changes”.