CORONAVIRUS UPDATE APRIL 2021

A message to our clients:

With the recent move to allow shops and offices to fully re-open, we will continue to review our policy on clients attending our offices. Currently, we are not inviting clients into the office but we are able to briefly meet with clients by appointment at the door of the office. Please note that face coverings are still required indoors until further notice. We remain committed to following the Government guidelines as rules continue to change in line with the easing of lockdown.

We continue to operate our business as usual across all the services that we offer our clients, both current and prospective.

We continue to offer teleconference-based or telephone consultations.. We are aware that not everyone has been offered full vaccination yet and understand that some people may feel safer continuing with socially distanced communications.

Our family and wills / probate solicitors continue to offer initial advice remotely by video conferencing and by telephone for up to one hour (as advertised on this website). Please call us if you would like to speak to one of our experts.

If you have a case in court, please telephone us so we can discuss representation.

We appreciate your patience, support and understanding over the past year since the restrictions related to the pandemic began. We hope you continue to stay safe, and wish you a brighter 2021!

Talk to a solicitor today 0117 973 1391

Local Authorities’ Duties

Local Authorities have a duty to safeguard vulnerable children; and when Social Services are concerned about a family, they may become involved, and may call a Child Protection Conference or a Pre-Proceedings meeting. They may issue court proceedings for a Care Order (Care Proceedings) or in some urgent cases for an Emergency Protection Order.

These situations can be very upsetting, traumatic and difficult to resolve, especially if you face the possibility or the reality of your children being removed from your care.

You need to contact us immediately if this situation arises. We will work with you with care and sensitivity, liaise with Social Services and provide you with strong and experienced representation, to make sure that you are treated fairly and that your voice is heard.

Battrick Clark Solicitors of Bristol have an experienced and specialised team which includes members of The Law Society’s Children Panel who, as well as regularly representing parents, are qualified but more often are appointed to represent children in these difficult cases.

If you are a parent in this type of case, you will be entitled to free Legal Representation. Your Legal Aid will be quickly arranged as soon as you instruct us. We also frequently represent other family members, particularly grandparents, who can be involved in and affected by these situations. In these cases, entitlement to Legal Aid will depend on individual circumstances.

Family Law Testimonials

I couldn’t ask for more.
I used Lynda Merrell-Jones for my divorce and she was absolutely amazing. Prompt, sensible, clear advice was provided for two years. I cannot recommend them enough!

Lee Mill

When you need a solicitor, you want to know that you have one that you can trust. With Lynda Merrell-Jones I knew I had one of the best. She was honest, quick to respond, very knowledgeable and very sensible. I very rarely write reviews, but Lynda really does care, so I would highly recommend her.

Neil Madeley

Used Battrick Clark for both my partner’s divorce and conveyancing when we recently moved – were great on both occasions.

Suzy Perry

Lynda Merrell-Jones has proven on numerous occasions that investing in professional legal advice is priceless. Some of the comments here reflect the frustrations of having to pay for legal advice and anyone of us can appreciate the pressures finding these funds place upon us. However, when you’re protecting children, home or family it’s an investment that provides peace of mind and validation that you’re serious in your endeavours to protect these precious people. On behalf of myself and family, thank you.

Lisa J Green

Lynda Merrell-Jones was fantastic in how she handled my divorce case.
There was no question unanswered (and I had many) and she gave me realistic advice on what I could expect.
I couldn’t recommend her more.

Elisa Tunks

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