Providing legal services for 132 years Birdsall & Snowball

Conveyancing

Whether you are buying or selling your home or re-Mortgaging, our conveyancing team are committed to providing a personal and professional service.

Moving house can be one of the most disruptive and stressful events of your life. Our Lawyers will guide you through the conveyancing process from start to finish and we have an experienced, approachable and friendly team of support staff who are also available to assist with any queries. Our aim is to build a trusting relationship so that you will want to use our services time and time again.

We remain price competitive and unlike some so-called low cost providers, our quotes are excellent value and all-inclusive – there are no hidden costs. We offer a thoroughly personal service where both Lawyers and support staff will have up to date knowledge of your transaction. You will deal with the same Lawyer throughout the conveyancing process and you will be treated with dignity and respect.

We have been awarded membership of The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme, having undergone a rigorous assessment by the Law Society to earn CQS accreditation which provides absolute assurance for existing and new clients that their transactions will be handled to the very highest of standards.

Wills, Probate & Lasting Power of Attorney

Birdsall & Snowball's sensitive and practical approach brings peace of mind in later life. We will help clarify your plans and ensure that your wishes are respected should you become unable to manage your own affairs.

We can help with:
• Writing a Will
• Probate and administration of an estate
• Inheritance Tax planning
• Powers of Attorney and Office of Public Guardianship applications
• Trust advice and preparation

It is very easy to put off making a Will, or Lasting Power of Attorney. By doing so you are protecting your family’s future, making sure that, with as little disruption as possible, your affairs can be taken care of and your money and possessions go where you want them to go when you die or when you become incapable of managing your own affairs.

Making a Will is easier than you think, especially with the help of our Wills and probate specialists. We have many years experience of writing Wills and helping people to secure their families’ future.

Disputes & Civil Litigation

Civil litigation is a complex are of law governed by an exhaustive set of rules. We can assist you at pre-litigation and litigation stages to ensure that your case is dealt with expertly and efficiently, with an eye to keeping costs proportionate.

With over 20 years varied legal experience our team can advise at pre-litigation and litigation stages in a wide range of legal areas, including business disputes, housing, land lord and tenant possession claims, contracts, contentious probate, neighbour and boundary disputes, and debt claims. We also offer a wide non-contentious service and can check or draft documents and forms, including terms and conditions and policies.

We can deal with all types of court claims, from small claims to high court cases, from start to finish. We can advise on when it is appropriate to instruct expert counsel to assist you in drafting pleadings, advising on merit or representing you in Court, and use our connections with leading sets of Chambers to select the right barrister for you, at a competitive price.

The Courts require parties to try to settle cases wherever possible, and we will work with you towards achieving a good settlement deal for you. Our advice on settlement offers will always be practical; will consider the right time to make an offer or accept an offer; and, will take into account the full facts of your case.

Don’t leave it too late! The earliest you seek legal advice the greater the chance we have of helping you with your legal problem. Many cases end up in Court that needn’t, often through people burying their head in the sand. We know it isn’t pleasant being involved in litigation, but we will always do our best to help you in a practical, expert and non-judgemental way.

Employment Matters

With extensive experience advising local authority HR teams, limited companies, business partnerships and individuals, we are able to offer help in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters to both Employer and Employee clients.

For our employer clients, we like to get to know your business so that we can be on hand to advise on a day-to-day basis as employment issues arise. We can check your contracts and policies and, draft up to date bespoke ones to fit your business needs. We can advise in relation to dealing with absence and capability issues, disciplinary and termination processes, and how to handle grievances. Settlement agreements are a particular area of speciality and our advice in relation to these will always involve a consideration of how best to set any offer, taking into account the strength of any possible claim against you.

For employees, we can advise you in relation to employment rights and help you navigate grievance processes, negotiate settlement agreements, and conduct tribunal litigation.

We have wide experience of running tribunal claims, both for Claimant and Respondent. We can handle all types of claim and advise, where appropriate, on when it is appropriate to instruct expert counsel to assist with advising, drafting and tribunal representation. We can use our connections with leading sets of Chambers to select the right barrister for you, at a competitive price.

We will always deal with your case expertly and efficiently, with an eye to keeping costs proportionate.

Divorce & Separation

We can help with:
• Separation Agreements
• Relationship breakdown
• Declarations of Trust

Divorce and separation is bound to be difficult. The emotional impact can leave you drained and the legal aspects can seem daunting and confusing. Our Lawyers can help to minimise the trauma.

Whether you've been married, part of a civil partnership or just living together, Birdsall & Snowball will help you deal with your split sympathetically, but efficiently.

When a marriage has broken down irretrievably, you must prove one of the following reasons as evidence to obtain a divorce. Your family Lawyer will help you to choose the most suitable reason.

• Adultery
• Unreasonable behaviour
• Desertion for a period of at least two years
• Two years separation - with consent for the divorce
• Five years separation – consent for divorce not required

Along with the main services we provide, we also offer help in other areas of law. Please contact us with your legal queries and we will be happy to help. If it is an area of law that we do not deal with, we can refer you to other law firms that we have connections with.