Solicitor joins growing Swindon family law firm
An expanding family law firm has appointed another solicitor to help meet increasing demand. Worthington’s Family Law, based in West Swindon, was only set up only a year ago. And now founder Natalee Worthington has taken on solicitor Ruby Reynolds.
Based at Rombourne serviced offices the company had already moved into a larger office suite when legal secretary Annette Janman, joined Natalee. A second move within Rombourne could be in the offing as the firm takes more people on.
Ruby has joined Worthingtons from Wiltshire Council. There she worked in the childcare team, dealing with public law.
“We’re delighted that Ruby has joined us, she will be a great addition to our team,” said Natalee. “There was a great deal of safeguarding in the work she did in her old job. The very complex cases she handled gave her a lot of valuable experience that she brings with her.’
Ruby said: “The cases here will be private client, rather than public, but there is quite a bit of overlap. I am also looking forward to working in more general family law, which has always been an area of interest for me.”
Natalee hopes that, as the company gets busier, the team may grow further. This following on an already very successful first year.
Increase in child and family-related cases
Natalee said: “Currently, the biggest area of new enquiries we have are child related. In the main these are Covid-fuelled,with estranged couples seeking legal advice on childcare arrangements.
“Children can move between the households of their separated parents. There’s government guidance around this. But we also have people contacting us about enforcing existing child arrangement orders. People have different concerns about risk of Covid, so we must navigate all this.’
Natalee anticipates an increase in enquiries from couples, once the Covid restrictions ease. “We have received many enquiries from individuals who wish to separate. But they’re delaying the process for the time being because they don’t want to add to the stress of the lockdown. We discuss with our clients whether there’s any scope for a reconciliation. We’ve noticed that some clients are feeling uncertain about their next steps. Some people are feeling trapped at home in the current climate. They’re missing the social support network that they may usually have. This place extra strain on their relationships. We are able to signpost people to relationship counselling services where required.”
Worthingtons have also experienced an increase in enquiries from individuals seeking initial information on their rights and entitlements. They’re doing that before making a decision about the future of their relationship during these difficult times.
Rombourne Serviced Offices, Kingston House West Swindon
Danielle Mottram, Centre Manager at Rombourne in Swindon, said: “It’s been wonderful to watch how Natalee’s business has grown since she moved into our building. We’re thrilled that she has now taken on her first solicitor colleague to help. Ruby is a great addition to the team and we love having them here.”
For more information about Worthingtons Family Law, visit https://worthingtonsfamilylaw.co.uk/. For details of Rombourne business centres, visit https://www.rombourne.co.uk/