Wollen Michelmore LLP has five key departments across all offices – Property, Family, Private Client, Commercial and Dispute Resolution.
It is one of the leading law firms in the Devon and Somerset region and is highly regarded in the South West with offices located in Newton Abbot, Torquay, Dartmouth, Barnstaple and Bideford.
The law firm specialises in: Residential and Commercial Property, Wills, Probate and Private Client, Family Law & Childcare, Disputes and Litigation, Clinical Negligence, Licensing and Gaming, Leisure and Tourism. At the heart of the business however, is Client Care – “great service, every lawyer, every time”.
Wollen Michelmore has been serving the Devon legal community for the last 150 years and during the last decade has grown significantly. With 5 offices that stretch from the north coast to the south coast of Devon they employ 140 staff.
There are five key departments across all offices – Property, Family, Private Client, Commercial and Dispute Resolution.
The firm has developed a strong brand, ‘The Devon Law People’, and is recognised as a firm that engages with its local community, offering quality advice and excellent client service.
Private Property: the work includes residential and commercial sale and purchase; commercial or residential leases; acquisition of development sites and their subsequent plot sales; first-time buyers; mortgages and re-mortgages; auction sales; and commercial and residential landlord and tenant.
Family Law & Childcare: Services include the preparation of living together agreements, pre and post nuptial agreements, parenting plans, separation deeds and consent orders and advice and representation with divorce, finance and property. Their specialist lawyers cover all aspects of care work including serious sexual abuse, non-accidental injury and learning disabilities.
Wills, probate and private client: The expertise of Wollen Michelmore’s private client lawyers has long been recognised by clients and other professionals alike. The main categories of work undertaken in this department are: Wills; Power of Attorney and Court of Protection; Probate and administration of Estates, Trusts and Charities. The firm has particular expertise in the field of Mental Capacity Act and vulnerable adult work.
Disputes and litigation: The dispute resolution team work in a wide range of commercial fields, including contractual disputes concerning land, accident and personal injury claims, and landlord and tenant matters. It also covers professional negligence; consumer problems; building disputes; housing; planning; copyright and patents; licensing; and contentious wills and trusts.
Clinical Negligence: The team deals with all types of clinical negligence claims, including in particular healthcare-associated infections, including MRSA, MSSA and necrotising fasciitis; orthopaedic injury; incorrect diagnosis, delayed diagnosis and failure to refer; surgical errors; fatal claims; surgical amputation; cosmetic surgery; and still birth.
Licensing and gaming: the firm has significant experience within the tourism and leisure industry, and its licensing practice extends throughout the South West. The licensing team undertakes premises licence applications; personal licence applications; variation applications; review hearings; appeals; and gaming permit applications.
Leisure and tourism: Wollen Michelmore has specialist expertise in advising those involved in all forms of leisure and tourism. It has sponsored the South Devon Tourism Awards for the last 5 years. Its experience is such that it routinely advises hoteliers, restaurateurs, retailers, publicans, nightclubs and tourist attractions on all aspects of their business, including property; licensing, employment; commercial and partnership.
Experiencing the success of awards is something the firm has enjoyed in recent years with national recognition at the Law Society Excellence awards in 2016 when it was Highly Commended for its Marketing and Communications campaign. In the same year, DASLS (Devon and Somerset Law Society) awarded the firm Client Service of the Year, Rachel Carter; Solicitor of the Year, and Chief Executive Chris Hart was recognised as; Law Leader/Manager of the Year.