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An expanding family law firm has appointed another solicitor to help meet increasing demand.
Worthingtons Family Law, based in West Swindon, was only set up just over a year ago, and now founder Natalee Worthington has taken on solicitor Ruby Reynolds.
Based at Rombourne serviced offices, Kingston House, 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 more people are taken on.
Ruby has joined Worthingtons from Wiltshire Council, where she was based 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 was doing, with very complex cases, so she brings a lot of valuable experience 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 as the company gets even busier the team may grow further, following on an already very successful first year.
Natalee said: “Currently, the biggest area of new enquiries we have are child related, largely fuelled by Covid with estranged couples wanting legal advice on childcare arrangements.
“Children are allowed to move between the households of their separated parents, and there is 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 all this needs to be navigated.”
Natalee anticipates an increase in enquiries from couples, once the Covid restrictions ease. “We have received numerous enquiries from individuals who wish to separate but who are 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 is any scope for a reconciliation and we have noticed that some clients are feeling uncertain as to their next steps. Some people are feeling trapped at home in the current climate and are missing the social support network that they may usually have, which is placing additional 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 who are seeking initial information as to their rights and entitlements before they make a decision about the future of their relationship during these difficult times.
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 and 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.”