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Morrison Spowart is a well-established friendly professional law firm specialising in Family, Crime, Housing and Property Disputes, Community Care and Services for the Elderly, Public Law, Wills and Probate. We also on a referral basis with a provincial firm offering a Conveyancing service.
The Firm has 2 Directors and a number of solicitors and consultants specialising in key areas of law. Each solicitor in the practice advises only in their chosen fields of expertise. Many of our solicitors are members of accredited specialist schemes.
Our firm serves a diverse range of clients many of whom are referred from existing clients and other professionals. We offer friendly, sympathetic advice whilst protecting our client’s interests and giving a professional service. All our staff have good “people skills” and will advise you using everyday language to ensure that you fully understand what is often a complex situation. We will respond promptly to your calls and keep you advised throughout your case.
Our offices are at street level and easily accessible by wheelchair users and people with limited mobility, and we can offer home visits if necessary. A number of our staff members can speak languages other than English, namely French, Russian andUrdu.
We are able to make an initial appointment for within a matter of days. If your situation is urgent for example a child is at risk or if you are the victim of domestic violence we can offer emergency same day appointments. For out of hours emergencies, where you have been detained at a police station we ask you to telephone our 24 hr emergency number which is 020 84619016.
We are committed to providing a quality service to our clients regardless of means. We have a franchise with the Legal Aid Agency to offer legal aid in some areas of law. We will carry out a legal aid eligibility assessment during your initial consultation. If a client is not eligible for legal aid we will discuss alternative methods of funding your case at competitive rates, including offering fixed fee services.
Diversity and Equality
Morrison Spowart adheres to a strong Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy and is committed to equality for all people regardless of race, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, sexuality, age or disability. This commitment is reflected in the way in which we provide high quality legal services to the community. We ask our clients and other visitors to respect this policy and refrain from behaving in a manner which could offend or intimidate staff or other users of this firm. In return, we will provide you with an efficient, fair and courteous service at all times.
Relationship breakdown – We understand that this can be a difficult and distressing time for clients who are likely to be facing emotional and financial difficulties. We can guide you through the difficulties sensitively and efficiently with a view to achieving the best outcome for you. We aim to deal with cases in a constructive and non-confrontational manner, with referrals to mediation in the first instance where appropriate, so as to avoid the costs. . If however court proceedings do become necessary, we will work hard to bring your case to a fair conclusion. We have expertise in advising on the legal procedure of divorce, the dissolution of civil partnerships and judicial separation. We can advise on resolving financial matters including the legal ownership of property and financial settlements for children. In certain circumstances we can obtain emergency financial injunctions.
Jenny Morrison and Anne Spowart are the directors of the Firm. We are committed to providing a quality service to our clients regardless of means. We have a franchise with the Legal Aid Agency to offer legal aid in some areas of law. We will carry out a legal aid eligibility assessment during your initial consultation. If a client is not eligible for legal aid we will discuss alternative methods of funding your case at competitive rates, including offering fixed fee services.
I am a solicitor with 33 years of legal experience. I initially worked in Clapham and Stockwell Law Centre and from there went into private practice and set up Cockar Morrison Fowler, an all female law firm in 1997 and this grew and went on to become Morrison Spowart solicitors. I now specialise in Family Law and in particular care proceedings and I am a member of the Law Society Children Panel. I am of Jamaican /Irish heritage and speak fluent French. I have spent time living both in Jamaica and in France. I am passionately dedicated to social justice issues and bringing about social change and have enjoyed my career in the legal professional which has allowed me to contribute to this.
I have worked in the legal profession for over 25 years, always in private practice. For the last 20 years I have specialised in housing, community care and public law. I was a founding partner of Morrison Spowart and am now a director of the firm.
Head of Department
I qualified as a solicitor in 1994 and have worked in criminal defence throughout my career. I trained with a firm in North London but in 2000, I came back to my south-east London roots, and set up the criminal defence department of Morrison Spowart. I am a duty solicitor and a member of the LCCSA (London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association) and the YPA (Youth Practitioners Association). I have worked on some high-profile cases but I am equally dedicated to getting the best results for every client I represent. I feel very strongly that everyone should have equal access to justice. I am very lucky to be able to do a job I love.
SRA – Complaints Procedure
We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.
In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can read our full complaints procedure. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.
What to do if we cannot resolve your complaint
The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.
Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:
- Within six months of receiving our final response to your complaint
- No more than one year from the date of the act or omission being complained about;
- No more than one year from the date when you should reasonably have known that there was cause for complaint.
For more information about the Legal Ombudsman contact:
Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9.00 to 17.00.
Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
What to do if you are unhappy with our behaviour
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.
Visit their website to see how you can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.