It is with regret that we announce the closure of our Family Department today.
The Department was set up, from scratch, in August 2007, a little over a year after Fairweathers was first established.
It had a very clear brief then to meet a huge need for legally aided representation and we developed a very busy and successful Department employing, at one point, 5 fee earners.
In recent times, however, the Department has been hit by the large scale withdrawal of legal aid and has now reached the point of not being financially viable.
Happily, our Head of Department, Gemma Duckworth, has found a new position with Holden and Co of Ashford and we shall be referring all existing clients and future enquiries to her at the new firm whose details are:-
Holden & Co
3 Bank Street
Tel – 01424 722422
Gemma Purt transfers into the Medical Negligence Department as well as continuing as a Mental Health Tribunal Advocate, heading up our Mental Health Department.
Going forward the firm will continue to provide its specialist services in the areas of Medical Negligence and Mental Health Review Tribunal work.
Nick Fairweather commented:-
“This is a sad day for the firm but an inevitable one, perhaps, given the Government cuts in legal aid. I pay tribute to Gemma Duckworth who has led the Department well and is an excellent Child Care and Family Solicitor. I wish her well in her new role at Holden & Co and for the future generally.”