Shayan's Story

Shayan's Story

As a second year University LLB Law student, I came to Pickford Solicitors looking to gain some understanding of how the legal profession operates in the real world and how this fits with the law I am exposed to in my studies. To my surprise I found little overlap between the real and academic worlds of law. However I found both sides fascinating. Pickford Solicitors has allowed me to gain a greater understanding of how the law in action, uses systematic processes and logical procedures to ensure that a client benefits from all the rights the law affords him or her.

In my first week I found much of my work was to process information onto standardised template forms that isolated the relevant facts. This task taught me the need to filter data to extract the relevant information required to ensure accuracy in the clients legal transactions.

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In my second week I was given an opportunity to sit in and observe a family law client meeting. This proved to be an interesting experience. The family law specialist solicitor, after discussing the client’s circumstances and intentions, walked them through a variety of options regarding how best to begin divorce proceedings, and the reasons why an amicable divorce settlement would be the most beneficial way forward to all concerned. 

Throughout my time at Pickford Solicitors I also learnt about their in-house staff well-being strategy. I was impressed by their commitment to employee welfare, and their forward thinking approach to motivating their legal teams. I was also given hands on experience of a formal interview by the senior partner, Jas Singh, who then took the time to give me very useful feedback on my interview skills. 

I feel I have learnt a great deal during my time at Pickford Solicitors, and am very grateful to everyone for making me feel welcome and for exposing me to a number of different areas of the law in practice. 

Two Years On

Two Years On

What a year…

What an incredible second year in business! It only feels like yesterday, since we were writing our first anniversary blog.

Where do we begin… we have doubled in size, launched a new department, hosted events, held team days, and outgrown our home at Mitre Court! #Goals

Growth and Expansion…

Our Corporate and Commercial Department led by Jas Singh, assisted by Nisha Bharadwa and Naresh Gill, knew they needed to add to their ranks, in order to continue with their success…

Throughout the year the team welcomed four ambitious, and hardworking individuals. Helen Washington a newly qualified commercial property solicitor, Alex Francis a commercial solicitor, Natalie Fitzhugh a trainee solicitor and Cecilia Wong, corporate paralegal. #Expansion

Cue the applause…

The newly expanded team have over two years completed over 80 transactions with an impressive aggregate value just short of £100 million. Our average transaction value was an amazing £1.3 million. A large percentage of these deals were health care related, made up of nurseries, pharmacies, domiciliary care agencies, care homes and dental practices. #Teamwork

New Department…

At the end of last year, we excitedly awaited the arrival of Jennifer Brook a senior family solicitor. Jennifer joined us in October 2018, and passionately leads the development of the family law department, assisting with Separation, Divorce, and Child Arrangements. #Growth


Last year, we launched our residential conveyancing department, and the phones rang, the emails flooded in, our conveyancing system exploded and by June 2018 we had opened an impressive number of files.

As the department grew, we continued to learn. It February 2019, we made the conscious and right decision to restructure the department. #Honest

Now we excitedly await the arrival of a senior residential conveyancing solicitor… arriving September she brings with her, vast experience, knowledge, business acumen and business development experience. #Expert

We also excitedly await the arrival of an experienced residential conveyancing paralegal who exceeds customers and agents’ expectations. #Customerservice

The relaunch of the department will see the business expand its private client services, by working towards developing a wills and probate department. #Ambition  

We don’t do things by halves… EVER

In twelve months, we have doubled in size, having already refurbished our office to accommodate the expansion, we are now completely full. With financial investment from our shareholders, Pillbox Capital, we can move into a much bigger office. #Newhome

Top Marks…

We understand the importance of achieving quality standards within the business. Best practice and customer service are two of our brand values, so it was a huge milestone for us when we achieved (with a clean sweep AGAIN) the Law Society’s leading accreditation, Lexcel. #Bestpractice  


Our people are our greatest asset, and we encourage a happy and healthy working environment, this includes allowing our colleagues to work from home when they need to. Leading on from this, saw the implementation of a well-being strategy, individual business plans, and a fun filled team day!


We celebrated our first 2-year milestone, with personalised cupcakes, and Pickford inspired gin at Simpsons Gin Bar and were joined by many local businesses and customers who have worked with us over the last 12 months. We thank each and everyone one of them for their contribution to our success. No matter how big or small it may have been! #Appreciation

The Future…

We have flown into our third year, leaving nothing behind. The directors, management team and old and new staff are still as dedicated and motivated as they were in the first year and this is the main reason for our continued success. 

For the corporate team to continue at full speed ahead, they continue to develop their trainee solicitors. Both Naresh and Natalie qualifying in 2020 and Cecilia will qualify in 2021.

Our search for another experienced commercial property solicitor will continue, their role will be to assist with an existing workload and help market and develop the commercial property department in its own right.    

Our search will begin for an ambitious, hardworking, customer focussed wills and probate lawyer, who want the opportunity to develop their business development and managerial skills. #Watchthisspace

Thanks for hanging in there with us and watch this space…


As Father's Day approaches...

As Father's Day approaches...

As Father’s Day approaches, is it worth considering how the arrangements for your children are working following separation?  After all, throughout the year there are many important events and occasions that we will want to enjoy celebrating and sharing with our children.   It can soon become rather tricky to agree on all those arrangements.


Separation is often a painful, incredibly emotional process and when children are involved it is important to get things right for the children to safeguard their wellbeing at all costs.

The starting point is that the children of the family have the right to maintain a relationship with both parents following separation, if it is safe for them to do so.  The welfare of the children is the paramount concern when considering what the arrangements should be.

There can be many issues to consider depending on your circumstances which will include where the children will live, what time the children will spend with each parent, where they will go to school, decisions about medical treatment, when and where they will travel for holidays and so on.

If there is no risk of harm to the children as a result of the arrangements being made for them, it is important, if you are able to do so, to work together as best you can to achieve a routine that will work well , long term, in the best interest of the children.  After all you know your children better than anyone and it is you that is best placed, together with the other parent, to make the important decisions for the children.

Sadly, it is not always that easy and it is not uncommon for conflict to arise around sensitive issues following the breakdown of relationships.  There are options to help you reach an outcome that best suits your children’s needs.

I have seen much success in negotiating arrangements for children where necessary and in making relevant applications to the Court to decide the arrangements for the children when it has become necessary to do so.  I will advise on arrangements that may best suit the family.  


I can assist you with a referral to Mediation, this is a structured process whereby a neutral third party will assist in resolving disputes through negotiation and communication.  It is compulsory for parents to attend mediation in relation to child arrangements before being able to apply to Court.  It is important to explore whether mediation is appropriate and workable for your family, the idea being that litigation might be avoided for your family where possible.  

As an experienced family solicitor, I have seen much success and pride myself on my highly effective negotiation skills. 

I offer a personal and time efficient service and I am known for my sensitive and down to earth approach.

If I can help you, please do call me on 0121 726 4999, alternatively you may wish to email me at


The Power of Social Media...

The Power of Social Media...

On 24th April 2018, we reached out to Pranay Paw on LinkedIn... a healthcare expert, owning care homes, a nursery, hotels, an estate agency and Target Training, a company that offers advice on business growth and start-ups.

One of Pickford’s specialism’s is Healthcare. Our corporate team are experts in assisting business owners, buy, run and sell Healthcare companies. There was an obvious synergy!

Over 12 months the relationship developed, and an idea became a reality…


On 23rd April 2019, Pickford’s joined forces with Target Training to host a fun filled networking event!

Both businesses pulled together their closest business contacts, which included experts in the healthcare, marketing, events, advertising, education and financial sectors.

Invitations went out, and our systems exploded with acceptance emails!

All 40 attendees gathered together to meet new contacts, listen and learn from our brilliant guest speakers whilst enjoying the amazing food Kajal Indian Cuisine had to offer.

We don’t do things by halves…

Our guests were greeted with an open bar, a two-course meal and some tasty personalised cupcakes to take away!

The Benefits of Social Media Marketing…

Sarah Rhodes, one of the owners of The Best of Walsall, spoke to us about the benefits of social media marketing. Sarah gave detailed information on the different social media platforms available to businesses, how to improve your SEO rankings (without spending thousands) and the benefits of using video and images to advertise your business.

Everyone in the room took something away from Sarah’s top tips and Sarah has several coffees arranged with prospective clients over the next couple of weeks, which is amazing!

The Buddy Bag Foundation

Chris Williams, one of the brilliant founders of The Buddy Bag Foundation spoke to us about his amazing non-profitable charity. The Buddy Bag Foundation provides children’s rucksacks filled with essentials such as pyjamas, underwear and books. The rucksacks are distributed to women’s refugees across the UK, and the rucksacks are given to children on arrival. These children often arrive with nothing!   

Chris made a real impact, inviting some of the guests to read testimonials left by children, mothers and refuge workers.


Work Experience…

We had the pleasure of being photographed by one of Walsall College’s photography students, Finn, who did an amazing job of capturing the incredible atmosphere that filled the room!

“A great experience with lovely people and an amazing opportunity to meet and make contacts” Finn Elwell

Cue the applause…

The feedback that we have received has been incredible…

“Fantastic event, privileged to be part of it” Craig Suttle

“Amazing company, great evening well done, with lots of amazing contacts.” Carl Haughton

“Great combination of business & social and that’s how relationships are built. Thank you” Chris Williams

Thank you to everyone who attended, and we look forward to catching up with you again soon!




Nathan's Story

Nathan's Story

I am a lower 6th form student at Bishop Vesey Grammar School. As part of my enrichment, I decided to complete two days work experience at Pickford Solicitors, to find out more about the legal industry.

During my time at Pickford’s, I gained a large insight into the work a solicitor carries out, from drafting a variety of contracts and agreements in relation to property law. I had the opportunity to sit in and observe a customer meeting, where I learnt how to explain the law to customers.

The staff at Pickford’s were incredibly welcoming, and could not have been more helpful in sharing their knowledge. I have gained a surprising amount of information in a very short space of time in arrange of aspects in the role of a solicitor, as well as thoroughly enjoying myself.

Overall, my experience at Pickford’s was invaluable, which has reinforced my decision to pursue a career in law and I look forward to my next steps which include applying to university, and qualifying as a solicitor in the near future.

Thank you for reading my story.

Natalie's Story

Natalie's Story

I am Pickford Solicitors’ latest Trainee Solicitor recruit, having joined the team on 1 May 2019.

Natalie Fitzhugh - Trainee Solicitor

Natalie Fitzhugh - Trainee Solicitor

I began my legal journey back in 2008, when I started my Graduate Diploma in Law.  At this time, I worked fulltime as a Health and Safety Officer for a leading temporary energy and temperature control solutions provider.  I completed my qualification in 2010 achieving a Distinction.

My career later diversified as I was appointed as support to the project management and corporate team at a hotel management company.  After a short period of working within the hotel industry, I became a senior manager and an active participant at board meetings.  My position at the company gave me a diverse background managing health and safety, human resources, compliance, estates management, project management and also involved working with the firm’s solicitors instigating and completing the sale and purchase of hotels.

I studied the LPC MSc whilst working fulltime at the hotel company. This qualification particularly focused on Business Management, which is a key area of interest for me.  In 2017, I completed the LPC, again achieving a Distinction.

Following the completion of my legal studies, I was appointed as Paralegal for a city centre law firm, working in the commercial litigation department.  This was an exciting new role for me at the time, giving me the opportunity to work on some high value debt claims and insolvency cases, as well as providing advocacy experience.

I took a short break from work following the birth of my daughter but am now excited to have started my training contract at Pickford Solicitors.   

Whilst the return to work following maternity leave may have been daunting, particularly when starting a new role at a new firm, the team completely put me at ease from my first day.  What makes this firm unique for me is the genuinely friendly, warm and positive atmosphere.  Whilst my colleagues are all qualified, experienced and highly competent individuals, they are also really nice people (which I’m afraid to say has not always been my experience in the past).   For this reason, I can understand why customers are drawn to Pickford Solicitors.

The growing corporate team cover a range of services from commercial contracts to business sales and purchases, which was a real draw for me to work with the firm given my background working in the sale and purchases of hotels.

I am looking forward to the opportunity to progress my career and expand my knowledge and understanding in a range of matters and within the different disciplines that the firm specialise in, including Commercial Property and Family Law.

Thank you for reading my blog, I look forward to updating you further as I progress through my training contract.

Natalie Fitzhugh – 0121 726 4999


Alex's Story

Alex's Story

Alex Francis - Corporate and Commercial Solicitor

Alex Francis - Corporate and Commercial Solicitor

I grew up in Great Barr, Birmingham and went to Barr Beacon School. My aspirations as a young boy were to either become a footballer or a Solicitor. Both careers paths were evident within my family, with cousins who are professional footballers and mom, auntie and cousins having worked or working within the legal sector which is perhaps where my passion derives from.

In the end I’ve pursued both paths, having played semi professional football and having qualified as a football coach, whilst also becoming a commercial solicitor.

As a person, some of my traits include being supportive, reliable, patient and hard working. In relation to my route into the legal work, as a graduate from university in the recession, training contracts were few and far between. I began my career as a paralegal and moved to Bristol.  Whilst working as a paralegal in Bristol, I studied at Nottingham Law School where I completed my Legal Practice Course (LPC). As anyone who has worked and studied at the same time knows, it is imperative that you have excellent time management, organisational skills and a certain type of work ethic is required.

After completing my LPC, I secured my training contract within a niche Commercial Property firm and completed my contentious seat at a high street firm within their Corporate and Insolvency team. I had the opportunity to stay at the high street firm upon qualification. I dealt with a variety of matters spanning from terms and conditions, high profile betting cases (sports law context), bringing and defending claims for office holders including a variety of antecedent transactions against parties.

Prior to joining Pickford’s, I have gained invaluable practical experience acting for a broad range of customers including directors, private individuals and insolvency practitioners, as well as working in house within the energy sector dealing with their commercial contracts and ensuring that they remained compliant with OFGEM.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my fiancée and children. I am an UEFA qualified football coach and I currently coach the ages 9-11 at a Midlands professional football academy. 

As someone who values others and the development of others, I am a keen and active volunteer in the local community and regularly take part in several projects with a variety of different charities to help mentor and make a positive difference to young people.

Below link is to an interview I have recently done with the FA (non legal) …

I look forward to having a long, and successful career at Pickford Solicitors.

Elizabeth's Story

Elizabeth's Story

My name is Elizabeth Beesley and I am a Lower 6th form student at Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School.

As part of my ongoing studies at Bishop Vesey Grammar School I undertake an enrichment at Pickford Solicitors which I started in November 2018.

I have read through several contracts, leases and documentation relating to property law. This has provided me with a clear insight into the several issues which may arise when buying and selling a property, varying from Nursery Schools to personal properties.

Pickford Solicitors specialises in Nursery Transactions, so I have seen a real insight in to the legal time line for selling and purchasing a nursey school. Including due diligence, documents received from a seller and in response to questions raised by a purchaser, especially to establish its assets and liabilities and evaluate its commercial potential-in addition to reviewing how to approach 8-100+ pages of inquiries. This has taught me to be tactful, wise and efficient when examining a specific case.

I have had the opportunity to be present throughout customers meetings. I have learnt about indemnity polices, which are the security against or exemption from legal liability for one’s actions, and I also understood how to approach and deal with customers from a more personal perspective when being a solicitor.

Since a very young age, I have wanted to work in the legal sector, Pickford Solicitors are a very proactive business offering work experience and placements.  They offer a very warm and friendly environment which enables you to want to learn and ask questions, to help improve my legal knowledge. Conveniently, Pickford’s are next door to my school. In addition to this, Pickford’s Solicitors is a very modern business, different to others. For instance, it is not obligatory for customers to meet face to face when dealing with enquiries unless the customer wants a face to face meeting.

Each week there has been something new for me to do.

What I have learnt?

I have known that I wanted to enter the legal sector from a young age, as I aspire to qualify as a solicitor. In order to this I need to gain further experience within the legal sector as different areas of law require a different approach.

My intention is to begin a career in law, with the UK first, using my my linguistic potencies within Spanish and French, eventually qualify as a solicitor in those jurisdictions too.  

Thank you for reading my story.


Naresh's Story

Naresh's Story

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As of the 1st of January 2019, I became Pickford Solicitors’, first Trainee Solicitor… what an excellent way to start the New Year!

I joined the team in November 2017 and at the time I had very little office and legal experience, having only worked voluntarily at the Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau. My work experience consisted of retail and customer service roles. So, when the position at Pickford Solicitors presented itself, I knew I had to apply.  

Having completed a law degree and then more recently the LPC, I was unsure of what field within the legal sector (which is shockingly vast) I wanted to specialise in. The role at Pickford’s was to assist Jas Singh, corporate specialist, as a Corporate Paralegal, as a Transaction Manager.

The role of a Transaction Manager was completely new to me, but from the beginning I knew this was the opportunity of a life time and the prefect foundation for me to develop my legal career.

The range of matters the corporate team covered, surprised me. From smaller things such as services contracts, up to the complete process of the sale or purchase of a Company.

I started with some of the smaller tasks, such as ensuring all files were compliant for the businesses file opening procedures. I quickly moved on to drafting short corporate documents, such as board minutes and completing Companies House forms.

As I progressed, I was given the opportunity to assist with some of the more complex matters such as share reorganisations and transfers. This offered the perfect foundation, as I continued to forge ahead to work on some of the larger transactions, which generally involved the sale and acquisition of businesses that operate in the health care sector.

Looking forward, now as Trainee solicitor, I am hoping to broaden my skill set and continue to gather experience in the Corporate department, and then move in to two other departments that Pickford’s offers, which is ever expanding, but currently includes Conveyancing, Commercial Property and Family Law. All guaranteed to offer a vastly different range of transactional matters and experiences.

Thank you for taking the time to read my journey, I look forward to updating you on my experiences, as I move departments.

I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Naresh Gill – 0121 726 4999

A daunting decision: Buying v Leasing...

A daunting decision: Buying v Leasing...

Commercial Property: Buying or Leasing

The process of buying or leasing a property is not easy. It is important to make the right decision, as this could impact the future development of the business. Here are some points to consider.

Starting point

•           Consider your type of business

•           Do you require office space, retail or warehouse space?

•           What are your expectations in the years ahead?

•           Visualise where you expect the business to be in five years’ time.

Leasing is more flexible than buying the property and it might be a better option if you expect your business to grow quickly. You can take a lease of a property based on your space and location requirements and you do not need to worry about selling the property if it becomes too small due to an expansion of the business. A short-term lease is ideal to start with and preferably with some tenant’s rights to terminate, often referred to as ‘Break Clauses’.

On the other side, if you decide to buy a property, you may have the opportunity to extend or adapt the building to the needs of your business without the complication of having to obtain landlord’s approval.

Think about freedom

Think about freedom of actions as a tenant and as an owner of the property. Do you want to make your own decisions or are you happy to obtain the landlord’s approval for any changes that you want to make (which could cause delays and extra costs)? When leasing, you will be involved in negotiating the terms for the lease, rent reviews, renewing the lease and arguing dilapidation claims (if you move out).

There might be some similar restrictions when buying the property, for example, the need of planning permission when the occasion arises or the need to maintain and insure the building.

Financial point

Many large businesses think that their capital will earn higher returns in the business itself than if it is invested in the business’s property. They would rather lease their buildings than own them. This decision depends on the way that you expect the property market to move. If you expect rents to increase rapidly, as a tenant you could face financial difficulties due to rent increase and rent reviews.

If you own your property, you will get the benefit of any capital appreciation together with owning an asset. The advantage is that you will not need to worry about rent increases and rental market.

Whatever decision you make (buying or leasing), you would need to decide how to finance the acquisition. There are many commercial mortgages available for the purchase or taking a lease of a property by a business, but you must be aware about the additional costs (lender’s fees, lender’s valuation costs and legal fees) as well as capital repayments and interest payments.

It is important to understand the tax implications whether you lease or buy a property and you should take specialist tax advice.

The decision is yours. If you require assistance or need information about business properties (leasing/purchasing/selling), please do not hesitate to contact Helen Washington of Pickford Solicitors on 0121 726 5986 or by email to:

Waltzing into a modern world...

Waltzing into a modern world...

As Strictly Come Dancing fans delight in the glamour and infectious laughter portrayed on our TV screens during this year’s series, it is also great to see professional dancers Karen and Kevin Clifton working together and supporting each other so effortlessly following their decision to divorce.  In the media Kevin and Karen have been praised for their united front, leaving hearts melting after Kevin jumps over the sofa to congratulate Karen following her outstanding performance.

Sadly, some would still say it is a rarity, for a couple to remain amicable whilst dealing with their separation.  It is often the case that during this time emotions will run high resulting in an acrimonious divorce process for those involved.  However, a non-confrontational approach is preferred, to agree a way forward if possible.  It is argued therefore that the current law governing divorce in this country does not fit with this modern attitude.

Let’s have a look at the current law relating to divorce in England and Wales, this is governed by The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.

Either party to the marriage may petition for a divorce on the sole ground that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.  This must be done by satisfying the Court of one or more of the following facts:

(a) adultery

(b)unreasonable behaviour

(c)Desertion for a continuous period of at least two years

(d)The parties have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years and the other party consents to a divorce (“two years’ separation”)

(e)The parties have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years (“five years’ separation”).

It will often be the case, especially when a party seeks a divorce quickly, that a fact blaming one party or the other must be used.  There is a risk this will amplify difficulties between the parties whether they wish to avoid hostility or not and doesn’t promote a more desirable, amicable way. 

Support for reform of the law has continued to develop over the years for a “no fault” divorce.  The recent news that the Ministry of Justice will again consult to reform old legislation has been welcomed.

In the meantime,…

If you do need assistance with any family law related matter, then please do not hesitate to contact me for an initial discussion on 0121 726 4999 or email at

And… ”keep dancing…..”


Coming Soon...

Coming Soon...

Launching as corporate and commercial specialists, in July 2017, we knew we wanted to a be a Birmingham based business and quickly finding our home in Sutton Coldfield we realised the community was lacking a customer focussed legal business with a difference…

By returning calls and emails the same day, being honest and transparent with our advice and fees and using technology to deliver a quick and efficient service, we were quickly able to make our mark in the local community.  

The development of our residential conveyancing department, which launched early this year, has been a huge success and continues to grow and make its mark on its local competitors.

By applying the same methods, we knew we could successfully develop, another department to serve the needs of the local community…

With a plan in mind, our next mission was to find an ambitious individual who matched our vision and brand values, but most solicitors aren’t like us. They do not work like us and are usually set in their historic ways!

With this being a well-known fact in our industry, how were we to find our ideal person? Was this our hardest task yet?

With the power of social media, yes, social media, we came across the perfect candidate. After a LinkedIn conversation, and a few meetings later, we had found our ideal person…

Jennifer Brook will join the rest of the team at Pickford Solicitors at the beginning of October. Jennifer is an experienced solicitor who will develop and launch our newest department… Family Law!

Keep your eyes peeled, for more Jennifer related news.


Ben's Story

Ben's Story

Hello, my name is Ben, I am 16 years old and attend Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield.

Prior to my week’s placement at Pickfords I had worked in a law chambers where I experienced law from a barrister’s perspective. Therefore, I wanted to work at Pickfords Solicitors to develop an understanding of the differences between a solicitor and a barrister, which Pickfords has been able to show me.

Upon arrival at Pickfords I was introduced to the whole team who were very welcoming. Firstly, I scanned some residential conveyancing documents to the case management system and then used this system to do some file opening. Later on, I attended a cooperate and commercial meeting with Jas, this allowed me to develop an insight into what a solicitor has to do when a customer is buying a property, this includes the advice given and the formalities which are carried out.     

On Tuesday I carried out Anti-Money Laundering Searches with Naresh which showed me the stringent processes that need to take place. Shortly after I did a Due Diligence bundle which required me to sort a variety of documents into a folder so that they could easily be viewed by the buyer of the property. In the afternoon I generated quotes which were then sent to customers so that they could view all the details and prices of the property they were selling or purchasing.

On Wednesday I carried out Legal Research, this included finding certain laws and researching a specific case. Finding and reviewing these particular laws enabled me to establish why these laws were passed and how they have been updated over time. In the afternoon I transferred a hand-written document onto Microsoft Word so that it could be electronically viewed and was more accessible.

On Thursday I did another Due Diligence bundle however this time the bundle was from the point of the seller. Therefore, I could compare the differences between the documents required from a buyer’s perspective and a seller’s perspective.

I thoroughly enjoyed my week at Pickfords and particularly liked the cooperate and commercial meeting with Jas. Over the course of this week I have gathered lots of information on the different avenues that can be taken in Law which has increased my interest in the profession. I would like to say thank you to the whole team at Pickfords for welcoming me and making this week an enjoyable and useful experience.


Eliane's Story

Eliane's Story


Hello, my name is Eliane I am aged 14 and I attend Sexey’s school in Somerset.

Before I started my week at Pickfords I knew that I wanted to become a barrister specialising in either criminal or human rights law, so I was very excited when I got the chance to experience what life was like working in a solicitor’s office for a week.

This was my first time being in an office environment, so I was apprehensive at first but as soon as Sinead introduced me to everyone I felt fine. The team was welcoming and friendly and everything I needed to know was explained. I started off doing some file opening and scanning. Later, I was shown how to use a website called Canva where feedback is typed up to be put on social media.

The next day I carried on with some scanning, but I also got to sit in on a meeting with Jas and a customer. It was very interesting to be able to listen to what sort of questions are asked and the different things that you need to consider whilst buying and selling a business.

On Wednesday I got the chance to go to another meeting but this time outside of the office with Sinead. We went to a Financial Services Business and had a meeting with one of their accountants. Sinead told me that meetings like these are imperative to a business’ success as they help to forge relationships with other companies that can potentially bring in new customers. Later on, Naresh a trainee solicitor explained some different routes to qualification. I also reviewed a residential conveyancing folder with Amdad, in this case the customer was selling a leasehold property.

On Thursday Sinead took me into the board room and we did a role play interview. I pretended to apply for a role as a head of department criminal solicitor. She told me that at different points in my career employers will focus on different parts of my CV. I enjoyed this because I also found out about different qualifications I will need when I am older and found out about what employers look for in potential employees. Towards the end of the day Naresh explained the process of buying and selling shares and the documents involved. Then, Sinead pretended to be a customer selling her shares and I had to complete and fill out the forms that would be involved.

Looking back on my week at Pickfords my favourite part was being able to sit in on meetings and have a look at different case files. This experience has made my interest in law even bigger and has made me even more determined to peruse my dream career as a barrister. I am very grateful that Pickfords offered me this opportunity and were so welcoming and friendly towards me. I would defiantly be interested to come back again.

Once again, I'd like to say thank you to the team at Pickfords!



Tony's Guide To Buying A House

Tony's Guide To Buying A House

1. Things to consider

There are many factors to consider when moving to a new house. Practicalities such as arranging removals, defrosting your freezer, enrolling children at a new school and notifying utility companies. You’ll also need an expert conveyancing solicitor who will deal with the legal process efficiently and effectively so that there are no surprises. 

2. Expertise

Make sure your solicitor specialises in residential property matters! It is important that your solicitor has the technical legal skills and experience that is required to get you moved in. 

 3. Communication is Key

Make sure your solicitor speaks your language and can explain the jargon and is accessible by phone and email. 

4. Cheapest isn't always best!

Buying a house is one of the biggest financial purchases of your life! Speaking with different solicitors for quotes isn't a bad idea but the cheapest isn't always best. Invest in your solicitor as you intend to invest in your home. 

5. Estate Agents – Our Closest Friends

Make sure your solicitor communicates and respects the estate agent involved. The estate agent will be your right-hand person and will help you raise any difficult or awkward questions with the seller.

6.  Mortgages

Ensure you have your mortgage in principle ready, before actively looking for a property. This will help speed up the legal process and will reduce the risk of delay!

7. Property Searches

When buying a house, there are a range of searches a solicitor can carry out on your behalf. They can include but are not limited to:  a Local Authority Search; a Water and Drainage Search and; an Environmental Search. Make your solicitor explains each search and advises you of there differences and what the results mean. 

8. Speak Up

Make sure you ask questions! No questions are silly! You are paying your solicitor to answer questions, don’t be intimidated to ask!

9. What are you buying? 

Make sure you are buying what you think you are buying! Your solicitor will give you a document known as a “title plan”. This will show you the full outline of the property you are buying – the boundary usually being marked red! Visit the property to satisfy yourself that the title plan matches the physical position at the property. This is the only thing your solicitor can't do for you. 

10. Feedback

If you have any concerns about the solicitor you are using, you should raise this with his/her and their head of department. On the other hand remember, if your solicitor has done a good job, why not leave them positive feedback. 

If I can help you move home, call me on 0121 726 4999 or email me at

If you are looking for a conveyancing quote, visit our residential property page to access a quick and free fixed fee quotation. 

One Year Later


One Year Later

Ambition … 

What an incredible first year in business! We can hardly catch our breath, it’s flown past so quickly. 

Pickford Solicitors started as a niche commercial law firm with a healthcare specialism. We understood that these sectors are highly regulated and in need of legal support from solicitors with a high degree of specialist knowledge. Our Corporate and Commercial Department led by Jas Singh, assisted by Nisha Bharadwa and Naresh Gill, not only understood this, but stood up, stepped in and assisted dozens of owner managed businesses… 

Cue the applause…

The team completed over 40 transactions with an aggregate value of more than £50 million. Our average transaction value was an amazing £1.25 million. A large percentage of these deals were made up of nurseries, pharmacies, domiciliary care agencies, care homes and dental practices. WOW! 

The 6 months ramp up…

We knew from the beginning we would acquire, or develop other services such as Residential Conveyancing, Family Law and Wills and Probate and with the financial investment from our shareholders, Pillbox Capital, we were able to start our journey into the world of residential conveyancing…

Anthony Lea joined us in September, to lead the development of the department and get us over some tough hurdles. In January this year we jumped our first as we received the Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation. Tony soon tackled the second hurdle as he made his way through bank panel applications! 

In March, Tony was joined by Amdad Hussain in readiness for the conveyancing enquiries to overflow our inboxes…   

Throughout March and April, Tony, alongside Sinead, the business manager, actively marketed through our website and social media and developed relationships with Estate Agents, Mortgage Brokers and Accountants.

The phones rang, the emails flooded in, our conveyancing system exploded and by June we had reached an impressive 42 active conveyancing files. GO TEAM! 

We don’t do things by halves… EVER

We understand the importance of achieving quality standards within the business. Best practice and customer service are two of our brand values, so it was a huge milestone for us when we achieved (with a clean sweep) the Law Society’s leading accreditation, Lexcel. What an Achievement! 


We celebrated our first 12-month milestone, with personalised cupcakes, pizza and prosecco and were joined by many local businesses who have worked with us over the last 12 months. We thank each and everyone one of them for their contribution to our success. No matter how big or small it may have been!

Growth and Expansion

We have flown into our second year, leaving nothing behind. The directors, management team and staff are still as dedicated and motivated as they were in the first year and this is the main reason for our continued success.  

For the corporate team to continue at full speed ahead, they require an ambitious corporate solicitor to join their ranks. This person will work alongside Jas Singh with existing transactions and to assist the development of our Transaction Manager Naresh Gill, as he works towards his training contract. 

Our second year will also see our corporate and commercial team expand, as we welcome the full arrival of Barry Guest, our non-executive director. Barry has a wealth of managerial experience as well as being a commercial property expert. 

Our search for another experienced commercial property solicitor will continue, their role will be to assist with an existing workload and help market and develop the commercial property department in its own right.    

The residential conveyancing team seek an experienced secretary to join our fast-growing department. This person will assist Tony and Amdad with administrative duties, which will assist the department’s continued growth and track record of providing exceptional customer service. 

NEW DEPARTMENT: This year the business excitedly expands its private client services, as it welcomes a senior family solicitor. She will lead the development of the department and work alongside Sinead, to market effectively and appropriately to those needing assistance with Separation, Divorce and Child Arrangements.

Thanks for hanging in there with us and watch this space…