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Welcome to Amicus Law

Amicus Law Solicitors is a friendly Somerset based law firm. We are an experienced, specialist team of tenacious yet friendly private lawyers, passionate about defending our clients’ interests, with offices in Bridgwater, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil. Everyone in our private client law team offers a truly personal legal service. We get to know you, delve deeply into the circumstances and then create a clear pathway to reach the best possible result. Unlike many lawyers, we really do care. If your situation is an emergency or highly sensitive, you will have one of our mobile numbers and you can contact us 24 hours.

We believe we are Somerset lawyers with a difference. Our goals are to
• Specialise in providing you with cost effective legal solutions
• Provide a more informal, friendly and welcoming environment
• Take time to understand your circumstances as well as your legal needs
• Provide you with solutions on a fixed-fee basis wherever practical
• Be a part of, and contribute to, our local communities in Somerset
• Offer you a broad range and lifetime of joined-up legal services
• Be flexible in the hours we work to fit around your needs

Meet your local family law & divorce experts

Richard Haste

Senior Partner

Richard is Senior Partner and a specialist family lawyer who also advises on employment and litigation matters. He is accredited Court and Police Station Duty Solicitor.

Richard says, "I've been a lawyer for about 20 years and love the problem-solving side of law, and firmly believe that my colleagues and I at Amicus Law offer excellent service to our clients, and care about outcomes. Amicus Law has done well over the past few years, in spite of the recession, and this success is underpinned by our genuine commitment to better service and better value."

We are currently recruiting and I would love to hear from ambitious and experienced solicitors and legal executives, keen to join a growing and friendly team. Please call me or email me your CV for more details about the specific roles.

Call Richard on 01823 462500
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Jayne Turner

Partner & Head of Family Law

Jayne Turner is a Partner and Head of Family Law at Amicus Law Solicitors, Taunton. She qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and is highly experienced, particularly in relation to financial settlements on separation and divorce.

Jayne specialises in more complex cases, frequently representing business people, farmers, professionals and members of the Armed Forces. She is an Advanced Member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Advanced Financial Provision and Pensions on Divorce.

“At Amicus Law, we support and protect our clients’ interests throughout what can be a very stressful process.” says Jayne.

She has a straightforward approach and, as a qualified collaborative lawyer, works hard to reach an amicable settlement while fighting her client’s corner.

Call Jayne on 01823 462 525
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Defaulting Parties in Litigation – We are all at costs risk

“Innocent parties” in litigation may now find themselves penalised in costs if they do not actively police defaulting parties

In re W – all the parties’ solicitors were penalised for their collective failure to ensure that case management decisions were adhered to, resulting in the waste of scarce court time.

Crucially, all the parties collectively failed to adequately check the documents that were disclosed by third parties. Had they done so, they would have realised that important documents were missing.

Such failures can be punished by wasted costs orders.


No matter how challenging the task, it is clear that lawyers and their professional clients are required to consider, in detail, at the earliest opportunity, not only documents that are disclosed, but also to identify and obtain any missing documents. More broadly, compliance with case management directions is essential, to guard against the risk of wasted costs orders.

Beyond that, everyone in a case, including the court, has a positive duty actively to manage the case.

‘There needs to be a more hands-on approach by all parties with regard to compliance with court orders. No party should be able to sit back as a spectator and watch non-compliance with orders and not shoulder any responsibility that flows as a result of those failures.’

Caroline Salvatore
Family Lawyer
01823 462525

Really Useful Law Guides

We have written a number of really useful guides to the most important legal matters that affect your life.

From buying, selling and renting property to the intricacies of family law, our guides really are useful and give you some background you might like to read before we talk.

Of course, if you already know what kinds of legal services you need please contact us for an initial, no obligation, chat.

Guide to Family Law and Divorce
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