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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
Or email here >>

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
Or email here >>

Meet Deborah Schmieder : Minehead Solicitor

Deborah Schmieder is our popular solicitor working from our Minehead office at Amicus Law.

“We would definitely use you again ! You have been a supportive , efficient , patient, knowledgeable and caring solicitor .; a rare combination.” is just one of a growing number of glowing testimonials that demonstrates the great legal support that Deborah is providing to her clients in the town.

We asked Deborah to provide an article about how she found herself in a law career….

I was born and bred in London, moved to Somerset (Exmoor) 9 years ago on the birth of my daughter as we decided a family life in the country would be good for all of us, and having a baby was a good time to make that move. We are now surrounded by the sound of sheep which was a challenge to get used to after the noise of traffic outside our windows at night. We have two dogs, two cats, two lovebirds, two aquariums, with our most recent addition being large African land snails.

After leaving school I went straight into the Civil Service, prison department. This was at the time of the Lord Woolf reforms so it was a very interesting time to work there. After a few years as a civil servant I left to attend university, qualifying with an arts honours degree in Literature and History of Art. I decided against becoming a Museum Curator although that had been my initial aim, but decided instead in a career in law. Becoming a solicitor was important to me, as I wanted to be in a career which would had a purpose and had a benefit. Coming from a single parent background, my parents divorcing while I was very young, gave me the insight and ambition to become a family solicitor. After my first degree I began work in the Logistics and then Portfolio departments of a large retail company to build up enough funds to return to university, which I did in due course . I returned to university In West London and studied Law and Legal Practice through the CPE and LPC routes, as a post-graduate.

I trained at a small firm in London initially covering Immigration, Conveyancing, Private Client and Family Law, and upon qualifying moved to a larger renowned firm in London where I specialised in Family Law and Private Client. It was a great experience and left only on the birth of my daughter to relocate to Exmoor.

I service the administrations of estates often where there aren’t any issues, but, there are cases where the family dispute the deceased’s Will and disagree with how the deceased’s estate is to be distributed. I have several contentious probates where siblings are arguing over their entitlements. It is a difficult area where there has been a death, which is hard to cope with, but when in addition to that the children believe they have been left out of the estate or left less than they think they should have then the emotions run even higher. The same skills used to discuss matrimonial matters is useful here also, and the same skills apply. A recent case of mine was reported on Lawtel, Wilby v Rigby.

I’m looking forward to supporting clients current and new, both in Minehead itself and the surrounding district.

Connect with Deborah on Linkedin, email her or call her in the Minehead office.

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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