Beckett Solicitors LLP

Beckett Solicitors LLP

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Beckett Solicitors LLP locationCroydon, London

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Beckett Solicitors is a specialist family law firm. We know that the breakdown of your marriage, civil partnership or long term relationship is one of the most unhappy events you will ever have to face. At Beckett Solicitors we know that how you deal with that breakdown is crucial to your future happiness and we aim to make your divorce or the breakdown of your relationship as stress-free as possible. Our role is to protect what is most important to you: your children, your property, your standard of living and your relationships with other family members. With that in mind we offer a variety of services and flexible pricing to meet your individual needs. We are specialist family law solicitors offering legal services, mediation and arbitration to all of our clients.

At Beckett Solicitors we offer a friendly, personal and cost-efficient legal service delivered in a timely manner. We promise to involve you in your case and communicate with you regularly. We want you to feel comfortable talking to us and confident that we care about your problem and understand the issues involved. Although we cannot guarantee the result we do guarantee our service. If we do not perform to your satisfaction, inform us promptly and we will resolve the issue to your satisfaction, even if it means reducing your bill. Call us today to get more information about our family law, mediation and arbitration services in London, Croydon, and Kent. Our solicitors are here to help. We don’t use unqualified people and our reviews speak for themselves.

We are members of Resolution (formerly called the Solicitors Family Law Association) and follow the Resolution code of conduct in all family disputes. Nadia Beckett is also a member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators ifla.org.uk and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators ciarb.org.

Beckett Solicitors LLP Reviews

Beckett Solicitors LLP Reviews


Review of Beckett Solicitors LLP by M
1 05/03/2018

I strongly recommend anyone going through a divorce to use Direct Access of a Barrister. You will save time and money and the stress involved. Nadia was useless as far as I'm concerned - she's too money orientated. Thankfully I had an excellent barrister to represent me in my second Court Hearing. The first thing my barrister said to the Judge was this is a straight forward case and the Judge agreed. My case was dragged out for two years!

Nadia Beckett charged me £26,703.20 as the respondent. In her email dated 24/01/16 she stated:

'The respondent has very little in the way of costs to pay in relation to the undefended divorce proceedings, as all of the work is done by the petitioner and his or her solicitors. It is only necessary for the respondent to acknowledge receipt of the petition and to indicate whether or not he or she intends to defend the divorce. Indeed, in undefended divorce proceedings it is often unnecessary for the respondent to incur any legal costs. In the circumstances, I should be grateful if you would confirm how you would like me to proceed in relation to the divorce. You should also note that the divorce proceedings take approximately 5 to 6 months to be concluded.'

20th May 2017 my bill was £12,671.40, four months later it was £26,703.20! What a disgrace! Beckett Solicitors even had the audacity to quote on their bill 'care and attention throughout'!



Example of errors made which I was charged for:

Email from Nadia - I was charged for this and the chasing up emails from the applicant's solicitor (my pension statement):

Dear XXXX,

Thank you for this. I don’t recall seeing it but may well have accidentally secure shredded it with some other papers.

Best,

Another email from Nadia necessary for the Court Hearing:

'I believe that I received this letter at the same time as his most recent proposal and I fear that I forgot to send it to you. '

At the outset of my case I was charged for a telephone call reportedly made to Beckett Solicitors by my father a call which never took place. Not only did my father not make the call, xxx did not make the call and at that point in the proceedings Beckett Solicitors had no written authority to discuss the case with anyone but me. I did bring this to Nadia's attention at our next meeting but she took no action.

I was repeatedly sent what were called information letters which were just generic letters with my name on them and billed even though I did not request them and they were not relevant to my case.

At our initial meeting I offered documentary evidence of my ownership of my properties from the land registry office but this was declined. However, Nadia wrote down the details and then asked one of her colleagues to print them. Not only was I charged for time that was around double the time it took me to print them, I was also charged for them searching the wrong property.

I received repeated emails after the first court hearing asking for estate agents valuation of my properties, my ex husband stated these valuations were agreed at the hearing which lead to arguments in an already stressed situation. When I attended the second hearing I was informed he was correct and the information I received was wrong.

At the same meeting I handed Nadia an original letter from my mother stating that I paid the funds from our joint account to her to reimburse some of the money XXX had borrowed from her. This letter was also lost which prompted further questions from XXXX's solicitor.

I was charged £260 (1 hour) for a phone call made regarding the bill only.

I was also informed that a staff member from your company should be present at the second hearing but no one turned up (probably did me a favour).

At the second court hearing the judge questioned who my solicitor was and why the correct breakdown of my outgoings had not been forward by them to complete the court bundle correctly. I found this quite embarrassing however, it was only the skill shown by my barrister who managed to steer around this issue.

Following the court settlement I had a meeting with my ex husband to discuss the sale of our properties during this discussion he revealed the main frustration for his solicitor was the amount of time it took to get a response from Beckett's office.

She charged £260 (an hours rate) for travelling which is a 15 minute walk from Outram Road to the Law Courts in Croydon, even less if she took the tram!

Nadia represented me in Court on 04/05/17 - it was like her first day in Court she appeared to be terrified of Judge Bishop, she admitted she did not have to say very much which is just as well - she had trouble keeping up with the Judge when going through the questionnaire. She was so busy scrolling up and down her laptop she didn't know where she was.

She did look silly when a question popped up twice on her questionnaire. No point telling her - she would have charged me!

I don't think it's unreasonable to request £10,000 refund - I would still be paying more than the applicant's bill of £15,000!

M
Review of Beckett Solicitors LLP by M
1 16/02/2018

Nadia charged me £26,703.20 as the respondent and told me my costs will be little or nothing. She charged me for mistakes and errors and when I started posting this information on her website it appears I have been blocked. I asked her to justify her costs she could not do this and deleted all my reviews.

I urge anyone going through a divorce consider using direct Access of a Barrister. I did for my second court hearing and it was the best move I made. In my first court hearing Nadia was an embarrassment it was like her first day in court she was terrified of the judge and was too busy scrolling up and and down her laptop to even know what was going on. Nadia, it was like your first time in court.

I will update you with the errors and lies made that I was charged for.

I am disgusted with Beckett Solicitors and I will never want anyone to go through what I went through.

M
Review of Beckett Solicitors LLP by Anonymous  because I  can be
1 22/01/2018

Beckett Solicitors website is fake. It appears they can delete negative reviews.

There is a comment on there from Nadia stating that 'she refused to act for this lady because she wanted me to act unethically and potentially and lawfully. When I refused to do so she started posting these negative comments. I carried out a very limited amount of work for her over a period of one possibly two weeks. I then terminated my business relationship with her.'

This is an absolute lie and if I were to post on here (which I will do when I have all the facts to hand) her total bill you will know she did NOT terminate her so called 'business relationship'. If only she did.

Nadia - feel free to name me - I did post this on your website but it was deleted within seconds....like all the other negative reviews I posted.

You will be shocked with what I was charged and there is no other word to describe her other than absolutely rubbish.

Nadia - Paperless does not work for you. You cannot find anything on your laptop and it was shocking in the court room when you were too busy trying to find documents to be able to even slightly fight my case. You even admitted you did not even have to say very much - just as well!

I knew from that moment you were not going to represent me in my next court hearing. Thank God I did not use her in court again!

I will update with the facts.


Anonymous because I can be
Review of Beckett Solicitors LLP by J M
1 13/12/2017

It appears Nadia/Beckett Solicitors delete negative reviews. This is unfair for those looking for a genuine solicitor.

I had the most horrendous time with Nadia/Beckett Solicitors. They will take you for every penny and more. BEWARE.

J M
Review of Beckett Solicitors LLP by JM
1 05/12/2017

Extracting money is more important than providing an adequate service. Extremely stressful time with Beckett Solicitors in particular Nadia Beckett who was very forgetful and scatty. This cost me greatly.

JM

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I have used the services of Beckett Solicitors on three occasions and have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who is considering instructing them. I initially retained Mrs Beckett's services when going through divorce proceedings. Her thorough knowledge of matrimonial law together with a refreshingly pragmatic overall approach ensured that I was able to reach a prompt and fair settlement with my ex wife. Since then she has provided me with effective guidance in two matters - firstly in negotiating the termination of a contract of employment and most recently in successfully resolving a contractual dispute. On each occasion I have received excellent professional advice and a personal attention to detail that was most appreciated.

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Mediation

We are family mediation experts. If you want to avoid court proceedings and are looking for a way to resolve your family dispute without using solicitors or going to court, then family mediation may be just what you are looking for. Family mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. It is a way of resolving disputes out of court with the help of a mediator. You and your partner meet together with the mediator for mediation sessions which generally last between 1-2 hours. How many sessions you need depends upon you and the nature of your dispute. Family mediation helps couples to reach agreements about their children and their finances. It can be used for one issue or many issues. The mediator’s role is to be independent and impartial. The mediator is not there to tell you what to do or give you legal advice or relationship counselling. The mediator acts as a guide, creating the environment which allows you to talk openly and honestly about your problems to try and reach an agreement. There are lots of different kinds of mediators but we think solicitor mediators are the best. As solicitors mediators we bring our legal knowledge and skills to family mediation and although we cannot give you legal advice we can help you to understand the relationship between mediation and the legal process. The negotiations which take place in family mediation are privileged and confidential. This means that they cannot be used against you in court proceedings. You are not bound by any agreement reached in mediation until you have taken legal advice on it and the agreement has been drawn up as a court order. You may be concerned about sitting in the same room as your former partner. This need not be a problem as family mediation can take place when the couple are sitting in separate rooms. Your solicitor can also attend the mediation with you although he or she would not be able to sit in on the negotiations. Rather your solicitor would be on hand to give advice as and when required particularly in relation to any offers made or agreements reached. Even if your solicitor does not attend the mediation it is always useful to have a solicitor so that you can take advice when necessary. If you reach an agreement in mediation the mediator draws up a document which is sent to your solicitor so that your solicitor can give you advice and if appropriate draw up a court order. If you can’t reach an agreement, you can still go to court. Remember, the negotiations which take place in mediation are confidential and cannot be used in any court proceedings. The cost of family mediation is shared equally between you and family mediation is usually quicker, less stressful and cheaper than going to court. Perhaps you feel that family mediation really isn’t going to work for you and you want to make an application to the court. You will still need to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a mediator to obtain a form FM1. You need this form to make most applications to the court in relation to your marriage or your children. We offer family mediation on all issues. Call Nadia Beckett today for more information. Nadia is a Resolution trained family mediator and follows Resolutions code of conduct in all family disputes.

Mediation and Arbitration

We are family mediation experts. If you want to avoid court proceedings and are looking for a way to resolve your family dispute without using solicitors or going to court, then family mediation may be just what you are looking for. Family mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. It is a way of resolving disputes out of court with the help of a mediator. You and your partner meet together with the mediator for mediation sessions which generally last between 1-2 hours. How many sessions you need depends upon you and the nature of your dispute. Family mediation helps couples to reach agreements about their children and their finances. It can be used for one issue or many issues. The mediator’s role is to be independent and impartial. The mediator is not there to tell you what to do or give you legal advice or relationship counselling. The mediator acts as a guide, creating the environment which allows you to talk openly and honestly about your problems to try and reach an agreement. There are lots of different kinds of mediators but we think solicitor mediators are the best. As solicitors mediators we bring our legal knowledge and skills to family mediation and although we cannot give you legal advice we can help you to understand the relationship between mediation and the legal process. The negotiations which take place in family mediation are privileged and confidential. This means that they cannot be used against you in court proceedings. You are not bound by any agreement reached in mediation until you have taken legal advice on it and the agreement has been drawn up as a court order. You may be concerned about sitting in the same room as your former partner. This need not be a problem as family mediation can take place when the couple are sitting in separate rooms. Your solicitor can also attend the mediation with you although he or she would not be able to sit in on the negotiations. Rather your solicitor would be on hand to give advice as and when required particularly in relation to any offers made or agreements reached. Even if your solicitor does not attend the mediation it is always useful to have a solicitor so that you can take advice when necessary. If you reach an agreement in mediation the mediator draws up a document which is sent to your solicitor so that your solicitor can give you advice and if appropriate draw up a court order. If you can’t reach an agreement, you can still go to court. Remember, the negotiations which take place in mediation are confidential and cannot be used in any court proceedings. The cost of family mediation is shared equally between you and family mediation is usually quicker, less stressful and cheaper than going to court. Perhaps you feel that family mediation really isn’t going to work for you and you want to make an application to the court. You will still need to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a mediator to obtain a form FM1. You need this form to make most applications to the court in relation to your marriage or your children. We offer family mediation on all issues. Call Nadia Beckett today for more information. Nadia is a Resolution trained family mediator and follows Resolutions code of conduct in all family disputes.

Mediation and Arbitration

We are family mediation experts. If you want to avoid court proceedings and are looking for a way to resolve your family dispute without using solicitors or going to court, then family mediation may be just what you are looking for. Family mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. It is a way of resolving disputes out of court with the help of a mediator. You and your partner meet together with the mediator for mediation sessions which generally last between 1-2 hours. How many sessions you need depends upon you and the nature of your dispute. Family mediation helps couples to reach agreements about their children and their finances. It can be used for one issue or many issues. The mediator’s role is to be independent and impartial. The mediator is not there to tell you what to do or give you legal advice or relationship counselling. The mediator acts as a guide, creating the environment which allows you to talk openly and honestly about your problems to try and reach an agreement. There are lots of different kinds of mediators but we think solicitor mediators are the best. As solicitors mediators we bring our legal knowledge and skills to family mediation and although we cannot give you legal advice we can help you to understand the relationship between mediation and the legal process. The negotiations which take place in family mediation are privileged and confidential. This means that they cannot be used against you in court proceedings. You are not bound by any agreement reached in mediation until you have taken legal advice on it and the agreement has been drawn up as a court order. You may be concerned about sitting in the same room as your former partner. This need not be a problem as family mediation can take place when the couple are sitting in separate rooms. Your solicitor can also attend the mediation with you although he or she would not be able to sit in on the negotiations. Rather your solicitor would be on hand to give advice as and when required particularly in relation to any offers made or agreements reached. Even if your solicitor does not attend the mediation it is always useful to have a solicitor so that you can take advice when necessary. If you reach an agreement in mediation the mediator draws up a document which is sent to your solicitor so that your solicitor can give you advice and if appropriate draw up a court order. If you can’t reach an agreement, you can still go to court. Remember, the negotiations which take place in mediation are confidential and cannot be used in any court proceedings. The cost of family mediation is shared equally between you and family mediation is usually quicker, less stressful and cheaper than going to court. Perhaps you feel that family mediation really isn’t going to work for you and you want to make an application to the court. You will still need to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a mediator to obtain a form FM1. You need this form to make most applications to the court in relation to your marriage or your children. We offer family mediation on all issues. Call Nadia Beckett today for more information. Nadia is a Resolution trained family mediator and follows Resolutions code of conduct in all family disputes.

Mediation and Arbitration

We are family mediation experts. If you want to avoid court proceedings and are looking for a way to resolve your family dispute without using solicitors or going to court, then family mediation may be just what you are looking for. Family mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. It is a way of resolving disputes out of court with the help of a mediator. You and your partner meet together with the mediator for mediation sessions which generally last between 1-2 hours. How many sessions you need depends upon you and the nature of your dispute. Family mediation helps couples to reach agreements about their children and their finances. It can be used for one issue or many issues. The mediator’s role is to be independent and impartial. The mediator is not there to tell you what to do or give you legal advice or relationship counselling. The mediator acts as a guide, creating the environment which allows you to talk openly and honestly about your problems to try and reach an agreement. There are lots of different kinds of mediators but we think solicitor mediators are the best. As solicitors mediators we bring our legal knowledge and skills to family mediation and although we cannot give you legal advice we can help you to understand the relationship between mediation and the legal process. The negotiations which take place in family mediation are privileged and confidential. This means that they cannot be used against you in court proceedings. You are not bound by any agreement reached in mediation until you have taken legal advice on it and the agreement has been drawn up as a court order. You may be concerned about sitting in the same room as your former partner. This need not be a problem as family mediation can take place when the couple are sitting in separate rooms. Your solicitor can also attend the mediation with you although he or she would not be able to sit in on the negotiations. Rather your solicitor would be on hand to give advice as and when required particularly in relation to any offers made or agreements reached. Even if your solicitor does not attend the mediation it is always useful to have a solicitor so that you can take advice when necessary. If you reach an agreement in mediation the mediator draws up a document which is sent to your solicitor so that your solicitor can give you advice and if appropriate draw up a court order. If you can’t reach an agreement, you can still go to court. Remember, the negotiations which take place in mediation are confidential and cannot be used in any court proceedings. The cost of family mediation is shared equally between you and family mediation is usually quicker, less stressful and cheaper than going to court. Perhaps you feel that family mediation really isn’t going to work for you and you want to make an application to the court. You will still need to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a mediator to obtain a form FM1. You need this form to make most applications to the court in relation to your marriage or your children. We offer family mediation on all issues. Call Nadia Beckett today for more information. Nadia is a Resolution trained family mediator and follows Resolutions code of conduct in all family disputes.

Mediation and Arbitration

We are family mediation experts. If you want to avoid court proceedings and are looking for a way to resolve your family dispute without using solicitors or going to court, then family mediation may be just what you are looking for. Family mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. It is a way of resolving disputes out of court with the help of a mediator. You and your partner meet together with the mediator for mediation sessions which generally last between 1-2 hours. How many sessions you need depends upon you and the nature of your dispute. Family mediation helps couples to reach agreements about their children and their finances. It can be used for one issue or many issues. The mediator’s role is to be independent and impartial. The mediator is not there to tell you what to do or give you legal advice or relationship counselling. The mediator acts as a guide, creating the environment which allows you to talk openly and honestly about your problems to try and reach an agreement. There are lots of different kinds of mediators but we think solicitor mediators are the best. As solicitors mediators we bring our legal knowledge and skills to family mediation and although we cannot give you legal advice we can help you to understand the relationship between mediation and the legal process. The negotiations which take place in family mediation are privileged and confidential. This means that they cannot be used against you in court proceedings. You are not bound by any agreement reached in mediation until you have taken legal advice on it and the agreement has been drawn up as a court order. You may be concerned about sitting in the same room as your former partner. This need not be a problem as family mediation can take place when the couple are sitting in separate rooms. Your solicitor can also attend the mediation with you although he or she would not be able to sit in on the negotiations. Rather your solicitor would be on hand to give advice as and when required particularly in relation to any offers made or agreements reached. Even if your solicitor does not attend the mediation it is always useful to have a solicitor so that you can take advice when necessary. If you reach an agreement in mediation the mediator draws up a document which is sent to your solicitor so that your solicitor can give you advice and if appropriate draw up a court order. If you can’t reach an agreement, you can still go to court. Remember, the negotiations which take place in mediation are confidential and cannot be used in any court proceedings. The cost of family mediation is shared equally between you and family mediation is usually quicker, less stressful and cheaper than going to court. Perhaps you feel that family mediation really isn’t going to work for you and you want to make an application to the court. You will still need to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) with a mediator to obtain a form FM1. You need this form to make most applications to the court in relation to your marriage or your children. We offer family mediation on all issues. Call Nadia Beckett today for more information. Nadia is a Resolution trained family mediator and follows Resolutions code of conduct in all family disputes. Beckett Solicitors offers family law arbitration and Nadia Beckett is one of a small number of qualified family law arbitrators in England trained by Resolution. As a solicitor with 20 years experience of family law Nadia has the skills, knowledge and expertise to arbitrate your financial dispute. Nadia is a member of Resolution together with the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators http://ifla.org.uk/ and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators http://www.ciarb.org Family Law arbitration is very new to England and Wales. It is still growing but sadly many solicitors and mediators are still unfamiliar with it and if truth be told, a bit suspicious of it! Don’t let this put you off. Arbitration is a fantastic way of resolving legal disputes out of court. It enables you to resolve all types of financial disputes more quickly, cheaply and in a more flexible and less formal setting than a court room. With the court service becoming increasingly slow and ineffective arbitration is an alternative you shouldn’t ignore. How does it work? Couples agree to use an arbitrator who makes a decision that is legally binding. They do not have to be legally represented (although as in most cases it is better if you are represented by a solicitor) and the arbitrator will guide them through the process. Arbitrators are a bit like private judges. They deal with the case in a very similar way but have much more flexibility. With the help of the arbitrator couples can decide for themselves what the issues are and what they want the arbitrator to decide. The arbitrator hears all the evidence and any comments or observations that the couple wish to make. This could be done at a hearing (similar to a court hearing) or in writing. The arbitrator then reaches a decision using family law principles, in the same way that a judge would. The arbitrator’s decision is sent to the couple in the form of an arbitration award. The arbitration award is then used by the couple’s legal advisers to prepare a court order. The award becomes binding when it is turned into a court order. What happens if one person decides that they do not like the arbitrator’s decision? Unless there is something very wrong with the arbitrator’s decision the court will uphold it and the couple will be bound by the arbitrator’s award. Arbitration works well with mediation too. If you are using mediation you may find that you have agreed almost everything but are stuck and can’t agree on a single issue such as how to share a pension. Instead of going to court and therefore wasting all the time and money that you have spent on mediation you can choose an arbitrator to decide this issue for you. Arbitration works for all financial disputes no matter how big or small and you can use your solicitor or mediator throughout. Unfortunately, arbitration is not available for disputes concerning children. Call us to discuss arbitration and how it can help you.

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