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Watson Thomas new offices

Bringing expert legal advice and representation in all aspects of family law to your local area

We are delighted to announce that we have extended our service provision so we can reach more people in need of expert legal advice and representation in all matters relating to family law.

This month we have opened new locations in Bracknell, Camberley, Woking and Farnborough. These are in addition to our Head Offices, which will continue to operate, in Fleet and Guildford.
Since Covid-19, we have adapted all our family law services so they can now be delivered via phone, email and video conference. Should there be a need to meet face to face we can arrange to do so at any one of our 6 offices in the local area once the current National Lockdown measures are lifted.

Court hearings during pandemic

Courts in a Coronavirus Pandemic – The Fallout

It is no secret that 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. The Family Justice system was already under strain with higher numbers of children applications being made each year than the year before.

As a result of the pandemic many people found that their hearings in March or April were suddenly vacated only to be relisted later on in the year as a remote hearing, either by telephone or by a video call software such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom or CVP.

Virtual Court Hearings

Virtual Hearings: A new era?

It is a Monday morning, I am sat at home at my desk, with a cup of tea in hand, waiting for the Judge (who is perhaps not quite as familiar with technology as some) to locate and then access his invitation to the Teams meeting, which was the Court’s chosen mechanism for this remote hearing. We wait in rather uncomfortable silence, whilst the usher assists him, each staring impassively at each other and I find myself contemplating how we ended up here.