Welcome to Scaiff LLP

Conveniently located in central Worcester, minutes from the law courts, Scaiff LLP is a well established firm of solicitors specialising in many aspects of law, particularly conveyancing, family, personal injury and wills and probate..

Call 01905 727700 or email mail@scaiff.co.uk

During these unprecedented times, Scaiff LLP are still able to take your instructions regarding your will, prepare them on your behalf and send them out to you for signature. However, due to social distancing requirements, we are not able to see you in person and will take your instructions by phone and email, with the possibility of video calls.

The formalities of will signing mean that you need two independent witnesses to be with you at the time you sign, and who must then add their signatures, addresses and occupation. These witnesses must not be beneficiaries of your will, nor a close family member. Whereas we would in normal times be able to act as your witnesses when you sign your wills, the current situation prevents us from doing so. We will of course provide you with detailed advice as to who can act as a witness, and the procedure.

As soon as the situation improves and government restrictions allow, we will of course return to our normal practices and procedures. In the meantime we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please contact Janice Leyland on 01905 727700 or email on jleyland@scaiff.co.uk

Government announces new Divorce Law to end the Blame Game

On 9 April 2019 the government announced the long awaited changes to divorce law. For too long, divorcing couples have had to blame the other’s behaviour, or adultery, if they did not want to wait two years with consent, or five years without.

The highly publicised case of Owens highlighted the difficulties couples faced. She had petitioned for divorce after 40 years of marriage on the grounds of her husband’s behaviour which she found unacceptable. The husband defended and the case went to the Supreme Court where her appeal was rejected because of the current law. This meant that she would have to wait until they have been separated for 5 years.

The most senior Judge in the UK, Baroness Hale, was involved in the case and called for the laws to be overhauled as they were unjust. A public consultation resulted and new legislation will now be introduced to Parliament updating our 50 year old divorce law.

The current regime has been shown to increase conflict in an already difficult and emotionally turbulent period. This can adversely impact any children. Justice Secretary David Gauke said:

“While we will always uphold the institution of marriage it cannot be right that our outdated law created or increases conflict between divorcing couples”

The new proposals include:

  • Replacement of the need to provide evidence of ‘fact’ of behaviour or adultery with a statement of irretrievable breakdown being the sole ground for divorce
  • Retention of the two stages of decree nisi and decree absolute and the minimum 6 weeks and 1 day between
  • Introduction of a period of reflection with a 6 month time frame (20 weeks) from divorce petition to finalisation
  • The option of a joint application for divorce
  • Removal of defended divorce

Currently there are over 100,000 divorces in England and Wales each year (ONS2018) with behaviour being the most common fact. Statistics show that children are adversely affected. The impact is often felt in the wider family with children losing contact with the family of the parent they don’t live with. These changes hope to minimise that conflict and help families move forward in the most positive way possible.

Janice Leyland is a highly experienced family lawyer and a member of Resolution. Resolution members are committed to reducing conflict and agreeing to work in a non-confrontational way that puts the interests of children first.

If you are considering divorce, take specialist legal advice on your particular issues. As well as the divorce, there are arrangements for the children to be considered, and agreed where possible, and financial matters to be resolved. This can be complex and lengthy, and early advice is vital to protect your interests and ensure a fair outcome.

To discuss how we can help resolve your particular issues, please telephone for an appointment on 01905 727700 or email jleyland@scaiff.co.uk.

Worcestershire Law Society Awards

A fantastic night at the Worcestershire Law Society Awards evening on Friday 29th March 2019, with congratulations to the team members who were shortlisted for awards, Janice Leyland (Solicitor of the year), Hannah Baver (Junior Solicitor of the year) and Georgia Watkins (Paralegal of the year). Hugely proud of Kiran Athwal who scooped the award for Trainee Solicitor of the year.



Janice Leyland, Hannah Baver, Kiran Athwal and Georgia Watkins


The official Worcestershire Law Society pic. Kiran Athwal (far left) proudly holding her well-deserved award as Trainee Solicitor of the Year

27 Feb 2020

Scaiff welcomes two new faces to their growing conveyancing team

Sciaff LLP welcomes two new members of the conveyancing team, Nicola Arlin and Philippa Baker.

10 Oct 2019

New Partner - Janice Leyland

The partners at Scaiff LLP are delighted to announce that Solicitor Janice Leyland has recently been appointed as a partner.

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The partners at Scaiff LLP are delighted to announce that Solicitor Janice Leyland has recently been appointed as a partner. Janice Leyland started at Scaiff LLP in January 2018 appointed solicitor to head up the Family Law and Private Clients. Janice joined the firm as it sees steady growth in demand for its services. Celebrating her appointment as partner, she will lead the Family Law department, having previously worked for a number of firms as a Family Lawyer.

Members: Simon Shaw, Elizabeth Rimell and Janice Leyland.
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