A LONG-STANDING Wiltshire legal firm has merged with a rival business to strengthen its family law team.

Bevirs Law has offices in Swindon, Royal Wootton Bassett and Calne - and has now taken on staff from Worthingtons Family Law.

Natalee Worthington founded the latter business in West Swindon in 2019 and has now joined Bevirs Law as a partner and its head of family along with PA Annette Janman.

Natalee takes over the reins of the department from head of litigation Stuart McNeil, who is planning to retire next spring.

Stuart said: “Natalee is a very experienced and well-respected family lawyer and her practical, client-focused approach will enhance the existing team here at Bevirs Law.

"Her knowledge of running her own practice means that she was an ideal choice for the role of head of family, which will go from strength to strength in the years to come under her leadership.”

Natalee said the merger was good news for her clients, who have transferred across with her.

She added: “Bevirs Law is a very well-known firm, which has been around for a long time and has an excellent reputation. I know Stuart well, as he has been on the opposing side in a number of cases.

“I had been planning to grow my business and take on other lawyers, as I have a full case load, but when I was approached the merger was a great solution.

“By joining Bevirs Law, my clients are still all with me, but now they have access to all the other services the firm offers.

"People who are divorcing often need other legal help, such as their wills being renewed or instructing a conveyancer to transfer a property from joint names to their sole name or to sell a property. When I was working on my own, I would have to refer clients externally but now we can keep this in-house.”

Bevirs Law was established in 1885, employs more than 40 people, and is a multi-disciplined practice with services for individuals and businesses.

Nataleegrew up in Royal Wootton Bassett and began her career as a trainee solicitor at a local firm in 2009 before qualifying in 2011.