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Solicitors in Runcorn

Serving the people of Runcorn and Halton for 200 years.

We were originally established in 1821, giving us 200 years of experience as Runcorn solicitors helping people in the local area and the North West with their legal matters.

We have had on office in Runcorn since 1976 so have been serving the residents of Runcorn and the surrounding areas for over 40 years and have an unrivalled reputation in the area.

Runcorn Runcorn WA7 2FT, UK @53.3295529,-2.6963679

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

How to reach us

Getting to us by car

We are located at the Halton 5 Office Centre, just a stone’s throw from Shopping City (the Halton Lea Shopping Centre) which has free parking and some convenient taxi bays.

Getting to us by bus

We are directly served by the Halton Lea North and South bus stops, which can be reached by buses from all over Runcorn and beyond.

Check which bus numbers visit these stops:

Getting to us by train

Runcorn’s two train stations, Runcorn Station and Runcorn East are both relatively nearby.

Runcorn Station is about 45-minutes away from our office on foot, or around 15-25 minutes away by bus (depending on which bus service).

Runcorn East is about 34 minutes away from our office on foot, or around 10 minutes away by bus (depending on which bus service).

Accessibility

Your experience with us is just as important as the results we achieve for you. If you have any personal needs or requirements to help you access our services or make your experience more comfortable, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team for a discussion about what we can do.

There is free parking, including disabled parking, at Shopping City, just a 5-minute walk from our office at Halton 5 Office Centre. There are also some nearby taxi bays.

We are also more than happy to discuss alternative meeting arrangements, such as using video link software like Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp and Microsoft Teams.

Using technology to meet your needs

We may have 200 years of experience behind us, but this just gives us the confidence and self-awareness to keep moving forwards.

As well as continuously modernising the way we communicate with clients, we are always exploring new and improved ways to use technology to make our services as simple and straightforward to access as possible. Here are a few ways we use technology to help you:

Our legal services for individuals and businesses in Runcorn

Conveyancing

Moving home is an exciting and often life-changing step. It is also commonly said that moving home is one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through, up there with divorce or changing jobs. But who says it has to be that difficult?

Our friendly and award-winning conveyancing solicitors in Runcorn are on hand to smoothly guide you through any and all types of residential property transaction, including:

  • Buying and selling your home
  • Buying a new build, Help to Buy and shared ownership
  • Advice for first time buyers
  • Remortgages
  • Leasehold advice, such as enfranchisement and extending your lease
  • Transfer of equity
  • Equity release
  • Buy to lets and investing in property

Conveyancing is not just a box ticking exercise. Each transaction is unique, so we specialise in providing bespoke advice which is tailored to suit our clients’ individual needs.

Our conveyancing team work quickly and proactively, providing regular updates along the way. We are always directly contactable by phone and email should you need us in between updates and we take pride in responding promptly.

We even have our own dedicated conveyancing app which allows you to track your case and check for updates, no matter where you are or how busy your schedule is.

Obtain an instant conveyancing quote. It only takes about 60 seconds to find out exactly how much your property transaction will cost with us.

Commercial Litigation

Our commercial litigation solicitors support businesses and individuals in Runcorn and the wider Cheshire and Merseyside area. Having been a fixture in our local community for around 200 years, our purpose is to help our clients thrive. Whether you are a local entrepreneur, partnership or business or you are an established regional or national company, we are here to help.

We can guide you through all types of dispute as swiftly and painlessly as possible, helping you obtain a commercially realistic, cost-effective outcome while mitigating risk.

Our expertise includes:

  • Debt recovery and insolvency
  • Property litigation (such as acting for landlords in relation to rent arrears and repossession claims)
  • Financial mis-selling
  • Construction disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • General litigation

Criminal Law

Our team of criminal defence solicitors is one of the oldest and most experienced in North West England. So, you can trust us to handle your case expertly, protecting your rights and fighting your corner until the very last moment.

We represent people accused of all sorts of crime, including:

  • Shoplifting and public order offences
  • Assault, battery, ABH and GBH
  • Robbery
  • Murder and manslaughter
  • Rape and sexual offences
  • Drug offences, from possession to large scale drug conspiracies
  • Serious fraud (we are members of the Serious Fraud Panel and can deal with all complex and high value fraud cases)
  • White collar crime and regulatory offences

Our team includes trained police station representatives and court advocates. This means that we are ready to leap into action to defend you at all stages of the criminal justice system. We can represent you or someone you know:

  • At the police station. For example, if you have been arrested or invited to the police station for a voluntary interview under caution.
  • While you are on bail or facing a criminal investigation.
  • At court.

Our police station representation service is free of charge because you are entitled to legal advice while in police custody. This is the case whether you have been arrested or invited for voluntary interview.

We can travel to be by your side at short notice to represent you, usually within 45 minutes or less (the only factor that affects our response time is distance). Our clients are often from the Runcorn, Merseyside or wider Cheshire area, but we can also travel further afield if you are somewhere else in the UK – so do not hesitate to get in touch if you are not in Runcorn.

We recommend that you do not answer police questions about an alleged offence until we are by your side, even if the police interview is ‘voluntary’. Anything you say could be used to charge or prosecute you and it is common for people to accidentally incriminate themselves without the advice of a solicitor.

We take steps to try to speed up any investigation, challenging the evidence and the police’s reasons for suspecting you at every turn.

Our help often means the difference between a guilty and not guilty verdict for our clients.

So, ask to call Bell Lamb & Joynson Solicitors straight away – we have a 24 hour FREEPHONE Emergency Criminal Department Help Line – just call 0808 196 1790.

Family Law

Our Runcorn family law solicitors know just how hard family life can be. When things go wrong, it can feel like your life is spinning out of control, but turning to us for help is a positive step.

We help families, couples and individuals through some of the toughest challenges life can throw at us. Whether you are going through a break-up, social services are getting involved, or you are in a dispute over finances, we will help you get through it.

Our friendly team will provide sympathetic yet practical advice and a listening ear, as well as handling all legal processes on your behalf, such as filling in legal documentation, drafting agreements and conducting court proceedings.

Our family law expertise includes:

  • Divorce & separation
  • Financial support
  • Finances disputes
  • Children’s matters
  • Contact disputes
  • Child Arrangements Orders
  • Specific Issue Orders and Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Change of Name
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Consent Orders
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Separation Agreements
  • Co-Habitation Agreements
  • Grandparents Rights
  • Care Proceedings
  • Care Orders
  • Supervision Orders
  • Emergency Protection Orders
  • Discharge of Care Orders
  • Special Guardianship
  • Pre-Proceedings Meetings
  • Adoption
  • Domestic abuse

Motoring & Road Traffic Law

It can be surprising how quickly a lapse in judgment or an error on the road can lead to serious consequences. A road traffic infringement can result in the loss of your licence, a hefty fine, even a prison sentence.

Whether you are facing a Notice of Intended Prosecution for a minor offence, such as speeding, or you have been arrested for an extremely serious offence such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, getting the best legal advice is vital.

Our expert driving offence solicitors in Runcorn specialise in helping people avoid and reduce driving offence allegations.

With over 200 years of combined experience handling motoring offences within our team, you can trust that we will take all necessary steps to achieve the best possible outcome.

In most cases, we can offer a fixed price quote for dealing with the matter at court, so get in touch to discuss your situation with a friendly member of our team. Visit our price lists for information about our fixed fees.

Personal Injury

Our expert-led Personal Injury team is here to help you seek reparation for any accident that was not your fault. We can offer you a free initial consultation to discuss what happened and what we can do to assist.

Our personal injury solicitors in Runcorn understand that your accident may have been traumatic and will therefore be difficult to talk about. We aim to provide a warm, welcoming environment in which we can talk openly and comfortably. You can trust that the advice you receive will be of the highest quality and we will be completely honest about your prospects for making a claim.

We will take all possible steps to reach a settlement that suits your needs, whether that is obtaining compensation for financial loss and/or pain and suffering or getting an apology from those responsible.

We deal with all types of accidents, including:

  • Road traffic accidents, including whiplash claims, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorbike accidents and cycling accidents
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Accidents at work
  • Accidents in public places
  • Fatal accidents
  • Asbestos related claims, such as mesothelioma claims
  • Accidents on holiday
  • Medical negligence

Powers of Attorney

Do you know what would happen if you have an accident or are diagnosed with a serious illness that affects your physical or mental capacity? It is understandable if you do not – thinking about a future where you cannot look after your own financial affairs and/or welfare is not fun.

However, no one can predict where life will take them. Dementia, an injury, or simply old age – these are all reasons why you may need extra support in the near or distant future.

Putting a Power of Attorney in place can authorise people you trust to make decisions on your behalf. From managing your bank accounts to making decisions about your day-to-day routine and medical care, your Power of Attorney will ensure that your wishes are respected at all times.

Our Runcorn Power of Attorney solicitors can help you put in place a strong, bespoke Power of Attorney that clearly sets out your wishes and requirements. We can also provide advice about other lifetime planning matters, such as Living Wills/Advance Decisions which set out your wishes about refusing medical treatment in case you cannot decide in the moment.

Wills & Probate

Making a Will is absolutely critical to ensure that your money and property is passed on to your loved ones after you die. Our Will solicitors in Runcorn can help you make a Will that clearly sets out your final wishes and passes on your estate as tax-efficiently as possible.

We are happy to draft the vast majority of Wills for a fixed cost, so visit our price list for more information.

We are also able to assist bereaved individuals with probate matters. Our probate solicitors know just how hard it is to lose someone close to you and many of us have been through the experience ourselves. When you are grieving, it can be difficult to also manage the task of sorting out the deceased person’s final affairs.

Our friendly, sensitive team can provide as much or as little support as you need to get the job done. We know that costs will be an important factor to you, and we are completely upfront about our fees (which can usually be taken from the deceased person’s estate). For more information, visit our price list.

We can also offer a free 30-minute meeting to discuss probate and what needs to be done. You can then decide whether to proceed with our help or whether you may be able to handle the estate administration by yourself.