Q2 2023

26 | SME News Q2 2023 When You Need a Helping Hand Established 2012, Maria Fogg Family Law Ltd is a female owned company based in Liverpool, UK. As recently announced winner of Family Law Firm of the Year 2023 – Merseyside, we caught up with the firm to find out more about its important legal services within the domestic violence and child protection realms. Maria Fogg set up her company with the help of her daughters Andrea and Charlotte. As part of their core ethos, they determined that their female led family law firm would specialise in in domestic violence and child protection issues. The company holds a Legal Aid contract specifically aimed at helping woman, men and children obtain protection from domestic abuse and Local Authority involvement. The company also works closely with domestic violence agencies and women’s refuges, using its experience to offer legal assistance to obtain protection. Maria Fogg Family Law Ltd is different from traditional law firms because of its focus, and its desire to empower and help its community. Its expert team are compassionate, friendly, and approachable, as well as most importantly, experienced in family law. As mentioned, it works closely with domestic abuse agencies and local women’s refuges, helping to obtain protective orders. This has earned it a fantastic reputation within the local community for outstanding client care. In January 2023, the firm won a national award recognising legal practices that have been seen to demonstrate innovative solutions over the previous 12 months. This award is indicative of the lengths the company goes to when it comes to ensuring excellent client care. It also highlights the firm’s careful attention to detail, provided to all its clients’ cases. Maria Fogg takes huge pride in the care it takes when preparing every case for Court, and always performs this to a high standard. The company has also been named as one of the top 5 best family law firm in Liverpool, and in May 2023 it won a national award for best family business at the Small Awards. Again, in May 2023, it was shortlisted for the Best Family Business at the Enterprise Vision Awards, the UK’s largest business awards dedicated solely to women. These distinguished awards focus on women who are leading the way within their industries, or are building businesses that are not only judged on turnover, but growth, creativity, ethics, passion, and commitment. As demand has increased, the award-winning business has expanded from a team of 4 to 17 employees over the last 4 years. Its intention is still to very much focus on continuing to maintain its high standards of client care, and further build its excellent reputation. There are even plans to expand, with a second office on the cards for within the next 5 years. This will enable the company to reach out to more families who need help with domestic abuse, social services involvement, and child contact disputes. It remains very much in demand as a Legal Aid Family Law firm. Maria Fogg is an adaptable business that moves with the changing demands of society. It also invests in its employees, funding qualifications, promoting training courses, and meeting their development needs. Investing in changing technology has advanced case management systems for court bundle paperwork, allowing the team to work more efficiently, whilst still maintaining the desired standard of client care. The firm is generous in its support of local charities, such as foodbanks, the Big Help Project, women’s refuges, and the Christmas Shoe Box appeal. It also sponsors 2 local children’s football teams. Other things Maria Fogg is passionate about include reducing its carbon footprint, and establishing a healthy work-life balance for employees. It does this by investing in an online cloud-based platform for its documentation, thus easing the paper burden. It chooses laptops over desktops because laptops generally consume around 80% less electricity than the desktop equivalent. Its sustainability agenda is also incorporated within its employee welfare, with each employee having access to private GP appointments within 24hours, subscription to a global benefits and rewards platform, and early finishes each payday. Maria Fogg Family Law Ltd now has another award to add to its growing tally. SME Business Elite has awarded the company Family Law Firm of the Year 2023 – Merseyside for its outstanding legal services to the Liverpool area. Well done to the firm, who are being recognised as laudable winners of note. Company: Maria Fogg Family Law Ltd Web Address: https://mariafoggfamilylaw.co.uk/ Contact Name: Andrea Fogg May23649