Friday, 26 October 2018

Cyber security is top notch

A Shropshire law firm has received nationally-recognised accreditation for the security of its cyber systems.

Martin-Kaye Solicitors has been accredited with Cyber Essentials by Falanx Cyber Defence – a Government-backed scheme supported by the National Cyber Security Centre.

The initiative encourages companies and organisations to adopt good practice in the way they use technology, and it protects them against a whole range of the most common cyber-attacks.

Martin-Kaye’s Systems and Administration Department Manager, Samantha Azzopardi-Tudor, said: “We’re very proud to have achieved this accreditation and it is a clear indication to our clients and employees that we are committed to preventing cyber-attacks and protecting their personal data.

“As part of the criteria, we are required to show we are committed to using a secure internet connection in all our offices in Telford, Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury, and to ensure that all our devices and software are also secure.

“It requires us to control who has access to our data and services, and for us to protect our systems from viruses and other malware, as well as making sure all our devices and software are regularly updated.”

Mrs Azzopardi-Tudor said thanks to the accreditation, Martin-Kaye Solicitors would now be listed in the recognised Government directory of organisations who have been awarded Cyber Essentials status.

“Many companies are now solely working with advisors and professional service providers who have been accredited, so anyone specifically looking to appoint a law firm that meets the very highest standards of cyber security will find us on the list,” she said.

“This recognition assures our clients that we take cyber security seriously, and that we’re continually updating our systems to protect their data at all times.”

Cyber Essentials is a simple but effective scheme that helps to protect companies and organisations against the most common attacks – and it’s particularly important as vulnerability to simple attacks can mark a company out as a target for more in-depth unwanted attention from cyber criminals.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

New office opens in county town

Lawyers at a Shropshire firm have opened a brand-new office in the heart of Shrewsbury.

Martin-Kaye Solicitors has its head office in Euston Way, in Telford, as well as another division in Wolverhampton. And now they’ve expanded their network of branches to open another in Bellstone Court, in the county town.

Partner Simon Wagner said: “We have seen an increase in enquiries from the Shrewsbury, west Shropshire and mid Wales areas, so it makes perfect sense for us to open a branch that’s more convenient for clients in those locations.”

The staff based in the new office will primarily concentrate on property matters and conveyancing, but clients will also be able to access legal advice for commercial, employment, wills and probate, and family law matters too.

Martin-Kaye’s specialist domestic property team is experienced and knowledgeable, and last year had its busiest year to date working with clients from all over the UK. The team is also accredited under the Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the quality mark for legal experts in buying or selling property.

“We’ve been looking for the right location for several months, and we believe we’ve now found exactly what we were searching for in Bellstone Court,” said Mr Wagner.

“We’ve already held the first in a series of employment law presentations at Shrewsbury Town FC as part of our expansion into the Shrewsbury area, and it was extremely well-received. In fact, the response was so good that around a dozen of the delegates who attended that seminar have asked specifically for a visit from our team with a view to signing up to our HR and employment scheme, Alpha.

“We’re off to a great start to our life in Shrewsbury and we’re looking forward to welcoming new and existing clients to our brand-new office.”

Pic: At the new Martin-Kaye office in Shrewsbury are, from left, Graham Davies, Emma Jones and Simon Wagner