The Kidwells Story...
After suffering the services offered by professionals to support his
other businesses Michael Horne
felt he could do it better and so embarked on a journey of
his intentions were to understand enough of the law to
represent his own
companies, he soon became immersed in law and with his
business was offered very substantial positions in
where he excelled, his goal however never forgotten which
was to put in
place lawyers to look after his own companies so he came
Hereford and in late 2008 he opened the doors of Kidwells
Kidwells was built to deliver good service before anything
else and was the first solicitors in Hereford to achieve the Lexcel
accreditation of excellence from the Law Society and in fact did so
within 3 months of opening the doors for business.
It was not long before business contacts were seeing the results being delivered by Michael and so asked for his representation, this was of course accepted and so the team began to build firstly in leased offices in the centre of Hereford and within 3 years into offices purchased and converted specifically for the delivery of modern legal services surrounded by 5 star fixtures and fittings to demonstrate to clients that their best interests were really at the heart of the business. They were then and remain now the centre core of the business accessible to all including fully equipped disabled facilities with no restriction on parking for any client.
The business moved from strength to strength, training local people into law, solicitors accounts and business development. We believe that the future of the firm lies in training and recruiting from local communities.
The natural step for the business was to become incorporated and did so within 2 years moving swiftly onto an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) that affords non legally qualified people such as business management and accounts personnel to become directors and share in the future direction of the firm, Michael Horne remains the managing director working with three solicitor directors, one non-qualified director, and various other fee-earners including trainee solicitors, among more than 20 staff.
Kidwells Barristers Chambers was launched in 2013 which shares the office facilities of the solicitors’ firm. The chambers’ is the only one in Herefordshire and offers a large range of barrister services across the board.
Following this Kidwells Business Advice was set up to continue with the overall package Kidwells can offer businesses either at the start up stage or a well-established company. Also in 2014 saw the creation of a legal loans company, designed to help those who do not qualify for legal aid have the means to pay for legal advice.
At the end of 2014, Kidwells and Nexus Creative combined forces to provide a new marketing agency in Hereford. KidwellsNexus believes in marketing that inspires and engages the target audience.
The Kidwells group also boasts a 20 room 4 star guest house within the centre of Hereford plus Kidwells Military catering for the forces. Kidwells Lifestyles is a state of the art fitness facility with a treatment room and sauna and the latest project is KidwellsRated – a service for quality businesses and tradespeople to market themselves to the Herefordshire community under the umbrella of a trusted business.