Solihull is situated between Birmingham and Coventry historically in Warwickshire but now in the West Midland and it is mainly suburban but includes some open countryside. Solihull began to expand as a residential area from Birmingham in the 19th century, and after 1930 it grew rapidly. The town is just 7 miles southeast of Birmingham for those who want the city life.
In 2013, Uswitch named the town of Solihull “the best place to live” in the UK, now that’s something to be proud of!
Solihull is a large town in Warwickshire, which is steeped in history with interesting architecture such as timber framed Tudor style shops and houses, Solihull School (founded in 1560), St Alphege church with its English Gothic architecture and spire that is 168 feet/51 metres high. The Grand Union Canal passes across Solihull, linking the town to the River Thames. Today, Solihull offers something for everyone with plenty of shopping and leisure facilities to keep you occupied.
Things to do in Solihull
Malvern and Brueton Parks – Ideal for all ages, this open space includes a modern playground, as well as a picnic spot, tree trail, ornamental gardens, ornamental lake, café, pond, sensory garden, tennis courts, walking trails. The Parkridge Visitor Centre is located in Brueton Park. Brueton Park End, Warwick Road, B91 3HA. Malvern Park End, New Road, B91 3DL
The Core Theatre – Multi-purpose arts venue which hosts music events, workshops, theatrical presentations etc. Located in the heart of Solihull at Homer Road, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3RG.
Elmdon Nature Park – Green Flag Park and nature reserve located at Tanhouse Farm Road, Solihull, B92 9EY. There is a play area for children, outdoor gym equipment and walking trails.
Shirley Park – Green Flag park at Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 3AL which has a children’s play area, ornamental gardens and walkways, skate park and a dog agility area.
National Motorcycle Museum – Occupying an 8 acre site, the museum holds the largest collection of British motorcycles, of which there are over 850 covering a century of motorcycle manufacture. Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, B92 0EJ
The Borough’s historic buildings include St. Alphege’s Church (B91 3RQ), with its 13th-century chancel, and the 15th-century Packwood House (B94 6AT). Although mainly a residential area, Solihull has automobile and other (light) industries.
The 1976 National Exhibition Centre (B92 0EJ) and Birmingham International Airport (B26 3QJ) are both near the centre of the borough.
What’s Solihull famous for?
Solihull is very well known for being the home of the car manufacturer Land Rover’s main production plant and you can pay a visit and take part in a Land Rover experience at The Visitor Centre, Land Rover, Lode Lane, Solihull, West Midlands B92 8NW.
From 1942 -1983 the village of Meriden was super famous as the home of the Triumph motorbike factory.
For Solihull family lawyers, why not try either of these firms:
In 1855 T.J. Robinson became a Solicitor and founded the firm Wallace Robinson & Morgan Solicitors and today, over 160 years later, Paul Hughes and Tim Langford continue as Directors where the office is based at Drury Ln, Solihull, B91 3BD.
Quality Solicitors Davisons have been established for over 30 years and they operate out of 8 offices throughout Birmingham City Centre, Edgbaston, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Cotteridge, Weoley Castle, Wolverhampton and Stratford-upon-Avon. Find them in Solihull at 4, The Courtyard, 707 Warwick Rd, Solihull, B91 3DA.
Family Law Consultancy – “We are the UK’s most cost-effective solution for Family Law and can assist you with your case for an affordable fixed fee.” – For a free 15-minute consultation Tel 0330 912 0102
HCB Solicitors – “HCB Solicitors in Solihull provide first class legal advice across several different areas of law. Whether you’re facing a legal issue in your personal life or you’re looking for business legal support from a specialist, our expert solicitors in Solihull are here to help.” – 679 Warwick Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3DA (Do not use for Sat Nav)
Wallace Robinson & Morgan – “Our specialist family law solicitors give clear guidance and aim to promote a swift, and where possible, an amicable end to your divorce and family issues.” – 4 Drury Lane, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3BD
Cunningtons LLP – “Our team of Family Law solicitors has significant expertise in Family Law and Children Law and we are all members of Resolution. In other words, we are experts at what we do, so you can be sure that the advice you receive is accurate and realistic.” – Northampton House, Poplar Road, Solihull, B91 3AP
Divorce and Dissolution
For most people, when they walk down the aisle, divorce is the last thing on their mind. The wedding was tricky enough to plan, but the separation or divorce, well that’s even more complicated. You may have had some stress when you tied the knot, but untying it, well that’s another story and one which may require legal intervention in the form of a firm of Family Solicitors, McKenzie Friend or a bloody good book!
Being a Family Lawyer is pretty lucrative as apparently 48% of marriages end in divorce for a variety of reasons. From affairs or domestic abuse, to unreasonable behaviour in the form of alcoholism or using recreational drugs; marriages can last a few months right up to many years.
It is well documented that the Family Courts are in chaos. As of 1st April 2013, Legal Aid for divorce cases in England and Wales was withdrawn by the government. Legal Aid funding is not allowed for divorce or family law cases unless the party applying is a victim of domestic violence. The rules are very strict and it’s all means tested. In many cases, the applicant has to be on what’s termed a “passporting benefit”, which is a benefit the applicant is receiving purely because they have no assets or other income.
With legal aid unobtainable for the majority, this leaves many people acting as LIP’s (Litigant in Person) in the courts and with very little legal knowledge, Judges are left guiding these poor folks through court cases where they don’t have the correct paperwork and documents or through cross-examining their ex. It’s sheer courtroom drama.
for those who have very little income, there are practices which are run by McKenzie Friends. These are people who can accompany someone to their court case, to help them as they are a LIP and unrepresented by a Solicitor or Barrister. The McKenzie Friend can sit in the courtroom with the LIP and offer support and advice as well as taking notes. They can also very quietly provide divorce legal advice.
There are a few things that a McKenzie Friend can’t do. They cannot conduct litigation; this has to be done by the LIP and neither can they file court documents or statements. If you want further information on this, there is a Practice Direction issued by the Family Courts. Read the rest of this article.