About us

Anthony Morris Solicitors has an exceptionally good reputation for the quality of its specialist advice and representation in family law work particularly in representing parents and children in both Public and Private Law cases. Since being established in 1997, the firm has developed an expertise which attracts clients from all of South East England and London. Anthony Morris as Senior Partner and the firm as a whole has trained many young lawyers who have become qualified solicitors. In April 2014 Anthony Morris was re-elected as a National Committee Member of Resolution; an organisation consisting of 6000 specialist family solicitors who are members of Resolution. He is also a member of the Resolution Children Committee.

The Practice has also achieved LEXCEL Accreditation as from February 2012 and been awarded a contract by Legal Aid Agency for face to face advice and representation for all family law work that is currently funded by the Legal Aid Agency. We have successfully achieved reaccreditation in March 2015.

Linda Baily has qualified as a family law mediator by training with Resolution. AMS is committed to expanding its services to provide mediation which is a more family friendly means of resolving disputes flowing from any relationship breakdown and is designed to ensure that this will not impact adversely upon the responsibilities of both parents to ensure that they both continue to meet the needs of their children for a stable and secure upbringing.

Anthony Morris, Samantha Barker and Leanne George have their own cases loads consisting mainly of Public Law matters with a mixture of representing both children parents and other extended family members including Special Guardianship applications and Adoption.

Linda Baily, Samantha Barker and Leanne George offer advice and representation in financial matters, private law children cases including abduction, injunctions protecting against domestic violence and divorce.

The firm is currently situated in a High Street office location which is an attractive Grade 2 listed building in a central location which provides easy accessibility to clients. There is also easy access to our offices via trains and buses and car parking available close by and on the High Street.

The Practice has also made a substantial investment in improving its IT so that much of the work is now carried on through an increasingly paperless office by the use of email and web based accessibility. Remote site working is also a key element in the business plan so that client’s matters can be actively progressed from all locations at any time of the day or night, 365 days of the year.

Private client or Public funding?

For matrimonial cases we have a franchise with the Legal Aid Agency which allows us to grant Legal Help funding during a first appointment with you if you are financially eligible and your case warrants this form of Public Funding. We also have a franchise with the Legal Aid Agency which allows us to make an application for full Public Funding if you are financially eligible and your case warrants this form of Public Funding. In urgent cases we are able to delate this to ourselves this type of funding immediately.

If you are not eligible for either type of Public Funding we offer a fixed fee first appointment and throughout this appointment we will discuss with you cost estimates and our hourly rates. More information on our fee structure can be found on our website. Unfortunately Public Funding is not available for work undertaken in relation to change of name for which we offer a fixed fee in relation to this matter. Whatever your financial position we can offer you a professional and friendly service with easy access to our offices as we are in the centre of Crawley with nearby parking and rail and bus links to all surrounding areas.

What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

You have to be able to prove your identity by reference to your name and address (similar to when you open a bank account or claim your benefits). In order to prove who you are we require two items of evidence.

Preferably we would request that you bring with you either a valid full driving licence or valid passport and a utility bill in your name with the correct address dated within the last month. Furthermore we require you to bring with you proof of your income.

This will either be your last three month's pay slips and/or details of any benefits you receive. If you are in receipt of benefits and/or tax credits and/or child benefit please bring with you your benefit/tax credit letter confirming the amount you receive. This letter must be dated within the last month.

In addition to above we require from you at the first appointment your last three month's bank statements for all accounts you have. If you are not able to provide this to us please telephone our reception staff who will discuss an alternative method of proving your name and address to us.

We also have to have proof of any capital you have. This could be money in the bank or equity in a property. If you telephone our receptionist she will let you know the documentation you need to bring with you.

The last thing we require you to bring with you is any paperwork you have that will assist our solicitors in advising you in reference to your case, such as Court orders, applications etc. If you are not eligible for Public Funding then we do ask that the fixed fee is paid to us before the appointment commences.

Is everything I tell you confidential?

As solicitors we are members of the Law Society and by virtue of being a member of the Law Society we have to adhere to many rules and regulations. Confidentiality is regulated by the Codes of Conduct issues and updated by the Law Society on a regular basis.

Can you represent both me and my spouse in the divorce?

Due to strict rules we adhere to under the Law Society's Codes of Conduct generally we cannot represent both parties to a transaction, for example the husband and wife in divorce proceedings. These rules exist to ensure that our solicitors give their client the advice that fits their instructions and ensures that the client's best interests are adhered too. It is paramount therefore that you provide the name of the person you seek advice about (the opponent) as this allows us to check our records carefully. Conflicts can however arise in many different ways and the above is merely one example of how a conflict arises. If a conflict does arise we will contact you immediately and provide you with alternative firms of solicitors who may be able to assist you. Our solicitors are not able to confirm to you the nature of the conflict as this may break the rules of confidentiality.

Will I have to go to Court?

If your case involves you attending Court then our solicitors will do everything to ensure that the attendance at Court goes as smoothly as possible. Our solicitors will discuss the arrangements available to you at Court including security measures that are available. It is also possible for you to visit the Court a few days before your attendance is due to help make the process smoother.

Hours of business

We are open Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm. In some cases it is possible for our solicitors to visit you out of the office and depending on the solicitor's commitments we are able to offer appointments out of the office hours.

Where and how to find us

All of our contact details and a map of our location can be found on our contact page

Tel: 01293 519619
Fax: 01293 474050
Email: info@anthonymorris.co.uk
Train info: nearest station is Crawley.
Bus info: nearest bus station is outside County Mall
Parking info: no parking on site, however car parking is available in Crawley High Street (metered). The nearest car park is the Orchard Street Multi-Storey which is two minutes walk away.