About Coles Miller : Accreditations

Coles Miller Accreditations

Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

Wills & Probate

Family Law

Residential Leasehold

Residential Conveyancing 


Coles Miller is proud to be recognised for our expertise by the following organisations:


Personal Injury and Medical Negligence

The Law Society Personal Injury AccreditedLaw Society Personal Injury

Millions of people are injured in accidents each year, whether at work, on the road, at home or outdoors, and in many cases they will be entitled to compensation. In these cases, it’s vital you seek the expertise of a specialist personal injury solicitor who will be able to advise you on your claim.

Coles Miller Partners Adrian Cormack, Head of the Personal Injury Department, is Law Society Personal Injury accredited. This confirms he is highly competent and has a high level of knowledge, skills and experience in this area of law. Personal Injury accredited solicitors must provide evidence of their expertise via examples of their cases and the firm's resources when applying for this accreditation. They must also prove that they are maintaining relevant standards of expertise in this field by periodically re-accrediting.

APIL Accredited Personal InAPIL Accredited Personal Injury Specialist Senior LitigatorAPIL Accredited Practicejury Specialist

APIL (the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) provides accreditation as a mark of quality, competence and expertise for solicitors specialising in personal injury claims. APIL-accredited solicitors can provide you with legal help and advice if you have suffered a personal injury or disease which is not your fault.

APIL members can be accredited individually or by firm. Coles Miller is an APIL-accredited practice, as well having individual solicitors recognised as Senior Litigator APIL-accredited Personal Injury Specialists. To remain accredited we provide extensive evidence of our competency in handling personal injury claims and keep up to date with the latest legal developments, committing to 16 hours of APIL-accredited training each year.

APIL Accredited Personal Injury Specialists at Coles Miller include:

Adrian Cormack, Partner and Head of the Personal Injury Department

David Simpson, Partner, Medical Negligence

Chris Whittle, Partner, Personal Injury

APIL Accredited Brain Injury SpecialistAPIL Accredited Brain Injury Specialist

Coles Miller Partner Adrian Cormack, Head of the Personal Injury Department, is an APIL-accredited Brain Injury Specialist. He has achieved APIL Senior Litigator status and demonstrated further expertise in the specialist field of brain injury by safeguarding the rights of clients who are disadvantaged by brain injury. APIL-accredited lawyers are committed to acting in their clients’ best interests at all times, aiming to restore them to their former way of life, as far as possible.

Legal 500 Recommended LawyersLegal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2017

The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities and strengths of law firms all over the world for almost 30 years. It ranks law firms and individual solicitors annually, based on a wide range of criteria, feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

At Coles Miller, we have four solicitors who have been recognised in the Legal 500 guide to Britain’s top lawyers for their expertise in personal injury and medical negligence cases:

Adrian Cormack, Partner and Head of the Personal Injury Department

David Simpson, Partner, Medical Negligence

Lydia Barnett, Partner, Medical Negligence

Chris Whittle, Partner, Personal Injury


Wills & Probate

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)STEP

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is an international professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. To become a STEP member you must undergo two years of study and either pass four three-hour exams, or provide two years of assessed coursework and a final dissertation. After qualifying, members must undergo regular Continuous Professional Development to stay at the forefront of this highly complex area of legislation.

Choosing a STEP solicitor will guarantee that you receive the best possible legal advice on wills and probate, and trusts and estates administration.

STEP lawyers at Coles Miller include:

Stuart Bradford, Partner, Head of the Wills & Probate Department

Graham Lawrence, Senior Lawyer, Wills & Probate

Emma Stagg, Probate Executive, Wills & Probate

David Parfitt, Consultant, Wills & Probate

Solicitors For The ElderlySFE Solicitors for the Elderly

As you become older, the decisions you make become more important and involve greater emotional sensitivity. You want expert legal advice in plain English on wills, inheritance tax, paying for care and other related matters, and to be treated with dignity and respect.

Coles Miller is a member of Solicitors For The Elderly, a trusted national organisation which provides accreditation to solicitors who specialise in providing legal advice to older and vulnerable people, their families and carers. We are happy to visit you at home or even in hospital – at no extra cost – to make your experience with us as easy as possible.

SFE solicitors at Coles Miller include:

Stuart Bradford, Partner, Head of the Wills & Probate Department

Anthony Weber, Partner, Wills & Probate

Dementia Friendly SolicitorsDementia Friends

The Dementia Friends programme by the Alzheimer’s Society is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. Coles Miller has undergone special training from the Alzheimer’s Society in order to understand better how dementia affects how people think, their ability to make decisions and communicate, and what we can to do help them.

Our specialist solicitors can help make the law much easier for people with dementia and their families, offering expertise in a friendly, sympathetic, patient and straightforward manner. Families who have relatives with dementia ask us to help them with powers of attorney, deputyships and Court of Protection applications.

Dementia Friendly staff at Coles Miller include:

Stuart Bradford, Partner, Head of the Wills & Probate Department

Anthony Weber, Partner, Wills & Probate

Jenny Oxley, Associate Solicitor, Wills & Probate

Ricky LangloisSolicitor, Wills & Probate

Emma StaggProbate Executive, Wills & Probate 


Family Law

Law Society Family Law AccrediteLaw Society Family Lawd

Solicitor and Collaborative Lawyer Bruce Gaudion, based at our Bournemouth branch, is a Law Society Family Law Accredited Practitioner. Bruce has demonstrated he has and will maintain a high level of competence and knowledge in the area of family law, as defined by the Law Society. This covers all areas of family law work, except public law Children act work, which is covered by the Children Law Accreditation.

Law Society Children Law AccreditLaw Society Children Lawed

Nicola Wootten, Associate Solicitor at our Poole branch is a Law Society Children Law Accredited Practitioner. This accreditation provides a recognised industry standard for solicitors representing children in law proceedings, and helps guardians to identify professionals who are suitably qualified to represent children. Nicola has shown that she has the required level of awareness, knowledge and expertise to represent minors in the area of children law, as defined by the Law Society.

Resolution MemberResolution Member

Resolution is an organisation of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales, who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Resolution also campaigns for improvements to the family justice system.

Resolution supports the development of family lawyers through its national and regional training programmes, through publications and good practice guides and through its accreditation scheme. Resolution also trains and accredits mediators and is the only body providing training and support for collaborative lawyers in England and Wales.

As well as being members, several of our solicitors have been awarded professional accreditations by Resolution:

Resolution SpecialistResolution Specialist

When a family breaks down and a couple chooses to separate or divorce, it is a difficult time for everyone involved, particularly if decisions have to be made about the care of children. You need expert legal advice and to be treated with sensitivity and compassion. Members of Resolution commit to a strict Code of Practice which means they will always try to reduce the emotional and financial impact of separation, putting any children’s needs first, and finding an outcome that works for you and the future of everyone involved.

Senior Chartered Legal Executive Lindsey Arnold and Solicitor and Collaborative Lawyer Bruce Gaudion have proven their expertise in the area of family law by becoming Resolution Specialists. They have undergone rigorous assessment of their knowledge, abilities and the way they work with clients to achieve this accreditation. By choosing a Resolution Specialist, you can be assured that they will handle your case in a way that limits conflict and distress to help everyone move forward, and will handle your matters effectively and efficiently, which can be more cost effective. Lindsey and Bruce can help you with many areas of family law including divorce, domestic abuse, child law and family finances, and can advise on the range of dispute resolution solutions that might help, for example mediation.

Resolution Collaborative Family LawyerResolution Collaborative Family Lawyer

In collaborative family law each party appoints their own collaboratively trained solicitor and everyone meets together in a series of face to face negotiations, making a commitment at the start of the process that the case will not go to court. Both parties must be 100% committed to finding a solution by agreement outside of court, as you must sign an agreement which prevents your Collaborative Family Lawyer from representing you in court if the process breaks down. One of the benefits of this process is that you are not restricted by the court’s timetable; the process can be built around your family life and priorities.

Bournemouth based Solicitor Bruce Gaudion is a Resolution-accredited Collaborative Family Lawyer who has been trained to help people benefit from this cooperative approach to resolve family disputes.

Resolution MediatorResolution Mediator

Mediators are specially trained legal professionals who will help separating couples to identify issues that can’t be agreed on and resolve disputes. They are independent and must remain impartial and not give advice to either side, so it’s always recommended that each party also obtains separate legal advice alongside the mediation process. Resolution trained lawyer mediators can provide general legal information to both parties if appropriate.

Coles Miller Partner and Head of the Family Department