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Raising funds for Joseph’s Goal – Nominated Charity

Foodie week is going really well. We’re raising a few pounds and gaining a few pounds for Josephs Goal. A charity which aims to raise awareness of , (Non-Ketotic Hyperglycinemia), a very rare life-limiting genetic disorder.

   

joseph's goal - Charity - Foodie Week

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ITV – Fraud: Robbing the Elderly

There are increasing concerns about how the elderly in the UK are being targeted in order to defraud them of their savings and investments. Three members of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) are interviewed as part of the ITV programme, shown earlier in the week.

https://www.itv.com/hub/tonight/1a2803a1236

Both Myron Handzij (Director/Solicitor) and Lee Kirby (FCILEx/Chartered Lawyer) are also members of the SFE. This means that they are able to provide the right support in times of crisis and are trained and experienced in dealing with vulnerable clients.

If you have concerns about your own financial situation or that of an elderly relative then you can contact us by phoning 01535 662644.

 

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Announcement – Family Law Department – Closure

PLEASE NOTE – FAMILY LAW:
 
The Directors, having completed a thorough business review, have made the decision to close the WTW Family Law Department.
 
This means that we will not be taking on any new cases, but we will continue to offer the highest level of support to existing clients.
 
This decision will allow the business to focus on and expand our core specialist areas including:
 
* Corporate & Commercial
* Clinical Negligence
* Disputes & Litigation inc ToLATA
* Equine Law
* Property
* Wills, Probate & Elderly Care
If you have any concerns about an existing Family Law matter then please contact our office on 01535 662644.
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May Bank Holiday 2019 – Opening Times

PLEASE NOTE:
We will close at 5.30pm on Friday 03.05.2019 and reopen after the bank holiday at 9.00am on Tuesday 07.05.2019

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Easter holidays 2019

easter eggs and chicks

Please note we will be closed for the Easter holidays from 17.30 on Thursday 18.04.2019 until 09.00 on Tuesday 23.04.2019.

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Lisa Wood – Appointed director of WTW Solicitors 01.04.2019

Lisa Wood

Waddington Turner Wall Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Wood to the Board of Directors.

Lisa Wood Litigation and disputes

Lisa, who lives in Oakworth near Keighley, joined Turner and Wall Solicitors in 1990. She started as a junior typist and, shortly after, was promoted to a secretarial post in the civil litigation department.

Lisa embarked upon and successfully completed a law degree at Leeds Metropolitan University with the encouragement and support of the practice. This was closely followed by completion of the Legal Practice Course at the University of Huddersfield. The fact that this was achieved whilst working full time and with a young family, is all the more admirable.

Qualified as a solicitor – 2011

Lisa was admitted to the roll of solicitors for England and Wales in 2011. She chose to specialise in personal injury, clinical negligence and probate litigation.
 
Through her determination, resilience, hard work and ability Lisa has proved herself both in legal work and management tasks meriting this appointment.

Interests & Hobbies 

Lisa spends her time away from the office exploring the outdoors with her family and dogs. She is an enthusiastic member of national trust. She enjoys DIY and cooking and makes a mean chilli.

What Lisa Wood thinks…

“I am delighted to finally be able to share this news. My family and the WTW team have been really supportive and I view this as a really positive step for both me and the company. I am more than ready to play my part in the business’s ongoing success and development.”

Finally

The expansion of the board is another indication of the commitment Waddington Turner Wall solicitors has to growing the business. We will continue to encourage this kind of career progression to anyone who has the qualities displayed by Lisa. 
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Probate Fees | Increase April 2019

“Some ghastly piece of legislation was always going to be passed while everyone was distracted by Brexit. Now we know what it is: a whopping hike in probate fees that will cost grieving families £145m in its first year,” says James Coney in The Sunday Times.

If your estate is worth less than £50,000, you pay nothing. Between £50,000 and £300,000, the charge will go up by just £35 to £250. For estates worth £300,000-£500,000, the fee increases to £750, rising to £6,000 if your estate is valued at more than £2m.

Last week, ministers classified the controversial increase as a fee rather than a tax, meaning the changes could avoid full parliamentary scrutiny, says the Financial Times.

Yet “estates are effectively being double-taxed – once for inheritance tax of 40% above the nil-rate band, and then again through tiered probate fees,”Rachael Griffin of wealth manager Quilter told the FT. On the other hand, those with the smallest estates will at least avoid fees altogether.

Source: Money Week

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Mobile Phone | Use When Driving | Law & Penalties |

2263 CRASHES WERE CAUSED BY DRIVERS USING A MOBILE PHONE BETWEEN 2013 AND 2017

 

                       33 FATAL CRASHES IN 2017

 

25%  ADMITTED TO TALKING ON A HANDHELD PHONE WHILE DRIVING IN 2018

 

                    40% SAID THEY CHECKED TEXTS

              OR SOCIAL MEDIA WHEN DRIVING

 The law – using mobile phones whilst driving

It’s illegal to hold a mobile phone or sat-nav while driving or riding a motorcycle. You must have hands-free access, such as:

  • a Bluetooth headset
  • voice command
  • a dashboard holder or mat
  • a windscreen mount
  • a built-in sat-nav

The device must not block your view of the road and traffic ahead.

You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you’re not in control because you’re distracted, and you can be prosecuted.

The law still applies to you if you’re:

  • stopped at traffic lights
  • queuing in traffic
  • supervising a learner driver

When you can use a hand-held phone

You can use a hand-held or mobile phone if either of these apply:

  • you’re safely parked
  • you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it’s unsafe or impractical to stop

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Penalties

You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held or mobile phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years.

You can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.

You can also be taken to court where you can:

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Want to be a solicitor?

I want to be a solicitor

Thinking about becoming a solicitor? We would recommend that have a look at the link and the video from the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority):

https://www.sra.org.uk/sra/policy/sqe/solicitor-persona.page

How will I qualify as a solicitor from 2021?

Get the facts on the Solicitors Qualifying Examination coming in 2021. Watch our video now. Brought to you by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Posted by Career in law on Thursday, 8 November 2018

Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE)

From autumn 2021, you won’t need to do the LPC (Legal Practice Course) or have a training contract to qualify. You’ll need:

– a degree (or equivalent),
– 2 years’ qualifying work experience,
– have passed both stages of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination,
– pass the SRAs suitability requirements.

We are always keen to hear from motivated graduates who are interested in a rewarding career in the legal sector. If you think that you have what it takes then send you CV to Mark Hagyard (Managing Director) via [email protected]

 

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Criminal justice system in crisis – Law Society campaign

Justice in England and Wales on its knees as crisis escalates in the wake of years of neglect

Press release from Law Society – 30 January 2019

People accused of crimes in England and Wales have a diminishing chance of seeing justice as the criminal justice system slides further into crisis due to years of under-funding and neglect.

“The reputation of our justice system – one of England and Wales’ most precious assets – is in great danger at a time when the country needs it most,” said Law Society vice president Simon Davis on the launch of the Law Society’s urgent campaign to highlight the crisis.

“Justice and the rule of law are key exports for the UK – but their integrity depends on the whole system working effectively. Years of neglect have heaped colossal pressure on the whole system and those who work hard in it.

“The right to a fair trial is at the heart of a democratic society and sets Britain apart from authoritarian regimes the world over.

“In our country, people are innocent until proven guilty after a fair trial – yet those accused are forced through a frequently unfair and nightmarish journey through the criminal justice system regardless of whether they are guilty or not. This is something we should all care about because crime can affect anyone at some point in their lives.

“For a democracy to function properly, the rule of law needs to be enforced. The rich and the poor should have equal justice, and cases should be resolved quickly and effectively to allow victims to see justice done and to return to their everyday life and focus on their recovery.”

The criminal justice system is now functioning so poorly it is impacting our international reputation.*

Years of under-investment have meant the system is facing an avalanche of problems, including:

  • an increasing shortage of criminal duty solicitors who provide defence representation to the poorest and most vulnerable in society when they are accused of a crime
  • swathes of court closures which are impacting urban and rural communities and putting obstacles in the way of victims and witnesses and costing the taxpayer money as people fail to attend distant hearings, or are ferried by taxi
  • impassable barriers to accessing legal aid for those unable to afford a solicitor
  • victims and witnesses having to attend court repeatedly because of trials being adjourned again and again
  • solicitors firms which provide legal aid services finding themselves in an increasingly unsustainable economic situation
  • those accused of a crime being held on remand far longer than necessary because of inefficiencies in the system at great public expense
  • failures to disclose crucial material from criminal investigations which mean victims can be unintentionally misled as to who really committed a crime
  • defendants on low incomes forced to pay fees or contributions they can’t afford due to the overly stringent means test – thus threatening their right to legal advice and representation.

Simon Davis added: “All combined, these problems represent a criminal justice system at absolute breaking point.

“In the year of the government spending review, we’re calling on the Treasury, the most powerful department in Whitehall, to address the problems that affect all areas of our besieged criminal justice system by adopting our policy recommendations, particularly those on criminal duty solicitors, legal aid fees and the legal aid means test, which determines who is eligible for legal aid.

“The fabric of society is built around legal rights and obligations. These are what British values are based on and should be a cause of pride. By allowing our criminal justice system to crumble like this, we are disregarding and undermining centuries of progress.

“Without urgent action from the government the system will fall apart.”

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