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Thank you presents for Lee Kirby – Lawyer – Wills, Probate & Trusts

Lee Kirby - thank you gifts

It’s always lovely to get presents but when they are unexpected it’s even better! Lee Kirby has just completed a property purchase, sale and new wills for his clients. They were so pleased with how he dealt with everything that they arrived with this basket of goodies. Lee was completely taken aback “it makes all the hard work worthwhile”.

 

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Divorce – post Christmas family breakdowns

Not exactly a positive headline, but the truth is that enquiries about divorce and separation can increase by 300 per cent in the weeks following Christmas. Many couples will delay taking any action during the festive season to avoid upsetting family and friends.

Christmas Divorce

Christmas pressure

The period in the run up to and during Christmas can add further strain and financial pressure to relationships. There is an increased expectation that Christmas has to be ‘perfect’. On average each of us in the UK will spend just over £900 on festive food, drink and presents. (Source: https://www.experian.co.uk/xmas.html)

The reality

Many couples do not blame Christmas itself for the break up of their relationship. In most cases a split was already likely, but they decided to delay the announcement. This is even more likely where there are children involved.

This means that solicitors across the country are likely to see an increase in enquiries in the first few weeks of the new year.

Common reasons for divorce

The most common reasons for divorce do not change with the seasons. They are:

  • adultery,
  • falling out of love and
  • arguing.

Divorces in the UK (2017)

  • There were 101,669 divorces of opposite-sex couples in England and Wales in 2017, a decrease of 4.9% compared with 2016, but similar to the number seen in 2015 (101,055).
  • There were 338 divorces of same-sex couples in 2017, more than three times the number in 2016 (112 divorces); three-quarters (74%) of same-sex couples divorcing in 2017 were female.
  • In 2017, there were 8.4 divorces of opposite-sex couples per 1,000 married men and women aged 16 years and over (divorce rates). This represents the lowest divorce rates since 1973 and a 5.6% decrease from 2016.
  • The divorce rate for opposite-sex couples was highest among men aged 45 to 49 years and women aged 40 to 44 years.
  • The average (median) duration of marriage at the time of divorce was 12.2 years for opposite-sex couples; this matches the high last seen in 1972.
  • Unreasonable behaviour was the most common reason for opposite-sex couples divorcing with 52% of wives and 37% of husbands petitioning on these grounds; it was also the most common reason for same-sex couples divorcing, accounting for 83% of divorces among women and 73% among men.

(Source: Office for National Statistics)

If you need advice on a divorce or separation then you can contact our Family Law team  on 01535 662644.

For further information on what we can offer please go to:

Family Law team

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Christmas Holidays

The WTW Office will close at 17.30 on Friday 21st December and reopen at 09.00 on Monday 31st December 2018

The Directors and all the team would like to wish all our clients, suppliers and associates a very enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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Keighley BID and Keighley Business Club lunch

Some of the WTW team attending the recent Keighley BID & Keighley Business Club lunch. Interesting talk by Will Holman from the Bank of England about the economy and the impact of Brexit.

Keighley BID luncheon

Luncheon attendees – Lee Kirby, Claire Chisnall, Nicole Narey and Sarah Bright

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Family Solicitor / Legal Executive /Paralegal – We are recruiting

Family Solicitor / Legal Executive / Paralegal

The Company:

  • Successful and forward-thinking high-street business
  • Merged in 2014
  • Moved to new premises in December 2017 with an architect designed interior
  • Centrally located with on-site parking
  • Existing caseload awaits
  • Further information about our company is available on our website

The Role:

  • Full time, permanent
  • Working within an established team
  • Private family work
  • Excellent support – you will be working alongside an experienced family fee earner and managing your own files with their supervision
  • Dealing with enquiries, speaking with clients and third parties

Requirements:

  • You will be a qualified Family Solicitor / Legal Executive with between 0-2 years PQE
  • If you’re a newly qualified Solicitor you will have a minimum of 6 months experience gained prior to qualification within family law
  • Applications welcome from recent NQs or Trainee Solicitors due to qualify in the next 6 months looking to focus on family law
  • You will be a strong team player, personable and have excellent communication skills

Benefits:

  • Competitive salary & benefits package dependent on experience
  • Easy commute from Bradford & Leeds (near to bus and train stations)
  • Development and progression opportunities
  • Development opportunities for the right candidate
  • Friendly working environment
  • Good work life balance

If you’re interested in this role, please forward an up-to-date copy of your CV to Mark Hagyard – Managing Director – [email protected]

If you would like further information about this position then please call Mark Hagyard (Managing Director) on 01535 687070.

Please note: our advertisements may use PQE/salary levels purely as a guide. However, we would be happy to consider applications from all candidates who can demonstrate the skills needed to perform the role

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Michael Bower Equine Law – Important Announcement

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high demand for Michael Bower‘s services on equine related cases and being out of the office 19.11.2018 – 30.11.2018 he will not be able to answer any general horse dispute related enquiries or take on any new cases until after 10.12.2018.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We do not not take these decisions lightly but must protect the level of service we provide to existing clients.

We do have a solicitor joining the litigation and equine law team in December which will greatly assist going forward.

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Private Client Solicitor/Legal Executive/Paralegal – We are recruiting

Job Description – Private Client Solicitor/ Legal Executive/Paralegal

The Company:

  • Successful and forward-thinking high-street business
  • Merged in 2014
  • Moved to new premises in December 2017 with an architect designed interior
  • Centrally located with on-site parking
  • Recruiting due to retirement – existing caseload awaits
  • Further information about our company is available on our website

The Role:

  • Private Client Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive
  • Paralegal with appropriate experience will also be considered
  • Working hours 9am-5.30pm – flexibility available based on personal circumstances
  • Full time or part time considered – minimum of 3 days per week
  • You will be working alongside a highly experienced Director/Solicitor and Legal Executive.
  • Dealing with all manner of private client matters including wills, probate, trust administration, LPA’s and later life planning.

Requirements:

  • You will be a qualified Solicitor or Legal Executive with a minimum of 2 years PQE in Private Client matters
  • Must have prior experience handling wills, probate, trust administration, LPA’s and later life planning
  • Client focused
  • Enthusiastic, excellent time management skills and an eye for detail
  • Comfortable in networking and business development settings
  • STEP qualification – happy to assist if not already achieved

The Benefits:

  • Competitive salary & benefits package dependent on experience
  • Easy commute from Bradford & Leeds (near to bus and train stations)
  • Development and progression opportunities
  • Directorship opportunities for the right candidate
  • Friendly working environment
  • Good work life balance

If you’re interested in this role, please apply now or forward an up-to-date copy of your CV to Mark Hagyard – Managing Director  – [email protected] If you would like further information about this position then please call Mark Hagyard on 01535 687070.

Waddington Legal Limited T/A WTW Solicitors is an equal opportunities employer.

Please note: our advertisements may use PQE/salary levels purely as a guide. However, we would be happy to consider applications from all candidates who can demonstrate the skills needed to perform the role

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

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Nicole Narey – Graduate Trainee/Legal Assistant

Nicole Narey 2018

Nicole Narey joined us as a law graduate earlier in the year, having studied at Leeds Beckett University. She is hoping to return there to study part time for her Legal Practice Certificate.

Training

Initially, Nicole trained on reception and back office administration. She has now been offered the chance to progress within the business with a view to completing a training contract and qualifying as a solicitor in the future.

She will be working within the Property and Wills, Probate & Elderly Care team to begin with but will also have the opportunity to train within other areas of the business.

Recruitment

We are still looking for additional law graduates or individuals who have already completed their LPC who are keen to get their foot in the door in a forward thinking legal business. For further information please go to our careers page.

Careers

 

 

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Claire Chisnall | Family Law Solicitor | Family Lawyer | WTW Solicitors |

Claire Chisnall has joined us from Ward Hadaway Law Firm, Leeds. She is a qualified solicitor who specialises in Family Law. Claire lives in Skipton and is very excited to be a part of the WTW Solicitors team here in Keighley, West Yorkshire.

Claire Chisnall - Solicitor - Family Law

Family Law

If you are dealing with relationship issues and need to speak to someone who can guide you through the legal requirements then you can contact Claire via 01535 662644 or email [email protected]

Please note that WTW Solicitors do not offer Legal Aid services.

Interests

  • Family
  • Socialising with friends
  • I have participated in a number of events to raise money for charity which include the Abbey Dash, Great North Run & Tough Mudder
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Majid Hussain – Starts his solicitor training contract

Majid Hussain - Wills, Probate & Elderly Care

We are delighted to announce that Majid Hussain has started his solicitor training contract with us. Having completed his law degree and legal practice course Majid is looking froward to completing this part of his training with the hope that he will be fully qualified within 12 months time.

Majid Hussain has been with the company since 2006. His role moved from Legal Assistant to Office Manager within a short space time. Majid is very business focused and has always been a real asset to WTW Solicitors. He is looking forward to qualifying and has his eye on becoming a director in time.

Interpreter

Majid can offer translation services for those from the East Asian Continent.

Qualifications

  • I have completed all the necessary qualifications in order to apply to the Solicitors Regulations Authority to be a qualified Solicitor when my Training Contract ends and I hope I am able to complete the training contract within the next 15 months and qualify as a Solicitor.
  • Legal Practice Course – Huddersfield University
  • Law degree (LLB Hons) – Coventry University
  • Attended Giggleswick School

Work

  • I have recently joined the Wills, Probate, Elderly Care and Property department (non contentious).
  • I am thoroughly enjoying:
    • having direct contact with clients
    • taking instructions
    • training 
    • coaching
    • learning new skills in drafting
  • I am looking forward to having my own clients and building long standing relationships.

Interests

  • Recently purchased a Restaurant in Skipton (Musafir)
  • I enjoy cricket, football, golf and badminton
  • Socialising with friends and eating out with family
  • Travelling
  • DIY and property renovation
  • Catching up on “Homes under the Hammer”

Free Initial Enquiry

We would be delighted to explain how we can help you when facing the difficulties that Family Law can involve. For your free, initial enquiry, please:

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