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Sarah Longley

“As a Trainee at Tinsdills you are given the opportunity to work on your own cases independently, whilst at the same time having the benefit of experienced supervision and guidance from your Department Head. This has enabled me to gain the knowledge required for a proper understanding in all aspects of Case Management.”

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Louise Williams

“My training contract so far has been exciting and incredibly valuable. I was given responsibility from the start, which increased as I have gained more experience. You are surrounded by specialists eager to help you learn and develop. The support is fantastic and help is always on hand.”

Louise Williams


David Morgan

“The training contract has offered me real hands on experience from day one which is a great way to learn and prepare for life as a qualified solicitor. I am working alongside very experienced colleagues, learning on a daily basis and given responsibility although support is available as and when I need it.” David Morgan…

Natalie Colquitt

“There is a real ‘team spirit’ amongst the trainees who are always more than willing to provide help and assistance when necessary. Having this support and encouragement during my training contract I feel I have gained valuable experience, which has set me up for my future career as a solicitor.”

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Bethan Blackburn

“Tinsdills gives trainees guided responsibility from the start – within the first few weeks of my first seat I was maintaining my own case load. Tinsdills also gives trainees the opportunity to choose their seats where possible.”

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Japanese Knotweed – Did you know it could lead to an ASBO?

Whilst Japanese Knotweed is not yet set on world domination, it is causing some considerable problems in the Housing Market. Failure to treat knotweed can lead to an Antisocial Behaviour Order (“ASBO”).

Fallopia japonica, commonly known as Japanese Knotweed, is a large, herbaceous perennial plant native to East Asia in Japan, China and Korea. In North America and Europe the plant has been classified as an invasive species in several countries and in Australia it is illegal to have any of this species growing on your property.

Described by the Royal Horticultural Society as a “real thug”, the plan grows

Family Law “Truth” or “Myth”?

Marie Proud and Karen Wilson from our Family department have set out to settle some long standing rumours around the areas of Family Law. We all hear people say how important it is to know what the truth is and what is a myth, so here are some common myths for you:

“After living with somebody for 2 years they become your common law husband/wife?”
“If married with young children you will be guaranteed to be able to continue to live in the house, paid by your spouse, until the children are aged 18”
“Now being divorced there are no …

Tinsdills Solicitors are supporting the Macclesfield show as part of Circus Starr Big Top Autumn Tour

On Wednesday 9th September 2015, Circus Starr comes to Macclesfield with a brand new tour for the Autumn. The breath-taking line-up of acts includes internationally acclaimed Mexican clown and performer Chico Rico, Las Chicas Morales performing a mesmerising display of balance and dexterity on Rolling Globes, The Kenyan Warriors and The fabulous Serik Brothers will take your breath away with a daredevil display of aerial acrobatics on Chinese poles and straps, all proudly presented by the great… Ringmaster Robert Price!

Circus Starr is a touring circus featuring acrobats, dancers and entertainers from across the globe. It is also an independent, …

Daughter’s £164k contested will victory is considered ‘consistent with law’, say experts

The recent press coverage over the Court of Appeal ruling to award Melita Jackson’s Daughter £164,000, despite being left out of the Will, has caused some mixed responses.

Peter Hamilton, Managing Director & Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate at Tinsdills Solicitors commented:

“The ability to make a Will in whatever terms the testator wishes has always been subject to checks and balances. The ruling is consistent with the law under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and will come as no great surprise to those who are familiar with the Act and its implementation through case …

Tinsdills, a local personal injury law firm, commits to Ethical Marketing Charter

Tinsdills, a Staffordshire based law firm with a specialist personal injury division, has become one of the first signatories to the Ethical Marketing Charter– a new industry-led initiative that aims to promote ethical and professional marketing practices in the personal injury sector and to stamp out bad practice by rogue operators and provide better consumer protection – following its launch on Monday.

Signatories to the Charter formally and publicly pledge to three key principles and commit to stand firmly against:
1. Nuisance marketing – they never cold call or send spam texts or spam emails.
2. The unethical buying and …

New Chamber of Commerce for Staffordshire Moorlands

In an exciting new development, a new Chamber of Commerce has been formed specifically for businesses in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Tinsdills Director, Peter Hamilton, is delighted to play a part in the Shadow Local Area Board that has been formed to ensure that the needs of local businesses are understood, and their views represented. He says,

“This is a great opportunity for businesses in the Staffordshire Moorlands to take advantage of the support that the Chamber of Commerce offers.”

“Tinsdills have been committed to operating in the Staffordshire Moorlands area for centuries – our Leek office was formed in 1760! …

Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 came into force on the 1st October 2014 and it makes substantial changes to the intestacy rules, the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and Trustees’ powers.

The intestacy rules apply where a person dies without leaving a valid Will, or leaving a Will that fails to dispose of the whole of his or her property (a partial Intestacy).

Under the new rules the surviving spouse or civil partner will inherit the whole estate on intestacy in all cases where there are no issue (children, grandchildren, etc).

The new Act also …

Holiday Pay Ruling

An Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that some overtime should be included when calculating holiday pay. This means many people working overtime could claim for additional holiday pay.

Currently, only basic pay counts when calculating holiday pay. The tribunal also ruled that workers can make backdated claims for a particular three-month period. It would apply only to the basic 4 weeks’ leave granted under the Working Time Regulations.

However, the ruling could still be referred to the Court of Appeal which may mean that a final decision may be some time off yet.

More information to follow…

Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees

The main types of fees to be paid will be the issue fee when a claim is lodged with the employment tribunal and a fee before a hearing takes place.

In the employment tribunals there will be two fee levels which are based on the types of claim. These are, in general terms, Type A which applies to Wages Act claims, refusals to allow time off etc. and Type B which applies to most types of discrimination claims and dismissals.

In the Type A claims the issue fee will be £160 and the hearing fee £230. In the Type B

‘Zero Hours’ Contracts Explained

The subject or zero-hours contracts has been in the news fairly recently brought about due to a legal challenge against Sports Direct over its use of these contracts.

The legal challenge is apparently raising the question that the use of zero-hours contracts discriminates against part time workers. This follows reports that 90% of SportsDirect’s employees are engaged under these contracts.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has suggested that zero-hours contracts may be subject to legislation but ruled out a complete ban. He will decide whether to hold a formal consultation on specific issues in September.

So what does a zero-hours contract

Restrictive Covenants

In a recent case where the reasonableness of a restrictive covenant was considered the High Court said “If the restraint is greater than is reasonably necessary to protect the trade connection, it will not be enforced”.

If the employer wishes to enforce a restrictive covenant he may seek an interim injunction or alternatively he may seek damages from the employee for breach.

The court would consider whether

• The covenant is enforceable
• The employee was in breach
• The breach caused loss to the employer

If the employer succeeds in the above then the loss would be assessed by …

Quick Guide- Lasting Power Of Attorney

We all hope to live out our days in relative good health and independence, but if you should become incapable of managing your own affairs due to ill health, you need to ensure that you have appointed someone trustworthy to manage your affairs for you.

If you do not, it may be necessary to make costly and complicated applications to the Court of Protection to have the Court appoint someone on your behalf.

It is preferable that you decide who makes decisions for you if you are incapable of doing so yourself, and the mechanism to do this is called …

Tinsdills Win Coveted Excellence In Customer Service Award

Tinsdills Solicitors have won the ‘Excellence In Customer Service’ award at the East Cheshire Chamber Business Awards which were held on Friday 28th March at Cranage Hall.

Tim Cogan, Senior Partner said “Winning this prestigious award is clear recognition of our firm’s continued commitment to client care. We have achieved this through processes such as our Client Care Bond which sets out how we should deal with a client matter from start to finish. Our skilled and experienced staff are committed to delivering the highest standards of client satisfaction.

A questionnaire is sent to clients at the conclusion on their …

Tinsdills presents cheque to Dougie Mac

28th November 2013

Tinsdills Solicitors have presented a cheque for £6000 to Douglas Macmillan Hospice. The hospice, which has been supported by Tinsdills Solicitors for many years, is currently the firms Nominated Charity.

Tinsdills have worked closely with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) to raise the total from untraceable funds, small amounts which have accumulated over many years whose owners cannot be traced. The SRA allows the donation of these funds to charity under certain circumstances, recognising the benefit that charities can gain from funds that would otherwise have sat dormant and unused.

Tim Cogan, Managing Partner presented the Hospice …

The Effect of Dash For Gas on House Buying

Shale gas extraction, Hydraulic Fracturing, “Hydrofracking” or just “fracking” has recently hit the headlines.

Many are concerned that this method of energy provision will cause significant damage to the environment and may have a significant effect on properties in the area.
Fracking is not new, and has been used in America for many years. The government recently lifted its moratorium on fracking, and concerns were raised when an area near a test site in Blackpool experienced 2 small earth tremors in April and May 2011. Protests have also taken place around a proposed site in Sussex.

Fracking uses large amounts …

Update for Hacking Ashton Clients

We have now completed the auditing and recording of all documents we now hold following the closure of Hacking Ashton LLP and their associated offices. All of these clients have now been contacted by letter to advise them that we have their deeds and related documents

Tinsdills has a long and enviable record of providing excellent client satisfaction and was chosen as a suitable firm to handle these documents to ensure continued high quality service for clients of the former Hacking Ashton and its associated firms.We understand that the transfer of documents may cause some concern but there is no …