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Online Divorce in 8 Weeks? There’s a Better Solution

The legal services of the Co-operative are talking up the resulting outcomes of governmental efforts to help speed up the divorce process for couples, stating that it can see their clients through the entire process within 2 months.

Official stats show that divorce can take, on average, around 54 weeks to completion. Despite this, Co-op Legal Services claims that it can now complete the process in 8 weeks on average.

This effort consists of two ‘pilots.’ One is geared towards drastically reducing the time it takes for the relevant papers to be signed by the court. This is done through …

Mission Accomplished?

This week’s episode of Dragons Den on BBC 2 saw two entrepreneurs who had met at university, Henry de Zoete and Will Hodson, land what is, on paper, the best deal in the history of the show so far.

The pair went into the Den seeking £90,000 investment for just 1% of their business. Their product is an online service that uses algorithms to automatically switch subscribers to the best available energy deals when they reach the end of their current deal, meaning their customers would always be paying the best rate available without having to raise a finger after …

A Warning to Cohabiting Couples

Marie Proud, Director and Head of Family Law at Tinsdills warns that “Cohabiting couples need to be aware of their legal rights following the recent court hearing. We always advise clients to have discussions upfront and consult a solicitors to ensure you have the right protections in place.”

A recent court hearing at a Central London County Court, Judge Stephen Murch found that unemployed Law graduate, Ms Ladwa who acted as ‘housewife’ in her 16 year relationship with her ex girlfriend would be entitled to half of their £1.7m home in Essex.

The on-going legal battle between Ms Ladwa

How Well Do You Know Our Leek Office?

Having such a strong rooted relationship and presence in the Leek area in one guise or another Tinsdills Solicitors has been around since 1580! But how well do you actually know our Leek office?

Typically we are well known for Wills, Trusts & Probate and Residential Property. Individuals associated with these types of work are Peter Hamilton, Managing Director and Head of the Wills, Trusts & Probate Department with Emma Marrow working along side him as a highly experienced and well established Paralegal, who can provide all services from making a straightforward Will through to complex Estate matters.

Likewise, looking …

GDPR- Are You Ready?

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) sets out legislation to protect your personal data. Businesses will have until the 25th may 2018 to become compliant with the new regulations.

Data Protection Legislation is relevant to all areas in which a business processes its personal data, including that of employees, customers, suppliers, contractors, agency staff and website users.

The data relating to employees does not just mean the data on the employer’s personal record system but also relates to CCTV usage, computer log ins, website usage, phone calls made and received, emails sent and received and so much more.

GDPR requires …

Tinsdills Win Best Digital Marketing Campaign

Tinsdills Solicitors have won the coveted ‘Best Digital Marketing Campaign’ Award at the East Cheshire Chamber Business Awards which were held on Friday 23rd March 2018 at Cranage Hall.

The Best Digital Marketing Campaign Award is highly sort after with a score of sector experts in the running to win. The Award winners are decided by a panel of judges, drawn from a diverse number of organisations across the region. The judges were impressed with Tinsdills’ innovation and forward thinking strategy in an uncertain Personal Injury market.

Tim Cogan, Managing Director and Head of our Personal Injury Department said, …

Misrepresentation in Car Sales!

We have all been there… Buying a new car!

You have spent days, even weeks searching for the perfect car; that sports model you’ve always dreamed of or that 4×4 for family outings. For most of us the process is smooth and easy, you pick up your keys to your new dream car and leave the forecourt ready to take on the world.

But what happens to those who buy their dream car and it is not quite as it seemed?

Clients often come to us asking what rights they have when the car they purchased does not work as …

Tinsdills Celebrate Charity Award Win!

After pledging to double their fundraising target back in January 2017, Tinsdills Solicitors are celebrating winning a charity fundraising award for the second year running… but this year they have achieved the Silver Award!

Tinsdills were congratulated for their fundraising achievements at DMH’s Virtual Business Awards ceremony on Thursday 1st March 2018 where they won the Silver Award after raising over £10,000.  The Douglas Macmillan Hospice offers support and care to all who are suffering with life limiting illnesses.

Tinsdills actively took part in a variety of fundraising activities throughout 2017 to help secure the award for them. Some …

How To Claim Your LPA Fee Refund

It was announced by the Ministry of Justice on 1st February 2018 that the Office of Public Guardian’s (OPG) were launching a Fee Refund Scheme.

For those who registered a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) may be entitled to claim a refund for their application fee.

Who is entitled and why?

If you made an LPA or EPA between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017 with the Office of Public Guardian, then you are now entitled to a refund of the registration fee and you may even be entitled to …

Tinsdills Welcomes Two New Directors in 2018

Planning changes in 2018, for two of Tinsdills employees it has bought a new year with new challenges for the year ahead. Every year we grow from strength to strength and there is no doubt that in 2018 will be any different.

And as our company grows and expands, so does our team of Directors, in early January we announced the appointment of Paul Woolliscroft and Abdi Ebrahimi to join our current team.

This exciting development comes as no surprise based on the pairs’ working achievements and their development since starting with the Company. Both will bring fresh insights and

Tinsdills Celebrate Another Award Success

Last night, 15th February 2018 saw Tinsdills Solicitors add another award to its portfolio as it was presented with the Employer of the Year Award at the annual Performance Through People Achievement  Awards Ceremony held at The Village Hotel, Walsall.

Tinsdills have worked with PTP training for a number of years and the partnership has resulted in a number of apprentices successfully completing their training in a variety of areas including Business Administration, Customer Service and Team Leading. This has allowed them to then successfully progress their careers throughout the Company.

Jane Massey, HR manager said “I am thrilled …

Call for Reform on Negligence Claims Against the NHS

Paul Woolliscroft, Director commented, Health Leaders have today (2 February 2018) written to the Justice Secretary urging him to reform the payout system for negligence claims against the NHS in England according to BBC News.

It is however worth remembering that “payouts” are only made to patients who have been the victims of medical negligence which is often needed by them to help them adjust to life following the medical errors and to get back on their feet. How would you feel if you or a member of your family were injured as a result of a medical mistake and …

Tinsdills Celebrates 100,000th Client Milestone

An expanding and vastly experienced legal firm is celebrating a mammoth milestone after securing its 100,000th  client.

Tinsdills Solicitors Ltd, which has offices in Hanley, Leek, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Sandbach, reached the landmark after taking on new staff in the summer to support new client enquiries.

Cara Clowes, from Staffordshire became the 100,000th client after calling on Tinsdills’ expert help in buying a house.

Cara said: “I chose Tinsdills because of their strong reputation and long history in the area. It was the natural choice for me to use their services and the staff have been

Tinsdills Solicitors nominated for ‘Employer of the Year’ at PTP-Training Awards

A legal company with a proven track record of developing its staff has been nominated for a prestigious industry award.

Tinsdills Solicitors which has four bases throughout North Staffordshire and South Cheshire has been recognised for its work in investing in and training apprentices. The company has trained several apprentices over the past 5 years all of whom have excelled through a rigorous training programme ahead of target.

This nomination comes at a time when the company, which has over 350 years experience in serving the area, is celebrating a decade of achieving the prestigious ‘Investors In People’ accolade.

The …

Great News for First Time Buyers!

First time buyers were given a surprise boost in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement yesterday (Wednesday), and at Tinsdills we have the expertise and track record to help make that big move a reality.

Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced that the Government will abolish Stamp Duty for first time buyers on houses priced up to £300,000 effectively immediately.

The new measure will also apply to the first £300,000 on high purchase price areas such as London up to a maximum of £500,000 this means that the first £300,000 on high purchase price areas will not be taxable.

This is a major boost

Tinsdills Reaccredited with Conveyancing Quality Scheme for 6th Consecutive Year!

After being assessed by the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, Tinsdills Solicitors have successfully gained reaccreditation with the nationally recognised award for the sixth year running!

On July 4th it was announced that Tinsdills Solicitors had once again achieved the Conveyancing Quality Scheme Accreditation. Every year members of the scheme are invited to be reassessed in order to regain their accreditation, at which point assessors look at the business practise to ensure they are providing a service that demonstrates “Compliance with the CQS protocol and where necessary, amend existing policies or draft new ones to meet requirements’”

Andrew Burrows, Director in

Tinsdills are expanding

Tinsdills are further strengthening their team with appointments in key positions across the firm.

To support our business growth across all four of our offices in Hanley, Newcastle, Leek and Sandbach we have recruited a number of new staff in key positions so that the firm now numbers 97 staff across our branches.

We have grown steadily and carefully to build a strong team to adapt to the modern legal services market and to continue to service our expanding client base. Through natural growth, mergers and acquisitions we have been able to keep moving forward even in times when economic …

Tinsdills are on Track to Hit Fundraising Targets.

Tinsdills have been striding ahead over the last couple of months, taking part in various activities to raise funds for DMH.

In early April a team of 24 Tinsdills staff members took part in the Dougie Mac 5K event which took place at World of Wedgewood estate in Barlaston. Many team members had never run competitively before, but now have set their sights firmly on the Dougie Mac 10K in September. All staff members who took part commented of how proud they were to be part of such a fantastic fundraising opportunity.

Peter Hamilton, Managing Director and participant in the …

Recent Judgement made by Supreme Court in on going Contentious Probate Case- Ilott

We reported back in 2015 on the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of Ilott –v- The Blue Cross & Others.

The detailed background is set out in the previous report but, in brief, the case related to a claim made by Heather Ilott that the will left by her mother, Melita Jackson, failed to make reasonable financial provision for her. Mrs Ilott, now in her fifties, had left home with her boyfriend at the age of 17 and had been estranged from her mother since then. The will had left nothing to Mrs Ilott and had instead …

Recent Judgement made by Supreme Court in on going Contentious Probate Case- Ilott Extended Version

We reported back in 2015 on the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of Ilott –v- The Blue Cross & Others.

The detailed background is set out in the previous report but, in brief, the case related to a claim made by Heather Ilott that the will left by her mother, Melita Jackson, failed to make reasonable financial provision for her. Mrs Ilott, now in her fifties, had left home with her boyfriend at the age of 17 and had been estranged from her mother since then. The will had left nothing to Mrs Ilott and had instead …

Trampoline Park Injuries on the Rise in the UK!

With Spring now upon us and Summer to look forward to, when the weather is fine we all enjoy the great outdoors whether that be playing sports, walking in the countryside or public parks, visiting theme parks or stately homes, or heading to the coast.  When the great British weather turns wet and windy we often head indoors with family and friends to the cinema, swimming and leisure centres, bowling or perhaps increasingly to trampoline parks.

A recent report for BBC 5 Live’s Daily programme show stated that the number of trampoline parks had increased from 37 in November …

Tinsdills Achieve Investors In People Accreditation!

Tinsdills Solicitors has yet again been awarded the Investors in People Accreditation. The achievement has come perfectly timed as it coincides with the firm’s preparations to employ a new set of Trainee Solicitors to join the expanding company.

Tinsdills underwent a review process that takes place every 3 years in order to retain their Accreditation. The Investors in People Standard explores ‘practices and outcomes within an organisation…and defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results.’

The process involved 25 members of Tinsdills Solicitors across the firm being interviewed as well as having the Business …

Tinsdills Achieve Highest Cyber Essentials Accreditation!

Cyber Essentials PlusTinsdills Solicitors has been awarded with the Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation. Last week Tinsdills Solicitors had its workstations put to the test in order to achieve the accreditation.

Cyber essentials is an accreditation scheme set up by the Government to ‘kitemark’ businesses who have taken the necessary steps to protect themselves against cyber attacks.

The testing process includes a questionnaire relating to ‘security controls and configuration of an organisation’s computing resources.’ However the Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation is a more rigorous assessment where an external certifying body tests the organisations systems and as a result provides a greater security assurance.

Another law firm bites the dust!

– Does Anybody Care?

Since the introduction of the Legal Services Act and the liberalisation of the rules as to ownership of law firms we have seen a considerable change in the way that law firms operate in the UK and the recent relaxation of the rules regarding separate businesses introduced by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) will no doubt change things further.

Over the last 9 years we have seen significant mergers of existing larger law firms in their attempt to retain their market share in the face of increased opposition. We have also experienced existing law firms selling …

Tinsdills celebrate charity award

Tinsdills Solicitors is celebrating winning a charity fundraising award – and has pledged to double its donation over the next 12 months.
The firm’s achievements were recognised last night (Thursday) at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice’s corporate awards ceremony, where they scooped a bronze award after raising over £5,000 last year.
Staff at the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire-based personal and business legal services firm took part in a wide range of events – including a branch-to-branch relay, which saw administration staff, solicitors and Directors don fitness gear to run between each of the company’s Hanley, Newcastle, Leek and Sandbach offices. …

Tinsdills Sponsor Staffordshire Business Festival 7-18 November

Tinsdills Solicitors are proud to be sponsoring the Staffordshire Business Festival. The Festival takes place between the 7-18 November, with more than 60 events including will feature headline speakers, showcase tours of leading companies, business growth opportunities, product samplings, careers fairs, networking and support and advice workshops.

The aim is to:

1. Encourage better engagement between businesses and organisations across Staffordshire.
2. Showcase Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent products, services and talent to a national and international audience.
3. Promote Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent as a place for businesses to locate, grow and prosper.

Key event themes:

1. Made in Staffordshire, sponsored by …

New hours for new team for Tinsdills Solicitors

The demands of modern life mean that many people are working longer, but unfortunately many professions have been slow to recognise this.

In particular, the legal industry has probably not adapted as quickly as some, but Tinsdills Solicitors are pleased to say that they are one of those instigating change by expanding its client services team with two new recruits and longer opening hours.

Their client services team will be on hand to assist you from 8 am to 8 pm each weekday and, for the first time, from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. This will come into …

Tinsdills on Tour for Dougie Mac

Tinsdills Solicitors have once again chosen to support Dougie Mac in 2016 after an overwhelming decision by staff members.
On 5th October 2016 Tinsdills Solicitors will take part in a Branch to Branch Relay to raise funds for Dougie Mac.

Rebecca Gwynn, marketing manager at Tinsdills, said “Staff have already organised various fundraising events to raise invaluable fund for Dougie Mac, including taking part in the Mini Moonlight Walk in July. But for this year’s Bring a Pound Day we wanted to do something really different. “So rather than just bring a pound to each of our offices, which we …

New Inheritance Tax allowances – but is everyone a winner?

It was 2007 when the Conservatives made a manifesto pledge to introduce inheritance tax (IHT) allowances of £1 million for married couples. Nearly ten years later, new IHT rules will come into force next year.  From 6th April 2017, in addition to the existing IHT allowance for £325,000 per individual, there will now also be an additional Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) available when a residence is passed on death to a direct descendant.  The new RNRB will start at £100,000 for 2017/18, increasing £25,000 per year up to £175,000 for 2020/21 and increasing in line with the Consumer Prices …

What to look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer

The legal industry has changed markedly in recent years and such is the nature of change that some can be good and some not so good.

The whole area of personal injury and compensation is one which has changed more than most.  Sadly, many respected law firms feel that this vitally important area of law has attracted a bad reputation, and there are some companies who do, unfortunately, fit this stereotype.  However, we are glad to say we are not one of them.

Personal injury is an incredibly complex and sensitive subject, which on all occasions requires trusted solicitors with …