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    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

    Conveyancing Quality

    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’”

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    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 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 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39266683 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. …