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    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. …

    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 have done previously, …

    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 …