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17

2012

December

Shop 'til you drop?

Christmas should be a happy time spent with our family, opening presents and indulging in the occasional mince pie, but for some people it can be a time when unexpected injuries occur. It’s a fact that more than 80,000 people need hospital treatment for injuries during the festive period (statistic taken from NHS.co,uk)
Personal Injury expert Kerry Dervey tells us more about the potential accidents and hazards to watch out for during the festive season to help you have a safe and injury free Christmas.
“In the run up to Christmas, we rush around the house or out and about, doing jobs that we only find ourselves doing this time of year. It’s surprising how many situations there are where potential hazards exist, but we’re all too busy trying to get that last present or battling for the last Christmas pudding that we aren’t looking out for them. This is when accidents can happen.
In the run up to Christmas we often undertake tasks such as climbing up ladders to put up lights, which can lead to accidents and falls. Make sure that someone is on hand to help and that equipment is safe and suitable for the task ahead. Also take carry on chairs to put up or take down Christmas tree decorations and keep a close eye on what the kids are doing – they love to get involved and copy mum and dad, but make sure they are doing so in a safe way.
One of the common places for accidents to happen is in the supermarket and many of us will be doing a big shop ahead of Christmas Day to stock up on fresh vegetables and other necessities.  Inevitably the stores will be much busier than usual and the shelves will be piled high with supplies. It’s at times like this when we’re rushing to get everything ticked off our list that accidents can happen.
In my experience, trips and slips are really common in supermarkets and are often caused by products which have been dropped and left on the floor unnoticed. Other potential slip hazards in the supermarket are things like bread trays left on the floor, which people accidentally step on! Shops and supermarkets should point out any hazards that they are aware of with clear signs, however, there may be things that haven’t been spotted and it’s these things that will cause accidents.
The other thing to consider is the weather conditions. In the last few weeks here in Yorkshire we’ve had a lot of frost and black ice and the conditions have been really hazardous. Accidents can easily happen when driving or walking round the shops to get that last minute Christmas shopping done or grab a bargain in the sales.  Local councils owe a duty to keep pedestrians and motorists reasonably safe but it’s wise to take a good look at the weather forecast and prepare for every eventually. Stock up on de-icer, keep an extra blanket in the car and wear shoes that have a good grip on them to avoid slipping over.
Having said all this, if you or a member of your family are unfortunate and have an accident over the festive period, then help is at hand. Having an accident can be incredibly inconvenient, especially at this time of year, as well as painful and financially troubling so here are some top tips for staying safe this Christmas.
  • Keep decorations and cards away from fires and make sure that you blow out candles
     
  • It’s wise to buy new Christmas tree lights rather than using old ones which may have become faulty
     
  • Always switch off decorative lights before going to bed
     
  • Use scissors to open packaging rather than knives
     
  • Allow yourself plenty of time and allocate space for cooking the Christmas dinner to avoid accidents with hot fat and boiling water
     
  • Try and keep the house as tidy as possible because clutter can cause accidents and falls

 
We want you to have a safe, happy and healthy Christmas with your family and friends, but be reassured that we are here to help if you need us.”

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17

2012

December

Happy Christmas from everyone at Pudsey Legal

Christmas is almost here and we hope that you’re all as excited as we are! We wanted to wish all our customers and friends in Pudsey a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2013.
 
2012 has been a fantastic year for us, culminating in the re-launch of our business in November from Kayes Solicitors to Pudsey Legal and the opening of a second office – our head office - at the Thornbury Barracks roundabout on Bradford Road. As part of the re-launch we recruited four new experts in family law, conveyancing, personal injury and wills and probate, enabling us to provide a much wider range of services to our local community.

We’ve also had some fantastic results recently with the charity initiatives that we’ve supported. In November we took part in Will Aid’s ‘Make a Will’ month and raised over £1,500 for well-known national charities whilst more recently we supported the local community by collecting 50 gifts for the Junior Chamber International’s Secret Santa Appeal.
 
In the meantime, enjoy your Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2013.

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2012

December

Secret Santa Success

13 Dec 2012

 
We’re delighted to report that our support of the Secret Santa initiative, organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI Bradford), has been a huge success.  Thanks to generous clients and members of staff we’ve collected 50 presents for the appeal, which helps disadvantaged children across the Bradford area.
 
On Tuesday, Philip Cavalier-Lumley, the JCI Bradford Appeal Project Manager came to our new Cringlebar House office to collect all the presents that we’ve collected over the past few weeks.  Thanks to everyone who took part and helped to contribute towards making this a success.  The initiative has been running for 24 years and we hope that our contribution has helped the children in our region.
 
Philip told us, “We are delighted that Pudsey Legal has supported the JCI Bradford Secret Santa Appeal this year.  Their new office on the Thornbury Barracks roundabout is ideally situated between Leeds and Bradford and we are grateful to the people of Pudsey and the surrounding area for their generous contributions”.
 
The countdown to Christmas really is on and we hope you’re all getting in the festive spirit as much as we are.  We’ll be posting again next week to let you know our opening hours over the Christmas and New Year holidays. Bye for now!

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11

2012

December

Changes to the world of Personal Injury claims

The world of Personal Injury claims has been a hot topic for the last decade. Proposed changes to the small claims limit, changes to the way, and how much lawyers are paid, changes to the process for making claims have seen huge transformation. This is an industry which refuses to stand still.
 
However, recently the push for reform has become a highly publicised political football. Everybody has an opinion, most with a vested interest.
 
But what about the person who has been injured? What about the person who has been injured and needs treatment? What about the person who has been injured, needs treatment and is off work and receiving no pay?

Does this person deserve independent, expert advice or should they be left to fight for themselves?
 
Insurers claim to have the injured person’s best interests at heart. Yet as the representative of the person at fault and, thus, the party paying the compensation, it is easy to see their vested interest in paying as little as possible. After all, their first duty is to the shareholders not the injured person. Is it right that they should they act as judge, jury and executioner?
 
Equally, it is easy to see a similar argument that lawyers have a vested interest in wanting to fight to be paid as much as possible. The picture has been painted of personal injury solicitors as greedy ambulance chasers with publicity and advertisements everywhere you look.

Is it too late (or too naive) to ask for some common sense to prevail? Is this asking for utopia?
 
Now is the time for sensible heads to get together, or be banged if necessary, to agree a formula that ensures we work collaboratively for the benefit of the person who deserves a system which will deliver a fair, just and independent solution to a situation they did not ask for.
 
Now is the time for the bickering to stop and remember the PERSON central to the whole issue – the injured party.

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03

2012

December

There’s still time to help a child with the Secret Santa Appeal

03 Dec 2012

 
The countdown to Christmas really has started!  For most of us this means spending time with our family, opening lots of presents and eating delicious food.  But not everyone is this lucky and in the Leeds/Bradford area, many children will be waking up on Christmas Day without any presents at all.
 
If you would like to help a disadvantaged child in your area, then come along to Pudsey Legal and take part in the Secret Santa Appeal, organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bradford.  The appeal ends this week on Sunday 9th December so you still have time to take part.  The appeal is already a great success and we're on course to collect around 40 presents for children in the region.
 
All you have to do is pop into Pudsey Legal’s new office on the Thornbury Barracks Roundabout, 415 Bradford Road, Pudsey. We have a supply of gift tags which bear the first name, age and gender of a child who has been nominated to receive a present. Once you’ve collected a tag, simply purchase a present for the child nominated and return it with your gift to Pudsey Legal.
 
It doesn’t matter how much or how little you want to spend on your gift or you can even donate something that is homemade. The important thing is that we make a difference to as many disadvantaged children this Christmas.  So, next time you’re out and about in Pudsey, come in and see us to pick up your gift tag and find out which child you could help this Christmas.

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2012

November

Please join our Secret Santa Appeal

21 Nov 2012

Come and join us to help disadvantaged children in the local area to have a happier Christmas!
 
The Secret Santa Appeal, organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bradford, has been successfully running for 24 years. Mini appeals by local businesses such as ours are a crucial way of helping local children to have a happier Christmas.  The appeal starts on Saturday 24th November and runs until Saturday 9th December.

It’s really easy to take part! All you have to do is pop into either Pudsey Legal’s new office on the Barracks Roundabout, 415 Bradford Road, Pudsey or the office on Church Lane in Pudsey town centre.
 
We have a supply of gift tags which bear the first name, age and gender of a child who has been nominated to receive a present. Once you’ve collected a tag, simply purchase a present for the child nominated on the tag and return the tag and gift to Pudsey Legal.
 
It doesn’t matter how much or how little you want to spend – it really is the thought that counts and the difference it will make to the child named on your tag.
 
We look forward to seeing you soon!
 
Andrew Gullett
Solicitor

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05

2012

November

Pudsey Legal launches with fireworks and cake!

29 Oct 2012

It’s been quite a journey, but at last, Pudsey Legal (formerly Kayes Solicitors) is here! We’re really excited to be writing our first blog and telling you a bit more about what’s on offer.
 
From Monday 5th November we’re having a launch month where anyone is welcome to pop in to our new office (on the Thornbury Barracks Roundabout, Bradford Road, Pudsey – parking is free), for a cuppa, a piece of cake (the fridge is very well stocked!) and to ask any questions about the legal services we offer.

We decided to launch with a bang so we’re proud to be sponsoring the Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club bonfire and firework night.  On Friday night (2nd November) we’ll be at the event launching our new Cash for Clubs scheme, which helps local sports clubs and organisations as well as giving away a FREE iPad mini in the raffle!
 
Pudsey Legal will offer a really broad range of legal services including conveyancing (for people buying and selling houses), family law, wills and probate and personal injury law.  Throughout November we’re supporting Will Aid, so please do come in and meet Andrew Gullett, who can tell you more about how to get a basic will drawn up without being charged the usual fee in return for a donation to the Will Aid group of charities.
 
We’re all committed to providing a really great service to the local community and look forward to welcoming you soon. We hope this gives you a flavour of our new company – and don’t forget to pop in and see us for tea and cake!
 
Andrew, Paul and Nigel
 
Pudsey Legal Directors

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05

2012

November

Pudsey Legal launches with a bang!

01 Nov 2012

In a triumphant Olympic year for Yorkshire, Kayes Solictors in Pudsey is re-launching as Pudsey Legal (www.pudseylegal.com) with new offices, broader services and a community scheme to help local clubs and associations, including sports clubs.

Pudsey Legal will offer customers an extensive range of legal services and has appointed new specialist solicitors in the key areas of conveyancing, family law, personal injury and wills and probate.  The new offices on the Thornbury Barracks roundabout on Bradford Road will officially open their doors to the local community on Thursday 1 November.  The company will also retain its office in Pudsey town centre.

To celebrate the occasion Pudsey Legal is sponsoring the Bonfire event at Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club on Friday 2 November with the launch of its Cash for Clubs scheme.  In return for promoting its range of legal services to friends, family and colleagues, Pudsey Legal will make a donation to the club upon the successful completion of a case.

The new scheme has been created for local clubs and organisations which are self-funding and will begin as a trial with Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club and Pudsey Juniors Football Club.  The chairman of Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club, Chris Gott said, “In today’s world it is becoming increasingly difficult for clubs like ours to raise funds.  The Cash for Clubs initiative will provide valuable support and will enable us to continue our role at the centre of the local community by allowing us to provide coaching, playing and social opportunities for all”.

Pudsey Legal director, Paul Kaye commented “We are delighted to be able to offer the people of Pudsey an extensive range of legal services. We understand that there are many different times, sometimes difficult times, when members of our community may need legal advice and support.  Whether moving house, getting divorced, after an accident or looking for guidance on gaining power of attorney, our expert team is here to help.

Paul added, “We hope that the Cash for Clubs scheme will give something back to the local community and are grateful to Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club and Pudsey Juniors Football Club for their support of this scheme so far.“

During launch month, members of the public who require a consultation can drop in for tea and cake to meet the new members of the Pudsey Legal team.

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05

2012

November

Up and running in ‘Make a Will’ month

05 Nov 2012

Last week was an exciting week that saw Pudsey Legal launch with a bang at the Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club firework event.  We’re really proud to sponsor the cricket club and want to thank everyone who organised, attended and contributed to the success of the firework display.  The lucky winner in the raffle was the landlord of the Bankhouse Pub in Fulneck, so we’ll be popping in for a drink in the near future to see how he’s enjoying his new iPad!
 
As part of our commitment to offering a high quality service that helps members of the local community we’re supporting Will Aids ‘Make a Will’ month throughout November.  It’s easy to put off writing a will so we hope that this will encourage people to come along and get it sorted out.  To get your will drawn up as part of this initiative, Will Aid suggests a minimum donation of £90 for a single will, or £135 for a pair of ‘mirror’ wills, which are for two partners, but it’s up to you how much you want to give.
 
This is a great chance to get a professionally drawn up will and to help some of the UK’s best loved charities including the NSPCC and Save the Children at the same time.  If you would like more information, please do pop in or ring me for more information.
 
Andrew Gullett

(Wills & Probate)

Contacts

Telephone
0113 254 9733

Pudsey Legal
Cringlebar House,
415 Bradford Road, Pudsey,
Leeds, LS28 7HQ

 


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