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04

2013

August

Pudsey Legal launches new family mediation service

04 Aug 2013

 
It’s an unfortunate fact that family relationships break down. When they do, many issues need to be resolved such as arrangements for children or property and financial affairs.
 
Often these issues are dragged through the courts costing not only time and money but also increased anguish at such an emotional time.
 
However, mediation offers an alternative way to resolve differences and find solutions in a much less aggressive and confrontational way than court proceedings.
 
Mediation can also be a much cheaper and quicker option for families who find themselves in this situation.
 
A mediator acts as an impartial third party and seeks to work with both parties to explore the issues in a much less formal environment and find solutions which suit all concerned.
 
Here at Pudsey Legal, we believe in putting the families first. So we’ve invested in our Head of Family Law Farzana Ishaq and she’s now a qualified family mediator.
 
In order to qualify as a family mediator Farzana undertook intensive training, which involved theoretical assignments as well as practical assessments to test her skills in realistic scenarios.
 

 
“It was really gruelling and very intensive. For one of our practical assessments we had to make a DVD of ourselves undertaking a mediation session with a family. We then had to watch and review ourselves and this was then analysed by the course tutor and other members of the group. It was incredibly in-depth, but I hope that I can bring these new skills to the people of Pudsey and beyond.”


Farzana Ishaq,
Pudsey Legal Head of family law
 

 
Becoming a family mediator requires a different set of skills to those Farzana has already mastered as a solicitor. The role of the mediator is to listen and to facilitate an agreement between the parties involved so that they can walk away with their dispute resolved and be able to get on with their lives.
 
Mediation can also involve grandparents who may be invited to attend to ensure they help resolve disputes and are able to have access to their grandchildren.
 
As a family mediator Farzana isn’t allowed to give practical legal advice, even though she is fully qualified to do so, but to point clients in the right direction about what the law says so that this helps them and hopefully brings calm to the situation. It’s a way of resolving disputes to prevent court proceedings ever having to take place.
 
Clients can refer themselves to Pudsey Legal for mediation, without going through a solicitor, which will ultimately save money. We also offer fixed fees for family mediation work. Solicitors in the area can also refer their clients to Pudsey Legal for this service.

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31

2013

July

Pudsey Legal increases support for local sport

West Yorkshire is no stranger to sporting success, with our very own Nicola Adams and Hannah Cockroft securing gold medals for Team GB. Not to be outdone, it’s also been a busy sporting month for us here at Pudsey Legal and we’ve increased the level of support we’re offering local clubs through our Cash for Clubs

Even More Cash for Clubs
 
Such sporting successes are often attributed to essential lottery funding and grass roots support. Here at Pudsey Legal, we take a more direct role in supporting local clubs.
 
Our Cash for Clubs scheme launched with both Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket club and Pudsey Juniors Football Club and we are now looking to expand the number of clubs we support.

The scheme rewards clubs financially when club members, their family or friends use our range of legal services.
  
We’re pleased to announce an increase in the level of support we can offer from 5% to 10%!
 
This means the self-funding clubs we support can continue to nurture tomorrow’s sporting talent and future gold medallists of Yorkshire.Team triumphs
 
Our Director, Paul Kaye has completed two marathons since his 46 mile epic along the Leeds – Liverpool canal for our Hare & Hounds Challenge, which raised just over £1500 for Pudsey Live at Home. Head of Conveyancing, Seema Gabbi has gained her red belt in mixed martial arts and Head of Wills and Probate Andrew Gullett has spent many leisurely hours kayaking on the canal.  Elsewhere, Lesley Lyons (and her horse, Bertie) have recently won an open class show jumping event with the South Bradford Riding Association.
 
On a slightly more professional level, local clubs we support have also had their moments in the sun. Farsley AFC entertained Leeds United in a pre-season friendly at Throstle Nest in front of a crowd of 3,000; Pudsey St Lawrence reached 2 cup semi-finals and Pudsey Pacers hosted the annual Pudsey 10k and fun run which attracted over 500 runners.Here’s hoping our sporting success continues!
 
If you know of a club which could benefit from the Cash for Clubs scheme please contact us on 0113 290 0380 or e-mail us at info@pudseylegal.com with Cash for Clubs in the subject line.
 
Basic requirements are that the club has a junior section (it need not be a sports club), operates on a not-for-profit basis and is based in Pudsey or the surrounding areas.
 
Please click here for full terms and conditions of the Cash for Clubs scheme.

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11

2013

July

Pudsey Legal successful in appeal case

11 Jul 2013

 
There have been numerous cases involving the tricky subject of credit hire over the years.
 
Credit hire arises following a road traffic accident. If your car is damaged in an accident you may need to hire a car whilst yours is off the road. Rather than paying up front yourself for a hire car, a credit hire company will supply the hire car on credit terms.
 
The company will then look to recover the hire costs from the insurer of the driver who caused the accident in the first place. This all sounds reasonable - if you have not caused the accident why should you be out of pocket?
 
Yet the process of recovering the money from the insurers sometimes proves complicated when disputes arise. This was the case which faced our specialist credit hire team here at Pudsey Legal recently.
 
Our client, who is a small business owner, was unfortunately involved in an accident where the other driver’s insurers admitted responsibility. Luckily, both drivers were unharmed, but the damage to our client's vehicle meant it was un-driveable.
 
Needing a replacement vehicle whilst his was off the road, he hired from a credit hire company. Whilst, he did have the means to pay for a car from his own pocket, there was no guarantee when he would have recovered this from the insurance company so he hired a vehicle on a credit hire basis (remember he is a small business owner where cash-flow is important).
 
Therefore, he was entitled to recover what is known in law as the ‘Basic Hire Rate.’ This is the rate he would have paid for a car from a local hire company if he was paying up front himself.
 
In cases like this, usually both parties will supply evidence of local rates to allow, hopefully, a figure to be agreed. However, in this case, no agreement could be reached and court proceedings were issued.
 
As is usually the case in these matters, the courts refer to the rules laid down in previous cases, most notably Bent v Highways 2011 and Clark v Ardington 2002. In our case, the dispute surrounded both parties interpretation of these two cases and which party’s rates evidence was most relevant and specific to our client’s needs and rights.
 
At the first hearing, the judge preferred the Defendant’s evidence and we appealed this decision.
 
The appeal judge found in our favour and ruled that the original judge:
 

  • Failed to give any reasons why he preferred the Defendant’s Basic Hire Rate report over that of our client’s.
     
  • There were no grounds on which the original judge could reject the contents of our client’s Basic Hire Report.
     
  • The reasons given by the original judge for rejecting the contents of the Basic Hire Rate Report of our client were wrong in law and not supported by any evidence.
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10

2013

July

Redundancy? Let's compromise

In the current economic climate many businesses, both large and small, look to restructuring as a way to cut costs and achieve greater efficiencies.
 
The regrettable, but inevitable, downside of this is often the loss of jobs.
 
In these circumstances many employers look to agree severance terms with employees through what is known as a Compromise Agreement.

These legally binding agreements are designed to achieve a ‘clean break’ between the employer and employee when a contract of employment is to be terminated or a dispute is to be resolved.
 
They are often used in redundancy situations and when the employer is offering an enhanced redundancy payment. As part of the bargain, the employee agrees that they will not bring any claim to the Employment Tribunal.


There are a number of points which must be covered for the agreement to be binding:
 

  • It must be in writing
     
  • It must relate to a particular issue e.g. redundancy
     
  • It must state that the conditions regulating compromise agreements have been satisfied
     
  • You must have received independent legal advice on the agreement and the agreement must identify the legal advisor
     
  • The advisor must hold their own professional indemnity insurance

 
Legal fees
 
Usually, your employer will agree to meet the legal fees in full or make a contribution towards them. At Pudsey Legal, we will not charge you more than this amount,* ensuring you do not therefore have to pay anything out of your own pocket.
 
Tax
 
As a general rule the first £30,000 of any redundancy payment is paid tax free. However, if any part of the settlement relates to eg. holiday or notice period pay, then those will generally be subject to tax/NI at the normal rate.
 

Agreement terms
 
Sometimes it is necessary to seek to amend the terms of the agreement e.g. to add or remove a term or to vary the amount of the settlement offered. Your legal advisor will discuss this with you.
 
Free advice on a potential dismissal
 
It may be the case that you have not yet been offered a Compromise Agreement but you fear that you may be dismissed, or you may have already been dismissed but without compensation. In either of these circumstances, we can offer you an initial consultation to discuss your rights and advise you on your most appropriate course of action. This may include proposing a Compromise Agreement to your Employer.
 
Remember, here at Pudsey Legal, we are on hand to give you expert advice and guidance if you are faced with this unfortunate situation.
 
*Subject to minimum contribution of £200 pus v.a.t.

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05

2013

July

Free cup of tea with every case

Personal Injury lawyers have had a rocky time in the press in recent years. The introduction of the ‘no win-no fee’ concept and a relaxation of advertising rules has seen a glut of radio, TV and newspaper adverts as phrases such as ‘ambulance chasers’ and ‘compensation culture’ have become part of our everyday language.
 
At Pudsey Legal, your welfare is always our main priority.
 
Recent legislation has been imposed to radically change the accident claims industry and processes aimed at speeding up the system and reducing legal fees have been introduced.
 
However, the debate has reared its head again this week with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rejecting calls to ban solicitors from offering inducements to potential clients such as cash or gifts. They argue that they have found nothing to suggest client’s interests are put at risk or that inducements encourage spurious claims.
 
Indeed aren’t inducements a part of our everyday lives? Whether it be a '3-for-2' offer at the local supermarket or a free cuddly toy for taking out insurance, these offers are a very clever way of marketing to encourage consumers to purchase products or services and can give business’s a competitive advantage over rivals.
 
So why should the legal profession be treated any differently when it comes to inducements and injury claims?
 
Well the answer may well lie in the first paragraph of this blog. Accident lawyers are generally not held in high esteem and it could be argued that to allow marketing in such a way might heighten this perception, whilst at the same time helping fuel the notion of a compensation culture.
 
As a result, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Motor Accident Solicitors Society (MASS) have both called for a ban on inducements and have asked the SRA to reconsider and we agree with that call.
 
At Pudsey Legal we believe in good old fashioned quality and service being the driving forces when choosing a solicitor to represent you and your interests. Whether you’ve had an accident, are buying a house or making a will, it’s important that you are choosing your solicitors for the right reasons.
 
Don’t forget that here at Pudsey Legal, you can be sure of 4 things:
 

  • Clear guidance
     
  • Sensible pricing
     
  • Caring professionals
     
  • We’re on your doorstep
     

If you need quality legal advice from a local firm, give us a call on
0113 254 9733 or pop in to see us – we’ll put the kettle on!

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05

2013

June

Congratulations to our winners!

05 Jun 2013

 
Congratulations go to our two competition winners from the recent Pudsey Carnival and our very own Hare & Hounds challenge in aid of Pudsey Live at Home, our chosen charity of the year for 2013.
 
First in the prize giving was the winning ticket in the main Pudsey Carnival Prize draw where we had sponsored the £100 cash prize. The lucky winner was Simon Hepworth who is pictured receiving his prize from Pudsey Legal director and ‘Hare,’ Paul Kaye along with fellow director Nigel Beck and Pudsey Carnival Chairman Simon Seary.
 
Our Hare and Hounds Challenge winner was Kerrie Brear who was the nearest guess to Paul’s overall finishing time of 8hrs 54mins and 29 seconds. Kerrie, who allowed Paul a little extra time with her guess of 9hrs 06mins 12 seconds, is pictured receiving her prize of a £50 M&S gift voucher from the 'Hare' himself.
 
You can read about our Hare & Hounds challenge on our blog, and also find out about the other ways we are supporting Pudsey Live at Home by regularly checking back on our website. Alternatively, follow @PudseyLegal on Twitter, or share your views and comments by using #PudseyLegal.
 
Congratulations to both our winners!

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05

2013

June

Unregulated will writing

Many people, I am sure, would assume that only solicitors are allowed to write wills, but think again! In fact anyone, and I do mean anyone, can start a business writing wills.
 
Whilst writing a will seems an obvious legal task only certain legal activities are regulated by our professional bodies.
 
This very subject has been in the news recently as the Legal Services Board had proposed regulating will writing. However, the Lord Chancellor has rejected this and will writing remains unregulated.
 
So, you’re probably thinking, so what? Why should this bother me? Well consider some of the advantages of using a regulated solicitor.

  • It ensures that only competent and trained people are providing you with a professional and watertight service.

 

  • It offers protection to you, the customer.

 

  • Solicitors are closely regulated and monitored to ensure that high standards are maintained throughout the profession.
     

Currently, a customer may instruct a will writing company and assume that they are a firm of solicitors, or, at the very least, experts at what they do. It’s a fact that will writing generates a lot of negligence claims, mainly because any mistakes do not normally come to light until after the person has died, at which point, it is too late to correct those mistakes.
 
As solicitors, we are required to have insurance to guard against such claims. If an unfortunate mistake has been made then there will be a means of financial redress. However, that financial redress may not be available if you have used an unqualified will writer who did not have insurance and has disappeared or is no longer in business.
 
Solicitors, on the whole, may not always get it right, but if standards are not met we will suffer the consequences. Also, if a firm stops operating for any reason, there is a system in place to ensure that a firm’s files and stored documents (including wills) are safeguarded. Such protection may not exist if you have used an unregulated will writer.
 
I am not someone who believes in over-regulating businesses, but, in this case, I believe that there is a good case to support formal regulation across the will writing industry, for the reasons given. However, our Lord Chancellor has decided this is not to be and, alternatively, he has encouraged a form of self-regulation within the industry.
 
With this in mind, the Law Society has announced its own “Wills Quality Standard” which is due to be launched later this year. I am fully supportive of this as it will help to ensure that consistently high standards are maintained across the profession.
 
Useful information on making a will can be found on the law society website.
 
Andrew Gullett is  Pudsey Legal's head of wills and probate. You can find out more about Andrew and the services he offers by reading the following pages, or contacting us for further information.
 
Wills and Probate.
Lasting Powers of attorney.
Planning for care home fees

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24

2013

May

Solicitors for the Elderly

24 May 2013

 
Congratulations this week go to our Head of Wills and Probate, Andrew Gullett who has become one of a select group of only nine lawyers in Leeds to be awarded full practitioner membership of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).
 
SFE is an independent, national organisation of lawyers which provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.
 
Not just any lawyer can be a member of SFE. Members must demonstrate substantial experience in working for older and vulnerable clients and pass the SFE examinations to be considered for membership. They must also follow the SFE code of practice.
 
SFE members advise on a number of issues including:
 

  • Wills
     
  • Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work
     
  • Probate and the administration of estates
     
  • Trusts administration
     
  • Preserving assets in the event of long term residential or nursing care

 
Nigel Beck, director at Pudsey Legal says, “Clients deserve the reassurance that their legal matter is being dealt with by a recognised specialist. That’s why, at Pudsey Legal, we place great emphasis on professional accreditation schemes to demonstrate our commitment to providing a service our clients feel truly comfortable with.”
 
Membership of SFE really is a feather in the cap for both Andrew and Pudsey Legal and Andrew can be rightly proud of his achievement.

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21

2013

May

Hare & Hounds Challenge: Complete

Pudsey Legal’s first major fundraising initiative, the Hare and Hounds Challenge, was a massive success at the weekend, and is estimated to raise in excess of £1,000 for its 2013 charity – Pudsey Live at Home.
 
  
The challenge was kick-started on Saturday when the team joined the Pudsey Carnival Parade before the 9 ‘hounds’ were released from the carnival showground by Counsellor Mick Coulson to begin the 23 mile hunt along the Leeds–Liverpool canal towpath from Rodley to Skipton, in pursuit of director, marathon runner and ‘hare’ Paul Kaye.
 
The wet weather meant the challenge was not without difficulty on a very muddy towpath and progress was slow, allowing the hare to win the first leg. The hounds maintain the outcome would have been different had they not stopped to rescue a trapped goat! This unusual approach to Corporate Social Responsibility really does show that Pudsey Legal offer real life support.
 
Feeling refreshed and galvanised (ie. unable to move) after a good night’s sleep, the hounds set off on Sunday morning confident that, goats aside, they could beat the hare on the return leg.
 
However it was not to be. Despite fantastic assistance and encouragement from the support crew, once again the chase was thwarted by a mixture of bad luck and ill discipline in the form of one puncture, several unintended cycle dismounts (ie. falling off bikes) and a final unavoidable delay caused by a round of bacon sandwiches at the Five Rise Locks Cafe.
  
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These unfortunate mishaps allowed the hare to arrive back at Rodley victorious, feeling a very modest “not too bad”. As for the hounds, they were left licking their wounds, including one who somehow managed to break three, yes three, bikes – none of which were “his fault.”
 
There’s always next year...
 
There's still time to enter our competition for the chance to win £50 Marks & Spencer vouchers by guessing the time it took Paul to run the full 46 mile course over the two days. Click on the icon below for your chance to win £50 Marks & Spencer vouchers.
 
Please keep your donations coming in too. Every little helps so please help us beat our target total. Visit our Just Giving page by clicking here or by clicking on the Just Giving Logo below.

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12

2013

May

The Hare & Hounds challenge countdown

With less than 24 hours to go before our Hare & Hounds challenge, realisation is beginning to dawn on our less prepared team members (directors, Nigel and Andrew) who have been reminded of the trials and tribulations of their last attempt to cycle the Leeds - Liverpool canal in their younger days. Despite this, rumours of vigorous last minute training sessions have been strenuously denied by them!
 
Taking a more serious approach is Paul, our 'Hare', who has joined local running club Pudsey Pacers in addition to his other marathon commitments which actually include the Edinburgh marathon the week after our challenge.
 
Our challenge takes place at the same time as this year’s Pudsey Carnival, and, not wanting to miss out on the fun, our team will be taking part in the parade before being sent on our way from the carnival stage by good friend of Pudsey Legal, Councillor Mick Coulson.
  
We are also running a competition for the chance to win £50 Marks & Spencer vouchers by guessing the time it will take Paul to run the full 46 mile course over the two days. Click on the icon below for your chance to win £50 Marks & Spencer vouchers.
  
Fundraising is going well and we are already on course to meet our target. However, every little helps so please feel free to sponsor us via our Just Giving page by clicking here or by clicking on the Just Giving Logo.
  
The Hounds will be tweeting updates whilst they ride - you can stay up-to-date by following@pudseylegal or searching for #H&H

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06

2013

May

Dementia Awareness Week

Did you know that Dementia Awareness week taking place nationwide between the 19th and 25th May? This is the Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship awareness raising campaign.
 
There are all manner of different things you can do to get involved, such as throwing a tea party, or simply visiting their website, even talking about it with your family and friends will help to achieve the campaign’s primary goal of raising awareness of dementia.
 
The term dementia is used to describe a set of symptoms, including memory loss and difficulties with communicating. The most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s (62% of all dementia cases).
  
Did you know that there is a 1 in 3 chance of you developing dementia if you are over the age of 65?
 
It is also a little known fact that 2/3rd of people with dementia are women. I am not by any stretch of the imagination an expert on this subject but wonder if this is simply because women tend to live a lot longer than men. One of the advantages of growing old as a single or widowed man is of course your pick of the ladies at the tea-dances!
 
This subject is of particularly interest to me personally as I advise clients in making Lasting Powers of Attorney LPA). This is a document which gives some other person (your Attorney) power to manage your affairs and make decisions on your behalf, should you be unable to do so yourself.
 
Unfortunately, I am frequently contacted by people whose family member has already lost capacity to make a LPA. In these circumstances, an application has to be made to the Court of Protection for a person to be appointed as a deputy to act on behalf of the person who has been incapacitated. This is both expensive (£400 court fee plus solicitors costs of anything in the region of £1,000), and time-consuming (at least 6 months). During this 6 months money would be locked into bank accounts, and any property could not be sold. The process is extremely complicated and cumbersome. The powers of the Court appointed Deputy are restricted and closely monitored.
 
This could easily have been avoided if the person had made one or more LPA’s. Once made, these can be registered immediately with the Office of the Public Guardian, in order that they can be used straight away, should the need arise. There are 2 types of LPA – Property and Affairs and Health and Personal Welfare.
 
Sadly, none of us know what is round the corner, and all too often we think it will never happen to us and delay doing things until it’s simply too late.
 
In an ideal world I would advise everyone over the age of around 40 to have a LPA in place. You can see it as a very useful insurance policy.
 
So back to talking and the Alzheimer’s Awareness week reminds me of my May day bank holiday spent travelling around the beautiful Yorkshire Dales with 2 friends. Perhaps it was the gorgeous weather which made everyone friendly but we chatted to so many lovely and interesting people. 
 
Sadly, this is a luxury not afforded to many elderly people who are house-bound and see no-one from one week to the next week. I do believe that loneliness is increasingly common-place in our society but very little is said about it. Here at Pudsey Legal, we sponsor a local charity (of which I am also a committee member) called Pudsey Live at Home. They visit elderly people and also provide various activities, including trips out. It’s a simple idea but the charity makes a huge impact upon the lives of the people who use it. I believe this is extremely relevant to the Dementia Awareness week, as I am quite sure that dementia can be helped by simply talking to people. I repeat that I am not a medical expert but surely just keeping your mind active and positive is likely to have a beneficial impact on its well-being.
 
So, I urge all of you who are reading this article to use the Dementia Awareness to talk to someone, perhaps an elderly relative or neighbour who you have not seen for some time, not just about the important issues raised in this article, but simply to connect with that person and show a genuine interest in his or her life.
 
It has always interested me that at birth we are entirely dependent upon the care of others and in our dotage we are again dependent upon the kindness of others, so perhaps in the intervening years, we could all show a little more kindness to our elders, as we will all be there one day….

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02

2013

May

Getting a foot on the property ladder

The Council of Mortgage Lenders recently announced the number of first time buyers reached a five year high in the first two months of the year.
 
Perhaps surprisingly, first-time buyers accounted for 43% of all house purchase loans in February. Does this signal an end to the myth of would-be buyers struggling to get a foot on the property ladder? 
 
We are now seeing more lenders offering mortgages giving buyers a route to their first home and the figures are up 17% from the same period last year.
 
This encouraging news goes hand in hand with two schemes announced by the government in last month’s budget in an attempt to get the housing market moving.
 
Help to buy scheme
 
The ‘Help to Buy’ scheme offers loans worth up to 20% of the price of a new build property. Along with your 5% deposit, this allows buyers access to mortgages which will only lend up to 75% of the property value.
 
The second scheme, to be launched next year will see the government guaranteeing up to 15% of a loan to the lender.
 
Whilst these schemes will open up even more mortgage offers to enable first time buyers to get the foot on the property ladder and are clearly great news for the housing market as a whole, a note of caution should be sounded.
  
Let us remind ourselves how the last credit crisis started. You guessed it – the property bubble burst.
 
Experts warn that the chancellor's package of measures to boost the property market could instead stoke another housing bubble and leave taxpayers exposed to a future downturn in prices.
 
Some political figures take a different approach by suggesting the best way to tackle the housing crisis and help first-time buyers is to have a major programme of affordable house building.
 
However, it is clear that steps are being taken to address the problems. Here in Pudsey, we are seeing a number of new housing estates – both large and small - springing up. Hopefully this demonstrates the optimism is well placed and there is light at the end of the tunnel for first time buyers.

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11

2013

April

Pudsey Legal's conveyancing kitemark

11 Apr 2013


Buying or selling a house is a big, often expensive decision, and you’ll want to know that the legal team looking after your sale or purchase is doing so to the highest possible standards.

Pudsey Legal is committed to achieving accreditations which offer its customers reassurance about the quality of service provided. So along with MASS, APIL, Resolution and the SRA's Family Law Scheme, Pudsey Legal is accredited by the Law Society’s prestigious Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).

The CQS kitemark is a symbol of reassurance to customers that Pudsey Legal is adhering to the highest possible standards and procedures.

Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson explains CQS on the Law Society website: “Many people assume that only solicitors do conveyancing, but there are other service providers out there who are not solicitors. CQS allows consumers who are buying a home, one of the biggest purchases of most people’s lives, to not only be assured that it is a solicitor they are using for this important legal process, but it is one which has gained recognition for the high standards it provides through CQS."

Seema Gabbi, Head of Conveyancing at Pudsey Legal says “We aim to promote a high standard of service. We want to ensure that our clients, buying and selling homes, in and around Pudsey, are informed of our skill and knowledge in this area of law. Holding CQS status from the Law Society assures them of that. We’re very proud to be wearing this badge of honour". She goes on to explain that being accredited helps to guard against fraud and says that “our clients come first”.

Nigel Beck, a director at Pudsey Legal concludes: “Buying or selling a house can feel like a complicated process. By having CQS status, we can offer even more reassurance to our clients that they are in safe hands. We’re delighted to be part of the CQS initiative”.

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11

2013

April

Hare & Hounds training update

Our Hare & Hounds challenge in support of Pudsey Live at Home, our charity of the year, is now only five weeks away and our training is stepping up a gear.
 
Last weekend Pudsey Legal director and our 'hare', Paul, ran the Blackpool marathon in a commendable time of 4 hours 19 mins for the 26 mile route. This was Paul’s first attempt on this course which he described as ‘up and down.’
 
Our 'hounds' have been slightly less enthusiastic with older members of the team (directors Nigel and Andrew!) using a variety of excuses to explain why their bikes are still in sheds gathering dust.
 
Top marks go to team members Lesley and Michael who are braving the cold mornings by ‘test driving’ our route on the canal towpath. So far they have spotted no hazards which would see us taking an early bath.
 
Richard is taking the event very seriously, having not ridden a bike for some 12 years, he has opted for a more sustained training regime involving not only cycling on road and mud tracks but also gym work and swimming.
 
Richard estimates we shall complete the ride as a group in around three hours. As Paul is hoping to complete his task in around four hours, the one hour head start we are giving him should make for a tense finish!
 
Whilst training is going well (for the majority of participants who have started it!), we need even more support to raise as much money as we can for Pudsey Live at Home. Founded in 1996, Pudsey Live at Home does amazing work helping older people in the local area to remain independent in their own homes. Pudsey Live at Home organises social activities and groups such as Tai Chi exercise classes, a walking club and computer group to help people keep both mind and body fit and active.
  
Show your support on our JustGiving page ›

Watch this space for further updates and follow our training progress on Twitter.

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08

2013

April

Guilty or not guilty?

Our eagerly awaited mock trial event with Crashaw School took place despite heavy overnight snow under the watchful eye of our resident judge, councillor Mick Coulson.
 
Pupils braved the ‘arctic’ conditions to don their wigs and gowns and act the parts with fantastic enthusiasm and wonderful initiative.
 
Playing the roles of barristers, defendants, witnesses and jury members, which were allocated in advance, pupils were tasked with learning scripts and researching the various roles and courtroom procedure. It was clear they took their responsibilities seriously and had put an awful lot of work into the event.
 
Proceedings were expertly marshalled by judge Coulson who got fully into the spirit of the occasion by threatening to send the court reporter to prison for contempt of court when his mobile rang!
 
The performance of the pupils was a credit to them and the school and our thanks go to everyone who participated. 
 
We would also like to thank teacher Andy Cox, Councillor Coulson and Stuart Andrew MP who watched proceedings from the public gallery with great interest.
 
A fantastic day made possible by the pupils who have now set the bar extremely high for next years event!
 
“This is a really innovative initiative and a great opportunity to really understand what goes into a legal trial. The children learnt to practise their research skills, to think on their feet, to analyse evidence and facts, to understand the discipline of a courtroom setting and to realise how important their decisions are in this environment. I’m delighted to have taken part.”
 
Councillor Mick Coulson

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