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Luke Smyth, Solicitors, Wills and Probate
21st August 2017
Luke Smyth of Smith Partnership has defended Lasting Powers of Attorney after Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, warned they may leave elderly people open to abuse. A Lasting Power of Attorney is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through an accident or illness such as dementia. In the foreword to a new book on the subject, Mr Lush raised concerns about the “lack of transparency” in how appointed attorneys manage older people’s finances. The former judge went on to criticise the Ministry of Justice as being “disingenuous” in its promotion of the legal...
Claire Twells, Partner, Smith Partnership
10th August 2017
Ministry of Justice announce new Debt Recovery Regulations   Smith Partnership is urging you to review your debt recovery procedures aimed at individuals as soon as possible, to prepare for the new debt recovery regulations, which come into force from 1st October 2017.   The new regulations, formally referred to as the Debt Recovery Pre-action Protocol were recently announced.   They aim to improve the legal process and encourage better communication and paperwork issued between all parties; to resolve disputes before court proceedings are instigated. To what type of businesses will the protocol apply? The new protocol will apply to any business (including sole traders and public bodies) claiming payment of a debt from an individual (...
Hannah Read, Employment, Paralegal
3rd August 2017
26 July 2017 was a day in history for employment lawyers and employment claimants across the UK.  It was ruled by the Supreme Court that employment tribunal fees imposed by the government since 2013 are unlawful and must be scrapped.  This case was brought by Unison (the biggest trade union representative organisation in the UK) who successfully argued that the fees unlawfully discriminated against women and other groups of workers.  The Supreme Court ruled that the fees and their levels are unlawful and unconstitutional.  The union have claimed that the fees that have been charged between 2013 and the current date will need to be reimbursed, landing the government with an estimated bill of between £27-32 million.  Since the introduction...
Emily Hampson, Legal Executive
26th July 2017
Smith Partnership Solicitors, one of the largest firms of solicitors in the East Midlands, looks at the recent Government proposal that Leasehold tenure on new-build properties may be banned, which has been the focus of news headlines this week.  Leasehold vs Freehold There are two types of legal ownership of a property that you can purchase, these are freehold and leasehold. If you are purchasing a property with freehold tenure then you own the building and the land that it stands on outright. You are known as the freeholder of that property. If you are purchasing a leasehold property then you have a lease from the freeholder to use the property for a term of years. You are required to pay ground rent to the freeholder for the use of the...
 Derby's-Finest
19th July 2017
Derby’s Finest – a new group which celebrates and supports women who make a positive contribution to the county of Derbyshire – hosted sixty-five women at its second event on Wednesday 12th July held at Derbyshire County Cricket Ground. Derby’s Finest networking group was formed in Spring 2017 by four local business women; Claire Twells - Smith Partnership Solicitors, April Hayhurst - Derby College, Bev Crighton - The University of Derby and Amanda Strong - Mercia Image Print. The four founder partners have pledged to seek out the unsung heroines of the county and to recognise their outstanding support and selfless contributions to their community. The much anticipated second event welcomed sixty-five women from a wide range of...
twentiesphere
17th July 2017
Claire Twells, Head of Dispute Solution and Business Development partner at Smith Partnership, was delighted to have been chosen to feature in a brand new business pod cast to discuss her job role and how individuals and businesses can manage debt.   The 20 minute business inspiration pod cast created by Twentisphere is going live today Monday 17th July. Claire was interviewed by Carl Benfield, founder of the company, which aims to encourage, educate and inspire business leaders with bite sized 20 minute audio post casts.   Click here to listen: http://www.twentisphere.com/stop-businesses-paying-late/   Claire Twells spoke about taking part in the pod cast: “It was very exciting to be asked to be interviewed by Carl, as he asked me to talk...
 Luke Smyth
14th July 2017
Smith Partnership is monitoring with interest The Law Commission’s newly released consultation, which will look at whether the law relating to the preparation of Wills needs to be overhauled.   Based on the eventual results of the public consultation which will conclude in November 2017, The Law Commission will present its arguments to the law makers.   The Law Commission argue that the Wills Act (which was created during the reign of Queen Victoria) is somewhat out of step with the modern world and it fails to protect the vulnerable. It is also thought that the outdated laws could also be discouraging people from making a Will in the first place. Perhaps the most interesting section of the report from Smith Partnership’s perspective...
Women in Business
13th July 2017
Smith Partnership was delighted to welcome over 50 business women from across the region who attended their sell-out Women in Business summer seminar on Thursday 6th July. With the delegates gaining powerful insight and self-coaching tips as to how our brain makes connections, from personal development business coach, Ursula Cameron. The vibrant professional Women in Business programme created by the Chamber of Commerce and its three event partners, Smith Partnership, FCM Associates and Mercure Newton Park Hotel, was very well received, giving the delegates the chance to network over lunch and gain vital personal development skills and tips. With an international career spanning 20 years in the coaching profession, Ursula helped the...
smith rainbows
11th July 2017
Smith Partnership was very proud to sponsor and take part in the glorious Rainbows Bubble Rush 5km fun run, on Saturday 8th July at Markeaton Park in Derby, with the overall winner of the race being a solicitor based in their Derby office, Nina Skilton.   The fabulous foaming colourful fun run, sponsored by Smith Partnership, is an annual event organised by Rainbows, the hospice for children and young people in Loughborough. The fund raising entrants were encouraged to run, walk, skip or dance along the 5km course – whilst being blasted with colourful foam!   Claire Twells, Partner at Smith Partnership said: “The team at Smith’s have raised over £11,000 over the last twelve months for Rainbows, as the company’s chosen charity, so we were...
Smith Partnership featured in Thomson Reuters Case Study films
5th July 2017
Smith Partnership, one of largest firms of solicitors in the East Midlands, was delighted to have been invited by Thomson Reuters to be featured in a national legal industry case study, regarding its innovative approach to marketing and business development. Thomson Reuters, global intelligence and business insight specialists, invited the leading law firm to be interviewed and filmed in London on 26th April. The company’s Business Development team were invited to be on a panel of industry leaders to discuss their innovative marketing and business development strategy, which has ultimately increased its turnover. Claire Twells, partner at Smith Partnership and Head of Business Development said: “We were absolutely thrilled to have been...

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