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Top Swindon solicitors take on Ben Nevis challenge for North Wilts Resolution

A team from francis george solicitor-advocate, one of the leading solicitors’ firms for the Swindon area, is climbing Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain peak at 1,345m above sea level, to help support North Wiltshire Resolution.

Francis George, senior partner at the firm, is also chair of the North Wiltshire branch of Resolution, a growing group of family lawyers which works to resolve disputes and family-related cases constructively and amicably.

Francis said “Divorce and separation can be a mountain to climb unless handled effectively”.

He will be joined on the climb by business partner Asif Robbani and a trainee lawyer at francis george solicitor-advocate, Ross Peters. The expedition is set for 9 December 2018, and, given the time of year, the three will be undertaking a winter climbing skills course first. On the trip, mountaineer Iain Murray will act as their guide.

Francis said: “There’s likely to be snow, ice and tears! (And that’s just on Asif’s part!) I know how challenging these climbs can be – I scaled Mont Blanc back in July and the conditions were bad then, even at the height of summer.

“But it was genuinely the experience of a lifetime. The team and I are now embracing this thrilling new challenge, getting into some training and looking forward to raising some much-needed funds for Resolution.

“As the chair of the local region, I feel it’s important that we continue to raise money and spread the word about what Resolution does in the hope that this will encourage other family lawyers and clients to adopt the same mentality. I hope so much that people will support us and this very worthy cause.”

People can donate via their JustGiving page.

francis george solicitor-advocate is well known for its family law work, and its expert panel of accredited solicitors offers advice on complicated divorce cases.

It has been a Family Panel member for more than a decade, and handles all aspects of family law.

The company was shortlisted in the 2018 Family Solicitor of the Year awards.

About Resolution

Resolution, previously the Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA), is made up of 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals in England and Wales, who believe in a non-confrontational and constructive approach to family law. The organisation also campaigns to improve the family justice system.

Resolution backs the development of family lawyers through its UK-wide and regional training schemes, through good practice guides and other publications and via its accreditation scheme. Resolution trains and accredits mediators as well, and is unique in its provision of training and support for collaborative lawyers across England and Wales.

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Top Swindon solicitors strengthen team with new staff

Leading Swindon solicitor francis george solicitor-advocate has announced it is strengthening its team with new staff.

The firm now has an 18-strong staff team, split across all its departments, encompassing family law, conveyancing, civil litigation, probate, finance and support staff.

Trisha Telles at francis george solicitor-advocateThe newest team member is Trisha Telles, who joined the firm in early October as a conveyancing assistant.

Currently studying LLB law with management studies at Aston University, Telles has joined francis george solicitor-advocate during her placement year, having completed the second year of her studies with a II.1.

The keen reader, cook and traveller previously worked for the Swindon Marriott hotel for over four years and has volunteered for local charities including the CAB and Birmingham’s Personal Support Unit, where she has helped the local community and litigants in person with wide-ranging legal issues.

Francis George, senior partner at francis george solicitor-advocate, said: “We are delighted to welcome Trisha on board, and know that her contribution will do a great deal to strengthen our team.”

The conveyancing department she joins is quality-assured and offers clients a bespoke service tailored to their unique needs, at a competitive price.

Clients of this service report the firm is reliable and quick to work with, and upfront and transparent about pricing and any additional charges.

It’s part of the company’s operation across the commercial and domestic property markets, covering the full scope of property transactions, including the sale itself but also remortgaging, transferring or buying a place.

But the firm is also well-known for its award-winning family law work, and its panel of accredited solicitors is highly experienced and skilled in this area, so is able to advise on complex matrimonial cases.

Francis George has been a Family Panel member for more than a decade and handles all aspects of family law from initial consultation through to court hearings in contested cases.

The team aims to resolve matters through mediation, and with minimal cost and maximum benefit to the client.

Family work earned Francis George a shortlisting in this year’s Family Solicitor of the Year awards, while, in 2017, it took Best Divorce Law Firm in the globally recognised Dispute Resolution Awards.

Additionally, it won Advocacy Solicitor of the Year in 2018.

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate are delighted to expand conveyancing team

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate, is delighted to announce that it is expanding its conveyancing team with the addition of a new Conveyancer. The team have welcomed Emily Peterson, who will provide a welcome and experienced addition to the conveyancing team when she joins the Swindon-based firm.

Emily is joining Francis George Solicitor-Advocate from her previous role at Eric Robinson Solicitors. She studied law at Portsmouth University and obtained a First Class degree, demonstrating her ability and passion for the subject. After graduation, Emily worked at Blake Morgan Solicitors for a year and then built up a further two years of experience at Eric Robinson Solicitors.

Emily joins the team at a time when the housing market is rising and when the firm is experiencing a spike in new business, as clients seek out expert conveyancing services from a trusted local provider with a quality ethos and competitive pricing.

Senior Partner Francis George, at Francis George Solicitor-Advocate said: “We are delighted to bring Emily into our team, where she will provide valuable knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm to boost the existing capabilities of our growing conveyancing function.”

“As a growing firm, we find that customers are extremely keen to buy and sell properties in the Swindon areas and the market is booming. However, if mistakes are made during the legal process it can have a huge impact on costs, completion time and the ability to successfully complete a transaction.”

“Our service is of the utmost quality and designed around the customer, with excellent customer service, a ready pool of expertise and transparent costing for complete peace of mind.”

The Francis George difference

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate offers a full range of conveyancing services for property sales. All clients receive a bespoke and personal service at highly competitive prices. The firm prides itself on reliable and timely service delivery and will provide customers with fixed and certain costing – without hidden extras.

The team deliver expert and quality-assured conveyancing services for domestic and commercial property sales, whether the client is selling, re-mortgaging, purchasing or transferring a property.

Local experts

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate are also local and serve the Swindon geography with local insight and knowledge, and are a dynamic, proactive business which works hard to deliver on behalf of its clients. In fact, the firm enjoys an extremely high degree of repeat business and referral custom thanks to the quality of its offer.

To find out more visit: http://www.francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com/conveyancing-commercial-property-solicitor.htm

 

 Francis George Solicitor-Advocate – The busiest start to the year to date

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate has experienced the highest volume of divorce enquiries in January to date.

Monday, January 8, which is colloquially known as D Day or Divorce Day, has been especially busy for divorce lawyers in 2018. General internet searches for divorce doubled at the start of January as people sought to end their relationships following the festive period.

In the first week of January, Francis George Solicitor-Advocate has been inundated with family work. The company worked on as many as four emergency applications to force removal or to take custody of children or finances and has had a further three court cases in the first week.

Francis George, senior partner at Francis George Solicitor-Advocate stated that: “January is always our busiest time of year. Our stats show a significant increase in the number of enquiries and number of people who want to end their relationship following the festive period.”

The increased divorce interest occurs as The Telegraph also announced that the rate of divorce in both Wales and England have gone up for the first time this decade. This is based on data from the Office for National Statistics.*

With Francis George Solicitor-Advocate the Family Panel will guarantee that you are getting the expertise you need to advise in complex matrimonial cases. The panel is formed from accredited and experienced experts. In addition, the Resolution accreditation scheme of which they are members set the firm apart with benchmarks for providing quality advice on Family Law. For more than 10 years Francis has been a Family Panel member.

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate deals with all elements of Family Law from the opening consultations to contesting matters in the Courts where required. They always seek to mediate and to resolve any cases with minimal cost to the client and the maximum benefit.

Francis has been placed on the shortlist for the sought-after Family Solicitor of the Year UK in 2018 award. The company has also been added to the shortlist for Advocacy Solicitor of the Year UK in 2018.

Francis George also won Best Divorce Law Firm in 2017 in the internationally recognised Dispute Resolution Awards. Francis said: “Being recognised by a company such as Finance Monthly rounds off what has been a spectacular 2017 for us, after celebrating 10 years in business.”

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*http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/18/divorce-rates-increase-first-time-decade-over-50s-untie-knot/

Swindon solicitors celebrate milestone in Old Town’s regeneration

Francis George Solicitor Advocate in Swindon are celebrating the successful preparation and negotiation of the £35m project that will revitalise one of the town’s most historic areas.

After years of careful negotiation with Swindon Borough Council, establishing an agreement to renovate the former Locarno ballroom in Old Town, the project is now entering the transformative phase.

Steve Rosier, the Project’s Director, said: “It’s been seven years since Francis George started on this project. They’ve worked on the framework and demonstrated how landowners and local authorities can work together to apply transformative change.”

“The next steps,” said Mr Rosier, “are to finalise the joint venture agreement with the land owner and make an agreement with the builders.”

In 2020 the Grade II listed building, which is to become known as The Exchange, will reopen its doors as a hub for shops, restaurants, bars, bistros, a boutique cinema and niche shops.

And Mr Rosier believes that if Francis George Solicitor Advocate had not gone out of their way to keep costs down, then the contracts may not have been completed at all.

Maintaining competitive pricing has always been important at Francis George Solicitor Advocate, and The Exchange negotiations, all in accordance with the planning brief, demonstrate the bespoke service applied across all their property conveyancing and commercial matters.

Estimates by Francis George Solicitor Advocate point to significant commercial and residential growth in light of the development; 30% increases may well be observed in valuations.

The vision, shared publicly on www.theexchangeswindon.co.uk, is to make a significant difference to not only the iconic building, but also the surrounding High Street, Wood Street and Market Square. The area is to become friendlier for people to live, work and enjoy, with entertainment and sustainable street markets also to be encouraged.

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Francis George Solicitor-Advocate’s £1,000 donation takes total to £3,000 for Prospect Hospice

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate raised £1,000 for Prospect Hospice in September. The donation takes its total to £3,000 for the hospice over the last three years.

The leading Swindon law firm raised the funds by donating the fees from every joint and mirror will it prepared throughout the calendar month. The firm has been running this initiative every year since 2014 and plans to continue the campaign.

A mirror will allows couples such a husband and wife and people in civil partnerships with similar wishes to make near-identical wills. These enable them to appoint people they both trust to act as their executors when they die.

Francis George Solicitor Advocate charges £200.00 + VAT to prepare a mirror or joint will. In September, clients were able to pay this fee direct to Prospect Hospice or to the law firm for full onward donation.Francis George, the firm’s founder, said: “We’re delighted to support the invaluable facility Prospect Hospice provides to the people of Swindon and the surrounding area. We’d also take the opportunity to remind people of the importance of properly prepared will. This is critical as any grey areas in a person’s will could affect who inherits either all or part of their estate. If the small print is not crystal clear, the courts could interpret your will contrary to your wishes. In a recent example of this, the family of a physicist lost out on £750,000 due to ambiguous wording in the deceased’s will.”*

 

A Higher Rights Advocacy, Francis George Solicitor-Advocate gives clients the equivalent service to that of a barrister. Advising from the start of a case to the finish, the firm’s team works with a range of bodies, from the Small Claims Court to the Supreme Court.

 

Prospect Hospice supports a community of 300,000 people in Swindon, Marlborough and north Wiltshire and the villages of Lechlade and Fairford in Gloucestershire. In 2014-15, it cared for and supported almost 6,400 people, as patients, carers and family members through a range of services developed to bring care, comfort and confidence at life’s most difficult time.

 

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* http://www.bpslaw.co.uk/family-fails-to-inherit-after-dispute-over-will-and-uk-assets/

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate helping crisis-hit people in Swindon

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate has made its office available as a regular contribution point for the charity, Swindon Foodbank.

The leading Swindon law firm confirmed the arrangement following the success of its foodbank last Christmas and the collection of one tonne of donated food so far this year.

Swindon Foodbank helps people struggling to pay for everyday essentials, such as food.

With one person in six in Swindon living close to the edge of their finances, there are an estimated 30,500 income deprived people living in the town.* These people have no safety net when a crisis, such as sudden illness, relationship breakdown, redundancy, or a large unexpected expense, hits. The result is real financial hardship and a struggle to put food on the table.

Francis George, founder of Francis George Solicitor Advocate, said: “We’re huge supporters of Swindon Foodbank and all it does for the town. Like so many towns that are prosperous on the surface, Swindon has many people who need our help. As a local business, we want to play our part in helping the less fortunate among us.”

The firm has received many kind donations from clients, staff and the general public. One contribution, from a generous passer-by, included so many food items the collection box overflowed.

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate welcomes all donations, from tinned goods to food hampers. To make a donation, simply take your contribution into reception at:

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate
16 High Street
Old Town
Swindon
SN1 3EP

Based in the heart of Swindon’s Old Town, Francis George Solicitor-Advocate specialises in litigation, pre-litigation and non-contentious work. The firm provides pragmatic and practical legal advice on subjects such as conveyancing, commercial contracts and probate and wills to clients across the UK.

As a Higher Rights Advocacy, Francis George Solicitor-Advocate gives clients the equivalent service to that of a barrister. Advising from the start of a case to the finish, the firm’s team works with a range of bodies, from the Small Claims Court to the Supreme Court.

For more information on Francis George Solicitor-Advocate, visit www.francisgeorgesolicitor-advocate.com.

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Francis George Solicitor-Advocate raise almost £1,000 Barnardo’s

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate raise almost £1,000 Barnardo’s. The firm, which is one of Swindon’s leading, is looking to achieve £2,000 for the charity.

Emma George, head of finance at Francis George Solicitor-Advocate, will run the London Marathon on Sunday 24 April this year in a bid to raise funds for the vulnerable children and young people’s charity.

To support her fundraising, Francis George Solicitor-Advocate has had a series of events. They hosted a sold-out quiz night at Pig on the Hill pub in Swindon and a coffee morning at their Old Town office.

Having run the Brighton Marathon in 2014 and the London Marathon in 2015, raising funds for leukaemia and lymphoma research charities respectively, Emma knows what she’s let herself in for. She’s aiming to complete this year’s 26.2 mile run in around four hours.

Explaining her choice of charity for this year’s marathon, Emma said: “I worked with vulnerable children and young people, both in care and leaving care, in my twenties and saw the amazing contribution Barnardo’s made to so many of their lives. It’s a charity I understand well and respect hugely, so it’s a real pleasure to support its work.”

Emma, a geography graduate from Hull University, qualified as a CIMA Accountant in 2001. She has provided financial, business and IT support to Francis George Solicitor-Advocate since the firm opened.

Barnardo’s transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through a range of services, campaigns and research studies.

It believes it can bring out the very best in every child whether they’ve experienced child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence.

A Higher Rights Advocacy, Francis George Solicitor-Advocate gives clients the equivalent service to that of a barrister. Advising from the start of a case to the finish, the firm’s team works with a range of bodies, from the Small Claims Court to the Supreme Court.

To contribute to Emma’s fundraising, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=emmamgeorge

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Francis George Solicitor-Advocate expands with three senior appointments

Francis George Solicitor-Advocate, one of Swindon’s leading law firms, has continued their impressive growth with three new appointments to its senior team.

Kim Thurston, Senior Conveyancer, Rebecca Withington, Probates and Wills, and Miriam Soteriou, Litigation Paralegal, joined the firm in April 2015.

Bringing over 35 years’ experience, Kim Thurston has joined to head up the conveyancing team at Francis George Solicitor-Advocate. She joins the firm from Withy King Marlborough, having previously held roles at Gabbitas Robins Solicitors and Fendom Dawson Towner, both in Marlow.

Kim was a police officer with Thames Valley Police for two years and a magistrate for three and a half years.

Speaking about her appointment, Kim said: “It’s wonderful to be leading the conveyancing team at Francis George Solicitor-Advocate. The firm has a close-knit, family orientated and relaxed environment and is committed to compliance. I’ve worked in a variety of roles, but coming to Francis George Solicitor-Advocate feels like coming home.”

Rebecca Withington, an expert in Probate and Wills, joins Francis George Solicitor-Advocate from The Co-operative Legal Services, where she worked as a specialist Solicitor. She previously worked for Bristol based Henriques Griffiths as a Paralegal and Trainee, completing a training contract with them. A qualified Probates and Will’s solicitor, Rebecca is known for her considerate nature with clients.

Litigation Paralegal, Miriam Soteriou, also joins Francis George Solicitor-Advocate from The Co-operative Legal Services. Here, she joined the family law team having previously worked as a legal advisor. Miriam attained a Law degree at Oxford Brookes University in 2012, before completing her Legal Practice Course at the University of the West of England. At Francis George Solicitor-Advocate, Miriam will work across a broad range of legal services assisting Asif Robbani in the Litigation Team.

Welcoming the new appointments, Francis George, founder of Francis George Solicitor-Advocate, said: “We strive for excellence and the arrivals of Kim, Rebecca and Miriam are part of that goal. This is an exciting time for the firm. We’ve been growing at a phenomenal rate and these additions to our already successful team will further enhance the service clients can expect from Francis George Solicitor-Advocate.”

Francis founded the firm in 2007. It specialises in litigation, pre-litigation and non-contentious work including conveyancing, commercial contracts and probate and Wills, providing pragmatic and practical legal advice on diverse issues to clients across the UK.

Francis gained his higher rights qualification following experience in civil and family law litigation. A member of the Law Society’s Expert Family Panel and a member of Resolution, a group of family lawyers, Francis supports clients in a friendly, non-confrontational way.

As a Higher Rights Advocacy, Francis George Solicitor-Advocate gives clients the equivalent service to that of a barrister. Advising from the start of a case to the finish, the firm’s team works with a range of bodies, from the Small Claims Court to the House of Lords.

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Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme

Francis George, solicitor-advocate in Swindon has secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

Francis George, solicitor-advocate underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

Law Society President Lucy Scott-Moncrieff said that the Law Society introduced CQS to promote high standards in the home buying process.

“CQS has established itself as the quality mark of the home-buying sector and enables consumers to identify practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service. With so many different conveyancing service providers out there CQS helps home-buyers and sellers seek out those that can provide a safe and efficient level of service.”

Valerie Chitty, Partner, Head of the Property Department says: francis george, solicitor-advocate is delighted to have secured CQS status. Buying and selling a home can be a stressful time. Choosing a solicitor to help in that process just got easier. By looking for a CQS firm like francis george, solicitor-advocate the public can seek out a firm that has proved its commitment to quality.

“The overall beneficiaries will be clients who use francis george, solicitor-advocate when buying a home. They will receive a reliable, efficient service as recognised by the CQS standard.”

The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.

For more information on the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme visitwww.lawsociety.org.uk/cqs

Or contact the CQS Unit on 020 7316 5550 or CQS@lawsociety.org.uk.