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Leading Swindon solicitors opens new Witney office

The firm has opened a new office in Witney, 1 High Street, OX28 6HW, Oxfordshire. Since opening our first office in 2007, the firm has garnered a first-class reputation in Wiltshire and across the UK. The new Witney office is opening to help meet the huge demand for the firm’s services in nearby Oxford and the surrounding Cotswolds.

Managing Director, Francis George LLB (Hons) says, “I’m delighted to announce the opening of our new office in Witney. I believe the expansion will help to better serve the needs of existing and new clients in and around the Oxford area.”
The firm is proving hugely popular with clients, as our many 5-star reviews on Google and social media attest. Last year, we were shortlisted for the prestigious Family Solicitor of the Year UK 2018 award. The company was also shortlisted for Advocacy Solicitor of the Year UK 2018.

In 2017, the firm won Best Divorce Law Firm at the globally prestigious Dispute Resolution Awards. Francis says he believes the reason for the firm’s success lies in “our ability to listen and understand our clients’ needs and in our steadfast dedication to helping them reach a satisfactory conclusion, no matter what their legal issue may be”.

The new office is on High Street, Witney’s main road, which remains almost constantly busy during business hours. The new location makes Francis George Solicitor-Advocate ideally placed to meet the legal needs of the town’s 108,000 residents and its many thriving businesses.

The firm specialises in litigation and pre-litigation. Its team has decades of combined experience in family law, commercial work, probate and conveyancing. As well as providing legal advice on a broad range of issues, the firm takes pride in its ability to ensure its services remain cost effective.

Francis George graduated in Law from Hull University in 1992 and achieved his higher rights qualification after gaining experience in civil and family law litigation. Francis is a member of the Law Society’s Expert Family Panel. He is also Chairman of the local Resolution, a national organisation dedicated to dealing sensitively with matters of family law.

In 2006, Francis was listed personally in the Legal 500, which assesses UK solicitors on their strengths. This accolade illustrates how the firm’s Managing Director strives for excellence and demands the same high standards from every member of his team. However, the firm’s glowing online reviews are also testament to the way in which he and his team support their clients in a friendly, non-confrontational way.

Leading Swindon-based solicitor Francis George to join elite panel at legal practice management (LPM) west

Wednesday 24 April, 2019, DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre

Senior partner at Swindon-based francis george solicitor-advocate, Francis George, has been invited to join an elite panel at Legal Practice Management (LPM) West, to discuss ‘The future workforce’ which forms part of the People Perfection Session. LPM is the ultimate event for practice management leaders in SME law firms across the UK and takes place on Wednesday 24 April, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol City Centre.

“I am delighted to be asked to join the other illustrious panellists to discuss the future workforce which is an extremely important topic,” said Francis. “Our discussions will cover: graduate trainee programmes, all-important issues around employee mental health and wellbeing, training managers to deal with employee health, why the debate should not be all about flexibility and whether flexibility can improve the bottom line.”

The future workforce panel discussion (scheduled for 15:20-16:10) highlights how LPM provides a wealth of helpful advice and useful resources for SME legal practices leaders, as well as allowing them to share their personal experiences.

The one-day conference will be attended by over 100 practice managers, directors, operational directors and heads of finance from SME firms across the West.

The future workforce panel discussion will be led by Sara Duxbury, business psychologist at Carter Corson, and Francis will be joining Mary Bonsor, CEO, F-LEX, Henry Coates, bookings assistant F-LEX and Lucy Palmer, HR director, Stephens Scown.

As well as his role as a senior partner with francis george solicitor advocate, Francis is 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.

In 2018 the company was shortlisted in the 2018 Family Solicitor of the Year Awards.

“I am very much looking forward to participating in the future workforce panel discussion as well as attending as many of the other Agenda sessions I am able,” said George.

To book your place at LPM West register at: https://www.lpmmag.co.uk/event/lpm-west-2019/

 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 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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