Newport and Pontypool solicitors Everett Tomlin Lloyd and Pratt have been providing legal advice in South Wales for over 200 years. Our long history and teams of specialist lawyers give us expertise and a distinct advantage while dealing with local legal matters. We continue to grow constantly offering a wide range of legal services with many of our Solicitors becoming acknowledged specialists in their field. We now have over 40 lawyers and staff working from our offices in Newport and Pontypool.
In 2011 we became one of the few law firms in Wales to be awarded the Law Society Lexcel Accreditation for practice management and client care.
CHRISTMAS CONTACT Don't leave it to the last minute ........
Finding ways for children to spend time with everyone at Christmas can be stressful, particularly when parents are separated. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, all hope to spend a little time with the children at this magical time of year.
Planning ahead is important - leaving arrangements until the last minute can lead to tensions that may easily spill over when the handover for contact takes place. At any time, but particularly over the festive period, it will be important to ensure that no arguments take place in front of the children.
If this is your first Christmas after separation, you may wish to keep to the old traditions - or you may prefer to find new ways to celebrate Christmas. Don't try to fill every part of the child's day with visiting family - children need time to enjoy Christmas Day!
Some parents will be able to agree the time that children spend with each parent over the Christmas period, but if not we are here to help.
We offer an initial free assessment, followed by low fixed fees for mediation sessions - currently £49 per person per session. Each session usually lasts approximately 1-1/2 hours. Our mediators, who are also trained family lawyers, will be able to provide help to allow both parents to reach agreement over the arrangements for Christmas. Mediation is a cost effective alternative to court proceedings.
If it is not possible to agree matters, or there is any risk of harm to a child, then an application to the court may be necessary. We offer a free assessment meeting to discuss the best options available to you. Legal Aid is still available in certain circumstances but, if Legal Aid is not available to you, we offer low fixed fee appointments.
The time that a court will take to deal with such an application will depend upon the urgency of the situation. However applications to Court to resolve Christmas contact should be made as soon as possible. The later you leave the application, the more stressful it can be for parents.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss matters generally concerning your children please contact Gill Partington or Lynne Chambers on 01495 763333 or by e mail to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Pearce, has been appointed treasurer for the South Wales branch of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP)
STEP, founded in 1991, is the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning.
Jason, an Oxford University graduate and solicitor with over 15 years’ experience, qualified for full membership of STEP four years ago. He recently passed a further examination to be awarded the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes.
STEP has over 18,100 members based in 87 countries from a broad range of professional backgrounds, including lawyers, accountants, trust specialists and other practitioners in this area.
Members help families plan for their futures, specialising in a wide range of activities, from drafting a relatively simple will to more complex issues surrounding international families, protection of the vulnerable, family businesses and philanthropic giving.
The association works to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promotes education and high professional standards among its members.
Jason is head of wills, probate and trusts at Everett Tomlin Lloyd and Pratt, solicitors, which has offices at Gold Tops in Newport and in Pontypool.
We have strengthened our Litigation team - February 2013
Debra Spedding has joined Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt.
Debra, a commercial litigator, started working for us after a total of twelve years with Eversheds and Harding Evans. During that time Debra was recognised by the Legal 500 as being a leader in her field and became head of Harding Evans commercial debt recovery department.
Originally from Lincolnshire but now settled in South Wales with her family, Debra has been appointed as an associate solicitor based at our Gold Tops office.
Debra said: “I am delighted to have secured this position with ETLP, not just because they have a reputation as being a family friendly and forward thinking firm, but because they have expanded their business client base consistently over the last decade and wanted to be able to offer a more specialised service.”
“My overriding passion and commitment is to commercial litigation with the emphasis on building disputes and professional negligence work but I have wide experience of all types of civil litigation, including neighbour and boundary disputes, contractual disputes, debt recovery and enforcement action.”
“I was attracted by ETLP’s ambitious plans and approachable and honest outlook towards their clients. This is an exciting time to be part of ETLP and I hope to be able to attract new clients to the business and play an active part in the development of the firm.”
Kirsten Tuck, the firm’s Head of Litigation said; “Debra’s appointment significantly strengthens both our team and the service we can give to our commercial property and business clients. We are delighted she chose to join us as we are aware that a number of firms were keen to recruit her.”
Managing Partner, Ashley Harkus, said: “We’re naturally delighted to have been able to attract a professional of Debra’s undoubted and proven calibre to join us. ETLP has ambitious growth plans and we see Debra, with her range of skills, as being able to play an integral part in helping us to achieve our goals.”