Stafford Knot 2012
The golf season has ended with the Finals day at Branston on 27th September when 18 players took part. Phil Shelton won the last game at Branston with 34 points from Mike Gentles with 33 points.
The Stafford Knot 2012 was won by Richard McNeilly with a combined score from 2 of the 3 games of 65 points
St Giles Hospice - make your Will fortnight between 8th and 19th October 2012.
We are offering appointments free of charge to help you make or update your Will. The suggested donation to St Giles Hospice is £75 for a straight forward single Will and £125 for straight forward mirror Wills. The Hospice say that the donation will be required at your initial consultation with us. Please contact Maria Pusey or Sarah Sherratt on 01283 531366 to make an appointment.
Astle Paterson take part in the Swimathon Weekend to raise money for Sport Relief 2012
On Sunday 29th April Helen McGrath and Maria Pusey together with Maria's daughter Niamh and Tina Russell's daughter, Vikki entered as a team in the Swimathon at Burton Meadowside Leisure Centre.
So far they have raised a stunning total of £350 . If you would like to contribute please click on the link below:
The team with their medals
Astle Paterson raise £625 for the St Giles Hospice Will Scheme
St Giles Hospice is a hospice near Lichfield which provides medical and nursing care for local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Astle Paterson raise an impressive £110.22 for Children In Need!
On Friday 18th November staff held a coffee and cake sale in our Boardroom to raise money for Children In Need. Many thanks to our staff, clients and professional contacts who donated money to this worthy cause.
Astle Paterson welcomes our new Trainee Solicitor Helen McGrath
Helen joined Astle Paterson in October 2011 as a Trainee Solicitor. She obtained an LLB in Law and Management Studies at Leeds University and then spent a year living in Canada before completing her Legal Practice Course. Her interests include skiing and snowboarding, running, travelling and baking.
Astle Paterson's Burton's Heritage Stall at the Think Local 4 Business Exhibition at the Meadowside Centre in Burton 2011
Astle Paterson host the
Stafford Knot Golf Competition 2011
The 2011 season saw the firm sponsoring 4 games at The Manor, Kingstone, Ingestre and finally Branston. Each of the courses has its own attractions but Branston will be remembered for the 80 degree heat at the end of September.
We were pleased to welcome some new members of the group this year and one did go on to take the title.
There were 3 different winners in the course of the summer – Phil Shelton won at The Manor with 38 points, Nick Odell was the winner at Ingestre with 37 points, then Bob Overton won at Branston with 37 and Martin Astle just missed the prizes. This meant that the race for the Stafford Knot trophy was a tight, close run thing. In the end it was Bob Overton who won, at the first attempt, with a combined score of 72 points from 2 games. In joint 2nd were Phil Shelton and Brian Mole with 69.
Thanks to all the players taking part in this very enjoyable event. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2012.
Astle Paterson are exhibiting at the Think Local 4 Business Show on Wednesday 21st September
Come and meet us at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, Burton on Trent on Wednesday 21st September. We will be at Stall 51 (near the tea and coffee area)
Have a look at the exhibition website for more information http://www.business-business.co.uk/thinklocal4businessshow/index.html
Astle Paterson appoints Liam O'Shea as a Director- June 2011
We are very pleased to announce that Liam O’Shea became a director of Astle Paterson Limited on 1st June 2011. Liam joined us as a trainee solicitor in 2005 and qualified as a solicitor in September 2007.
Liam specialises in litigation and family law and is a real asset to our firm. He is always looking to achieve the best outcome for clients and will go the extra mile to ensure this.
Martin Astle welcoming Liam O’Shea as a director
Astle Paterson host the
Stafford Knot Golf Competition 2011
The first of our 3 games was held at The Manor Golf Club, Kingstone, near Uttoxeter on 25th May.
This was a new course to all the players and the response was very favourable. We were well looked after and the food was excellent. We were joined for dinner by Jean Paterson, Naomi Wilson and Liam O'Shea.
19 players took part and the scoring was generally quite good. New boy Bob Overton and Nigel Jones shared 35 points in 2nd and 3rd places. The winner with 38 points was Phil Shelton.
The next round is at Ingestre near Stafford on 26th July. For more information please email Kevin Doherty at email@example.com.
Free Wills for Over 50s with the Institute of Cancer Research
Astle Paterson offer various charity Will schemes in which our clients aged 50 or over can participate free of charge.
Currently we are linking up with the Institute of Cancer Research in their Will for Free scheme.
They are offering to pay for our advice to you and for drafting your will in the hope that you will leave a gift to the Institute of Cancer Research
You can find more information about the scheme on Institute of Cancer Research
Race for Life
On 7 May 2011 four of our staff, Jean Paterson , Helen Vorley, Lynn Wilson, Maria Pusey and Maria’s daughter Niamh , braved the rain and the wind to run (or possibly walk) the 5km course to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
They were extremely successful, raising £600 between them!
We hope to enter another, even larger team at next year’s event.
Comic Relief Cafe
Helen, Maria and Gill set up a cafe at lunchtime on Friday 18th March 2011 in the Boardroom to raise funds for Red Nose Day.
Coffee and cakes baked by the staff were enjoyed by all and the sum of £60 was successfully raised for Comic Relief.
Family Department - Paul Walters outlines the grounds for divorce
Will Aid 2010
We have raised £1,485 for Will Aid 2010. All firms participating have together raised over £1.5 milllion including gift aid. This is an impressive amount in view of the current economic climate.
Naomi Wilson explains the benefits and risks of Stamp Duty Land Tax Apportionment - Unless you qualify for one of a handful of exemptions, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is payable when a purchase price for a residential property exceeds £125,000.. ( Read the full article)
Support for St Giles Hospice - Helen Vorley is pleased to confirm that the firm has raised £545 so far for the Hospice from donations pledged by clients making wills during October.
PAUL THE OCTOPUS AND BURTON
Stafford Knot Golf Competition - read the review and see the winner - Steve Wilcox
Family Department - Paul Walters outlines some of the pitfalls of living together as man and wifeife
Are Your Employees“Fit” For Work?
Fiona Hume outlines the impact of the new "Fit Notes" introduced on 6th April 2010.
Fiona Hume explains the right to additional paternity pay and leave
"part of a programme of family friendly work policies to achieve a work life balance" Read the full article
Fiona Hume explains The new right to request time off for training
The Government has introduced a new right for employees called 'time to train'. Read the full article
Helen backs up The One Show debate on Lasting Powers of Attorney
See Helen's notes and follow the link to The One Show debate
Is the Court Of Protection working - a defence
“The Court of Protection plays a central role in protecting the vulnerable from financial abuse. There clearly have been teething problems but Solicitors for the Elderly together with other professional bodies have been sharing their concerns and working to help resolve issues.” Read the full article
Stamp Duty holiday comes to an end - Naomi Wilson says "Take action now" (Read more)
Flexible Working - Who can it apply to?
Fiona Hume outlines the changes which were introduced with effect from 6th April 2009 - Read more
Is it legal for employers to retire workers at 65?
Heyday, which is part of the charity Age Concern, has challenged the government in court that it is against European law to force employees to retire at 65. Under current law, providing an employer has allowed an employee to formally request to continue working and has followed the duty to consult obligations in the Age Discrimination Regulations, they can dismiss an employee on their 65th birthday without any redundancy payment.(read more)
NEWS: See Paul Walters notes about Pre-Nuptial Agreements
Updated August 2010
Employment Act 2008 and the new ACAS Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance – Implications for Employers
On 6 April 2009 employment law will change again when the Employment Act 2008 comes into force with the new ACAS code of practice on discipline and grievance. These will replace the much criticised statutory dismissal and grievance procedures that were introduced in 2002.(Read more)
Helen's advice regarding Online Wills - Public beware
As a long standing and well regarded law firm in this area, we feel it our duty to draw people’s attention to the pitfalls and potential disasters of using an online Will service. (read more)
The firm completed the formalities of its name change
The firm completed the formalities of its name change on Thursday 7th June 2007 with a reception at the Pavilion in Branston. [more]
New name and new image means a bright future
On 1st June 2007 Bakewells Solicitors (Burton on Trent) became Astle Paterson Ltd. [more]