Monday, 7 April 2014

Reaching Out .... The Power of Social Media

For those of you who already read my blog you will know that the Latimer Hinks Charity Ball takes place on 6th June at Wynyard Hall. We're raising funds for St Teresa's Hospice, The County Durham Foundation and smaller local charities.

The Ball is SOLD OUT and I need to source interesting/original prizes for the fundraising activities - I needed to "get my thinking cap on"

A while ago I attended a ladies networking meeting, set up by The Inspire Network (great name). The event was informal and included a presentation on social media by one of their members. I was impressed by the group and their willingness to help one another, so I requested to join their Facebook group.

I must admit I have not taken part in many discussions however in 2013 I was "let down" by a cake maker. I asked the Inspire Network for advice and recommendations. These were very quickly provided and I contacted Helena Borthwick-Hill. Helena produced some wonderful cakes which advertised our company logo.

So, what better place to start looking for prizes than the Inspire Network - in return their business/products will be viewed by 290 local business people based in the North East and they will be acknowledged in all promotional material (and this blog) before and after the Ball.

I have been overwhelmed by the response so far, and I would like to thank those small businesses who have offered prizes by thanking them and sharing their details.

Susan Smalley - Owner at Susan Smalley Intuitive Life Coach, Spiritualist Medium & Reiki Healer
Gillian Lewis - Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy - Gillian is donating a 2 hour Body Shape Workshop for 4
Lynn Huggins-Cooper - Faerie Realms  - a Faerie and Signed books
Sally Peck - Jewellery
Debbie Stogden - Debbie Stogden Photography - a photography workshop for 2
Vicky Shield - Purple Owl Gifts - personalised word art
Sandra Hope - Essential Thyme - one hour treatment

Thanks again ladies, great prizes. I'm sure our guests will be thrilled!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Its Official - the Latimer Hinks Charity Ball has SOLD OUT!

The Terrace at Wynyard Hall
Great news, the Latimer Hinks Charity Ball has SOLD OUT in record time - we're obviously doing something right.

The ball which is held every two years will raise much needed funds for St Teresa's Hospice, The County Durham Foundation and smaller local charities, where a little money can make a big difference.

It has been difficult to inform people that there are no further tables available. We do so appreciate the support. Maybe we need to hold the ball every year to keep everyone happy? However, as much as I enjoy organising the ball I'm not sure I could manage the work load every year!

We have 293 guests consisting of successful local business people and their friends, colleagues and family. We will be offering a fantastic evening of food and entertainment.

Guest numbers have reached maximum capacity for the venue, Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley. Our guests virtually have sole use of this fantastic hotel. Fingers crossed that the weather is good and we can make use of the terrace overlooking the lake.

As always we're looking for prize donations for the fundraising activities taking place on the evening. Local businesses have been very supportive, below are a few of the donations:
If you'd like to donate - everything welcome and greatly appreciated - please contact me, Andrea Tobin on 01325 341507 or at@latimerhinks.co.uk.

Strange, wierd, wonderful, money can't buy prizes would be ideal :)

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Perks of the Job - Pampering Whilst Working

Neil Stevenson and Caroline Brown of Get Smart Hair and Beauty


It's not every day that one of our Partners has the opportunity to be pampered while working however, Neil Stevenson has managed to pull out all the stops to partake in a photo shoot at Get Smart Hair and Beauty in Darlington.

Find out why Neil visited get smart.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Donations required...Latimer Hinks Charity Ball - local business people supporting local charities

Every two years Latimer Hinks Solicitors host a Charity Ball in aid of local charities and on June 6th 2014 it will be our 8th Ball!

Images from 2012

To date Latimer Hinks has raised over £50,000. Beneficiaries of monies raised (to name just a few - and in no particular order) include:

  • St Teresa's Hospice
  • The County Durham Foundation
  • Farm Crisis Network
  • Age Concern
  • Darlington Town Mission
  • The Breathe Easy Group
  • The Way Foundation
  • Family Help
  • Darlington & District Social Blind Club
  • Holistic Cancer Care Centre
  • The Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Help for Heroes
  • The Soldiers' Charity
  • Childline
  • North East Air Ambulance
  • Darlington on Disability
We have invited local business people to attend and so far the response has been overwhelming. Invitations were posted on 10th February and 19 tables have already been booked by businesses/organisations that have attended in the past. We strive to provide an excellent evening and repeat bookings are encouragement that we must certainly be doing something right!!

In 2014 entertainment will be provided by Cole Page an international swing singer and magician David Penn as well as a casino, disco etc. Once again the venue will be the fantastic Wynyard Hall.

For us to continue to raise much needed funds we need prizes ... prizes that we can use on our tombola, our golden ticket draw and also our auction.

We're looking for something special for auction prizes, perhaps something money can't buy - an experience?

If you/your business would like to donate  PLEASE let me know (Andrea Tobin 01325 341507 at@latimerhinks.co.uk) your donation will be acknowledged via the internet, throughout the evening and via associated publicity material before and after the event - and also on our blog!
 
I look forward to hearing from you.
 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Latimer Hinks Ranked in Leading "Legal Bible"

The Legal 500 is the most widely used legal directory in the UK and is considered to be "the bible of the legal business". The Legal 500 ranks law firms in terms of their expertise and performance.

Latimer Hinks has once again achieved recommendation.

Corporate and Commercial - 2nd tier firm
Latimer Hinks is "top of the pile" locally. Nick Poole advises a predominantly SME client base
Corporate & Commercial Page

 
Agriculture & Estates - 3rd tier firm
Anne Elliott heads the team at Latimer Hinks. In 2012 it advised on the termination of a business tenancy and the potential development of a four-wind turbine farm.
Agriculture & Estates Page
 

Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate
Latimer Hinks has a sizeable practice led by Anne Elliott and advises a number of high net worth individuals. Andrew Way is also recommended
Personal Tax, Trusts & Probate Page

 
Real Estate - Commercial Property
Recent work for Latimer Hinks' Neil Stevenson includes the acquisition of a local hotel and restaurant.
Commercial Property Page

Well done to all at Latimer Hinks for support in helping to achieve the results.

We now wait for the Chambers & Partners results!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

60 Years at Priestgate, Darlington - A Celebration

Anne Elliott, Marketing Partner (2nd left) and the Latimer Ladies
Since 1953 Latimer Hinks has presided at 5-8 Priestgate, Darlington - that's a whopping 60 years in the same offices! We felt it was "necessary" to celebrate this achievement, but how?

Anne Elliott, Marketing Partner at Latimer Hinks recently met a Client where they discussed (amongst other things) the "yet to be planned" celebration. The Client mentioned that there is, in existence a group of ladies who meet once a year and the reason they meet is that at some time in their working life they were part of the team here at Latimer Hinks.

This was the key to our celebrations.....we would invite some of the people who had worked for Latimer Hinks at Priestgate to a celebratory evening and hope that we would have guests from each decade, from the 50's to date.

The challenge was on! Unfortunately a few of the ladies on our list were unable to attend. However we were delighted to welcome 12 ladies along to a tour of our offices so that they could see how things had changed. After having photographs taken for promotional and historical purposes they were then escorted next door to the Kings Hotel where a sumptuous meal awaited.

Amongst the invitees were three longserving current employees - Sylvia Bradding (31 years), Michele Carter (29 years) and Maureen Grainger (27 years) as well as Partners, Anne Elliott (37 years), Neil Stevenson (16 years), Nicola Neilson (13 years) and Elizabeth Armstrong (7 years).

The evening went extremely well. The ladies especially liked to look at the old photographs we have, to try and pick out themselves and who they knew.

We have had many letters and emails thanking us for the evening. Latimer Hinks truly is unique in that the employees like to "stick around" for many years.

One particular lady quoted " I was employed from the summer of 1958 - 1961. Although we were all busy with our individual work, there was a great atmosphere in the office of friendship and helpfulness, and I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed my three years at Latimers. Even though my employment was relatively short, it was the best employment I had before teaching."

Another "Thank you for a really enjoyable evening - it was lovely to see so many old friends once again. Seeing around the office brought back so may memories from over 50 years ago!"





Wednesday, 3 July 2013

There are Added Benefits to being a Commercial Property Lawyer

Recently, Neil Stevenson advised on a lease agreement for a new catering business in Darlington.

He was extremely happy to accomodate time out of the office for a photo shoot at Maggie's Place in Darlington, especially when tea and cake was mentioned!

Check out the full story Latimer Hinks Helps Business Woman Achieve Life-long Ambition

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Latimer Hinks Celebrates Citations in Legal 500 - Latimer Hinks Solicitors

Latimer Hinks Celebrates Citations in Legal 500 - Latimer Hinks Solicitors

Once again through hard work and great Clients we have been ranked in the Leading Legal Directory - the Legal 500. Take a look!

Latimer Hinks Celebrates Citations in Legal 500 - Latimer Hinks Solicitors

Latimer Hinks Celebrates Citations in Legal 500 - Latimer Hinks Solicitors

Once again through hard work and great Clients we have been ranked in the Leading Legal Directory - the Legal 500. Take a look!