Thursday, 30 April 2009

Property Forum Meets Again to Discuss Effects of Alistair Darling's Budget on the Property Market

A second get together of the North East Property Forum with Tim Haggie, once again chairing met yesterday. Here are links to videos of both of the meetings.

I've placed them videos YouTube in the hope of generating traffic to Latimer Hinks website and to place Tim Haggie as an authority for property advice.

If anyone has advice as to the best way of "pushing" these videos through Web2 and social media, please let me know.

Property Forum Meeting 29th March 2009

Original Property Forum Meeting

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Family Courts: New Rules Won't Create an Open, Transparent System

In a move to boost public confidence from 27th April the media have been granted family court access.

Before this the public and the media have not been allowed to court in order to protect families, particularly children.

Justice Secretary Jack Straw said the move was a step towards a new culture of "greater openness" in all courts.

Family courts make decisions, such as whether children should be taken into care or put up for adoption, or given contact with parents who are divorcing. They also decide on custody and how finances should be split.

However, there have been claims that the secrecy of the hearings has led to injustices, with some children taken wrongly into care.

Judith Middleton, Partner at Latimer Hinks and Regional Spokesperson for Resolution has warned that the new rules, rushed in by the government, represent a missed opportunity to allow thorough and effective public scrutiny.

Judith believes that new rules won't create an open, transparent system

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Oniomania - Shopping Addiction and the Recession

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Originally uploaded by mezyar
Apparently 25% of Britons are addicted to shopping! Couple that with the current recession and we may find that the 25% addicted to shopping also have mounting debt issues - and from there, without help it's a downward spiral. Take a look at Latimer Hinks press release - Help at Hand When the Shopping Habit Costs Too Much.

I must admit i'm quite restrained when it comes to spending money. If i haven't got the money/cash/wherewithall I will not spend. I hate the thought of owing money or paying on plastic. I never seem to have much spare cash BUT I don't have much debt and I believe that in the current economic climate this is the safest way to survive the recession.

Shopping addiction - oniomania is a hot topic at the moment. See my previous blog post Confessions of a Shopaholic for more information and advice on how to handle your debts.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

New Ladies Networking Group - Launch Event

Latimer Hinks, along with other committee members is helping to start up a much needed support/networking group for business women in the Tees Valley area.

If you are based in or around Tees Valley you may be interested... here is your invitation

Would you be interested in joining a targeted networking group?

A group:

  • for professional and business women from the Tees Valley area?
  • for like-minded individuals to meet and offer support and advice as well as exploring areas of common interest?
  • To encourage networking, communication and sharing of knowledge?

If the answer is YES to all of the above, then please join us at the launch event of ASSIST – a support and networking group for professional ladies in the Tees Valley area.

The launch takes place at Crathorne Hall on 20th May 2009 from 9am for 9.30am until 11:00am where you will have the opportunity to find out more about ASSIST and their unique “buddy” system.

The cost is minimal - £5. Simply bring payment along on the day. However, if you need to cancel please do so 7 days prior to the event otherwise payment will still be due.

If you are interested in attending please send confirmation to:

Places are limited so please hurry.

I look forward to seeing you there.

If you are unable to attend but would like to be added to the ASSIST mailing list for future events simply your request to the above address.

PS: many thanks to Crathorne Hall for their support

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Swearing in of the Under-sheriff

Anne Elliott, Marketing Partner at Latimer Hinks Solicitors has been sworn in as the new Under-sheriff of County Durham.

What is an Under-sheriff?
Well, here is the legal definition -

UNDER-SHERIFF. A deputy of a sheriff. The principal is called high-sheriff, and the deputy the under-sheriff.

The High Sheriff and Under-Sheriff were the principal law enforcement officers in the county, but over the centuries most of the responsibilities associated with the appointment have been transferred elsewhere.

Here is a press release on Anne's new role

Mary Everitt, Anne's Trust Assistant attended the swearing in. She'll be telling us all about the day via this blog in the next few days.

If you're interested, here is a List of County Durham High Sheriffs dating back to the 15th Century
The photo shows Anne alongside Alasdair MacConachie, High Sheriff

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Promotion Expertise Through Video

Despite the ongoing recession, life at Latimer Hinks for me is particularly busy. As well as the ongoing promotion of Latimer Hinks we are experimenting with a new media for us - video.
As more individuals/businesses acquire fast broadband connections, video has become a powerful marketing tool, 24/7. We thought we'd "have a go"!

1) Tim Haggie, managing partner chaired a meeting to discuss the property market. See my previous post which includes a link to the property video.

The aim of the discussion video is to show Tim as an expert in his field - Commercial Property and to keep his "finger on the pulse" of what is going on with the property market in our region.
The video has been posted to youtube and various other sites as well as being sent to Clients/referrers that may have an interest in the discussion. The "get together" also provided the opportunity for leading surveyors and estate agents to perhaps build on their business relationships.

2) Neil Stevenson, partner at Latimer Hinks met with John Littlefair (wind farm owner) to discuss how lucrative wind farms can be and how Latimer Hinks can help. Neil is an expert in agricultural law, with particular interest in alternative energy. Again, we hope the video - the Answer is Blowing in the Wind will show Neil as an expert in a niche area.

As you probably know, YouTube monitors how many times the video has been viewed. This will eventually be of great interest and only time will tell if we pick up any business through video promotion.

I am on the look out for video hosting sites that specialise in a particular area. For example Alternative Energy. I can then post to sites with members that have a relevant interest.

All of this posting takes an awful lot of time - i'm looking for quicker ways. I do bookmark with sites such as Stumble, Delicious, Furl, Digg etc and i do see the success through google analytics - so, it's worth it!