Latimer Hinks wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Monday, 20 December 2010
Latimer Hinks wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
To see the discussion please visit North East Property Forum November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Legal 500 - Published for over twenty years, the Legal 500 Series provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries. Used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, FDs and professional advisers - as well as by other referrers of work both nationally and internationally - the series is widely regarded as offering the definitive judgement of law firm capabilities.
Corporate & Commercial (Nick Poole)
Latimer Hinks advised on the sale of a number of architectural practices based in the region and also the South East.
Commercial Litigation (Mark Gardner)
Latimer Hinks has a debt recovery and bankruptcy specialist in Mark Gardner
Agriculture & Estates (Anne Elliott)
Latimer Hinks' "evident commitment to the farming community" has significantly enhanced it's reputation for agricultural work. Clients particularly highlight Anne Elliott, who "combines a clear grasp of the issues, passionate commitment and an ability to communicate in clear, everyday language."
Agriculture & Estates
Tim Haggie is also recommended for agricultural property development (Tim Haggie)
Personal Tax, Trusts & Probate (Anne Elliott)
Anne Elliott at Latimer Hinks recently assisted on the administration of an estate worth £3.9m involving complex family matters and farming, business and IHT issues
Real Estate (Mark Clayton)
Mark Calyton's team at Latimer Hinks advised a local business on the £1m acquisition of new industrial and office premises at Newton Aycliffe
Chambers UK - The UK Guide lists both solicitors and barristers in over 70 specialist areas of law. Since 1989, Chambers have been researching the UK legal profession, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Their reputation is based on the independence and objectivity of research.
This Darlington team advises on a range of agricultural matters, including sales and purchases, agricultural holdings, and succession planning. More recently it has advised on an increasing number of wind farm developments. The team has a loyal client base who praise the firm for having “a fantastic appreciation of the common concerns held by farmers and landowners.”
Client Service “The team provides a very personal service; it is always accessible and very approachable.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Anne Elliott is “extremely thorough and very knowledgeable,” according to sources. She is commended for her advice on succession planning.
Nicola Neilson heads up Latimer Hinks' residential property practice. One source said: "She is very efficient – she knows what we want and delivers."
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
|Anne Elliott, Partner at Latimer Hinks Solicitors|
One of the most demanding and difficult tasks undertaken by any business is planning the succession of management and the passing of assets on to the next generation. The process can be especially complicated because of the close relationships and emotions involved.
Most people are not comfortable discussing topics such as ageing, death, and their financial affairs.
Many families have spent their working lives building up their businesses. Naturally they want the business to thrive after they have retired or died especially if the business is to remain in the family for future generations.
Succession planning helps you protect your assets and helps you take control of how you pass on the business when the time comes - planning today can make the world of difference to how the business operates in the months and years to come.
Anne's action points are:
- Set the targets and objectives you want to achieve from the succession process.
- Divide the process up into stages and identify a timescale for each phase from pinpointing who will take over the running of the business to the final handover of control of the company (it might be a five year plan).
- Establish if the people you would like to take over the business have the right skill sets and abilities.
- Find out if the potential successors are willing to assume the role you have identified for them.
- Ask yourself, would it be better for the business for a member of the family to take over or to bring in someone from outside?
- Alternatively would the best course of action be to sell the business?
- Enlist expert advisers to make sure that any plans are legally watertight, are tax efficient and minimise the potential for challenge by or conflict among family members.
Monday, 1 November 2010
- Pre-start Jacqui Cliff of Girl on the Run
- Fledgling - Laura Degnan of Writers Block
- Growth Ruth Winden of Careers Enhanced Ltd
- Mature Gillian Duffy of Duffy Pedersen & Co Ltd, Accountants
- ASSIST Meeting: 17th November 2010
- Venue: Parkmore Hotel, Yarm
- Time: 8:45am for 9:25am
- 8:45 – 9:25am Registration and informal networking
- 9:25 – 10.10am Introduction and Networking game
- 10.10– 10.40am Entrprenuership Speakers
- 10.40 – 10.45am Business Card draw and Charity raffle
- 10.45 - 11.00am Opportunity for further networking
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Latimer Hinks is a member of LawNet.
LawNet's aim is "to help win and retain clients, reduce costs and increase profitability" so it was a good idea for their team to come along and update us.
The talk was to be held at our offices in Priestgate, we arranged lunch (courtesy of LawNet). The finger buffet provided by Ray Wade catering was excellent!
This was the first lunch for LawNet. They wish to carry out the same process with other member firms - we were very gentle with them!
It soon became apparent that we really did not know much at all about LawNet.
- members can enjoy online specialist groups (knowing that other law firms would not be in competition)
- LawNet can write text for a particular service we would wish to provide
- we can use standard leaflets and drop in our logo
- there are free pdf's available that can be tailored to requirements
- they are considering offering training in the North (sometimes fee earners would like to take up training but most courses are based in London)
The LawNet team were:
- Helen Hamilton-Shaw - Director of Services
- Myriam Stirling - Events & Networking Co-ordinator
- George Coombes - Marketing & Services Executive
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
The worry of debt can lead to extreme reactions, illness, stress, suicide!! At these times unscrupulous debt management companies can take advantage.
Mark Gardner, Partner at Latimer Hinks advises on the issues of bankruptcy, debt recovery and insolvency.
The office of fair trading recently highlighted the problems of bad debt companies. Read Mark's comments on this report.
If you find youself in a desperate situation, please speak to someone...citizens advice, legal advisers etc. By speaking you are sharing and by sharing you are "lightening the load."
Thursday, 23 September 2010
Our September event speaker is Anne Pink of New Horizons Coaching & Consultancy.
Anne has over 30 years experience in sales and will discuss the function of sales in business as well as providing some key tips.
The morning will start at 9:30am with a networking game to break the ice.
After the game….. we will then have the presentation -
After the presentation you will then have the opportunity for further networking.
If you are interested in attending (it's very informal and we have around 20-30 ladies at each event) please return this email with confirmation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost is minimal – only £5 for members and £7.50 for non-members.
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Latimer Hinks has once again achieved recommendation.
Corporate and Commercial
Latimer Hinks advised on the sale of a number of architectural practices based in the region and also the South East. Nick Poole heads the department.
Latimer Hinks has a debt recovery and bankruptcy specialist in Mark Gardner.
Agriculture and estates
Latimer Hinks’ ‘evident commitment to the farming community’ has significantly enhanced its reputation for agricultural work. Clients particularly highlight Anne Elliott, who ‘combines a clear grasp of the issues, passionate commitment and an ability to communicate in clear, everyday language’. Tim Haggie is also recommended, for agricultural property development.
Personal tax, trusts and probate
Anne Elliott at Latimer Hinks recently assisted on the administration of an estate worth £3.9m, involving complex family matters and farming, business and IHT issues.
Mark Clayton’s team at Latimer Hinks advised a local business on the £1m acquisition of new industrial and office premises at Newton Aycliffe.
Legal 500 Recommendations 2007
Legal 500 Recommendations 2008
Legal 500 Recommendations 2009
Our local newspaper, the Northern Echo also published an article.
Latimer Hinks: leading role for more than 130 years
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Yesterday saw thousands of well wishers from Darlington and beyond turn out to salute 150 soldiers from the 3 Rifles Brigade on their return from Afghanisatan.
The 3 Rifles Brigade suffered heavy losses on their tour of Afghanistan - we KNOW that the money Latimer Hinks raised will go directly to soldiers in need.
Well done lads!
Town Salutes 3 Rifles Heroes
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
In July 2010 Lisa was told she now cannot base her claim on thousands of documents downloaded by her brothers from her husband’s computer.
The recent judgment effectively says that helping yourself to documents belonging to your partner for use in divorce could become a thing of a past with many spouses now being able to hide assets which would otherwise be brought into account in the divorce settlement. Spouses who find documents or emails revealing their husband's/wife's wealth cannot use them in divorce trials. It is now considered unlawful, could breach a person's rights and also be a crime.
Divorce lawyers are calling this judgement and a ‘cheat's charter’.
Judith Middleton, Family Lawyer at Latimer Hinks said speaks out
Multi-millionaire Divorce Sparks Law Change
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Latimer Hinks and other local businesses were tasked with a challenge from Vantis Plc. Turn £50 into as much money as possible (legitimately!) for three local charities. St Teresa's Hospice, Zoe's Place and Hartlepool and District Hospice.
How could we resist? A programe of fundraising activities was quickly devised...
Preparing to take part
- Dress down days
- Balloon release
- Car boot sale
- Cake baking - not great for the waistline, but I certainly did look forward to Monday mornings when cakes were sold
- Ebay - my office was due a clean out se we thought the charities might benefit from the proceeds of an old exhibition display, some toner cartridges not in use etc..
- Quiz and raffle - yeah, i was on the winning team (by luck rather than my expertise in general knowledge - did you know that a female polar bear is called a sow)?
- Sold Organic Rhubarb from colleague's garden
- Silent auction
- Cricket match
- Jewellery party
- Come dine with me - some great nights with great food
- We also received donations of £75
A total of £1,749.97 was raised by Latimer Hinks.
The Vantis Challenge (59 companies took part) raised a grand total of £33,724.19
Well done to all that took part and supported the challenge!
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Well done Rosie!
Monday, 12 July 2010
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
As this event Carolyn Pedersen of Duffy Pedersen provided some Tax Tips for Small Businesses.
Did you know:
- £150 per head for a company Christmas party is deductable for tax purposes?....but £151 is not!
- a £45 pen as a customer gift with a logo is deductable but without a logo it is not!
Well, now you do.
If you'd like to come along to an ASSIST event you're more than welcome - as long as you're female and a professional lady based in the Tees Valley area!
Our next event will be at Crathorne Hall on the 29th September.
Thursday, 1 July 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
I even ventured out to the pub to watch the England V USA. Surrounded by painted faces, flags and St George hats the atmosphere (especially after Gerrards goal) was fantastic.
However, it's not as easy for employers to accept the World Cup and the problems which can result.
Nick Poole of Latimer Hinks Solicitors explains how it's a no-win situation for employers.
How to Avoid a World Cup Employment Law Own Goal
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Monday, 10 May 2010
The politicians faced tough questions about their plans to help boost the housing market.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
I do hope not. So far I have booked a band and disco - HUGE. They look like great fun and have played for the likes of Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz!
As we have 275 guests I have booked two magicians (both have very different styles) to ensure that every table is entertained as least once.
The Casino, White Rose was recommended by St Teresa's Hospice (they have used them for the past 14 years!)
Our photographer, Keith Blundy came along to the ball in 2009 to document the start of the ball. This time around I want Keith to capture the fun and enjoyment as well as the entertainment. He is therefore going to be around for much of the evening.
The tombola will be manned by a couple of volunteers from St Teresa's (we're very, very grateful) and Latimer Hinks people throughout the evening.
I've also roped in various people from Latimers to help with the auction. Our auctioneer will be Graham Robb of Recognition.
And of course HSBC representatives will help with the Backward Bingo (HSBC will be matching £1 for £1 up to £1500)
Phew - it think it's all wrapped up!
Band - HUGE
Magicians - Mike Driver, Dillinger
Casino - White Rose Casino
Photographer - Keith Blundy
Auctioneer - Graham Robb
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
The presentation was targeted to small owner/managed businesses just starting out into the daunting world of social media and the social media "language".
For help understanding "some of this language" please check out my post In Plain English
The slides of the presentation (when i receive copies i will post a link) showed logos of social networking sites as well as a screen shot of what to expect once you have joined these sites. I thought this was a great way to introduce (to some attendees) this "alien" world.
Alien? ...it may be, but one of the greatest benefits of these sites is that they are FREE to use, so use them! Start a blog, post links from the blog to your website, post links/information/videos/images to Facebook, bookmark your webpages/blogs to bookmarking sites such as Digg, Reddit etc. Most importantly, regularly update. The more effort you put in the bigger the long term benefits.
LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Blogger, Google Buzz, Squidoo, Gather, Digg, Reddit, Stumble were a few of the sites covered.
As a result of the presentation I have given myself some homework - Squidoo, Google Buzz (soon to be launched) and Gather are social media sites which I have not yet looked into. This is my homework, if they are useful i will let you know
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
The recession of 2009 took its toll on many local charity events. Balls were cancelled due to lack of guest numbers, donations for raffle and auction prizes rapidly dwindled....BUT I can now report that the Latimer Hinks Charity Ball should be a resounding success!
Almost ten weeks to go (May 21st) and only 20 tickets remaining out of a total of 270! Three of the companies taking tables decided to take two tables! Is this a sign that the recession is finally over?
I have also received a great number of donations:
- A £500 Pandora Bracelet from Bramwell Jewellers (already made up, but the winner can change charms/colours etc to suit)
- 10 bottles of champagne from Northumbria Water
- £400 worth of tooth whitening or facial aesthetics (botox to you and I) from Elliott McCarthy Dental Care
- A 12 day Spa Membership (over a year) from Headlam Hall Hotel
- Rounds of golf from 2 local golf courses in Darlington - Stressholme and Blackwell
- A meal for 4 at Stressholme, tickets for the theatre, signed Middlesbrough Football..... the list goes on - and i will update the list regularly
The Latimer Hinks Ball is in aid of Help for Heroes and St Teresa's Hospice (Darlington), plus smaller local charities.
Our thanks also go to HSBC for matching £1 for £1 up to £1500.
It should be a GREAT night - if you would like to donate a prize or an experience - a holiday, a weekend break, something money can't buy.... please feel free to contact me
Monday, 8 March 2010
Check out what they are saying about unfair banks charges, the difficulty in closing deals and raising the finance for those deals.
North East Property Forum, February 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
For March, our event is entitled Social Networking and How it can Work for You
Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogs…..Social Networking is changing the way we market/promote business and we want ASSIST members to be aware and partcipate in these changes.
Jonathan Wheatley Managing Director of MC Ware Ltd & HD Forensics (sponsors of ASSIST), will give a short presentation on the benefits of Social Networking.
Jonathan will explain how social networking can help:
· build loyal customers with online communities
· market your product/service
· find partners to enhance your product/service and enhanced creditability
· find employees
The morning will start, as usual with a networking game to break the ice. ASSIST believe the networking game to be a unique selling point of the group. Many members have commented on how the games enable you to feel more comfortable and lessed "stressed" in a networking environment.
If you are a professional lady from the Tees Valley area and are interested in attending simply visit ASSIST and register. Places are limited
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Coronation Street is currently running a storyline on alcoholism in a work environment.
Peter Barlow who has a history of alcohol problems opens a new wine bar (not the best idea in the world) and once again he begins drinking.
Being drunk will eventually create:
- loss of productivity and poor performance;
- lateness and absenteeism;
- safety concerns;
- team morale and employee relations problems;
- bad behaviour or poor discipline;
- adverse effects on company image and customer relations.
And, as Peter is the owner/manager untold problems will unfurl - which is exactly what the writers for Coronation Street want!
However, for a more serious point of view Nick Poole of Latimer Hinks explains what to look out for and how to deal with these problems from a legal perspective - Alcoholism in the Workplace
There is even a blog dedicated to this subject Raise the Bottom.
HSE produce a leaflet Don't Mix It - A Guide for Employers on Alcohol at Work
Alcoholism is a serious problem, please take relevant advice from professional advisers
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Every two years Latimer Hinks organise a charity ball and this year it is to be held once again magnificent Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley on May 21st 2010.
I can hardly believe it's been two years since the last ball!
The 2008 Ball raised £10,000 and we would like to think that we can increase the amount we pass on to the charities who, like so many, have been affected by the economic downturn.
For 2010 our main charity is going to be “Help for Heroes”. No-one can fail to be impressed by the courage of the armed forces and we feel that “Help for Heroes” and all that the charity does should be supported. We will also still be supporting a number of local, smaller charities including St Teresa’s Hospice..
In 2008 we raised nearly £10,000 and intend to dramatically increase the figure for 2010
1) HSBC have very kindly offered to match £ for £ monies raised on a fundraising menchanism (up to £1500). Their generosity is greatly appreciated.
2) A Charity Auction. If you feel you could donate an auction prize - perhaps a weekend break, use of a luxury car, a holiday.... etc etc we would of course be extremely grateful AND your support will be promoted in all literature, press releases, blogs (where we can also direct people to your website). We have already received a donation of tooth whitening or facial aesthetics (botox to you and I) from Elliott McCarthy Dental Care- thank you.
3) Tombola. Everyone enjoys a tombola, it's a great fundraiser and anyone can take part. Donations, again, would be greatly appreciated.
UPDATE: Our thanks go to Compugift for supplying a number of quality items for the tombola - your help and support is gratefully acknowledged!
4) Backward Bingo. Fun game, everyone can take part. Guest can purchase a bingo ticket, numbers are called out. If your numbers are among those called, you sit down. Last three standing win a prize.
5) Networking Contacts. Hopefully I can call on contacts made throughout the year through networking events in the hope that they will support/sponsor the ball. Mike Challands of MT Print has also offered to provide the design and print of tickets, program etc in return for a few tickets to the ball! Mike will benefit from exposure to around 300 high net worth business representatives at the event and will obviously have his quality print work on show and acknowledged AND we can pass the money saved on print to the charities.
This is what relationship building/networking is all about - we don't necessarily need to give business on every occasion but we can provide opportunities to expose new contacts to our networks.
If anyone reading this would be interested in sponsoring/supporting the charity ball, please let me know.
If you or your business would like exposure/ackowledgement at this prestigious black tie event, talk to me (you can use comments) and i will call you to discuss suggestions further.
Don't forget it's all for good causes!
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
The event is going to be held jointly with Women Into the Network, a group dedicated to supporting, connecting and promoting women in business.
Wendy Parvin - owner manager of Conversations with Purpose will be facilitating
The session is for anybody who:
- needs to make new contacts
- join new groups
- meet new people
- wants network confidently and effectively.
The presentation will cover :
Making networking work for you
- Understanding networking and what it is
- How to recognise networking opportunities
We'll also hold a networking game to "break the ice"
If you are a professional lady from the Tees Valley area and are interested in attending simply visit ASSIST and register. Places are limited
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
A recent Latimer Hinks success story gained coverage almost immediately. In previous times (before the economic downturn) this type of press story may have been passed over as not being "big" enough. We believe all of our press stories are worthy of press attention!
Jill and Paul Jackson bought a freehold rural pub which had been empty for 2 and a half years.
Latimer Hinks Expertise Helps Re-open Historic Pub
Well done the Jacksons! and well done Nicola (partner at Latimer Hinks) for ensuring that the Jackson's dreams have a good start!