VALLEY SOLICITORS JOIN FORCES TO HELP LOCAL CHARITY
A local charity is leading a campaign to encourage people to make a will, with the help of Valley solicitors.
Rossendale Hospice say that making a will is one of the most important things a person can do, yet many people put it off, or can never find a right time.
Now Rossendale-based firm Woodcocks is joining forces with Rossendale Hospice to take part in ‘Make Your Will Fortnight’, as an incentive to raise awareness of the importance of a will and raise money at the same time.
Between 16th and 27th April, the participating solicitors will be donating the entire fee from any standard will they write to Rossendale Hospice. Anyone who makes an appointment during this period can guarantee their fee will go to the charity, which cares for patients with a life limiting illness.
Corporate Fundraising Manager at Rossendale Hospice, Ron Hutchinson, says: “Everyone should make a will, but it never seems like the right time to do so.
“Yet families really do need the certainty and protection a will provides, not only does it ease the pain at a very emotional time, it can help prevent family rows over who gets what.
“We are delighted that Woodcocks are supporting this initiative. By making a will, or revising your existing one, the hospice will receive a donation which will make an incredible difference to local people who need our support. We would like to thank all of the above solicitors for their generosity, for donating their time and expertise completely free of charge to support this initiative.
Stephen Parr, Partner at Woodcocks, who are patrons of Rossendale Hospice, says: “Make Your Will Fortnight is a great incentive to either make or update their existing will. A will and makes sure your loved ones are taken care of but this initiative also means support for a great cause.
“We are extremely aware of the work Rossendale Hospice does for the community and how reliant it is on fundraising for its existence which is why we jumped a the chance to get involved again.”
The participating solicitors are taking part are: Stephen Parr, Woodcocks, Haslingden; Wendy Scott, Woodcocks, Bacup and Kathy Giddings, Woodcocks, Rawtenstall.
Ron continues: ”There is an incentive to donate in your will. The government has launched an initiative that benefits both the charity and dependents. If 10% of the estate is donated to charity, then the inheritance tax is reduced from 40% to 36%, so it becomes a double bonus that saves a total of 14% from the clutches of the Chancellor and helps the charity and beneficiaries.”
To take part or find out more about Make Your Will Fortnight, you can contact Woodcocks at the Rawtenstall (01706 225621) Haslingden (01706 213356) and Bacup (01706 874487) branches, they will arrange an appointment at a time that is convenient for you.
For guidance about Making Your Will we have provided some helpful information on our website
If you would like any basic information about the scheme please contact us on 01706 253633 option3 or email email@example.com
FIRM OFFERS EXPERT START-UP SUPPORT FOR NEW BUSINESSES
New businesses can access expert help and advice to ensure they hit the ground running, thanks to a new initiative from a Bury and Rossendalelaw firm.
Woodcocks Solicitors, who have offices in Bury, Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Bacup, are launching a New Business Unit to ensure anyone thinking of starting or anyone running a new business can benefit from the rewards of being their own boss, whilst also avoiding any potential pitfalls.
The New Business Unit will support the start-up of a business and provide on-going advice on all aspects, including shareholder and partnership agreements, commercial contracts, dealing with debtors and creditors, and resolving employment and commercial disputes.
To mark the launch Woodcocks will be holding a free seminar focusing on all aspects of launching a new business, from discussing which form of business is best for you, to choosing your premises, funding, employment and trading.
The seminar will be hosted by Lead Partner David McCann and his expert team who will be available to answer any questions guests may have. There will also be a presentation from guest speaker Christian Pepper of Financial Options, Bury.
David McCann says: “Running your own business and working for yourself offers the potential for great rewards but there are pitfalls to be wary of. We have set up our New Business Unit to give people the advice they need so they can enjoy the benefits of a business, whilst giving them peace of mind that the legal side is covered.
“We’re launching the New Business Unit with a free seminar, which will focus on starting a business and we hope anyone thinking about or running a new business will come along.”
The FREE seminar will be held on Wednesday 21st March at The Village Hotel, Bury from 3:15pm until 4:45pm. To book a place please contact Stacey.firstname.lastname@example.org
ALTHAM WIDOW AWARDED SIX FIGURE SUM FOLLOWING DEATH OF HUSBAND
A WIDOW has been awarded an undisclosed six-figure sum in compensation for the catalogue of errors made by hospital staff before her husband died.
Gloria Haworth broke down in tears as she recalled how her husband John died while in the care of a doctor at Royal Blackburn Hospital.
The 68-year-old said she took the action to ensure no-one else had to suffer the same ‘living nightmare’ she had experienced.
Mr Haworth was taken to the hospital when he developed a sore throat and became violently sick after an evening meal.
But once there Mrs Haworth said the 58-year-old had to wait and was sent to the wrong department where staff failed to give him the correct treatment.
He collapsed and died in front of his wife less than two hours after being admitted.
An inquest, which heard he was a fit and healthy man, said he died from an acute, anaphylactic allergic reaction, which left him struggling to breathe.
Gloria, of Ringwood Close, Altham, said: “The events are still so clear because I relive them every day.
“I had to make a stand because I wanted justice for John.
“It was horrendous. Even though the paramedics were saying it was an allergic reaction. Nobody seemed to recognise the symptoms.
“A triage nurse sent us from A&E to the urgent care centre and a waiting room.
“John’s neck was swelling up but the reception nurse told me to wait our turn.”
Mr Haworth was admitted at 1.40am on March 6, 2009.
An hour later he was seen by Dr Emmanuel Ajuwon, who asked him what was wrong, but the dad-of-two could not speak.
Mrs Haworth said: “He came in and out of the cubicle and asked John questions but by this time he couldn’t talk, so I was answering for him.
“He came back 10 minutes later, asked John to lie down on the table and put a wooden spatula down his throat.
“John sat up and started to gag and I said ‘it looks like he’s having a panic attack’. That’s when John collapsed in front of me.
“The doctor had abruptly walked out of the cubicle.
“I ran out screaming for help. That was the last time I saw John alive.”
The cause of Mr Haworth’s allergic reaction could not be found by a post mortem examination and the inquest in June 2009 recorded a narrative verdict.
Mrs Haworth enlisted the help of solicitors and now East Lancashire Hospitals has admitted that the care provided by its staff to Mr Haworth fell below expected standards.
Her lawyers in a statement said the trust had conceded that it breached its duty of care owed to him by:
• Transferring him to the urgent care centre when this was inappropriate
• Failing to recognise promptly that his condition was deteriorating
• Failing to return him to the emergency department following triage in the urgent care centre
• Failing to summon anaesthetic assistance sufficiently promptly once it became clear that his upper airway was in peril
According to Woodcocks Solicitors, medical evidence confirmed that when the doctor placed the spatula on Mr Haworth’s tongue and caused the gag reflex his airway closed.
The trust also accepted that had the patient been reviewed by an anaesthetist in A&E prior to his respiratory arrest, they would have prevented this obstruction and re-established ventilation of the lungs before he suffered cardiac arrest or brain damage.
Mrs Haworth said: “They have admitted liability. John would still be here if they had done their job properly.
“I miss him so much and I’m so lonely without him.
“I would hate this to happen to anybody else or for anyone to have to go through what I’ve been through.”
The grandmother-of-two, who used to live and work in Ramsbottom, praised the support of her family including her daughter Adele, 44, and son Jon, 34.
She said: “I’ve had to see psychiatrists and counsellors and I’m on medication. If it wasn’t for my daughter, I wouldn’t be here today.
“John was my soul mate, he did more or less everything for me and I didn’t want for anything.
“This money is not going to bring John back. I would give it all away to have him back.
“The memories are so painful. I feel like I have lost my past and I have no future.”
Pam Roberts, of Woodcocks Solicitors, said helping Mrs Howarth get the answers she needed from the trust had been the firm’s main aim.
She said: “No amount of money would compensate Gloria for her loss and it has always been her wish that the hospital accepts its failure and learns from its mistakes.”
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said it was unable to comment
WOODCOCKS SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER TO NEEDY YOUNGSTERS
Youngsters in the care of Bury Council have once again been given some extra Christmas cheer in the form of gifts donated by solicitors firm Woodcocks.
The Bury firm say that supporting this annual community project is particularly rewarding as these children have often been through a difficult time and deserve to enjoy the festive period.
Margaret Mahon, head of the family law department, presented the gifts to the council’s family placement team, with the help of fellow Woodcocks solicitors Kate Allsop, Emma Pike and Mark Taylor.
Kath Price, a senior practioner in the family placement team at Bury Council says: “We are really grateful for the support that Woodcocks give to local children and young people who are looked after at Christmas, these gifts will make a huge difference to them.
“The older children and teenagers sometimes get forgotten about and will particularly appreciated such lovely gifts.”
There are more than 200 children in Bury who are being looked after by foster carers and families, but more people are needed to take on this important role, especially for older children, teenagers and groups of brothers and sisters. They are also needed to offer short break care for children with a disability.
Anyone who would like an information pack on fostering can contact Bury Family Placement Team on 0161 253 5457 or find the fostering page on the Bury Council website www.bury.gov.uk.
Woodcocks is one of the country’s oldest established family firms of solicitors and has offices in Bury, Rawtenstall, Haslingden and Bacup.
They hold free drop-in surgeries every Monday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm on a wide-range of family law matters.
WOODCOCKS HERE AS DIVORCE SEASON HITS
Woodcocks here as divorce season hits
A leading Bury law firm is encouraging people to take advantage of the offer of free, expert advice as ‘divorce season’ sweeps the UK.
The number of couples divorcing has risen by 4.9%, according to National Statistics, with the New Year widely regarded as the time when most proceedings are started.
Solicitors from Woodcocks believe that access to legal advice is a vital first step. The specialist family law team at the firm will be holding free drop-in advice sessions for anyone seeking to talk to a professional.
Partner Margret Mahon explains: “After the intensified tensions of the festive season, the New Year period can be a very hard time for couples who are thinking of divorcing, often seeking early advice from a professional can help a person understand the issues that need to be addressed, the help available and the likely outcome.
“Where children are involved these problems can be even greater and the need to get things clear is even more important. We are holding free drop in sessions at our offices where people can access free, expert initial advice from our team of caring professionals.”
The free surgeries will be taking place at Woodcocks offices in Bury, Rawtenstall and Bacup every Monday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm. No booking is necessary and the team is available to advise on a range of family matters.
WOODCOCKS HOST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SEMINAR
A rise in the number of reported cases of Domestic Violence in Lancashire prompted solicitors firm Woodcocks to bring together key services in the area in the hope of developing a network to assist victims.
Solicitors from the leading Bury firm held a seminar and networking event titled ‘the changing landscape of domestic violence’, which explored the latest legal issues, offered attendees a chance to understand the complexity of domestic violence cases and looked at the ways services could improve by working together.
Woodcocks were joined by team members from groups such as Women’s Aid, Social Services, Safeguarding teams, as well as barristers and housing action groups.
Woodcocks Partner Margaret Mahon said: “As experts in Domestic Violence cases,we fully understand just how difficult and upsetting this situation can be for victims.
“It's a very painful time in their lives and it is important that they can talk to someone who understands and that they receive the most comprehensive advice and assistance possible.
“At Woodcocks we believe that the key to helping victims of Domestic Violence is the cooperation of the services available to them, which is why we all need to be aware of each other, our individual roles, any new developments and how we can all work together towards developing a network to give victims the best possible advice, assistance and care.
“We feel that the seminar was an overall success and that everyone got something positive out of the day. We would like to thank everyone who attended and look forward to similar events in the future.”
The seminar took place at the Red Hall Hotel, Bury on 14th November 2011.
SOLICITORS CLEAR DIARIES TO HELP LOCAL FAMILIES
A specialist team of Solicitors have wiped their Monday afternoon diaries clean in aid of offering their expertise free of charge.
Woodcocks, who have offices in Bury, Rawtenstall, Haslingden and Bacup, will be holding free drop-in advice sessions for anyone needing expert legal advice in a range of family matters.
Woodcocks Partner David Connor says: “Between 3pm and 5pm we encourage anyone who has a family query, big or small, to come down and take advantage of the free drop-in service. We will try and see as many people as we can in these Monday afternoon sessions.”
The drop-in advice service is just one of the ways in which Woodcocks are reaching out to the local community. For the past six-months Rossendale Radio have broadcast ‘Legal Eagle at Lunchtime’ on the first Tuesday of each month. Listeners have been invited to send in their legal questions in exchange for free advice from a member of the Woodcocks team on a range of issues from domestic violence to personal injury.
“We have enjoyed working with Rossendale Radio,” David continues. “There has been an overwhelming response from listeners, therefore we have set-up the sessions as another way of offering our expertise in a way that is as easy as possible for the public.”
The free surgeries will be taking place in all Woodcocks offices every Monday between 3pm and 5pm. No booking is necessary.
Woodcocks is one of the oldest established family firms of solicitors in the country, with offices in Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Bacup and Bury. Their specialist family law team is highly experienced in a range of family matters and have an esteemed reputation for sound advice, patience and understanding.
WOODCOCKS LAWYER IS ONE OF LANCASHIRES BRIGHTEST STARS
An up-and-coming Woodcocks solicitor has been named as one of Lancashire’s brightest young business stars.
David Buskey, an associate partner at Woodcocks is one of 2011’s ‘Young-Uns’ – an accolade awarded to the most successful under-35s in the region’s business world by leading industry magazine Lancashire Business View.
The 34-year-old joined Woodcocks as a trainee in 2000 and has since proved both his dedication and talent, working his way up the ladder to become a key performer as an associate partner in the Commercial law department.
David is a specialist in Non-Contentious Law and has acted for a diverse range of clients across the region dealing with the buying and selling of large and small businesses and corporate, commercial and residential property and has a wealth of experience advising businesses and directors.
He says: “I’m delighted and very flattered to have been included in the 2011 Young-Un’s, it’s a great achievement for me.”
This is the second time that a Woodcocks’ solicitor has made the list with Partner Michael Shroot honoured in 2010.
“It’s fantastic that Woodcocks has been recognised once again,” continues David. “It proves what a good team we have here.”
DANNY QUALIFIES WITH WOODCOCKS
Daniel Long has been appointed to the Commercial Property Team at leading legal firm Woodcocks after qualifying as a solicitor.
The 24 year old, who has always lived in Bury, joined Woodcocks as a trainee in December 2009 after graduating from Lancaster University to specialise in commercial law.
Daniel says: "The past two years at Woodcocks have been challenging but rewarding. I am delighted with what I have achieved so far and am now looking forward to the future.
Woodcocks Commercial already has a wealth of national and international clients and this is only going to increase. I hope to continue working within this team over the coming years, working with existing and new clients, establishing its reputation and seeing the department profits."
Partner David McCann says: "Woodcocks has always believed in investing in young talent. We are delighted to have Daniel onboard as a fully qualified solicitor and hope he continues to bring good things to the firm.
During his traineeship he has proved to be a very able and hardworking member of the team. He has settled in well."
WOODCOCKS APPOINT GARY JONES AS ASSOCIATE
A leading North-West firm of Solicitors has promoted Bury Solicitor, Gary Jones.
Gary specialises in Company, Commercial and Property law and he works within the Woodcocks Commercial team. He has been made an Associate at Woodcocks.
He says: “I am very happy to be promoted to Associate, in what is an important department within one of the fastest growing law firms in the region. I hope to be able to see the rest of my career out here, as a Partner in the future. “
Based in the Bury offices of Woodcocks, Gary, 40, qualified in 2001 has been with the firm for six years. His work includes handling aspects of commercial and business law including the buying and selling of properties.
Senior Partner Roger Medlock says: “Gary’s promotion to Associate is an important one for the future of the growing Woodcocks Commercial team and is part of our overall strategy to cultivate our team. “
“Gary has a great of deal of experience and expertise in this field and we believe he can further strengthen the Woodcocks Commercial team.
HOLLY IS A WORK EXPERIENCE WINNER
A stint of work experience helped a legal eagle from Bury land her first job.
Law graduate Holly Gethin has earned a much sought after training contract with Woodcocks after impressing on work experience.
Holly, 25, of Kingston Close Bury, originally sent a speculative CV and after three months was awarded a training contract. She will be gain valuable training in a range of areas but will be specialising in family law.
Holly originally chose to apply to Woodcocks because of the firm’s reputation, she believed that the diverse areas of law that the firm specialise in and the impressive range of clients would make for great experience, she never expected to be offered a training contract.
Holly is absolutely thrilled to be awarded the position especially given the current situation in the job market.
The former pupil of Bury Grammar School gained her undergraduate degree in Law at The University of Huddersfield and completed her LPC part-time at Manchester Metropolitan University.
“In ten years time I hope to be qualified and progressing in family law, making money for the company and have some good clients.”
Senior Partner Roger Medlock says: “Woodcocks believes in investing in young talent. We are delighted to have Holly onboard and hope she continues to bring good things to the firm.”
Holly used to run for Lancashire and takes part in charity events such as Race for Life. Her other interests are going to the gym and the theatre and socialising.
Woodcocks is one of the oldest established family firms of solicitors in the country, with offices in Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall, Bury and Haslingden.
DAVID STEPS UP AT WOODCOCKS
Solicitor David Buskey has been appointed an associate with leading Lancashire solicitors Woodcocks.
The 32-year-old joined Woodcocks in 2000 as a trainee solicitor and is now a specialist in non-contentious law, working across the company and commercial and residential property departments.
David, who is based at the Haslingden office, said: “I started my career at Woodcocks and it has been a great place to develop as there are plenty of opportunities to progress.
“I am thrilled to have been made an associate. It means making a long-term commitment to the firm, which I am happy to do because working here is very rewarding.”
Senior Partner, Roger Medlock is confident that David has a great future ahead of him. “We are keen to grow our young talent, and David has shown professional dedication during his time at Woodcocks, and I know he will continue to do so well into the future.”
With offices in Bury, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom and Bacup, Woodcocks is one of the oldest established family firms of solicitors in the country. It was established in 1791.
WOODCOCKS APPOINT GENERATION OF NEW PARTNERS
Solicitor Michael Shroot has been promoted to partner with a leading North West firm of solicitors.
Michael, who is Head of the Employment Law Department has been made a partner at Woodcocks, one of Lancashire’s longest established firms.
"I am delighted to have been asked to become a partner of what is an increasingly significant department within one of the fastest growing and most established law firms in the area," says Michael.
Based in the Bury offices of Woodcocks, Michael joined the firm in 2003, having previously worked in a boutique commercial law firm in London.
Michael has a wealth of experience advising businesses, directors and other high level employees, in Employment Law and all other types of commercial dispute resolution. Last year he obtained a Masters degree in Employment Law, which he studied for whilst working at the firm.
Senior partner, Roger Medlock, says: "Michael’s appointment is an important one for the future of the business and is part of our strategy to in develop our own young talent.
“Michael has a great deal of expertise and experience in the employment law field and commercial dispute resolution field and we believe he can further strengthen Woodcocks and what is a key department for the firm."
To find out more about Woodcocks’ employment law and commercial dispute resolution services please contact Michael Shroot on 0161 761 4611.
CLARETS CHIEF HELPS BOOST WOODCOCKS CHARITY CAUSE
Solicitors Woodcocks found the par-fect partner in Burnley FC Chief Executive Paul Fletcher as they raised almost £2,500 for Rossendale Hospice during their charity golf tournament
For Fletcher helped ensure the auction and raffle was a winner after teams representing businesses from all over the North West had battled it out for the golfing honours.
Woodcocks Senior Partner, Roger Medlock said: “It was a fabulous day and we were delighted that we were able to raise almost £2,500 for Rossendale Hospice which is such a great cause.
“I was delighted that Paul came along as out guest and helped out with the auction. He helped to make it a very special event. Not only did we raise money for a great Rossendale cause but everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We even enjoyed great weather for the golf.”
The auction prizes included 4 tickets to the Scottish Open at Loch Lomand which had been donated by Barclays Bank and also a Burnley club watch donated by Mr Fletcher.
The golf was won by a team entered by Rossendale businessman Peter Kennedy, event sponsors James Killelea and Sons finished as runners up and third place went to the team from Trevor Dawson and Co.
Mr Medlock added: “The hospice carries out great work for our community — we are proud to be their patrons — but not everyone is aware that it relies on fundraising and donations to keep going. We feel events like the golf day are important to help it continue.”
Woodcocks is one of the country’s oldest-established firms of solicitors and has branches in Manchester Road, Bury, as well as Bacup, Rawtenstall, Haslingden, and Ramsbottom.
FORMER WOODCOCKS PARTNER APPOINTED AS JUDGE
Mark Gosnell, who was previously a partner in Woodcocks for a number of years, has recently been appointed as one of the country’s elite judges and is now a Senior Circuit Judge – an official appointment declared by Her Majesty The Queen.
A Newchurch resident and father-of-two is also a stalwart of evening gigs at the Jolly Sailor, Spring Terrace, White Lion and other ritzy Valley venues with his band Wasted. But by day, he is now known as His Honour Judge Gosnell.
In his new role he has been assigned to the North Eastern Circuit, based at Leeds Civil Justice Centre, and is in charge of all the Circuit Judges and District Judges in Leeds, Wakefield, Pontefract, Harrogate, Scarborough and York. Mark said: "My colleagues are amused but not surprised by my involvement in the band which I have been in for about six years.
"When I worked at the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester there were two other judges who were in bands and we helped each other out on occasions."
Last week he was sworn into his new Senior Circuit Judge role by the Lord Chief Justice in London.
Mark added: "My new position is different to my previous position in that I have a management role in addition to hearing cases.
"I am responsible for six court centres in total spread across North Yorkshire. It was an honour to be sworn in and it was very special having my family at the ceremony to support me. I was delighted to be appointed as Designated Civil Judge of Leeds and North Yorkshire and I have found the staff very helpful and my colleagues very supportive so far."
Mark was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 1993 and in 1998 as a permanent District Judge to sit in Manchester – the youngest appointed in the country that year. He became a Recorder in 2005.
His wife Sarah Gosnell, a barrister, said: "It is a fantastic achievement." Carrying on the family trade, Mark’s daughter Lauren has just qualified as a solicitor while his son Matthew is currently training to be an accountant.
REFORMS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR WILL SAYS LEGAL EXPERT
Rossendale/Bury solicitor Jane Molyneaux has welcomed the findings of a new Law Commission report that could lead to the reform of the process affecting estates when people die without having made a will.
But she warns it could be years before the proposals outlined in a new consultation document become law.
Jane a specialist in tax and trust matters with Woodcocks says: “The current law dates back to 1925 and doesn’t really reflect the changes in society that have taken place since. Nowadays many couples live together but many don’t realise that in the event of one of them dying the survivor has no automatic right to inherit any part of his or her partner’s estate.
“We often hear the term Common Law wife or husband bandied about but in this context it is absolutely meaningless. It doesn’t matter how long the couple live together or even if they have children together. Many couples are simply unaware that they have no or few rights on death unless they make a will. It’s a real problem because about 1 in three people who die each year have not made a will.”
The reforms — should they become law — could mean that couples who have a child together or who have lived as a couple for more than five years will have the same rights as a married couple. Also where a couple without children have lived together for between 2 and 5 years, on the first death the survivor could be set to inherit half their partner’s estate. It’s a similar picture for married couples without a will too and the Law Commission report looks at ways of simplifying the system for them too.
“Overall I would say that the reforms are sensible and welcome but there may be a question for some couples over how you go about proving you have been living together for the required time and I feel this may lead to fierce debate. There is also the argument that couples who live together and may not have gotten married for a reason, for example wanting to pass their wealth to their children from a previous marriage, may fall into the new provisions without realising it if they have not made a will.
“You have to remember this process is still in the consultation stage and it could be a long time before it becomes law.
“The simplest way to avoid the problem is to get a will so you can make it clear what happens to your estate in the event of your death.”
Woodcocks is one of the oldest established family firms of solicitors in the country, with offices in Bury, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom and Bacup.
For more information relating to tax or trust matters contact Jane Molyneaux or to make a Will contact Stephen Parr on 01706 213356.
FIRM GIVES FOSTER YOUNGSTERS SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER
Children and teenagers in foster care in Bury have been given some Christmas cheer.
Woodcocks, a family firm of solicitors based in Manchester Road has donated new toys and gifts for children in the care of Bury Council.
Margaret Mahon, a partner in the family law department, presented the gifts to the council’s family placement team with the help of solicitors, Emma Pike and Mark Taylor.
Afterwards, a Christmas party was held for the foster carers and the children.
Kath Price, a family placement team manager said “This is a great start to Christmas for these children and we are grateful for the support from Woodcocks.”
Margaret Mahon who works at the Bury office of Woodcocks said: “Through my job I represent both parents and children in care proceedings. It is because of this work I became aware of the difficulties for many children when they have been removed from their families.
Christmas should be a magical time for children and young people, which is why we felt it was so important to help the less fortunate ones in our area to have a wonderful festive period”.
There are more than 200 children in Bury who are being looked after by foster carers and more big-hearted families and people are needed to take on the role. For an information pack on fostering contact Bury Family Placement Team on 0161 253 5457 or find the fostering page on the Bury Council website bury.gov.uk.
KATE CELEBRATES AFTER QUALIFYING AT WOODCOCKS
Legal eagle Kate Allsop is celebrating after qualifying as a solicitor following a two-year traineeship with Valley firm Woodcocks.
The 24-year-old, of Helmshore, will be based at the Rawtenstall office and will specialise in the Family Law department dealing with separation, divorce and children issues.
Kate studied law at Lancaster University before embarking on the one-year Legal Practice Course at Chester College of Law.
Now a fully-fledged solicitor, Kate is looking forward to an exciting future ahead of her at Woodcocks.
She said: “I chose to work in Family Law because I enjoy the variation it brings. A lot of my work brings my into contact with people at difficult times in their lives, and I’m happy to feel I can help.
“I grew up in the Valley, and it’s great to be working here. I feel my career has been given the best possible start. I have really enjoyed completing my training course at Woodcocks as it has such a friendly and professional atmosphere.”
Woodcocks Senior Partner Roger Medlock said: “We are delighted with Kate’s progress, she has made a valuable contribution to the firm.
“With her talent and enthusiasm she is a true asset to Woodcocks and I am convinced she has a bright future with us.”
Woodcocks is one of the oldest established family firms of solicitors in the country, with offices in Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall, Bacup. Bury and Haslingden
HELMSHORE PUPILS GET VISIBLE THANKS TO WOODCOCKS
The dark nights are closing in but schoolchildren in Helmshore will shine bright thanks to a kind-hearted local legal firm.
Pupils at Helmshore Primary School are being encouraged to walk to and from school safely after Rossendale solicitors Woodcocks provided them with high visibility vests.
It is the third year running Woodcocks has provided Helmshore Primary School with the safety vests.
Woodcocks solicitor Katie Allsop, who is based at the company’s Rawtenstall office and herself a former Helmshore County Primary pupil, said the company had been impressed with the children’s enthusiasm for walking to school.
She said: “We are a family firm and we are keen to get out into the community and support our local schools, which is what donating the vests is all about.
“As the dark nights are drawing in it is the perfect time to do this and we are sure that as more and more families recognise the benefits of waking the vests will see a lot of use.”
Christine Myers, headteacher at Helmshore Primary School, which is in Gregory Fold, said she was delighted that Woodcocks were continuing to support the school’s ongoing work to improve road safety.
She said: “We like to encourage our children to walk to school because not only is it good exercise, but it also helps to ease congestion at the school gates at busy times.
“The health and safety of our children is of paramount importance so we are very grateful for Woodcocks’ support in helping pupils to stay safe while walking to and from school.”
Woodcocks is one the oldest-established family firms of solicitors in the country and has offices in Rawtenstall, Haslingden, Bacup, Bury and Ramsbottom.
Picture shows: Front left to right Oliver French, Macey Glynn, Abigail Buckley and Ewan Burnside
Back Katie Allsop and Roger Medlock of Woodcocks and Christine Myers
WOODCOCKS TRANSFER FOR WENDY
Wendy Scott of leading Rossendale solicitors Woodcocks has transferred from the Haslingden branch to Bacup, following the recent retirement of solicitor Philip Hodgson.
For the past 20 years Wendy has been based at Haslingden, dealing with residential conveyancing, developer plot sales and home information packs.
Wendy, who lives in Bacup, said: “I am looking forward to working with new faces, it’s also nice to be working in my home-town – particularly as I won’t have far to travel every morning!”
Although she has moved offices, Wendy’s role will remain the same, namely dealing with residential sales and purchases.
Senior Partner at Woodcocks, Roger Medlock, said: “Wendy has been a valuable member of the firm for many years, and whilst she’ll be missed at Haslingden she will be an important addition to the Bacup branch.”
Woodcock is one of the oldest established family firms of solicitors in the country, with offices in Bury, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom and Bacup.
For more information about home information packs contact Wendy Scott on 01706 874487.
CHARITY RUN – BREAKTHROUGH BREAST CANCER
For two years Woodcocks have been the proud Patrons of Rossendale Hospice. However, the firm’s commitment to the Hospice has not prevented it from supporting other worthwhile causes and, in particular, the vital work and research done by Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Woodcocks have been proud to sponsor two events for the Hospice, namely a Golf Day and Whiskey Tasting. However, at each of those two events additional fundraising has been carried out whereby two cheques for £1,000.00 have been sent to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Breast cancer touches many individuals and younger women are particularly vulnerable. The Senior Partner, Roger Medlock, has been committed to raising money for Breakthrough during 2009 and on Saturday 26th September entered a Fun Race in Simonstone/Read where he resides.
Roger raised a further £1,000.00 sponsorship from colleagues, friends, clients and neighbours. Whilst the race was not particularly long, Roger had assured his sponsors that he would endeavour to do a quick time and finished approximately 20th out of the field of over 1,000.
Roger, pictured below, said “I am delighted to have made this further contribution to the work done by Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Younger women are particularly vulnerable and the research by this excellent organisation continues to improve the prospects of women affected by this dreadful disease. Two of my young colleagues have been receiving treatment for Breast Cancer and this has motivated both me and all of my sponsors to make this further contribution to Breakthrough’s vital work.”
MCCANN JOINS COLLEGE GOVERNORS
A partner at Rossendale solicitors Woodcocks has been appointed to the board of governors at Bury College.
David McCann, who heads Woodcocks Commercial Litigation department, aims to use his experience in analysing issues in his new role at the college.
“Woodcocks is an employer in the area and we recognise that the quality of education in the area is very important,” he said.
“Personally, as a former adult learner on a professional course at the college, I believe it has a great role to play across the whole cross section of learners in the community.”
Woodcocks is one the oldest-established family firms of solicitors in the country and has offices in Bury, Rawtenstall, Haslingden, Bacup and Ramsbottom.
WARM WOODCOCKS WELCOME FOR JANE
Leading Rossendale practice Woodcocks has appointed solicitor Jane Molyneaux to handle tax and trust matters.
Jane joins Woodcocks after four years at a Bolton based solicitors.
Jane, who will be based at the Haslingden branch, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the firm, it has a great reputation so it will be the ideal platform to help me develop as a solicitor.
“I’ll be very busy in my new role, as I’ll be dealing with important issues such as tax returns and trust management but I relish the challenge.”
As well as obtaining a tax qualification, Jane attended Sheffield University before moving to London to take her Masters. From there Jane went on to study at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Senior partner Roger Medlock says: "Jane has a great deal of experience and talent, which makes her a very important addition to the firm.
“We are looking forward to Jane’s contribution to the professional service that we continue to offer the public.”
Woodcock is one of the oldest established family firms of solicitors in the country, with offices in Bury, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom and Bacup.
For more information relating to tax or trust matters contact Jane Molyneaux on 01706 213356.
VALLEY SOLICITOR PHILIP FILES FINAL CASE
Long-standing Valley solicitor Philip Hodgson is getting ready to file his last case as he retires after more than 20 years at Woodcocks.
Philip, of Whitewell Bottom, worked as a partner at the Bacup office, handling conveyancing and wills cases.
He previously worked for Rawtenstall solicitors Whiteside and Lord until it merged with Woodcocks in 1988. Philip was one of several lawyers to move to Woodcocks, and until his retirement he was the last remaining lawyer to come from the practice.
Philip said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Woodcocks and have made some valuable friends so I will be sad to go. However, I am looking forward to having more freedom. I am a keen angler so it’ll be nice to have a little bit more time to do that.”
Woodcocks senior partner Roger Medlock said: “Philip has always been willing to go the extra mile to help anyone. He always the first person to offer to assistance to colleagues and it was areal pleasure working with him. He will be truly missed by everyone here. Of course he is also an exceptionally skillful lawyer with a great interest in the law. Even after attending Law School he always continued to commit to any training with great enthusiasm.”
Woodcocks is one of the oldest established family firms of solicitors in the country. It has offices in Bury, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom and Bacup.
WOODCOCKS SPONSOR NORTH POLE ATTEMPT
Woodcocks, Solicitors are very pleased to support Vernon Powell of Helmshore who bravely attempted a trek to the North Pole in aid of the MacMillan Cancer Charity.
Vernon and his wife Nycola are well known in Helmshore having previously run the Holden Vale Hotel and are tireless workers for cancer charities. In particular Nycola assisted Woodcocks Senior Partner, Roger Medlock with the auction of diamond earrings at the fund raising event recently held at the Fisherman's Retreat when over £5,000 was raised for the Hospice and a further £1,000 raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Woodcocks are more than happy to reciprocate that support and be one of Vernon's sponsors.
SOLICITOR GOES BACK TO THE CLASSROOM TO OBTAIN MASTERS DEGREE
A solicitor from local law firm Woodcocks has donned his cap and gown to receive a Masters degree in Employment Law. Michael Shroot studied for the degree while heading up the firm’s Employment Law Department. Roger Medlock, Senior Partner said: “Employment Law is a fast growing area so it’s vital the firm has the right person to lead the department.” “The need to provide our clients with specialist advice relating to employment law is bigger than ever. We are committed to providing a quality service to our clients - and helping Michael to gain a Masters degree enables us to do this.” “One of the guiding principles at Woodcocks is to invest in training and we’re pleased with how hard Michael has worked to obtain the Masters degree. It’s a fantastic achievement, and extremely valuable for the practice.” Michael, an Associate based at the firm’s Bury office, believes his success underlines Woodcocks’ commitment to this area of law. He said: “The popularity of our recent seminars and large increase in employment law work generally, indicates that there is a great interest in the fast changing employment law scene.” “At the moment many firms struggle to justify the cost of an in-house HR department. We fill this gap by producing contracts, handbooks other standard documents at a reasonable cost, and providing practical legal advice, so our client base can meet the demands that the Employment Legislation creates.” Woodcocks is well-known for its commitment to training with several of its staff gaining a degree in higher education. Indeed Roger Medlock was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Employment Law in 2001. To find out more about Woodcocks’ employment law advice services please contact Michael Shroot on 0161 761 4611
WARM WELCOME AS LOUISE TAKES ON NEW ROLE AT WOODCOCKS
Louise Daniel has taken over the management of leading solicitors Woodcocks’ Rawtenstall office. Taking over from well-known crime specialist, Keith Pilkington after his semi-retirement, Louise will lead the firm’s family department. She said: “I’m thrilled to have been given such an excellent opportunity. It’s a great honour to follow in Keith’s footsteps – he has always been a great mentor to me and I relish the challenge of trying to fill his shoes”. Having studied a law degree at Queen Mary College, University of London and the College of Law in Chester, Louise joined the firm 12 years ago as a trainee lawyer. A committed family lawyer and member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel, Louise has a wide experience in dealing with all types of family cases from divorce and financial matters, both private law and public law children issues, injunctions and separation matters. Louise has always been available on an emergency basis to deal with the difficult issues posed by domestic violence. Senior partner Roger Medlock added: “Since she joined the practice several years ago, Louise has established herself as a highly-respected lawyer. She has worked on a variety of high-profile cases and built up a great reputation with both her clients and colleagues. “With her professionalism and track record, I couldn’t think of a better person to take on the role.” For more information about Woodcocks contact Louise Daniel on 01706 225621 Woodcocks is one of the oldest established family firms of solicitors in the country. It has offices in Bury, Haslingden, Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom and Bacup.
A TALE OF TWO CHRISTINES
It’s a tale of two Christines at leading legal firm Woodcocks — as it says goodbye to one but hello to another.
The firm is bidding farewell to long-serving member of staff Christine Taylor, who worked at Woodcocks for more than 30 years, most recently in the Probate department. Christine is now looking forward to spending her retirement in Spain but will miss the friends she has made over the years. She said: “The quality of people I worked with made coming to work really enjoyable and I am going to miss everyone. However, I am really looking forward to the Spanish sunshine and saying goodbye to the typical British climate.”
Woodcocks senior partner Roger Medlock said: “Christine has been a pleasure to work with and we are all sad to see her go. Throughout her time here she always worked extremely hard — even obtaining a law degree in her own time. She built up great relationships, not just with the staff, but with her clients too. We all wish her a long and happy retirement.”
But as one Christine departs the Probate department is preparing to welcome another — Christine Dawson. She previously worked as Probate Manager for JV Pillings in Bacup, which is now part of the Woodcocks practice in Bacup. Adds Roger: “We are delighted to welcome the ‘new’ Christine to the firm and I am sure she will settle in very quickly. She has a great deal of knowledge and experience and I am sure she will be a real asset to the practice.”
Woodcocks is one of the country’s oldest-established firms of solicitors and has branches in Bury, Bacup, Rawtenstall, Haslingden and Ramsbottom.