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Congratulations to David Smith & Leanne Reid !

The Equity Partners of Smith & Graham are delighted to announce that David Smith has been made a Salaried Partner, and that Leanne Reid has successfully obtained her Children Panel accreditation.

Leanne joined the firm following qualifying in 2015 and has quickly made her name in all areas of Family work, but in particular Child Care work. We wish her all the best as her career with Smith & Graham goes from strength to strength.

David joined the firm as a trainee in 2003, and has become an integral part of the Criminal Justice department and the firm, having been the firm’s COLP for the last few years. His salaried partnership is thoroughly deserved.

Martin Scarborough, Senior Partner at the firm said “I am delighted that two dedicated and talented Hartlepool born lawyers are making a fantastic contribution to Smith & Graham. It is of great satisfaction to the Equity Partners that a local firm is producing local lawyers who are serving the legal needs of the people of Hartlepool and the surrounding areas. We look forward to continuing to work with both David and Leanne in the short, medium and long term.” 

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#LEJOGAH - the final 26 miles for Hartlepool's inspirational Lee Dodgson

On the eve of his final 26 miles on the #LEJOGAH challenge, inspirational Hartlepool lad Lee Dodgson posted an emotional update to Facebook.

"Just over a year ago I lost a very good friend under tragic circumstances. John was a huge supporter of mine, especially when it came to charity runs for Hartlepool Hospice/Alice House. The last 19 days have been the hardest of my life on so many separate levels. I'd love to tell you I've enjoyed it, but I haven't. I'm here for a purpose. Whenever things got tough, painful or just too much, I used to look at the sky and laugh and ask him to help. I honestly have no idea how I have gotten to this point, but I have. All that's kept me going was the fact I made a promise to myself to wear this t shirt on the last day. Tomorrow I will try to enjoy the last 26 miles proudly wearing this shirt. I dedicate all 827 miles to the memory of John Crompton. May you forever rest in peace my friend ❤"

Lee's wife Claire is calling for people to gather at the bottom entrance to Crimdon Dene at 2pm on Saturday 3rd June 2017 to run the last mile into town with Lee, or to welcome him when he arrives at Hartlepool Rugby Club. There will be a BBQ at the club from 1pm for those wanting to welcome him back, with all proceeds going to Alice House Hospice and LEJOGAH.

Lee is aiming to raise £40,000 for Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool by completing the Lands End to John O Groats run and Claire told of how proud she is of her husband.  Everyone at Smith & Graham would like to echo what Claire and countless others have said about Lee's desire, determination, guts, courage and selflessness. Smith & Graham are extremely proud and priveledged to have been given the opportunity to sponsor the team kits for this absolutely amazing challenge for an outstanding local charity.

Any donations for Alice House can be made through the website



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Will Skipp wins a third county championship in a row !

Will Skipp has successfully defended his U16 Durham County Schools’ Golf Championship title with a superb round of 75. Representing the Dyke House College Elite Development Squad, Skipp led a strong field to win his third U16 title in a row. Skipp’s score was also good enough to earn him runner-up in the overall School Boys’ Championship, finishing just a shot behind Gateshead College’s Will Marshall.

Skipp, 15, said: “It’s quite special as no one has done that before. A win is a win and they have always felt special…it never loses how special it is."

Steven Horsley, Partner at Smith & Graham said " Yet again Smith & Graham recognise, through the continued support of young sports men and women, the success of Will Skipp.  We are delighted to have sponsored Dyke House Academy and this young man.  We wish him all the best for the future."

Skipp, coached by Andrew Betts at Wynyard and at Dyke House, tied eighth in the Midland Under 16 Strokeplay Championship at Hawkestone Park and will head to the McGregor Trophy In July and the Scottish Under 16s with bigger intentions.  He said "I would like to play for England at Under 16s, one or two good finishes in big competitions can help you like that at Hawkstone Park and the McGregor.”



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#LEJOGAH UPDATE - Absolutely Amazing !

Smith and Graham are so proud to be sponsoring the team kits for #LEJOGAH, the committment and dedication of everyone involved in this worthy cause is absolutely outstanding!

Hartlepool lad Lee Dodgson, in his bid to run 827 miles from Lands End to John O'Groats in 16 days aid of Alice House Hospice, is aiming to raise £40,000 for the hospice, and fundraising levels have recently hit £26,000.

After more than a week on the roads, having to deal with sadly losing his original team mate John Hewitson from the challendge due to a serious leg injury, battling injuries himself and awful weather conditions, Lee has made it into Scotland! Many friends and supporters have travelled hundreds of miles to run alongside Lee for a day and keep his spirits up.

A surprise visit by Lee's parents left followers and supporters across Facebook and other social platforms extremely emotional. Lee is managing to spend some time with his wife Claire over the next few days, hotels with comfortable beds across Scotland having been arranged by family and friends.

Today's Facenook update read  "7.30am start on day 10 of #LEJOGAH, spirits and morale are high after a good day yesterday despite the long climb from Kendal to Shap. A big thank you to Alan Robson from Seymours and Andrew Drummond who came along and ran with Lee on what was a very challenging first half of the day.  A special mention goes to John Stubbs who ran all day Sunday, finished like a buckled wheel, yet still gave his all yesterday!"

To recruit or pledge more support for Lee, contact Greg Hildreth at Alice House Hospice on 01429 855529.



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Smith & Graham proud to be Official Kit Sponsors for #LEJOGAH campaign in aid of Alice House Hospice

Smith & Graham are extremely proud to be Official Kit Sponsor for local lads, Lee Dodgson and John Hewitson, on their #LEJOGAH campaign in aid of Alice House Hospice.

In 2015, Lee ran 7 marathons in 7 days, raising £20,000 for the Hospice.

Starting on 13th May 2017, Lee and John are to run from Lands End to John O’Groats, a total of 827 miles over 15 days, with an aim of raising £40,000 for Alice House Hospice. The inspirational pair have raised in excess of £13,000 to date.

Hospice Fundraiser, Greg Hildreth said, “On behalf of Lee and John as well as the Hospice, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the organisations who have shown invaluable support to this campaign and actually enabling it to proceed by offsetting the initial costs and providing the resources that they need to succeed in this challenge.

“The response so far has been remarkable and it is great to see the local communities getting behind these two selfless guys who are attempting a huge challenge to help support services for local people.”

Anyone wishing to support #LEJOGAH can contact Greg Hildreth at the Hospice on 01429 855555 or


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Launch of Smith & Graham scoreboard at Mayfield Park

Saturday 11th March saw the official launch of the new Smith & Graham scoreboard at Mayfield Park

To coincide with the new scoreboard, Hartlepool Rugby Club has again teamed up with Smith & Graham who will continue to provide an innovative way of contributing extra money for the development of mini & junior rugby.

David Carson-White, Club Captain, said: “By simply saying that you are a Hartlepool Rugby Club member, you will secure a 10 per cent discount on selected services at Smith & Graham. In addition they will make a five per cent contribution to the development of rugby at the club.

"Hartlepool Rugby Club's mini & junior section is thriving at the moment and we currently have 9 teams. Without the support of Smith & Graham we would not be able to sustain this impressive growth.”

Steven Horsley, Partner at Smith & Graham, added: "We are proud to be able to assist in the continuing development of Hartlepool Rugby Club and give something back to the local community. We at Smith & Graham wish Hartlepool Rugby Club every success for the rest of the league campaign."

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Smith & Graham secures Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Mark

Smith & Graham has once again secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme - the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

This is the fifth year in a row that Smith & Graham has achieved CQS accreditation.he firm underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to continue to hold CQS status, which marks the firm out as continuing to meet high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

Law Society President Andrew Caplen said that the CQS accreditation is the hallmark of high standards and establishes a level of credibility for regulators, lenders, insurers and consumers. "CQS is the quality mark of the home-buying sector and enables consumers to identify practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service. With so many different conveyancing service providers out there CQS helps home-buyers and sellers seek out those that can provide a safe and efficient level of service."

Sharon Crosby, Licensed Conveyancer and Head of the Residential Conveyancing Team at Hartlepool says: "I am delighted we have secured CQS status. Buying and selling a home can be a stressful time. By looking for a CQS firm like Smith & Graham, you can be sure to seek out a firm that has proved its commitment to quality.  The overall beneficiaries will be clients who use us when buying a home. They will always receive a reliable, efficient service as recognised by the CQS standard."

The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.

If you would like further information on our residential conveyancing services, or a straightforward no obligation quote for buying or selling a property, contact Sharon Crosby, Andrea Tudball, Wendy Hughes or Christine Edwards at Smith & Graham on 01429 271651

For more information on the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme visit



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Free Family Advice Clinic !

Do you want to discuss divorce matters? Do you need to agree issues in relation to property, savings, pensions, debts or other assets?

Are you having problems with your ex-partner in respect of issues concerning your children?

Are the Local Authority (Social Services) involved with your family?

Are you the victim of domestic violence and need protection from your partner?


We are offering a free 15 minute appointment with one of our Family Solicitors at our free advice clinics will run at Peterlee, each Monday between 2pm-4pm from Monday 30th January 2017 and Hartlepool, each Wednesday between 10am - 12 noon from Wednesday 1st February 2017.

Clinic appointments operate on a first come first served basis. No appointment necessary.



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Welcome to Gavin Cochrane !

We are excited to announce that Gavin Cochrane has joined Smith & Graham as a Solicitor in our family department.

With previous experience gained at a firm in North Shields, Gavin is local to the Hartlepool area and is keen to complement our existing dedicated family department. Working between our Hartlepool and Peterlee offices, he will be offering advice on all family-related matters, growing a workload of divorce, financial remedy, private and publicly funded children matters. Gavin will service our free family clinics on a weekly basis from both offices.

Gavin can be contacted through our Hartlepool family secretary Beth Armstrong, 01429 271651.

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Rugby Nats at Mayfield Park

Smith & Graham are proud to be Hartlepool RFC's Official Club Sponsor.  Rugby Nats were at the club's Mayfield Park recently "Loved every minute of filming with Hartlepool RFC, quality few days getting to meet and know everyone involved with the club. Thank you to them & Liam Lester for the shirt, can't wait wait to release this one on Tuesday at 11am!! "

Rugby Nats pay tribute to the foundations of Grass Roots Rugby across the National Leagues. Weekly postings, cinematic footage & a scrummage into club culture



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