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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 www.lawsociety.org.uk/cqs

 

 

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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 www.rugbynats.co.uk

www.hartlepoolrfc.co.uk

 

 

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Launch of Hartlepool Radio's Annual Christmas Gift Appeal

Townspeople are being urged to support Radio Hartlepool's Annual Christmas Gift Appeal.

All of the gifts donated are distributed to the town's children and young people most in need by Hartlepool Council's children and familities social care teams.

The appeal was recently launched at Radio Hartlepool in the presence of the Mayor of Hartlepool. Councillor Rob Cook and Steven Horsley of Smith & Graham Solicitors, the station's main sponsor.

Jason Anderson, Managing Director of Radio Hartlepool, said "it's fantastic that the Ceremonial Mayor is supporting the appeal which is now in its ninth year. Businesses and the local community always get right behind the appeal to make sure they put a smile on the face of the town's most needy children on Christmas Day"

Gifts must be new and should be unwrapped so that they can be appropriately matched to the children receiving them.

People can drop gifts off at the Civic Centre, Radio Hartlepool, Morrisons supermarket and Sainsburys at Middle Warren.

 

 

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Smith and Graham support local league cricket

Smith & Graham are extremely proud of their continuing sponsorship of all levels of cricket at Seaton Carew Cricket Club

The President of Seaton Carew Cricket Club, Wally Stewart, said “After a very successful season, I am sure you will be delighted to know that the Firsts have finished seventh in the Premier league, with the Seconds and Thirds doing equally well in their respective leagues. Much of this success is down to the amount of sponsorship that we had received prior to the season starting. For this reason we would like to give you our sincere thanks for all the assistance that you gave to us, plus the faith you had in us to grant us that assistance. I sincerely hope that our partnership can continue in the future and that you will be there for us in the next and coming seasons.

Smith and Graham provide team clothing for all levels of the club together with a discount service to all club members.

 

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Welcome Liz Winchester !

Smith & Graham are pleased to announce that Liz Winchester has joined the firm to complement our busy Personal Injury and Medical Negligence team.

Liz graduated from Northumbria University in 2007 with a BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Forensic Science. In 2009 she completed a MSc in Forensic Anthropology before commencing the Graduate Diploma in Law, and completed the Legal Practice Course in June 2012. Liz specialises in Personal Injury law.

Our Personal Injury team have extensive experience in all types of claims for compensation including road traffic accidents, slips and trips, accidents at work, medical negligence and fatal accident claims.

Our aim is to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injury. We offer the highest level of service and advice and keep you informed throughout all stages of your claim. As local lawyers we can offer home and hospital visits to advise you as to whether you have a potential claim and how your claim can be funded.

You can telephone 01429 271651, email law@smithandgraham.co.uk or walk in to one of our offices for immediate further advice. You will have the peace of mind of knowing that someone you can trust and with whom you can speak, face to face, is dealing with your claim. We will, in most circumstances, act for you on a No Win No Fee basis.

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Smith & Graham Solicitors secure renewal of the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Mark

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

The firm underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process.

Law Society President John Wotton said that the Law Society introduced CQS to promote high standards in the home buying process.

“CQS improves efficiency with common, consistent standards and service levels and enables consumers to recognise practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service. Buying a home is one of the largest purchases anyone will make in their lifetime, so it is essential that it is done to the highest standard by a solicitor. There are many different conveyancing service providers out there, making it difficult for home buyers to identify those which can ensure a safe and efficient level of service.”

Sharon Crosby, Licensed Conveyancer and Head of Smith & Graham’s Residential Conveyancing Department says: "Smith & Graham is delighted to have secured renewal of CQS status. It is recognition of the high standards we provide to our residential property clients and is a signal to future home buyers of the excellent service level we provide at what is often a stressful time for many people. The overall beneficiaries will be clients who use Smith & Graham when buying a home. They will 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.

 

For a quote on buying or selling a property, or to discuss any of our residential conveyancing services, contact Sharon Crosby on 01429 271651 or email sharon.crosby@smithandgraham.co.uk

For more information on the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/cqs or contact the CQS Unit on 020 7316 5550 or CQS@lawsociety.org.uk

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Smith & Graham's Christmas Charity Events

Smith & Graham held a number of fun events in the run-up to Christmas, including a hot chocolate and cookie exchange day, a Christmas meal at a local restaurant, participation in ITV’s ‘Text Santa’ Christmas Jumper event in aid of MacMillan, Make a Wish and Save The Children as well as making donations to Hartlepool Foodbank.

Office Manager Julie Bradshaw said: “I felt it very important that we, as a long-established firm in Hartlepool, give something to those in need, especially within the local community, as well as enjoying the celebrations ourselves.”

Smith & Graham is already heavily involved in supporting the local sporting community by sponsoring football, rugby, bowls, golf and cricket clubs

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For the third season in row, Smith & Graham Solicitors & Hartlepool RFC have teamed up to offer a unique scheme for their members.

Simply state that you are a Hartlepool RFC member and you will receive an immediate 10% discount on selected services provided by Smith & Graham. In addition, Smith & Graham will pay an additional 5% contribution to the Youth Development of Hartlepool Rugby Football Club.

The second part of the ongoing sponsorship sees Smith & Graham provide a new playing kit for the first team.

“Steven Horsley, Partner at Smith & Graham, said “This is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our company’s ongoing commitment to support the local community and contribute to the economic development of Hartlepool. With Hartlepool currently top of the league in Durham & Northumberland 2 it is certainly money well spent. Good luck for the second half of the season”

As part of the sponsorship, all of the Hartlepool sides (1st XV, 2nd XV, Under 7, Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and under 16’s side) are proud to wear the Smith and Graham logo on the team playing shirt.

“"Thanks to Smith & Graham, our first team squad are proud to wear the new playing kit, as in these difficult times sponsorship is extremely hard to come by but once again Smith & Graham have come forward to give something back to the sporting community.”

Sean Wiles, Director of Rugby

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