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Lawyers make you money

Recent research conducted by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers established that the Claimant receives an average of 200% more in damages after instructing their own Lawyer than if they were unrepresented and accepted the Insurers first offer.

This information as provided by APIL Focus 2013.

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Free Family & Matrimonial Legal Clinic

Need legal advice but can’t seem to find anyone who is willing to help? Do you just keep getting told that there is no legal aid? We can help! Smith and Graham offers a legal clinic at our Hartlepool office each Friday between 10am and 12 noon, and each Wednesday  at our Peterlee office between 2pm and 4pm, where you can have a free, no obligation 15 minute interview with a qualified expert solicitor who will listen and advise you on your problem. Just call in to see us and we will do our best to help, no matter what the problem.

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Smith & Graham welcome Eve Smith to Family Team

The Partners at Smith and Graham are delighted to announce the appointment of Eve Smith as Associate Solicitor, bringing further strength and depth to our family team. Eve trained at David Gray and Company in Newcastle, a firm that obtained top tier classification in both the Chambers UK Directory and the Legal 500 Directory 2012, where she remained as an assistant solicitor, before moving on to be appointed Partner and Head of the Family Department at Swinburne Jackson solicitors.

Eve’s areas of specialism are divorce and financial remedy work where she has developed substantial experience of high net worth cases, as well as dealing with cases where more modest assets are in dispute and she has significant experience of working with victims of domestic abuse.

Eve compliments the work of the other members of the team which includes Rebecca Davison, who has a growing reputation for excellence in the field of child care and children work.

You can be assured that whatever your problem is, we have a team of qualified experts who can help. Just call (01429) 242426 for the Family Department at the Hartlepool office or (0191) 58518 3393 for Peterlee.

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Dealing with Insurers direct costs you money

Following research by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers it has been shown the litigants in person received an average whiplash offer from insurers of around £1,000. When a Solicitor became involved the average damages received more than tripled to £3,173. This is every reason why you should use the services of your local legal experts Smith and Graham.

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Smith & Graham Support Cancer Charities


Cancer charity t-shirts go on sale

A LIMITED-EDITION t-shirt has gone on sale in Hartlepool to raise money for three cancer charities.

Smith and Graham have teamed up with the town’s Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher to produce the unique t-shirts which feature the famous Hartlepool monkey legend in the design along with the words POOL TOGETHER TO BEAT CANCER.

The attractive t-shirts are priced at just £5 and all of the proceeds will be divided between MacMillan Cancer Support, Pansies Breast Cancer Support Group and The Denise Taylor Cancer Trust.

Hartlepool Mayor, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, said: “Thanks to the generosity of Smith and Graham Solicitors, all of the proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will go to my three nominated cancer charities.

“Before we designed the t-shirt I asked lots of local people what they would like to see on it and the Hartlepool monkey was a clear winner. We’ve also incorporated a strong message to reflect the ongoing scientific efforts to beat cancer.

“I hope the t-shirts prove to be popular and that people wear them with pride to spread the message that together we can beat cancer.”

Steven Horsley, Partner with Smith and Graham Solicitors, commented: “The company is always striving to support the local community and we are delighted to play our part in helping to raise money for three extremely worthy causes".

“The majority of families inHartlepoolwill have experienced the trauma and pain that cancer can bring and I sincerely hope that the t-shirts prove to be popular and raise much-needed funds.”

The t-shirts are available from Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience (formerly Hartlepool Historic Quay), Hartlepool Art Gallery, Church Square and the Civic Centre.



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Hartlepool and District Hospice Make a Will Month

Once again, Smith and Graham are proud to support the Hartlepool and District Hospice Make a Will Month Scheme during May 2013. During the month of May we will be supporting the campaign by assisting people in making wills free of charge if they in turn make a donation towards the work of the Hartlepool Hospice.

Rebecca Jobson from Hartlepool Hospice had this to say “Your donations make a huge difference to a person approaching the end of their life.  Last year over £2,000 was raised through Make a Will Month.  This is equivalent to a whole week specialist care and could only be possible with your help.  Making a Will is something we often put off but the peace of knowing that your affairs are all in order is really quite satisfying”.

Andrew Blair, Head of Probate, said “Here is an opportunity for people to get around to making a will at the same time as benefitting such a worthwhile local charity. We are proud to be able to support the invaluable work of the Hospice and hope that we can contribute towards raising even more funds than last year”.

For more details, please call our Private Client Department on 01429 271651

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Smith & Graham take Will message to the airwaves

Long term community partners, Smith and Graham Solicitors and Radio Hartlepool have once again come up with a unique offer to Radio Hartlepool’s listeners, highlighting the importance of having a professional will written.

Andrew Blair, Head of Probate at Smith and Graham Solicitors had this to say “we would like people in our town to know the importance of having a properly drafted will, so that they can benefit the people or organisations that are most important to them.  At Smith & Graham, we want to give something back to our community and therefore, over the coming weeks on Radio Hartlepool we will be giving people the chance to have a professional will written for them at no cost”.

This latest offering from Smith & Graham Solicitors comes in the form on an ‘on air’ competition to be aired on Radio Hartlepool.

Managing Director of 102.4 Radio Hartlepool, Jason Anderson had this to say about this latest offering “It’s a real unique prize, your chance to win a will, a professionally written one at that.  I don’t think within the history of Radio Hartlepool we have been able to give such a meaningful prize away, again, big thanks to Smith and Graham Solicitors, and Andrew Blair and his team”.

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Smith & Graham join forces with Radio Hartlepool

Smith & Graham Solicitors and Radio Hartlepool joined forces to offer all Radio Hartlepool listeners a discount on selected services supplied by Smith & Graham.

Jason Anderson, Managing Director of 102.4 Radio Hartlepool said "Once more I thank those at Smith & Graham for giving back something to their local community and to the people of this town.  All you have to do is say you listen to Radio Hartlepool to get a discount on selected services, how good is that!"

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Smith & Graham new sponsorship deal with HRFC

Hartlepool Rugby Football Club have teamed up with Smith & Graham who have provided sponsored shirts for the forthcoming season.  Members of HRFC also receive a discount on selected products offered by Smith & Graham.

Stuart Hind of HRFC said "Thanks to Smith & Graham our first team squad are proud to wear our new 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 of this town."

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Welcome Paula!

We are very pleased to announce that Paula Bailey is to become a partner in the firm with immediate effect.  

This is a real boost to the firm’s fortunes and the partners believe that our Family Department will go from strength to strength under Paula’s leadership. 

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