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Doesn’t time fly!

Our senior partner, Barry Gray has recently celebrated a landmark 40 years at Smith & Graham.

Beginning his career in 1972, Barry headed our now flourishing Criminal Defence department.  Continuing to lead from the helm, Barry is now synonymous with the name Smith & Graham.

The partners and staff would like to thank Barry for his invaluable contribution to the firm and long may this continue!

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Smith & Graham and Hartlepool United – The perfect match for the new season!

Russ Green, the Chief Executive of Hartlepool United, described Pools Law as being one of the success stories of last season.  Russ went on to say “By simply saying that you are a Hartlepool united fan, you will secure a 10% discount on selected services at Smith & Graham and in addition they will make a 5% contribution to the Youth Development of Hartlepool United.”

Steven Horsley, Partner at Smith & Graham said “We are proud to be able to assist in the continuing development of the town’s club and give something back to the local community for which my firm has been a part of for over 100 years.  We at Smith & Graham wish Hartlepool United every success for the forthcoming league one campaign.”

Hartlepool United Fixture Cards can be collected free of charge from the reception of Smith & Graham Solicitors.

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Smith & Graham pleased to share in the success of Wynyard Golf Club

Smith and Graham are pleased to announce the sponsorship of both the senior and junior teams at Wynyard Golf club for the forthcoming season.

Chris Mounter, Director of Golf said “It’s great in these difficult times that a firm of the stature of Smith & Graham can give something back to the local community and our teams will be pleased to adorn their logo.  We are confident of success this season and are grateful of Smith & Graham’s support.”

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Smith & Graham join forces with Radio Hartlepool in new sponsorship deal.

Smith & Graham are delighted to show our commitment to the town and community radio station by taking a significant sponsorship deal, sponsoring the main studio which will now be known as the ‘Smith & Graham Solicitors Community Studio’.

Jason Anderson, Managing Director of 102.4 Radio Hartlepool said "we are really pleased that Smith & Graham have decided to take a significant role in the station and along with recent events this shows that 102.4 Radio Hartlepool is definitely on the up“

Our seniour partenr, Barry Gray, had this to say "at Smith & Graham Solicitors we have been providing legal services to the Hartlepool community for over 100 years. When we were asked if we would provide ‘act of support’ for our Hartlepool Community Radio Station, our immediate answer was yes.

Radio Hartlepool have over the last 5 years established a radio station which is forging ahead providing entertainment and local input for the Hartlepool towns folk.

We at Smith & Graham are privileged to play a role in the Hartlepool community and are pleased to be part of our Hartlepool Community Radio Station."

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Smith & Graham Join Certainty National Register of Wills

As part of our continuing drive to provide our clients with the best quality service, Smith and Graham joined the Certainty National Register of Wills in September 2011.

In a recent survey, 67% of people surveyed did not know where to find their parents’ Wills. Indeed tens of thousands of estates do fall into intestacy each year, which can cause emotional and financial turmoil for loved ones.

Although we keep a database of all the Wills which we hold, changing circumstances, moving to another area or simply the passage of time can sometimes make it difficult for our executors and beneficiaries to locate a Will. Registration of our Wills ensures that solicitors across the country can log the existence of Wills in a central place.  This ensures that our Wills are easily traceable by beneficiaries and not overlooked.

What does the registry of Wills do?

  • The registry records that we hold your Will; no one there sees it, and we keep it here.
  • Following your death, the registry gives us details about anyone who is looking for your Will.
  • We answer the query if it is legitimate, but if not we ignore it, thus protecting both your privacy and your beneficiaries.


Wills and Probate partner Andrew Blair said “Making a will is the most important thing we can do to be sure that we pass on our estates to the people we chose. However, our wishes could be overlooked if our will cannot be traced. Will registration gives our clients the peace of mind of knowing that their wills can always be located and I am delighted that Smith & Graham are now able to offer this service to our clients”.

Smith & Graham provide a personal will writing service tailored to our clients’ circumstances and advise on tax planning and asset protection issues with a view to maximising what you can pass to your beneficiaries. This includes minimising the potential impact of inheritance tax and future care costs on your estate. Please contact Andrew Blair on 01429 271651 for further information or an informal chat about the options open to you.

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Smith & Graham launch Pool Law Scheme

Smith & Graham are pleased to announce that they have joined forces with Hartlepool United to provide the Pools Law Service.

Simply state that you are a Hartlepool United fan and receive a 10% discount on conveyancing, wills and probate. Smith & Graham will then make a 5% contribution to Pools Youth Development Scheme.

The Managing Partner, Barry Gray, commented "This is a win – win situation for Hartlepool United Fans in that they receive a 10% discount on their bill and the football club have the benefit of funds to assist the development of young players.

Smith & Graham are pleased to be affiliated with such a scheme and wish Hartlepool United every success in the forthcoming season," 

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