Divorce in England & Wales and Other Interesting Statistics

Statistics produced on the 18th October 2017 by the Office for National Statistics show that there has been an increase of 5.8% during 2016 in opposite sex divorces.  The total divorces in 2016 numbered  106,959. Divorces last hit a peak in 2003 & 2004 and there has been a decrease since that time. One of…

Thursfields welcomes new guidance aimed at protecting children

Shane Miller, Director and Head of Family for Thursfields Solicitors, considers the introduction of new judicial guidance aimed at protecting children from domestic violence is timely.  She said there had been too many shocking deaths at the hands of an abusive parent allowed access by the courts.  She stated: “This is designed to save lives. Campaigners…

Can leasehold property be disclaimed by a trustee in bankruptcy?

Senior Associate Solicitor Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard

In the recent decision of Abdulla v Whelan [2017] EWHC 605 (Ch) the court of appeal was asked to consider whether the first instance decision that a notice of disclaimer under Section 315 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (“the Act”) could not terminate the legal ownership of an underlease was correct. Mrs A was a…

Thursfields’ Trainees complete half marathon to raise money for worthy causes

Thursfields Trainees complete the half marathon 1

On Sunday 15th October 2017, 12,000 people descended onto the streets of Birmingham to take part in the second biggest half marathon in the UK, including two of Thursfields’ trainee solicitors, Kirsty Underhill and Shauna Halls, who both used the opportunity to raise money for worthy causes. Kirsty chose to raise money for The Prince’s…

Changes to the way the Court approaches contact in domestic abuse cases

Ripped up photo of a couple

New guidance to the courts in dealing with applications for contact in cases of domestic abuse was introduced on 2 October 2017. This follows lengthy consultation with various bodies. The changes have been met with relief by many including the Women’s Aid charities who have been campaigning for change in the way that the courts…

Thursfields celebrates record number of lawyer recommendations

Thursfields Managing Director Nick

Thursfields Solicitors’ soaring progress is reflected in the latest edition of “industry bible”, the Legal 500, just published. The Midlands law firm achieved 27 lawyer recommendations in the 2017 edition – up from seven last year. Thursfields has a strong tradition of developing its own talent and this is reflected in the Legal 500 recognition…

Thursfields support Age UK Solihull Legal Advice Panel

the team at thursfields

Earlier this year Thursfields Solicitors joined the panel for Age UK Solihull to assist clients needing advice on Probate, Estate Planning and Will Writing. Representatives from Thursfields Solihull Office visit The Core, Solihull once a month and see Age UK Solihull supporters in a completely confidential setting, without individuals having to visit our offices. For…

Thursfields seals a corking deal as family team takes on Worcestershire vineyard

Astley Vineyards

Solicitors at Thursfields’ are raising a glass to toast an intrepid couple who have elected for a lifestyle change and bought an established Worcestershire vineyard. Tim and Bev Haywood have purchased the land and business of Astley Vineyard in Stourport-on-Severn from former owner Jonty Daniels. The vineyard was established in 1971 and taken over by Jonty…

Thursfields supporting the Deaf Community

Deaf Direct

Thursfields  has installed facilities for deaf and hard of hearing clients at its offices in Foregate Street, Worcester by way of an induction loop system. David Emery-Jones of Thursfields will also be holding a Will Writing Workshop for the deaf community at Deaf Direct’s British Sign Language Coffee Morning on 25th October. The workshop involved…

Christmas starts with Thursfields’ Charity Ball

Moonlight and mistletoe Ball

Moonlight, mistletoe, music and merriment. Thursfields is hosting a Moonlight & Mistletoe Charity Ball on Friday 1 December in support of New College Worcester, the national residential school and college for blind or partially sighted young people aged 11-19 years old. “Christmas starts here,” said Thursfields Director Shane Miller, “Get on your glad rags and…

Thursfields shortlisted for High Growth Business of the Year

Black Country Team Photo

Thursfields has been named as a finalist in the High Growth Business of the Year category at the upcoming Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards 2017.   Managing director Nick O’Hara said: “We are delighted to be short-listed for another prestigious accolade. We have the entrepreneurial passion of a start-up business which when combined with the…

Thursfields named Finalists in Birmingham Post Awards

Birmingham Team 1

Innovation in Professional Services  – Thursfields Solicitors named Finalist in the Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017   Midlands law firm, Thursfields Solicitors, is delighted to be shortlisted for the Professional Services award at this year’s Birmingham Post Business Awards.  The Birmingham Post Business Awards recognise the achievements of the most innovative companies within Birmingham’s business…

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