Legal

Law firm wins £5.5m payout for teenage powerboat accident victim left with severe brain damage

November 14, 2014
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Law firm wins £5.5m payout for teenage powerboat accident victim left with severe brain damage

Specialist law firm Novum, which has an office in Swindon, has won £5.5m in compensation for a man who sustained severe brain damage in a devastating powerboat accident when he was 13. Ben Ridd had been competing in a race organised by the Royal Yachting Association in Portland Harbour, Dorset, when his boat, which...

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Solicitors sign up to Make a Will Month to help raise funds for Swindon’s Prospect Hospice

November 7, 2014
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Solicitors sign up to Make a Will Month to help raise funds for Swindon’s Prospect Hospice

Law firms across Wiltshire are offering will-writing services throughout November in exchange for a donation to Swindon’s Prospect Hospice. The Make a Will Month scheme has raised many thousands of pounds towards the charity’s care for patients and their families over recent years and has been supported by solicitors in a number of firms....

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Judge praises Swindon family lawyer for waiving fee in controversial child care case

November 7, 2014
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Judge praises Swindon family lawyer for waiving fee in controversial child care case

Family solicitor Rebecca Stevens from Withy King’s Swindon office has been praised by a senior judge for providing more than 100 hours of free legal support to a father with learning disabilities battling to prevent Swindon Borough Council from having his young son adopted. Head of Family Justice Sir James Munby said Rebecca, pictured,...

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Specialist law firm’s Swindon office wins £4m compensation for young traffic accident victim

October 31, 2014
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Specialist law firm’s Swindon office wins £4m compensation for young traffic accident victim

The Swindon office of Novum Law, the national firm specialising in serious injury and medical negligence, has won a £4m High Court settlement for a young Wiltshire man after an eight-year legal battle. Paul Vallance suffered a serious brain injury following a head-on car crash on a country road near Swindon when he was...

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Lawyer to take part in New York Marathon and give testicular cancer a run for its money

October 29, 2014
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Lawyer to take part in New York Marathon and give testicular cancer a run for its money

Family lawyer David Harper of regional firm Thrings, which has an office in Swindon, is preparing to run the New York Marathon this weekend – just four months after being treated for testicular cancer. David, pictured, will join an estimated 60,000 runners on the start line on Staten Island on Sunday to take part...

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Withy King earns top billing from its trainees in respected annual legal guide

October 27, 2014
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Withy King earns top billing from its trainees in respected annual legal guide

Positive comments by trainee solicitors at regional law firm Withy King, which has a major office in Swindon, have earned it top billing in eight categories in an online guide used by law students when planning their career. Withy King was named a ‘winner’ for job satisfaction, quality of work, client contact, living up...

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Two solicitors join Thrings’ commercial property team as market recovery spurs growth

October 20, 2014
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Two solicitors join Thrings’ commercial property team as market recovery spurs growth

M4 corridor commercial law firm Thrings, which has its largest office in Swindon, has appointed two solicitors to its fast-growing commercial property team as a result of continued organic growth and a series of new client wins. Associate Steve Schofield and solicitor Beth Nicholls will further strengthen Thrings’ commercial property and construction offering across...

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The LAST WORD: Mary Hoffman, partner, Hoffman Male

October 17, 2014
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The LAST WORD: Mary Hoffman, partner, Hoffman Male

Each week Swindon Business News gives a prominent member of the area’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Mary Hoffman, partner at specialist wills, probate and conveyancing law firm Hoffman Male, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST: Film you watched? Last Vegas with Michael Douglas, Robert De...

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High Court ruling over ‘Swindon disease’ welcomed by asbestos cancer legal expert

October 10, 2014
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High Court ruling over ‘Swindon disease’ welcomed by asbestos cancer legal expert

Leading industrial disease solicitor Brigitte Chandler, a partner in law firm Charles Lucas & Marshall’s Swindon office, has welcomed a legal ruling meaning people dying from cancer caused by asbestos exposure will not have to pay legal fees out of damages they have been awarded. Ms Chandler, pictured, said the move would lift the...

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Thrings lawyer advises students on ways to get a head start in their careers

October 10, 2014
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Thrings lawyer advises students on ways to get a head start in their careers

Law firm Thrings partner and head of private client Fiona Kellow has helped students in Marlborough learn about what prospective employers look for from new recruits and how to get a head start in their future careers. Fiona joined more than 200 year-10 pupils from St John’s International Academy at the event staged by...

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