8th December 2017
Hughes Jenkins at the Carers Education Course
Our Head of Wills & Probate, Emily Clarke, attended Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr recently to give a talk at the Carers Education Course.
Emily has attended these events on a few occasions and as a Dementia Friend is happy to offer any advice to the Carers. Which allows them to assist the men and women who attend The Memory Clinic at the hospital.
We recommend planning for your future in the event you are unable to deal with your affairs. There are measures you can which will assist you and your family at what may be a very difficult and stressful time.
If you have any queries about any of our services such as Lasting Powers of Attorney or our Wills and Probate services then please get in touch on 01685 886611/01495 225236
7th December 2017
Hughes Jenkins Sponsor Athletics Club
Continuing their commitment to local sports, and athletics in particular, Hughes Jenkins are delighted to announce their support and sponsorship for the Rhymney Valley Athletics Club.
Commenting on the arrangement ,which has included providing running kit to members of the U 11 team, Hughes Jenkins Legal Assistant Tracy Haddock said "we are very pleased to sponsor this successful and growing Athletics Club. Our sponsorship, together with our sponsorship of other local junior athletes, shows our commitment at Hughes Jenkins both to the sport of athletics and to the local community in Gwent."
27 November 2017
Hughes Jenkins Attend Carers’ Rights Day 2017 at Caerphilly Castle
Following on from a number of previous successful attendances at Carers’ Rights Days over the past couple of years, we attended this year’s event on Friday 24th November 2017 which took place at Caerphilly Castle.
The event was organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council and was an excellent opportunity for members of the public to come and speak to organisations and local charities about what help and support is available to them.
Richard and Tracy from our Wills & Probate department attended the day and found that it was an excellent opportunity to offer some information on our services. It was also an opportunity to test drive our new ‘goodie bags’!
The event was made all the more entertaining by Springfield Drama Group, who performed a number of songs and mimes from their collection.
We can’t wait for the next one!
23 November 2017
Relief for first-time home buyers.
The Treasury estimates that today's announcement, which was widely expected, will help over one million first-time buyers get onto the housing ladder over the next five years.
Chancellor Philip Hammond, told MPs yesterday that he had received representations for a stamp duty 'holiday' for first-time buyers. However, 'this would only help those ready to purchase now. It would offer nothing for the many who will need to save for many years', he said.
An HM Treasury briefing document published after Hammond's speech states that first-time buyers 'are more cash-constrained than other buyers' and that stamp duty 'can represent an upfront cash burden on top of a deposit and conveyancing fees'.
The Treasury says today's changes means that the stamp duty bill for the average first-time buyer in London will nearly halve, from £10,500 to £5,500. Nearly all first-time buyers who pay stamp duty will benefit, including almost 80% in London.
To take advantage of this news speak to Jemma Collins on 01685 886611 or 01495 225236 today about your house buying or selling needs.
22 November 2017
Hughes Jenkins Awarded Conveyancing Quality Mark
Once again Hughes Jenkins Solicitors have been awarded the coveted Conveyancing Quality Mark by the Law Society.
Commenting on this achievement Jemma Collins, Hughes Jenkins Head of Property said “I’m delighted that we have once again this year been recognised by the Law Society for the consistent high quality of our property work.”
The CQS mark is awarded annually following a strenuous application and audit process.
For more information on our property services or for a quick quote call 01685 886611!
21 November 2017
The benefits of using a local solicitor when buying or selling your house
Buying or selling a property can often be a stressful time. The rise in, out of town/country so called ‘Conveyancing Factories’ where junior fee earners are often tasked with handling high volume, complex property matters, from a distance, can often give rise to misunderstandings & mistakes.
Here are huge benefits in using a local specialist solicitor:-
1. Personal Approach – you get to deal with your lawyer on a face to face basis and build a relationship. There is a personal investment from the solicitor ensuring that each client receives an individual tailored approach. Our reputation is important to us for doing a good job, attracts more clients. Can the same be said of a junior fee earner in a far flung office? Do they deliver the same level of service & professionalism?
2. Local means Local – By using a local solicitor they will have knowledge of the local area and be affected by many of the same issues that you are. This leads to an understanding and trust between client and solicitor.
3. Qualified and Experienced - By choosing a local solicitor, you can be sure that the solicitor is qualified and experienced to undertake your work.
Why take the risk when you are looking to buy or sell your home! It will be one of the biggest decisions you make. Not all solicitors are the same!
Drop into one of Hughes Jenkins offices in Aberdare or Blackwood, visit our website at www.hughesjenkins.co.uk or telephone 01685 886611/01495 225236 for a quote!
21 November 2017
Hughes Jenkins advise on acquisition of KwikStitch Embroidery
“We are delighted to congratulate our clients Clare and Ross Porter on their acquisition of KwikStitch Embroidery of Ystrad Mynach.
Hughes Jenkins Director Nigel Jenkins said “We send Ross and Claire our very best wishes with this new business venture. We always enjoy working alongside Clare and Ross and look forward to working with them again in the future”.
If you wish to discuss this article please contact us on 01685 886611
20 November 2017
CAFCASS get tough on Parental AlienationThe Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has proposed new measures to deal with the issue of parental alienation.
Following a divorce or separation, if one parent deliberately tries to prevent their children from seeing or establishing a relationship with the other, this is parental alienation. It usually occurs after an acrimonious split.
The issue has been present in between 11 and 15 per cent of divorces involving children, according to official estimates. However, Cafcass believes this number could be on the rise.
Offending parents will first be given the opportunity to change their behaviour with the help of intense therapy. If they are not receptive to this, the parent could have their children taken away from them. In extreme cases, they could even face the prospect of a permanent ban from any form of contact with their children.
Starting in the spring of 2018, Cafcass workers will be given a new set of guidelines which will set out what steps they need to take if they suspect alienation is taking place in their cases. This “high conflict pathway” will also state when exactly it is appropriate to remove children from the care of offending parents.
If you wish to discuss this article please contact us on 01685 886611.
27 October 2017
Hughes Jenkins Congratulate Clearsky Recruitment Limited For Awards SuccessHughes Jenkins Solicitors are delighted to acknowledge the success of their client Clearsky Recruitment Limited in the Fast Grown 50 awards.
The Fast Grow 50 is a unique initiative which is firmly established as the list of business success that entrepreneurs across Wales aspire to. Every year, it is a constant reminder of the vast entrepreneurial potential that exists within the Welsh business sector, with growth performance by businesses that is as good as any to be found across the regions of the UK.
Clearsky director Jessica Nichols said “it’s fantastic to have been ranked as the 4th fastest growing business in Wales. We have all worked hard and we continue to do so, to ensure that we provide our clients and candidates with the very best service and support. As a business, we are looking forward to an exciting 2018 as we plan to increase our team and push forward once again”.
Hughes Jenkins directors Graeme Hughes and Nigel Jenkins said “we at delighted to hear of the success of our client Clearsky Recruitment Limited with whom we have a long association. We wish Ross and his team well in their future growth plans.”
24 September 2017
Staff Run Swansea Bay 10k Race For CharityAfter taking part in 2016, our staff once again took on the challenge of the Swansea Bay 10k. The wet conditions could not dampen a great atmosphere and it was a great event.
Our runners raised money for the Alzheimers Society and did a marvellous job, along with the many others raising money for worthy causes.
Following the race, staff and their families enjoyed a meal together and conversation quickly turned to the next event we can participate in.
We'd like to thank everyone who volunteered and look forward to returning next year.
14 June 17
Firm Attend Second Carer's Rights DayFollowing the success of the Carer's Rights Day we attended back in November 2016, we were keen to be present at the next event which took place yesterday at Shapelles in Ystrad Mynach.
These events are a great opportunity for members of the public to come and speak to organisations and charities in their local area, ask questions and get information relevant to their circumstances.
Emily and Tracy from our Wills & Probate department found the first event extremely vibrant and positive and so they attended again, offering legal advice and answering the queries of those in attendance.
This event is an excellent way for people to know what is going on in their local area and if you are able to attend the next event then we are sure you will find it useful.
13 June 17
Hughes Jenkins Solicitors Support Budding Local AthleteWe are pleased to announce our support of local junior athlete and middle distance runner, Lloyd Sheppard, of Blackwood. Lloyd, aged 14, currently holds the South East Wales 3,000m record for his age group and is also a member of the Wales Under 15 Cross Country team.
Gwent based director Nigel Jenkins commented that "we at Hughes Jenkins Solicitors believe that Lloyd is an athlete to watch for the future and we are delighted to support him. As a local business with a thriving office in Gwent, we pride ourselves on our support of local sporting talent both at a youth and senior level."
24 May 17
Hughes Jenkins Solicitors support Royal Gwent Hospital Cardiology FundWe are delighted to announce that we will once again lend our support to the Royal Gwent Hospital Cardiology Fund with an entry in the 10k run at Tredegar House on 11th June.
Speaking about the event Director Nigel Jenkins said “I am delighted to once more be running to support this very worthwhile cause. This is the 3rd time that Hughes Jenkins Solicitors have entered a team in the run which is held annually at Tredegar House. This year’s run will be a particularly poignant one since the death in 2016 of Dr John Davies who was instrumental in establishing the Cardiology Service at the Royal Gwent Hospital and was a great supporter of this event."
16 May 2017
Gwent Under 18 Girls Win Welsh Hockey Championships!!!Following a nail biting match held at Swansea University,the Gwent U18 Girls beat Swansea U18's.
At full time the teams were tied 1-1 and following penalties the Gwent team were victorious and carried off the trophy.
At Hughes Jenkins we have had a long association with Gwent Hockey both in terms of sponsorship and in supporting the coaching team at the club and we are all delighted at this year's success.
WELL DONE GIRLS!!!
13 April 2017
What happens to inherited wealth on divorce?Director Nigel Jenkins looks at how inheritance is taken into account in relation to matrimonial finances.
We are often asked to advise clients in relation to their financial situation where a substantial sum has been inherited from a relative. Should this inherited wealth be considered a “matrimonial asset” or should it be “ring-fenced”?
The answer to this question depends very much upon the parties financial circumstances. Essentially we must look at the provisions of section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 as this imposes a duty on the court to “have regard to all the circumstances” of the case.
The statute lists a number of factors which must be taken into account to determine the financial settlement of the parties. The first consideration is always the welfare of any dependent child. The other factors, such as the financial resources of each of the parties and the weight to be placed upon them will vary depending upon the individual case. The court has a discretion as to how to apply the criteria with the overall aim of achieving a just and fair outcome for the parties.
Accordingly any inherited wealth must be taken into account, but the fact that it is inherited will mean that it is treated differently. For example the nature and origin of the asset may be a reason for treating it differently.
Timing is also a critical factor, that is when the inheritance was received by the party, the longer it has been utilised within the marriage then the less likely that it will be excluded. The court would also look at how the inherited wealth been used within the marriage. The term “intermingling” is often used to describe how the inheritance has been used.
Judges are asked to be “cautious” before bringing inherited wealth into the pot but in some cases there are insufficient assets to be able to exclude it and therefore the parties “needs” mean that some account must be taken of the inheritance. Overall the court must carry out a balancing exercise so as to achieve overall fairness.
If you have any queries regarding matrimonial finances or any aspect of family law, please contact us andwe'll be happy to help.
7 April 2017
Wife refused divorce in unusual caseIn a highly unusual case, a wife has been refused a divorce and is now “locked in” her marriage to her husband.
In a recent ruling, a family court judge refused to grant the wife’s unreasonable behavior divorce petition, describing the allegations against her husband as exaggerated and the kind of altercations expected in a marriage.
In the event the ruling is appealed and she is not successful, the wife will need to remain married to her husband until they have been separated for five years, or in the unlikely event her husband will give his consent to a divorce, she will be able to petition after they have been separated for two years.
As little as 1% of divorces in the UK are contested as doing so is a very costly exercise. It is also extremely rare for a judge to refuse a divorce. This highlights the need for reform to UK divorce law. If a separated couple want to divorce, unless they have been separate for two years and both agree to divorce, the one party must be blamed for the breakdown of the marriage.
There have been calls from legal experts, including leading family law group Resolution, of which Director Nigel Jenkins is an accredited family law specialist, for a no fault divorce law. A no fault divorce law would allow separated couples to divorce without one party having to be blamed, reflecting a more modern society in which we now live.
29 March 2017
Find out more about the winner of our February 2017 Social Media GiveawayWe gave away a voucher to be redeemed at Flowers by Joy in Aberdare. Find out who won by clicking here.
20 February 2017
Find out more about the winner of our October 2016 Social Media GiveawayWe gave away a meal for four at Llechwen Hall Hotel & Restaurant. Find out who won by clicking here.
20 February 2017
Hughes Jenkins Solicitors to Participate in Charity Free Wills MonthWe are delighted to confirm we are taking part in a charity wills month run by Tenovus Cancer Care. Throughout March, qualifying individuals will be able to instruct the firm to draft a will and it will be completely free.
The scheme applies to both wills made by individuals, known as single wills, and wills made by couples, known as mirror wills. The only requirement is that the client, or one of the clients if a mirror will is being drafted, is over 50 years of age.
The scheme is offered at both our Aberdare and Blackwood branches and if you would like any more information please contact us.
30 January 2017
Find out more about the winner of our December 2016 Social Media GiveawayWe gave away a relaxing massage at Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel and Spa. Find out who won by clicking here.
11 January 2017
Family Law Accreditation for DirectorDirector Nigel Jenkins is now an accredited member of leading family law organisation Resolution. To attain the accreditation, known as a Resolution Specialist, Nigel has had to demonstrate his expertise and experience and joins a thriving community of over 6,500 members who look to provide a modern, constructive and non-confrontational approach to family law matters. Click here for more.
5 January 2017
New Year OfferWe're offering a free will with every Lasting Power of Attorney for the month of January 2017. Click here for more.
22 December 2016
Christmas and New Years opening hoursPlease take note of the opening hours of the firm over the festive period:
Friday 23 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
Monday 26 - Closed
Tuesday 27 - Closed
Wednesday 28 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 29 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 30 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 2 - Closed
Tuesday 3 - 9:00am - 5:00pm and open as usual thereafter
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Hughes Jenkins Solicitors!
20 December 2016
Emily passes Administration of Trusts ExamWe are delighted to announce that our Head of Wills and Probate, Emily Clarke, has passed an Administration of Trusts exam run by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
STEP is an organisation for legal professionals who have proven they excel in the area of estate planning and trusts. By gaining this qualification Emily is able to improve the already high standard of advice and broad range of services she offers our clients.
Once again, congratulations Emily!!!
29 November 2016
Staff attend Carer's Rights Day with Caerphilly CouncilEmily and Tracey from our Estate Planning department recently attended a Carers Rights Day at the Maes Manor Hotel, Blackwood.
They were both able to advise and engage with a significant number of local carers and discussed issues such as Lasting Powers of Attorney, Wills and general issues relating to care home provision.
The feedback received from both the carers and representatives was excellent and Head of Department Emily hopes that this will become a regular event.
Below are photos of Tracy and Emily at our stand and also Emily with Geraldine (left) and Hayley, of Caerphilly County Borough Council, who organised the event.
29 November 2016
Find out more about the winner of our November 2016 Social Media GiveawayWe gave away a delicious Christmas hamper. Find out who won by clicking here.
9 November 2016
Supreme Court rulings show importance of honesty when settling matrimonial financesFamily solicitor and director, Nigel Jenkins, is warning divorcing parties not to lie about their financial situation following two landmark rulings in the Supreme Court.
The Court recently handed down their judgments in the cases of Sharland v Sharland, and Gohil v Gohil. Although the cases involved difference facts, they were brought to the Supreme Court as ultimately the husbands named in previous divorce proceedings had failed to provide proper disclosure of their true financial position to their wives.
Both wives in the cases had agreed settlements with their ex husbands before realising that they had been misled financially. Both the High Court and Appeal Court accepted that the men had lied but refused the allow women to claim higher divorce settlements. However, the Courts recent judgements ruling will now allow the women to appeal the original decision, potentially forcing their husbands to pay them more money.
In all dealings we encourage transparency and honesty to bring about a resolution that will stand the test of time and protect our clients from the potential impact of further dispute. If you are going through a divorce we recommend dealing with the issue of matrimonial finances at the same time so that a 'clean break' can be made when the divorce is finalised. For more information on matrimonial finances click here or contact us.
5 October 2016
Find out more about the winner of our July 2016 Social Media GiveawayWe gave away two tickets for the upcoming Wales v Argentina rugby game. Find out who won by clicking here.
28 September 2016
Land Transaction Tax to replace Stamp Duty Land Tax in WalesIn 2018 the Welsh Assembly is due to replace the existing Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) with Land Transaction Tax (LTT). Click here to read more about this upcoming change.
22 September 2016
Find out more about the winner of our August 2016 Social Media GiveawayWe gave away Sunday lunch for two at Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa. Find out who won by clicking here.
18 September 2016
Staff compete in Swansea Bay 10k Run for charityThree of our staff competed in the Swansea Bay 10k Run, raising money for Welsh charity Age Cymru in the process. Director Nigel Jenkins, Practice Manager Dewi Evans and Legal Assistant Tracy Haddock all took part in the event which started at St Helens Cricket Ground and took them down to Mumbles and back.
Our three runners were supported by other members of staff and their families on what was a great day out, with the weather being as perfect as could be asked for. There were multiple events prior to the 10k showpiece with Lloyd, son of Receptionist Kelly Brown, coming 4th in the Under 14 3k Run.
After such an enjoyable event staff are already keen to do similar things in future to aid good causes such as Age Cymru, who work to help elderly people in Wales in many aspects of their lives.
15 September 2016
New IT system at Hughes Jenkins SolicitorsHughes Jenkins Solicitors have completed the implementation of a new IT system in partnership with LEAP Legal.
The project, managed by Practice Manager Dewi Evans, has enabled all of our offices to be fully integrated through a cloud based system.
Ben Aslet, UK Marketing Manager of LEAP UK, commented “at LEAP we love to build successful partnerships with ambitious law firms such as Hughes Jenkins Solicitors. We look forward to many years working alongside them.”
Hughes Jenkins Finance Director Nigel Jenkins commented “we are delighted with LEAP’s offering which provides Hughes Jenkins Solicitors with a platform for the future growth of the practice as we continue to expand our services both at Blackwood and Aberdare."
13 September 2016
Staff attend 'Chamber at the Races'Director Nigel Jenkins, Beth Wilson and Emily Clarke attended the South Wales Chamber of Commerce event, 'Chamber at the Races', at Chepstow Racecourse with guests. The event was a chance to interact with other members of the SWCC community and begin to forge relationships with other ambitious companies.
The firm are newly joined members of the SWCC and look forward to participating in more events in the coming year. Here are some photos from the day with the cuddly toy being the biggest win made by any of our staff or guests!
15 July 2016
New website featured in South Wales ArgusPopular Gwent publication, The South Wales Argus, featured our new website in the business section of their website.
You can view their article in full by clicking here.
14 July 2016
Staff to participate in Alzheimer's Society Charity WalkSeveral staff are participating in the Memory Walk 2016 event being held at Glanusk Estate on October 9th. The event is part of a national effort that aims to raise both sponsorship for and awareness of dementia. Head of Wills and Probate Emily Clarke will be leading the charge for the firm!
You can find out more about this great cause here: https://www.memorywalk.org.uk/
12 July 2016
New website launchedHughes Jenkins Solicitors are proud to present, to both past, present and future clients, our new website. The goal of this website is to provide users with an easy to use interface and the ability to get cost information at the click of a few buttons.
You will be able to contact us directly, access useful information on a wide variety of legal matters and get quotes for many fixed fee services via this new website.