Practice News

14 June 17

Firm Attend Second Carer's Rights Day

Following 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 Athlete

We 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 Fund

We 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.


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 case

In 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 Giveaway

We 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 Giveaway

We 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 Month

We 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 Giveaway

We 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 Director

Director 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 Offer

We'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 hours

Please take note of the opening hours of the firm over the festive period:

December 2016
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

January 2017
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 Exam

We 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 Council

Emily 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 Giveaway

We 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 finances

Family 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 Giveaway

We 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 Wales

In 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 Giveaway

We 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 charity

Three 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 Solicitors

Hughes 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 Argus

Popular 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 Walk

Several 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:

12 July 2016

New website launched

Hughes 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.