Monthly Archives: August 2016

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Cygnet Law launches appeal for domestic violence charity

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Cygnet Law has launched a shoe box appeal to coincide with the first anniversary of the UK’s first specialist safe house for older victims of domestic violence, Eva Women’s Aid’s 45+ Safe House

To mark the milestone, the Redcar-based law firm is creating arrival packages for the charity’s clients, which contain hygiene products and toiletries. Cygnet’s offices on West Dyke Road is also acting as a donation point for any individuals and businesses in the town who wish to contribute.

The Safe House is the only domestic violence refuge in the UK that is specifically aimed at women over the age of 45, and offers temporary housing for up to four women at a time.

Cygnet already works closely with Eva Women’s Aid to offer the charity’s users free legal advice sessions on domestic violence, contact and separation issues, and other family legal matters.

Gemma Brooks, an associate solicitor and member of Resolution First for Family Law, specialises in cases involving domestic violence, said: “Cygnet Law is proud to support a local charity that provides invaluable support to help women and children escape abuse.

“A great deal of the women and children who come to Eva’s House who come to EVA Women’s Aid for help, come with little more than the clothes on their back, and, as they’re often coming from controlling relationships, they don’t have access to finance.

“All toiletries, including shampoo and conditioner, sanitary products and deodorants make welcome contributions and can be dropped off at our offices on West Dyke Road.”

Richinda Taylor, Chief Executive Officer at EVA Women’s Aid, said: “We are very grateful to have Cygnet’s support. As Gemma says, often women fleeing abuse have nothing so we always give them a toiletries package when they arrive, plus underwear and pyjamas, and some basic food items. We constantly need these replacing so the shoe-box appeal will be a great help to EVA Women’s Aid”

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Cygnet Law offers cohabiting couples advice

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Cygnet Family Law is warning of complications following a relationship breakdown after the news that more Britons than ever are cohabiting without being married or in a civil partnership.

According to the latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics, the number of people aged 16 and over who were “cohabiting, never married or civil partnered” increased from 6.8% in 2002 to 9.5% in 2015.

Redcar’s Cygnet Law, which specialises in Family Law, is offering free consultations for couples who are unsure about the legal ramifications of cohabitation, or want to draw up a Cohabitation Agreement.

It is also able to facilitate the adoption of a partner’s child, change a home deed, change of name and adjust wills to reflect living and financial arrangements.

Janet Ford, Family Law Specialist at Cygnet Law, said: “As the number of people cohabiting has risen so has the number of disputes caused by relationship breakdowns. It may not be romantic to ask your partner to draw up an agreement in case you break up, but it will prevent a lot of heartache should you end up parting ways.

“There are also benefits of having an agreement in place whilst you are still together. It can prevent disputes and infighting by predefining responsibilities, such as who pays for what and who owns what, which can help stop resentment from building when one party feels it is carrying the other.

“Whilst the law around visitation and custody of children is fairly clear cut, the law around custody of pets is a bit murkier. Many people view their pets as their children, and as partners tend to share in responsibilities and costs of keeping a pet, ownership can become an emotional minefield if one side decides to use it as a weapon following a relationship breakdown.

“It’s not all doom and gloom though. We are also able to help couples to change the ownership of their home to include a partner and become the legal guardian of their partner’s children. In essence, becoming a married couple in all but name.”

To book your free 30 minute consultation with a family law expert at Cygnet Law’s West Dyke Road offices please call 01642 777680 or email enquiries@cygnetlaw.co.uk.

ONS stats can be found here: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/bulletins/populationestimatesbymaritalstatusandlivingarrangements/2002to2015#the-population-who-are-single-never-married-or-civil-partnered-are-increasingly-cohabiting

Cygnet Law launches appeal for domestic violence charity

Please Credit Picture:Keith Taylor

 

Cygnet Law has launched a shoe box appeal to coincide with the first anniversary of the UK’s first specialist safe house for older victims of domestic violence, Eva Women’s Aid’s 45+ Safe House

To mark the milestone, the Redcar-based law firm is creating arrival packages for the charity’s clients, which contain hygiene products and toiletries. Cygnet’s offices on West Dyke Road is also acting as a donation point for any individuals and businesses in the town who wish to contribute.

The Safe House is the only domestic violence refuge in the UK that is specifically aimed at women over the age of 45, and offers temporary housing for up to four women at a time.

Cygnet already works closely with Eva Women’s Aid to offer the charity’s users free legal advice sessions on domestic violence, contact and separation issues, and other family legal matters.

Gemma Brooks, an associate solicitor and member of Resolution First for Family Law, specialises in cases involving domestic violence, said: “Cygnet Law is proud to support a local charity that provides invaluable support to help women and children escape abuse.

“A great deal of the women and children who come to Eva’s House who come to EVA Women’s Aid for help, come with little more than the clothes on their back, and, as they’re often coming from controlling relationships, they don’t have access to finance.

“All toiletries, including shampoo and conditioner, sanitary products and deodorants make welcome contributions and can be dropped off at our offices on West Dyke Road.”

Richinda Taylor, Chief Executive Officer at EVA Women’s Aid, said: “We are very grateful to have Cygnet’s support. As Gemma says, often women fleeing abuse have nothing so we always give them a toiletries package when they arrive, plus underwear and pyjamas, and some basic food items. We constantly need these replacing so the shoe-box appeal will be a great help to EVA Women’s Aid”

Cygnet Law welcomes new female judge statistics

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Cygnet Law has welcomed newly published figures highlighting a growth in the number of females in judicial roles, especially in the North East.

The figures published by the Office of National Statistics show that the North East – with 30% female judges – has a greater proportion of female judges than any other region in England and Wales, with the exception of the South East.

During the 12 months to April, the percentage of female judges in courts increased from 25% to 28%, whilst in tribunal courts the number of women judges remained consistent at 45percent.

Women now make up 51% of court judges aged under 40, which when compared to the 16% of judges aged over 60, suggests that the overall proportion of female judges will continue to increase over the coming years.

Stacey Phoenix, a Solicitor at Cygnet Law, said: “Law is a sector that has traditionally been male dominated, and it’s inspiring to see so many women working to tackle that inequality, especially here in the North East.

“At Cygnet Law, our team is mostly made up of younger female legal professionals, so it is fantastic to see that we are representative of the sector as a whole. Of our eight solicitors, five are female and of our six legal assistants, four are women, but all of them, no matter their gender, are equally as capable of doing their job to highest standards.

“Whilst the number of women in judicial roles is still too low, it’s great to see that the gender balance is beginning to right itself at such a high level, and I’m particularly pleased to see more women under 40 coming up through the ranks.

“It’s important that our legal system reflects the population over which it presides, and having a gender balance is a positive step towards achieving that. In Teesside we have a high standing of female judges within the judiciary, such as our Designated Family Judge, Her Honour Judge Matthews QC, who is living proof how far female judges can go.

“These latest statistics demonstrate the shape of the legal future and it’s important that we continue to make the legal profession a positive career prospect for young women.”