Monthly Archives: April 2017

Cygnet Law recognised for healthy work environment



Redcar-based Cygnet Law has been presented with a highly coveted Better Health at Work award.

Following its hard work to improve the health and wellbeing of its team during 2016, the legal firm collected a Silver Award at the Better Health at Work Awards (BHAWA). The awards were developed by workplace health specialists in the NHS and Public Health North East to foster positive initiatives by the region’s businesses.

Cygnet Law received the acknowledgement after supporting healthy campaigns internally throughout the year. These included; its first annual beach walk, which raised money for Redcar & Cleveland Mind; Healthy Heart Week, and an initiative to help reduce the amount that staff smoked by creating a chart so that they could track how many cigarettes they consumed.

Peter Medd, Managing Partner of Cygnet Law, which specialises in family law, mental health, conveyancing and wills and probate, said: “It’s important that businesses promote the health and wellbeing of its work force. Happy and healthy staff are more productive and are vital to the long-term success of any company.

“Cygnet received a Bronze Award at last year’s ceremony, so to have picked up a Silver Award is evidence that our efforts to ensure our staff are well cared for, and our commitment to foster a healthy workplace, are paying off. However, this award is a team effort, and ultimately, we would not have received it without the hard work of the entire workforce at Cygnet.”

Success of Free Will Month sees local mental health charity receive thousands of pounds



Cygnet Law’s Free Will Month campaign has written 83 wills for free and raised more than £7,000 for local mental health charity Redcar & Cleveland Mind.

The Redcar-based Will and Mental Health Law specialist law firm offered its will writing services for free, only asking for a donation to the local mental health charity in return. Anyone taking up the offer was asked to make a contribution to Redcar & Cleveland Mind, either directly at the time, or by leaving a charitable donation in their will.

An outstanding total of £7,725 was included as charitable legacies in wills or donated directly to the charity.

This is only the latest fundraising done by Cygnet Law on behalf of the charity. Last year, the law firm raised more than £500 with its first charity beach walk.

Gemma Brooks, Solicitor and Estate-planning specialist at Cygnet Law, said “We’re incredibly pleased with how well the Free Will Month went. Of the 83 people who accessed the offer, only a few have had their final meeting to sign off the will so far. We expect that many of the people who we see over the next few weeks will donate as well, so the total should far exceed what we already have.

“It’s a service we’ve been happy to provide. Whether you have thought about where you want your estate to go or if you have no idea where to start, we can help you write your will. Many people think you only need one if you own property or have a lot of wealth, but it’s an important legal protection everyone should have regardless of money or age.”

Veronica Harnett, CEO of Redcar & Cleveland mind said: “Leaving a legacy is an incredibly generous gesture that helps us to sustain our services in the future. We would encourage everyone to recognise how important it is to have a will in place so that their wishes are clearly followed after they have gone. Legacy funds make it possible for charities like ours to develop new services for people with mental health problems at a time when funding is a real challenge.”