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Cygnet’s founder, Peter Medd, celebrates 40 years as a solicitor

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A Redcar-based solicitor, who has been involved with a number of high-profile cases including the Cleveland Child Abuse Crisis has celebrated 40 years of legal service.

The Cygnet team organised a small celebration at their office in Redcar to mark the occasion, presenting Peter with a gift.

Cygnet Law Managing Director Peter Medd started his career in 1977, specialising in family law. During the 1980s, he worked on a number of high-profile cases linked to the Cleveland Child Abuse Crisis, which contributed to the implementation of the Children Act 1989. The act revolutionised the courts’ approach to cases concerning children and Peter has remained at the forefront of developments to the law in this area.

Cygnet Law was established by Peter Medd in 2001 and has grown to become one of the most well-respected specialists in family and property law in the North East.

Peter Medd said: “Over the past 40 years I have been privileged to have worked on cases that have literally changed the law. I am very proud of what has been built up at Cygnet Law and the number of local families and individuals that we have supported.

“I am looking forward to continuing this good work with the excellent team we have here at Cygnet Law.”

Lisa Smith, the Practice Manager at Cygnet Law, said: “Cygnet Law is delighted to be celebrating this milestone with Peter. 40 years is an incredible amount of experience for any practitioner, and we are very lucky to work with him.

“Peter is highly regarded across the legal profession in Teesside for his knowledge and experience in family law, particularly child law. The work he’s done for families in the North East throughout his career has been inspirational.”

Steph Bellerby, Legal Assistant at Cygnet Law, and Richinda Taylor, Chief Executive Officer at EVA Women’s Aid

Cygnet Law commits to support victims of domestic violence with free legal advice

Redcar-based Cygnet Law has committed to continue to provide pro-bono support for victims of domestic violence in Tees Valley.

Cygnet Law has already donated around 50 hours of its time this year at the fortnightly drop-in surgeries at EVA Women’s Aid, which cover subjects ranging from domestic violence to contact and separation issues, or any other family legal matters on which EVA clients require information. It has pledged to continue these workshop until at least the end of this year.

If required, Cygnet can refer Eva clients to other local support services, or begin legal arrangements for non-molestation orders, or any other legal proceedings.

Steph Bellerby, a Legal Assistant at Cygnet Law is one of those who gives her time at EVA, said: “Cygnet Law is proud to support victims of domestic violence. We hope that, through donating our time and expertise, we can help make a positive difference to the lives of those who are suffering.

“Victims of domestic abuse often feel that they are trapped and isolated, so having a safe place they can visit to gain support from both EVA and ourselves is really important.”

Richinda Taylor, Chief Executive Officer at EVA Women’s Aid, said: “The support of Cygnet Law provides EVA with an additional service, which means we are able to offer invaluable legal provision to the vulnerable women who turn to us for help. Often taking legal steps is the first step towards turning their lives around.”

Drop in surgeries at EVA Women’s Aid, 86 High Street, Redcar, run from 10am – 4pm fortnightly. Upcoming confirmed dates are 20 April, 16 May, 10 June and 26 June.

If you are victim, or potential victim, of domestic violence, or have serious concerns that someone you know may be at risk, please contact EVA on 01642 490677, or Cygnet Law on 01642 777680.