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Posted by Amir Assadi

Storm Arwen – Temporary closure of office but still operational

You may have read in the news or noticed when passing that unfortunately, like many others, Storm Arwen has caused significant damage to our property. We are working together with the council and other agencies to ensure the safety of the building as soon as possible for the public and our staff but the office will be closed on at least Monday 29th November 2021.

Our staff will work remotely and we hope to minimise any disruption.

If you need to contact us, we would ask that where possible, you email your lawyer directly. All email addresses can be found on this site next to each member of the team. Alternatively, if you need to call, arrangements have been made for calls to be taken but please bear with us.

We will provide further updates as soon as we can and hope to re-open the office building very soon.

Thank you for your understanding.

HCL

Posted by Anita Swift

We are hiring! Commercial Property Secretary

A rare opportunity has arisen for a Commercial Property Secretary to provide full time, office based support in our very busy team.

In order to be considered for this role you should be an experienced legal secretary with excellent typing skills, a high degree of accuracy and a familiarity with case management systems.

Typical duties will include opening and closing files, checking ID, responding to correspondence, liaising with clients and general office administration. You will help to manage diaries, prepare bills, transcribe dictation and undertake the various property searches required.

The ideal candidate will be client focussed, highly organised with strong communication skills and an ability to work on their own and use their own initiative.

This is a fantastic role for well a organised, dynamic individual.

Applications by post and e-mail.

Please provide a short introduction, and attach a copy of your CV addressed to:

Anita Swift, Office Manager (anita.swift@hindle-campbell.co.uk)

HCL

Posted by Amir Assadi

Hindle Campbell Law are delighted to announce the appointment of Corporate and Commercial Property specialist, Emily Walker, as a director.

Emily Walker, Corporate and Commercial
Property Specialist.

Emily trained and started her legal career at a prominent North East firm before joining Hindle Campbell in September 2017. Since then, she has been instrumental in the growth of the Corporate, Commercial and Residential Property departments. She was promoted to Associate Solicitor in 2019 and became Head of Corporate, Commercial and Property in January 2021.

Throughout Emily’s time so far at Hindle Campbell, the firm has become accredited to the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme and Emily has attracted and retained a large number of experienced business clients in connection with share sales, mergers and acquisitions and management buy-outs. In addition, Emily and her department are regularly involved in complex commercial property transactions above £2m and she has a deserved reputation for her ability, her attention to detail and client care.

Commenting on her promotion, Clive Hindle, who founded the firm in 1978 and remains a key figure in the industry said, “Emily began working with me in Corporate and Commercial Property work in September 2017 and I saw her potential immediately. Since then, she has developed exponentially and has more than earned her promotion. This is not simply my opinion: the number of accolades she receives directly from clients speak for themselves.”

The appointment follows a period of sustained growth for Hindle Campbell, a leading local law firm in many areas based in North Shields. Emily’s promotion is expected to be followed by further recruitment into the department in October 2021.

All the directors and staff at Hindle Campbell congratulate Emily on her appointment and wish her well in her new role in the firm.

HCL

Posted by Dan Ruddick

The introduction of the Domestic Abuse Act

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, cases of domestic abuse have risen astronomically, together with the demand for protective injunctions. In response to this, the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 has now received Royal Assent, coming into force by the end of 2021/early 2022.

It is hoped that this new regulation will be able to provide protection, which is available to everybody and provides a safety net with no room for error.

The most important feature of the Act is that it introduces the first ever statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that it is not just physical but can include emotional, economic, and coercive and controlling abuse. This provides a zero tolerance of domestic abuse in all forms. The change in law reflects the growing importance of coercive control which coincides with recent case law encouraging a full recognition of all different types of abuse. This will hopefully bring about a platform for educational and social awareness.

What’s changing?

There will be an introduction of Domestic Abuse Protection Orders (DAPO’s) and Domestic Abuse Protection Notices (DAPNs).

DAPO and DAPNs will replace the current Domestic Violence Protection Orders and whilst Non-molestation Orders will remain in force for the time being, these new orders will be seen to be the first resort.

The DAPO and DAPNs will impose similar restrictions to the current protective injunctions however it will bring about the addition of a positive requirement such as a mandatory attendance of a domestic abuse perpetrators programme. For instance:

DAPN – ensure the abuser cannot contact or come within a specific distance of where the victim lives and can evict or exclude the abuser from entering their home.

DAPO prohibit a party from doing certain things.

The Act also shifts in that it recognises that victims of abuse do not have to live with their perpetrator, meaning that after separation, the court will recognise that victims can still be subject to abuse.

The Order will also impact on the party’s ability to participate, bringing about an automatic presumption of special measures meaning that where one party have been given a caution, charged with an offence against another, there will be an automatic ban on cross examination in person. Previously, the Family Court were under a duty to consider participation however this diminished by reason on vulnerability.

In addition to the above, the Act will introduce a Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, meaning it is required by law to disclose to an individual or third party whether their current or former partner had an abusive past where it is reasonable to do so.

These Orders are due to be piloted over the course of the next two years.

At Hindle Campbell we recognise that abuse comes in various forms and have experience on advising victims to find the light at the end of the tunnel. If you feel you need our services, then please contact us on 0191 296 1777 or by e-mail at advice@hindle-campbell.co.uk