Monday, 17 December 2012

Law firm takes a new approach

Families denied legal support during tricky divorce proceedings have been offered a lifeline.

From next year, Legal Aid will no longer be available for divorce and family law cases due to Government cuts. But our family law expert, Nadia Davis, said the move would cause misery for many families at probably the most stressful time of their lives.

"The decision will deprive thousands of families from legal advice and assistance during a painful and difficult period. There will be lots of people on limited incomes who will be floundering, worried and upset following the break-up of their relationship and when conflicts over the children arise.

"People who would have previously qualified for Legal Aid will be left to fend for themselves, which is a horrendous position to be in."

Our firm has decided we can't leave families struggling with such a difficult situation alone, and so we've taken action to step in to help.

"We felt a real responsibility to find a way of meeting what we believe will be a considerable demand, and have set up a new fees structure that could prove invaluable for many families."

Our team of family law specialists will take on cases involving disputes over children at heavily discounted rates which will be broadly in line with the previous public funding rates.

"By using our lawyers and systems more efficiently, I believe we can help these families at very competitive rates and we are also introducing an opetion where families can consult us on an 'as and when' basis.

"We have already pioneered a fixed fees structure for family and divorce work to ensure there are no surprises for our clients and this latest service is very much an extension of that approach. In such difficult financial times, families need all the support they can get, and at Martin-Kaye we are dedicated to finding new and innovative ways to offer advice that suits each client's individual needs and circumstances."

Friday, 7 December 2012

Hairy moments for legal team

Four of our solicitors have faced a few hairy moments all in the name of charity. They pledged their support for this year's Movember campaign and spent the last month growing some pretty impressive facial hair.

The aim of the campaign is to raise vital funds and awareness for men's health, in particular prostate cancer and testicular cancer, and the Martin-Kaye MoBros have raised over £700 through their efforts so far.

Mohammed Ahsan, who took part in the challenge, said: "There was much trimming, grooming and moustache stroking throughout the month, and we've had some gentle ribbing from our colleagues over the weeks. But in the end, it has all been extremely worthwhile and we're so grateful to everyone who has supported our efforts - we never thought we'd have raised such a great amount of money, and the donations are still coming in."

Mohammed was joined in the Movember campaign by colleagues David Jones, Jason Round and Giorgio Iaconi.

Movember raised over £79 million last year across the UK and around the world, and organisers are hoping to beat that with this year's efforts.

Pic: Sporting their impressive Movember moustaches are, from left, Mohammed Ahsan, David Jones, Jason Round and Giorgio Iaconi