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Tollers solicitors are delighted to be sponsoring the Parklands Tigers U11’s Black team. As a Firm, we are proud to work with local grassroots teams based in the communities we serve and give back in whatever way we can.

Parklands Tigers U11’s Blacks are part of the wider Parklands Tigers Football Club, based in the Parklands area of Northampton. Originally formed in 1985, it is now become one of Northampton’s largest youth football clubs. The club currently runs 17 teams from age groups U7 to U16’s, as well as an active Cubs section for u6’s, providing regular football for around 250 players, supported by a group of Volunteer coaches and a committee.

The U11 Blacks Team play in the Northampton and District Youth Alliance League and developed from the U7 age group 5 years ago, playing 5 a side, to now competing in the U11 Primeira Section, playing 9 a side. A number of players are still with the team having started as members of the U7 age group.

The team has a keen squad of 15 mixed-ability players, boys and girls, with the team ethos being focused on participation, development, respect and most importantly Fun, rather than being solely results-driven. To this end, all players get equal playing time on match day regardless of score lines. This philosophy has been embraced by players and parents alike to create a great team spirit and empowers them to go and express themselves on the pitch and not worry about any consequences, which has resulted in not only competitive and close matches each week, but a year on year improvement as individuals and as a group, both as players and as young people.

It is this inclusive ethos that galvanised the firm to support the club, as well as the fact that through our support we see the benefits it brings to the children involved. Not only does it provide the kids with a way to enjoy sport, it also provides them with skills for life.

With 15 games already played across the county this season, the whole group are looking forward to their final 8 fixtures to complete another great season.

The staff at Tollers would like to take this opportunity to let them know how much we enjoy sponsoring the team, we are proud of all their achievements so far this season and can’t wait to see how they get on over the final 8 games and beyond. Go Tigers!

Tollers is proud to announce its support for Lakelands Hospice, Corby and Garden House Hospice, Letchworth as our chosen Charities of the Year for 2023/24. We will not only be fundraising for these hospices but will also be looking to make a difference in a more hands-on way of volunteering across the coming months.

Lakelands Hospice, Corby

Lakelands Hospice provides emotional and practical support for adults with life-limiting illnesses within a 20-mile radius of the hospice’s location in Corby, Northamptonshire. Their nurses facilitate Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Heart Failure courses for patients referred by GP’s, District Nurses and Hospitals. They also have a team of nurses who provide Hospice at-home services supporting patients who want to pass away in their own homes within the last two weeks of life.

Lakelands is an independent daycare hospice and does not receive any Government or NHS funding. It relies entirely upon charitable donations.

Lakelands Hospice is particularly close to the hearts of the staff at Tollers after it supported one of our own, Amanda Marlow, during her battle with cancer; a battle she sadly lost in November 2022.

Garden House Hospice, Letchworth

Garden House Hospice Care provides specialist palliative care for patients, families and carers facing life-limiting illnesses, enabling them to have the best possible quality of life by providing care and support in the setting of their choice, without discrimination.

Their team offers physical, emotional and spiritual care. It is available for people living in North Hertfordshire, Stevenage and surrounding towns and villages in Central Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and they support hundreds of people every year.

To find out more about our chosen charities of the year, the vital work both hospices provide, to make a referral or to make a donation:

Click here to visit Lakelands Hospice Corby.

Click here to visit Garden House Hospice Letchworth.

Tollers are proud and excited to support these fantastic organisations this year, and hope you will join us in showing them support.

Tollers are delighted to announce that for the 2023 season, and hopefully beyond, we will be partnering with Lauren Taylor, Ladies European Golf Tour professional.

Lauren started playing golf at the age of 10, when her father took her to the local driving range and ignited her passion for the game.  Once bitten by the bug, Lauren joined Woburn Golf Club at the age of 11 and start to progress through the golfing ranks, as an amateur, starting at club level, moving to county level and eventually on to represent her country and play for England.  Lauren was the youngest ever winner of the British Ladies Amateur Championships at the age of 16, which lead to her winning the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2011.

As a professional golfer, in 2022 Lauren had her first full year on the tour participating in competitions across all four corners of the globe and has found herself jetting from the USA to India to Dubai and many places in between and in now back in the UK planning her schedule for 2023.

2022 also saw Lauren win the Women’s Professional Golf Association (WPGA) inaugural WPGA Woman’s Masters held at Hurlston Hall in Ormskirk, where she became the first WPGA Women’s Champion, she shot a fantastic 66 (-6) to take the course record and win by 3 clear shots.

When Lauren is not travelling around the globe participating in the ladies’ European tour (LET) she can be found at Northampton Golf Club where she is currently in her 3rd year of PGA training.  Under the expert guidance and tutelage of Head Pro Nick Soto, who is her PGA putting coach.  As part of her trainee course, Lauren also has the opportunity to coach members of the club, as well as on occasion and diary permitting, playing a round or two to keep her hand in.

Tollers Chief Executive Officer Duncan Nicholson, said of the partnership “Tollers are absolutely thrilled to be able to support one of our local up-and-coming sporting professionals as she starts another busy golf season.  Not only is Lauren a great person and player she is also a great coach, I speak from personal experience having had the benefit of her coaching skills.  Hopefully I can put her wise advice into practice!  Everyone at Tollers is behind her and we know that the future has so much more to offer Lauren.  We hope she has a fantastic 2023 season”.

Lauren says of her partnership with the Firm “I am really excited to develop my new partnership with Tollers and am very grateful, as a young woman in sport, to know I have the full backing and support of everyone in the firm.   I know our relationship will go from strength to strength”.

Both Tollers and Lauren Taylor look forward to what the 2023 women’s golf season will bring.

Good Luck Lauren in all your upcoming endeavours.

 

 

 

 

Tollers offer a legal career path that is supportive and geared towards developing legal talent. Whether you are interested in being a Legal Secretary, a Paralegal, a Trainee Solicitor, or an Apprentice, our programmes are second to none.

Successfully investing in and home-growing new legal talent is something that Tollers is very proud of. We appreciate that a legal career does not always mean becoming a solicitor. We believe that all staff employed at Tollers have a vital part to play in our family and are valued.

Legal Support Apprenticeships

We offer a Paralegal Level 3 Apprenticeship for those individuals interested in working within a legal environment and wanting to provide essential support within a legal team and gain an understanding of legal matters. Individuals in this role normally work as Legal Secretaries or Paralegals.

The Paralegal Level 3 Apprenticeship is undertaken in conjunction with BPP University Law School (BPP), our chosen course provider. It is a 2 year course and to be eligible to apply, candidates must have at least five GCSEs at grade C (or 4) or above, including English and Mathematics, and 3 A Levels (or equivalent) equating to 96 UCAS points or higher.

Training Contracts

If your ambition is to become a solicitor, we offer Training Contracts for those candidates with a completed Legal Practice Course (LPC), as well as Solicitor Apprenticeships. Both are routes to qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales. In a nutshell:

  1. The Training Contract route is subject to successful candidates passing the LPC; and
  2. The Solicitor Apprenticeships offer a route to qualification through completing the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) and the relevant apprenticeship course at BPP.

The traditional Training Contract route to qualify as a solicitor is changing. The September 2024 cohort will be the last year the LPC will be taught in law schools and universities, making way for qualification through qualifying work experience (QWE) and passing both parts of the SQE. Applicants to Tollers wishing to qualify through the QWE and SQE route are invited to apply for a Solicitor Apprenticeship.

Solicitor Apprenticeships

We offer two types of Solicitor Apprenticeships: the Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship; and the Solicitor Apprenticeship.

The Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship is a 2.5-year course and is aimed at law graduates and non-law graduates who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

The Solicitor Apprenticeship is a 6-year course and is aimed at school leavers or individuals without a law degree or the GDL. To be eligible to apply you must have gained at least five GCSEs at grade C (or 4) or above, including English and Mathematics, and 3 A Levels (or equivalent) equating to 128 UCAS points or higher. The course, combined with the training with us will mean that you achieve a Level 6 LLB (Hons) Law and Legal Practice.

Whichever route appeals to you, you will be given the same structured and supportive training from us. Our Apprenticeship courses are paid for through the Apprenticeship Levy and so enable successful candidates to work and earn a salary, whilst not paying course fees. We require our Apprentices to spend 20% of their time over the course of their apprenticeship on “off-the-job” training. This is given during working hours. We work in conjunction with BPP to mentor and support our apprentices to get the best out of their training with us.

If you are interested in looking at the different options available to you and are interested in pursuing a  legal career, then why not visit our website here or Talk To Tollers on 01604 258558 and see what we can offer and how you can apply to join our team.

Our Charities of the year – Tollers is proud to announce its support for Baldock Community Charitable Fund and Northants Community Aid – our Charities of the Year since April 2022.

Chair of Tollers CSR Committee, Sharon Brown, said:

“Tollers are very proud to support the local communities in which we work, and the relationships we form with our charities of the year extend way beyond the 12 months in which we are directing our fundraising towards them. This year many of our clients and their families will be hit hard by the cost of living crisis, and so we have chosen to support two charities that are there to help anyone who is struggling.

As a firm, we have been involved with various fundraising activities throughout the year, including many volunteering opportunities with our chosen charities. Our latest activity was a Halloween-inspired bake sale.

Baldock Community Charitable Fund

Baldock Community Charitable Fund (BCCF) provides grants and donations to support other local charities and help the local community including the elderly, those with disabilities and young people. In addition to supporting the local community including young people and the elderly, the Baldock Community Charitable Fund provides grants and donations to other local charitable organisations.

Northants Community Aid

Northants Community Aid (NCA) is a charity based in Northamptonshire, run and operated by local volunteers and businesses interested in giving back to their communities.

Even modest donations can go a long way to helping the most vulnerable people, as NCA is a smaller charity and they do not have access to the same funding as larger ones.

Both of these charities offer a broad range of support to local communities by providing grants to individuals, social groups, organisations and other charities. This predominantly supports those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or in need and furthers community projects for schools and sports clubs.

Examples of those who have benefitted from these charities include social groups, support groups, scout and girl guides, young and the elderly, trips for carers, home start, kids aid, the shack food project, family fun days, hospices and support for domestic violence organisations. They also work to raise awareness of important issues such as poverty and to support and develop local areas, parks and facilities for us all to enjoy.

For more information and to see all the good they do, you can visit the following websites for BCCF and NCA directly:

Baldock Community Charitable Fund (baldockbeerfestival.org)

Northants Community Aid (northantscommunityaid.org.uk)

Tollers are proud and excited to support these fantastic charities this year and hope you will join us in showing them support.

 

At Tollers we are passionate about supporting the local communities we serve and are always keen to get involved with as many good causes as we can. With Easter upon us, the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Group enlisted the help and generosity of the Tollers teams, by asking those who were able, to donate an Easter Egg in order that they could be given to a local charity or cause.

The three main Tollers offices then selected three worthy causes to donate the eggs too.

Tollers Corby office decided to support Kettering General Hospital – which since the start of the pandemic has been hard hit with COVID patients.

On Tuesday, Tollers met with Lorraine Devereux, a Community Fundraiser, at Kettering General Hospital. We delivered a box full of Easter Eggs (pictured below) to Lorraine, who then pass the eggs on to the Harrowden C ward.

delivering Easter Eggs to Kettering General

The Harrowden C ward at Kettering General is one of the main COVID wards within the hospital. Since the start of the pandemic, the ward has been at full capacity with COVID-positive patients. The CSR group thought that the staff on this ward in particular needed a little something to help them smile and thank them for all of their hard work.  Shaun Mullen, the ward manager of Harrowden C, passed on his thanks and said “I really want to express my gratitude to the staff at Tollers, for thinking of us all”.

The Tollers Northampton office decided to support another local cause – The Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton. Cynthia Spencer specialises in caring for people that require palliative care across Northamptonshire. The hospice provides inpatient care, outpatient services and even wellbeing groups in the North of the county. Tollers wanted to give the staff a small gift to show their appreciation for all of their hard work, as well as hopefully bring a smile to some of the hospices patients. On Wednesday, members from our Trusts and Estates team in Northampton met with Colin, one of the volunteers at Cynthia Spencer and delivered a bumper basket full of chocolate goodies.

Northampton Easter Eggs

Tollers Stevenage office participated in Mather Marshall’s Easter Egg appeal.  Mather Marshall, a local Stevenage estate agent, asked locally based businesses across Stevenage and Hertfordshire to get involved and donate as many Easter eggs as they could. Tollers solicitor, Shane Taylor, played the Easter bunny and delivered 43 Easter Eggs to the Mather Marshall office. The Easter Eggs collected between all of the businesses in Stevenage are being distributed between the Lister Hospital and Watford General Hospital and will be delivered to children who are unfortunately spending Easter in hospital.

Stevenage eggs

As a firm, we are thrilled to have supported our local communities and hopefully raise a few chocolatey smiles!!

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Despite the political dramas last week, the Government’s controversial proposal for Social Care Reform passed the House of Commons by a small majority.

Further to our article of 13th September 2021, which provided an overview of the proposed ‘Building Back Better’ reform, the new updated summary from the Government now highlights the fact that the proposed “care cap” of £86,000 does not apply to all of the fees one might be expected to pay for “care”. The summary indicates that a notional rate of £200 per week will be applied nationally for “daily living costs”, which represents rent, food and contribution to heating and bills. This would be paid by those receiving care, in addition to the care element of their fees. Only the care element will count towards the proposed “care cap”.

Further clarity is provided also in respect of the effective date of October 2023 as the summary now suggests that all those who are already receiving care prior to this date will also benefit from the new proposals. However, any fees paid prior to the effective date will not count towards the cap. Their contributions will simply be monitored from that point onwards.

This also means that anyone receiving care which they have arranged themselves in their own homes will also benefit from the new proposals. It will be a task for the Local Authorities to identify those individuals ahead of October 2023 so that their care contributions can be monitored effectively.

The updated Government summary can be found here:

Adult social care charging reform: further details – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

At this stage, it is too early to say what the end result may be for the proposed reform.  As the bill now moves forward to public consultation in the New Year, Tollers will be watching closely and will be providing further updates to ensure that our clients are kept fully up to date as the bill progresses.

If you have any questions regarding the Social Care Reform Bill and how it may impact you or your loved ones… Talk to Tollers on 01604 258558 and speak to our highly experienced Elderly and Vulnerable Client Law team who are on hand to guide you through.

As we have all seen in the press this last year has seen some major stamp duty changes which have, in turn, had a significant impact on those of us in conveyancing.

We started the year on the basis that the Stamp Duty threshold would be reducing from the highest that we have seen in at least 20 years, from £500,000 back to the standard level of Stamp Duty starting at £125,000 in March of this year. This meant that the majority of conveyancing matters would have needed to complete by the end of March 2021 for the buyers to benefit from the Stamp Duty holiday.

However, as the more keen-eyed of us will recall, the Chancellor changed his mind in March and extended the Stamp Duty holiday until the end of June for properties valued up to £500,000 in the April Budget.

It was also here that some misunderstandings ensued, as the Chancellor had actually extended the Stamp Duty holiday for properties up to the value of £250,000 until the end of September, but this had not been made clear in the media. Therefore, clients were becoming concerned that they would not benefit from the Stamp Duty holiday if they did not complete purchases of properties valued between £125,000 and £250,000 by the end of June.

The changes to the Stamp Duty thresholds meant that an unprecedented number of transactions were taking place across the profession and coincidentally meant a backlog on mortgage offers being issued and search results being returned, especially with the added complication of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing.

All the conveyancers within Tollers, along with their teams, stepped up to the plate and took on the challenge of the Stamp Duty changes as they took place.

Whilst there were some difficulties in searches being delayed and mortgage offers coming in later than expected Tollers conveyancing solicitors rose to the occasion and dealt with the challenges that came their way to ensure clients could move when they wanted to.

Tollers are now looking forward to the Autumn Budget and any changes to Stamp Duty that may be made, but are hoping that after this last twelve months, the Chancellor may leave any future changes to the Stamp Duty to next year at least.

Our residential property solicitors based in our main offices of Northampton, Corby, Stevenage have been helping clients across the East Midlands, the United Kingdom and internationally with all of their property matters. If you have a property query and would like to chat with a member of our conveyancing team…Talk to Tollers on 01604 258558 or make an online enquiry here.

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As a Firm, Tollers have always strived to support our local community.  As part of this each year the firm’s Corporate Responsibility Committee takes the time to identify a worthy Charity to support for the coming year.  No easy task normally, however, given the last year it was even more difficult than normal.  Following much discussion, the Firm is delighted to announce that this year we have selected Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Stevenage Community Trust as our new Co-Charities for the coming year.

Chair of Tollers’ Corporate Responsibility Committee, Tonina Ashby, said “Following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the series of lockdowns that have ensued, the committee felt it was important to support a charity whose focus was to provide funding and support to people in need, as well as organisations and smaller charities within the local community. As a regional law firm with two of our core offices in Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire, we felt that Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Stevenage Community Trust provided all of this and more and that each would be a worthy candidate to be our Co-Charities of the Year.”

Northamptonshire Community Foundation

Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF) supports a variety of smaller charities and organisations which usually “fly under the radar”, allowing the public to support the issues close to their hearts. This in turn allows lesser-known organisations to benefit from support where they may otherwise miss out. Their mission is to provide a unique channel for donors to engage with their local communities and with each other.

This year, NCF celebrates its 20th year of support in our local community. Tollers would encourage individuals to celebrate with NCF with their own sponsored event with the theme of “20” (for example, a 20-mile cycle). They are also supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to improve the quality of life and wellbeing for all.

Stevenage Community Trust

Established in 1990, Stevenage Community Trust (SCT) is a similar independent charity, based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, providing funding and support to a variety of local groups, charities and individuals in need.

SCT has given out grants of over £1.4million since their inception and benefitted 20,000 people in the last year alone. More recently, SCT has held a “Stevenage Helps” appeal to support those adversely impacted by COVID-19, including food banks and individual families.

Both of these charities offer a broad range of support to the communities they support by providing grants to individuals, social groups, organisations and other charities.

They predominantly support those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or in need, as well as supporting community projects for schools and sports clubs.  They also work to raise awareness of important issues such as poverty and to support and develop local areas, parks and facilities for us all to enjoy.

Examples of those who have benefitted from these charities include social groups, support groups, scout and girl guides, older people, trips for carers, family fun days, hospices and support for domestic violence organisations.

For more information about the charities and the vital support they provide, you can visit their websites via the links below.

Stevenage Community Trust

Northamptonshire Community Foundation

Tollers look forward to supporting these fantastic charities to raise much-needed funds.  We will, throughout the coming year, be running internal fundraising events, as well as encouraging our staff to take the opportunity to volunteer at the many events the charities will be running during the course of the year.  We will keep you all posted and updated as we go…

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The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Action Week is taking place this year between 17th-23rd May 2021. It is an opportunity for individuals, organisations and other charities to show their support for people living with Dementia and to raise awareness of the condition. Alzheimer’s Society indicate that statistically, as many as one in three people born in the UK will eventually develop Dementia.

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, one quarter of all COVID deaths in the UK are made up of individuals with Dementia. They indicate that the Coronavirus crisis has highlighted issues with the social care sector which need to be addressed. This year, Alzheimer’s Society are leading Dementia Action Week with a focus on campaigning for reform of the social care system, which the Alzheimer’s Society considers difficult to access, unfair and costly.

Tollers is a volunteer Dementia Champion with Alzheimer’s Society. We delivers Dementia Friends information sessions in the community and “virtually” online. These sessions are FREE and aim to dispel myths and to improve the awareness and understanding of Dementia.

Tollers’ EVCU team are already Dementia Friends. Becoming a Dementia Friend is simple, easy and informative. You can do your part to make your community that little bit more Dementia Friendly. For more details, you can visit the Dementia Friends website: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk

If you would like to show your support for Dementia Action Week, why not arrange a Dementia Friends information session with your colleagues, friends or family? Perhaps you would prefer to get involved with a fundraising event? You could even Talk to Tollers if you are considering leaving a legacy or gift to the charity in your Will.

For general information and dementia support, or for ideas on how you can get involved with Dementia Action Week, visit the Alzheimer’s Society website: Dementia Action Week | Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk)

Find out more about Tollers Elderly and Vulnerable Client unit here: Elderly And Vulnerable Clients | Tollers Solicitors – Talk to Tollers

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