We are delighted to announce the arrival of Ffion Thomas, who has joined the firm as an Associate Solicitor in the private client and family department .
This latest hire aims to further enhance the firm’s service offering to new and existing wills and probate clients as part of our ambitious plans for 2021. Having trained with a Cardiff family law firm and practised with firms in both Llanelli and Cardiff, Ffion brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Ffion Thomas commented:
“I am delighted to be joining Full Stop Law. The firm is well-established and has an excellent reputation. I am excited about the chance to develop my career here, add value to the team, and deliver an excellent service to our clients.”
Anyone wishing to contact Ffion, please e-mail Ffion.email@example.com
Emily Wales, Legal Assistant at Full Stop Law, talks about welcomed changes on the horizon.
Every year, there are on average 2.4 million reports of victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is a matter that is increasingly prevalent within Family Court proceedings.
There is currently very little protection that the Court can offer victims of domestic abuse, within Family Court proceedings. It is often the case, that a victim will have to face their perpetrator before the Court, with limited, or without any protection being offered. This means that the victim is expected to face their abuser.
It is one of the most common questions that we, as legal representatives are asked on a daily basis. What protection do I have in Court? The sad reality is that there is very little protection is offered to victims within proceedings. However, the Domestic Abuse Bill will look to change this, by introducing special measures that will be implemented in the Court arena.
With the rise in cases of domestic abuse, changes are well overdue. The Domestic Abuse Bill is currently being passed through the Houses of Parliament, which seeks to change legislation, offering greater protection to vulnerable victims, against perpetrators and ensure that victims are offered the support they need.
The common misconception is that domestic abuse is physical abuse. This is an outdated definition. Domestic abuse is more commonly demonstrated by coercive control and emotional abuse. The Bill will create a clear statutory definition that will incorporate this.
Watch this space!
At Full Stop Law, I deal with cases where victims of domestic abuse are involved in family law proceedings on a daily basis. I would be more than happy to have a chat, in confidence, if you wish to know your rights and how you can make the change.
firstname.lastname@example.org / 01443 238411
Full Stop Law have been shortlisted for a coveted Family Law Award – Family Law Firm of the Year, Midlands and Wales
On the 8th September 2020, Full Stop Law were informed that they were shortlisted for this award. This award is fiercely contested and for such a small family firm in South Wales to be shortlisted, is a tremendous achievement.
Our Managing Director, Victoria Cannon upon receiving notification said, “we are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted. This year particularly, we have tried to support a community in great need and to be recognised for our achievement is wonderful. The whole of our team this year has tried their best to make our services more accessible during the pandemic, provided emergency advice and litigation for those in need, supported charities and offered our clients and the public pro bono services when times have been tough. We hope we have shown that our commitment to our community, is paramount in our thoughts and our actions.”
The award ceremony is usually held at a prestigious London Venue. This year however, due to the pandemic. it will be held online. We shall update you following the ceremony on the 25th November 2020. No need for posh frocks but we shall have our Sunday best on, from the waist up…!
Wish us luck !!!!
We are not ready to go back yet but we are ready to provide a Full Service!
At Full Stop Law, we aren’t taking lock down lightly, we know that our clients will not want to come to our offices for a very long time and likewise, we do not wish to put anyone at risk. Therefore we’ve adapted quickly and thought long and hard about how we can provide our full range of services but use different methods. Over the last few weeks, we could have given Bill Gates a run for his money (well maybe not quite) but we are pleased that we have taken on new contact methods quickly and adjusted our business model, to ensure that our clients retain access to Justice but also maintain their well being and also to ensure the safety of our staff.
These are our new initiatives however, they will not be short lived. We will offer them in lock down and afterwards, whenever that may be.
In addition to our previous services, we will now offer
- Free appointments through, Teams, Zoom, Skype, Whats App Video Call, Messenger Video Call and Telephone;
- Appointments through Text, Telephone, Email at email@example.com, Facebook and Twitter; and
- case appointments through Teams, Zoom, Skype, Whats App Video Call, Messenger Video Call and Telephone.
We are in your hands, tell us what suits you.
This service will used across our service delivery for Divorce, Children Matters, Wills, Probate and other matters. You do not have to come to the office, it can be dealt with from your sofa, when you are ready.
Victoria Jones, Senior Solicitor at Full Stop Law
Today 04 May 2020, Full Stop Law opened it’s Out of Hours Legal Advice Helpline for domestic abuse victims. Victoria Jones who heads up the domestic abuse team launched this initiative following an influx in domestic abuse cases at Full Stop Law,since the UK has entered lock down. Victoria Jones is an accredited member of the Law Society Children Panel and a senior solicitor at Full Stop Law, dealing with domestic abuse cases before the family court on a daily basis. She is an ambassador for action against domestic abuse and works in partnership with local safety groups, Women’s Aid and Safer Rhondda.
Victoria Jones said “since the third week of March, we have dealt with at least 15 domestic abuse enquiries each week. We want to ensure that at this time, we are ensuring that any chance, victims of domestic abuse have, they are able to access help quickly so that if they are able, they can take action and know that they will be supported”. The out of hours helpline will remain open from 5 pm in the evening Monday to Friday to 8 am the next day and over weekends. The helpline will continue until further notice.
If you know someone who needs help, pass the number on. Legal Aid is available at our offices depending upon eligibility.
Thinking about divorce? Now Christmas and New Year are out of the way, is this the right time? Is there a right time?
The reality is that there is no good time, but the longer you go on thinking about it, the longer you prolong the inevitable. If you were happy, you would not be thinking about divorce or separation, and you certainly wouldn’t be reading this!
Separation is a difficult time for everybody and it is natural to worry about how your family will cope, but they will be fine; probably better in the long run, as you will be happy. There is nothing more difficult than being entwined within an unhappy relationship.
Children are extremely resilient and have a fascinating ability to adapt to new situations, as long as they feel secure within them. If you are a parent, you just need your children to see that you are happy, and if that means separating from your partner, then so be it! It is wise to just get a clear pattern of contact in place, ideally before you leave or just thereafter, so that matters concerning your children are as amicable as they possibly can be and everyone knows where they are.
Financial matters can be slightly more complicated and it is often the fear of this that prevents people from proceeding with a divorce. Fear can be overwhelming and can make you feel alone, which nobody wants. Whatever your financial position, you just need good legal advice so that you can talk through your family’s finances, and know what options are available to you. It is far less scary knowing your options and then making an informed decision than it is to act irrationally and try and resolve the situation after. That being said, whatever stage you are at, there will always be a resolve!
If you want to be the best version of yourself but know you cannot be, if you continue to live as you are, then this is the time. Whatever this entails, it will be better for you and everyone around you that loves you. Just remember, you are not alone; far from it, you just need to take control of your life by opening up, and speaking to someone who can help and advise you.
At Full Stop Law, we offer free initial appointments. We can put you on the right track but there is no obligation for you to continue to instruct us.
Call us – we will set you up for a FREE 20 minute appointment – 01443 238411