Not a goodbye, its just a “we’re down the road”  if you need us !!

Not a goodbye, its just a “we’re down the road” if you need us !!

It is with a heavy heart that we have to say that we are closing our Pontyclun branch.  This is where it all started for us and we are really sad to leave our friends, colleagues and the business community.    But rest assured, we are not going far and we are still dedicated to the community of Pontyclun and it’s neighbouring villages, it’s just we are now a bit further down the road….

The Pandemic, as it has with others, has changed the way we do business.  We’ve always been quite tech savvy at Full Stop Law but now, we are not only serving the local community, we are dealing with national cases throughout the UK.   This means that to ensure that all staff have good training and we can manage lone working, when we offer home visits, it makes sense for us to be under one roof……

As many will know, we have an office building in Upper Boat Pontypridd, just down the bypass with parking, no stairs to climb and modern facilities.  In Pontyclun we had no heating and we could not see some of our clients there, as they had to climb stairs.  We are committed to providing a first class service to our older clients and therefore, it makes sense to be located in a building that allows all clients to access legal advice.

Our managing director, Victoria Cannon has said …….. “we are so sad to leave Pontyclun, we have been treated as one of the family since 2010 and we hope that through our work in the community, that Pontyclun residents will remember us not just as solicitors, but solicitors who gave something back to the community.   We will continue to provide a service to any clients who need us in the area and continue to offer home visits to clients who cant get to us.   I wish to say a huge thank you to all who have supported us, from Cafe 50, the Community Shop, and the councillors of Pontyclun, to the Athletic Club and the businesses in the community and of course the residents.  We will certainly miss seeing you daily, but we are here if you need us.  Times have changed and to provide a modern legal service, we need to change with it, but we will never forget those who have supported our small business and kept us going…Diolch”.

We are very much continuing with our operation so those who have wills with us, or work we are completing, you have nothing to worry about, we are a stone’s throw away in Upper Boat.

 

 

Meet Daniel South – Employment Law is now us!

Meet Daniel South – Employment Law is now us!

Daniel South – Employment Law / Commercial Litigation Solicitor

We are super pleased to announce that Daniel South will join our team from May 2021.  Daniel brings a wealth of experience to the role from having had his own business in the Aberdare area, to working for large organisations within Wales, for many years.  Daniel South hails from the Aberdare area and is committed to providing a quality service for Employers, Businesses and individuals across RCT and South Wales.

Our managing director, Victoria Cannon said ” we are delighted that Daniel has joined us.  I met Daniel many years ago when we were first starting out in business and I was impressed with his drive and determination then.  Many years later, I am pleased that he has joined our team and we look forward to developing Daniel’s areas of law within the practice to enhance the Full Stop Law brand.  Daniel is a fantastic addition to our team.”

Daniel can be contacted on 01443 238411 / Daniel.South@fullstoplaw.com – Daniel offers complimentary appointments by video and telephone calls.

Ffion Thomas Joins Our Team ….

Ffion Thomas Joins Our Team ….

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.thomas@fullstoplaw.com

About time! ….the Domestic Abuse Bill

About time! ….the Domestic Abuse Bill

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.

emily.wales@fullstoplaw.com / 01443 238411

 

Full Stop Law shortlisted for highly coveted Family Law Award

Full Stop Law shortlisted for highly coveted Family Law Award

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 !!!!

Virtual Full Stop Law ! Get in touch from the Sofa!

Virtual Full Stop Law ! Get in touch from the Sofa!

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

  1. Free appointments through, Teams, Zoom, Skype, Whats App Video Call, Messenger Video Call and Telephone;
  2. Appointments through Text, Telephone, Email at info@fullstoplaw.com, Facebook and Twitter; and
  3. 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.