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
Full Stop Law are pleased to announce that Sophie Lougher has joined our team.
Sophie trained with Wendy Hopkins Solicitors in Cardiff but then practised with Behr and Co in Cwmbran. Sophie is an experienced family solicitor, covering Divorce, Children Matters and Separation. Sophie boasts over 10 years of experience in Family Law.
Victoria Cannon our managing director commented upon Sophie’s new position “we are delighted that Sophie has joined us and we are looking forward to the future. We are a growing firm, renowned nationally for family law and Sophie will compliment an already dedicated and talented team. Sophie brings seasoned skills to the role and her clients will be in safe hands. We look forward to working with Sophie and to bolster our already strong family law team”.
Sophie will be located at our Pontypridd branch but will also cover Pontyclun, Cowbridge, Cardiff and surrounding areas. If you wish to contact Sophie, email email@example.com or call 01443 238411.
Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Full Stop Law Limited shortlisted for prestigious legal awards
Local firm Full Stop Law has been shortlisted for the Law Society’s prestigious Excellence Awards 2019, the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales.
Full Stop Law Limited has been shortlisted in the Small Law Firm of the Year category.
Victoria Cannon, the firm’s managing director said; “We are delighted that we have been shortlisted. We have a fantastic team at Full Stop Law that always go the extra mile to provide a first class service to our clients. We are passionate about being part of our community and we are pleased that we have been recognised by such a prestigious body for our work. It really means a lot to us.”
Law Society president Simon Davis said: “There are more than 140,000 solicitors in England and Wales – to be shortlisted for an Excellence Award is to be recognised as among the very best of the profession.
“The firms and solicitors shortlisted should be commended for going above and beyond to support their clients, often navigating tricky and sometimes contentious areas of the law.
“With the justice system so under strain, we should take this opportunity to celebrate the incredible work solicitors do day-in and day-out – and to recognise the immense contribution they make to our society.”
Winners are announced at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards ceremony in London on 23 October 2019.
First Class Expertise in the Valleys
Our Managing Director, Victoria Cannon has recently been awarded the coveted Award of being one of the TOP Three Divorce Lawyers in RCT. Victoria, who is also the founder of Full Stop Law has been practising in divorce law for over 15 years, has dealt with high net worth cases involving national businesses and famous clients. Victoria who was born and raised in Pontypridd is passionate about bringing affordable legal services to Pontypridd and the surrounding the Valleys but with no shortage upon the expertise that her clients receive.
Victoria says ” I trained in Cardiff and had excellent experience learning my skills. However, I always knew that that I would return to RCT to practice. This is my home and although there are very good matrimonial and separation lawyers in Cardiff, some of us have now left and operate in the valleys and can offer reasonable costs as our overheads are a little lower. I set up Full Stop Law with the ethos that the quality that our clients receive would be first class and I have achieved that goal with a talented set of solicitors around me dealing with elderly clients, children as well as divorce and separation. I believe that we need to bring talent and business back to the valleys to promote growth. I am delighted to have been named as one of the top three family layers in RCT. This means that our commitment to our community is working, especially as we have only been running for 10 years.”
Victoria’s colleagues have commented that she is a “safe pair of hands” when dealing with finances upon divorce and that she will do her “utmost” for her clients. Victoria practises from the Pontypridd office but also travels to Pontyclun to see clients. In addition to practising law, Victoria also lectures in law at Cardiff and the Vale College.
Those who know the work of Full Stop Law will be aware that they also give back to the community with sponsorship and schemes for over 50’s. They are aware of their social responsibility and run free legal clinics each week at their Pontypridd and Pontyclun Offices. There is a strong ethos upon giving back to the community.
If you wish to have an appointment with Victoria call 01443 238411 for a free initial appointment.