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  This is an outdated definition.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 !!!!

FREE Domestic Abuse Legal Helpline Launched 04 May 2020  – Call us 07856060066

FREE Domestic Abuse Legal Helpline Launched 04 May 2020 – Call us 07856060066

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.

 

Is there a right time for Divorce ?

Is there a right time for Divorce ?

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

 

 

Sophie Lougher Joins Our Family Law Team!

Sophie Lougher Joins Our Family Law Team!

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 sophie.lougher@fullstoplaw.com or call 01443 238411.

Shortlisted for a Law Society Award – Small Law Firm of The Year 2019

Shortlisted for a Law Society Award – Small Law Firm of The Year 2019

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.