We are pleased to announce that Sarah Holroyd has joined Thomas Horton as our new Head of Finance.
Sarah obtained a B.Sc.(Hons) degree in Mathematics for Management and Finance in 1994.
Sarah worked at TSB Head Office as a graduate trainee where she qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant.
In 1997 Sarah joined TRW Automotive Aftermarket and held various financial positions in the UK and across Europe.
More recently Sarah has worked as the Club Manager at Blackwell Golf Club before joining Thomas Horton as Head of Finance.
Legal 500 Success
We are very proud that once again Thomas Horton LLP has been recognised by “Legal 500” as one of the top law firms in the West Midlands region.
Legal 500 is the most prestigious independent annual review of the best law firms in the world, and we are thrilled to be among such august company, especially as the assessment involves interviews and independent client feedback… and not a penny was spent by us on promotional advertising.
Well done and thank you to the whole team
We are delighted to announce that Jaspreet Sanghera has accepted our offer of a training contract, commencing on 1st September 2019, leading towards her qualification as a Solicitor in two years’ time
The partners have been very impressed by Jas’ dedication and her cheerful ‘can do’ attitude to her work.
Jaspreet achieved a first class honours degree from Coventry University and will commence her first seat in our Residential Conveyancing Team.
Well done to Jas
Toni has joined Thomas Horton LLP as an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives within the Residential Conveyancing Department at our Bromsgrove office. Working towards Graduate member, Toni studies in the evening and weekend.
Toni obtained a LLB Law degree at the City of Wolverhampton University in 2010 and has been working in Residential Conveyancing for the last 6 years.
Toni acts for clients in sales and purchases for both Freehold and Leasehold. She also acts for clients in transfers of equity, remortgages, and ‘Right to Buy’ assisted purchases.
DD: 01527 839275
In September 2018 we received the tragic news that a much loved colleague, Sally Deykin, had passed away.
The 10th May would have been Sally’s Birthday and we wanted to remember Sally in a special way. We therefore decided to make an annual award to a staff member, which will be known as the “Sally Deykin award”.
For those of you who knew or had spoken with/met Sally, she was always smiling, ready to lend a sympathetic ear and always offered support to her colleagues. We encouraged staff to nominate a colleague who they felt had acted in a similar way over the past year.
The winner of our ‘Sally Deykin award’ 2019 is Angela Lee, our receptionist at our Bromsgrove Office.
We arranged for Sally’s son, Christopher, to present the award at our Redditch office on 24 May 2019.
Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors on The Strand in Bromsgrove has been recognised by Cancer Research UK after facilitating over Â£590,000 worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their will.
Tina Circus & her team at Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors were presented with a silver certificate to acknowledge the firm’s ongoing support. The firm have been offering the Free Will Service to people aged 55 and over in Bromsgrove for the past 5 years, giving guidence and support for those wishing to write a will or update an existing one.
As part of the service, Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors gives guidance for those wishing to leave a legacy gift for Cancer Research UK.
The charity receives no government funding for its research and relies heavily on the generosity of people leaving gifts in their wills. Over a third of its research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is funded through supporters leaving a legacy to the charity.
Tina Circus, Partner and Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate commented, ‘our experienced team are here to give bespoke advice to each client on all aspects of their Wills, lifetime planning and estate affairs. We will also advise on the potential inheritance tax advantages of including charities in your Will. Thomas Horton LLP are proud to support Cancer Research UK through the Free Will Service and delighted with the news that over Â£590,000 has been raised for such an incredibly worth cause’.
A legacy gift can be anything someone wishes to leave in their will. Traditionally this is money but it could be anything that has a monetary value like an estate or specific item. Anything left to Cancer Research UK can be marked to be ring-fenced for research into a specific cancer type or research within a local area.
Clare Moore, Director of Legacies at Cancer Research UK, explained: “We all reach a stage at some point in our lives where we start to look ahead and consider what will happen to our financial affairs in the future, when we may no longer be around. “At Cancer Research UK, we work with a number of local solicitors including Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors in Bromsgrove to offer local people aged 55 or over the chance to make an all-important first will or to update an existing one. The service has grown in popularity over the past couple of years and while it is provided free of any obligation, the vast majority of people choose to kindly leave a gift to the charity.
By offering Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service, Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors have become well informed about our work and are very supportive of our life-saving research. Whenever their clients express a desire to support us, Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors staff act with great sensitivity as they explain the various options and allow individuals or families to make the right choice in their own good time.
It’s quite astonishing to think that by simply combining enthusiasm with the highest professional standards Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors has helped secure over Â£590,000 worth of legacy gifts, which will go a long way towards helping our scientists, doctors and nurses to beat cancer sooner.”
Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress. Every step taken by its doctors, nurses and scientists relies on donations from the public and the kindness of supporters who choose to leave a gift in their will.
The Free Will Service has been running successfully for over 20 years across a network of solicitors in the UK. Anyone who wishes to use the service is asked to consider leaving a legacy gift to Cancer Research UK but is under no obligation to do so.
For more information about leaving a legacy gift and Cancer Research UK’s free will service, visit www.cruk.org/freewillservice or call Thomas Horton LLP Solicitors 01527 839404
About Cancer Research UK
• Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
• Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
• Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on vital donations from the public.
• Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.
• Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.
• Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
• Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Tina Circus and Angela Weatherill attended the Birmingham Beats Cancer dinner on 7 February 2019 at the ICC in Birmingham.
The event is held to raise money for local Birmingham based cancer research projects, and an incredible amount of over Â£24,500 was raised.
Around 27 million adults in the UK do not have a will. Dying without a will means the law will run its course, often against your wishes.
The formal term for passing away with no valid will is ‘dying intestate’. If this happens your money, possessions and property will be divided up according to the law, and your loved ones could stand to inherit nothing.
If you are unmarried and die ‘intestate’, your partner would by law receive nothing. If you have children this can complicate things further, as the law often places them above your partner in the pecking order, and if you have children from a previous marriage they could be completely passed by.
Dying without a will means you have no control over who stands to inherit your assets. If you pass away with no close relatives, this could pass automatically to the government.
However, there is a simple solution. Will writing kits can be a cheap alternative option, but do you really know the long term implications of the document you are preparing? Thomas Horton LLP can draft a professional will for you, with the minimum of fuss. We offer home visits, reasonable charges and thorough advice, to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of after you die.
The sooner you plan ahead, the sooner your assets will be secure for the future.
• You can specify exactly who your benefactors are – leaving what you want to whom you want
• You can nominate your children’s guardians – if you have children under 18 and the worst does happen, you need to plan ahead for their future.
• You can state who your executors are – choosing the people you trust will make sure your will is properly adhered to.
• You can set out your wishes for specific possessions – making sure those keepsakes pass to the loved one it will mean the most to.
• You can write a joint will – not only does this align your wishes with each other, it’s also possible to get a discount.
We are delighted to announce that once again Thomas Horton LLP has been recognised as being amongst the best law firms in the UK by the prestigious ‘Legal 500’ listings.
Judging involves a detailed submission process and the independent interviewing of our clients.
This is a powerful endorsement of the quality of our work, as well as the care and attention dedicated to, and recognised by, our clients.
After 5 years working at Thomas Horton Hannah Watson decided to further her career by undertaking a specialist paralegal qualification in Wills, Probate and Administration.