I now have a number of years experience dealing with the creation of Wills, Lasting Power of Attorneys and Trust documents. have relevant convictions* in the last four years and are caught drink-driving with a blood-alcohol concentration exceeding 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood do not have relevant convictions* and are caught drink-driving with a breath-alcohol concentration exceeding 650 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath A FOUR-week police crackdown on drink and drug-driving saw over 100 drivers caught out across South Yorkshire. National Trust member, theatre goer, cinemas too. But perhaps more importantly to us, was that Liam appreciated our lack of experience in this area and was sympathetic to our situation. I am a Partner and devote my time to dealing with complex clinical negligence claims. Good natured and easy going. I am trying (and failing) to develop a regular gym habit, but if I do make it to the gym, I enjoy yoga and swimming. My particular specialism is in cohabitee disputes. I also advise on lifetime estate planning, including Inheritance Tax mitigation; and assist clients in the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. I found Deepa very understanding and supportive when I needed her to represent me. I joined Smith Partnership in 1991 and became a Partner in 1998. Within my role I advise lenders, borrowers and investors upon loan agreements, guarantees, security and intercreditor/subordination arrangements. Good sense of humour and always willing to help. Once again, very many thanks. I am hard-working, efficient and have great people skills… at times ;-). I am an Associate in the Company and Commercial department. I qualified as a solicitor in 2007. It is hard to generalise because the circumstance giving rise to cases vary enormously and no two are the same but to me that is part of the attraction of the work. My role includes assisting with the acquisition, disposal and letting of all types of licensed premises including; hotels, public houses, restaurants, clubs and businesses. Thank you for all your help Jak. I also travel to other offices to take instructions from new clients. We were not disappointed. I am married, have two children and a lively cocker spaniel, all of which keep me very busy outside of work! E: katie.bullimore@smithpartnership.co.uk. I joined Smith Partnership in 1992 after relocating to Derby from Portsmouth. We put our faith in a company that was recommended to us. I’m a conveyancer and specialise in various property transactions including registered and unregistered freehold and leasehold properties, re-mortgaging and transfers of equity. I work alongside Rachel in the Aviation department, assisting with aviation claims and defending airline companies against claims regarding delayed and cancelled flights. I engaged the services of Alexandra Bullmore regarding a sensitive matter. I am proud to be a Dementia Friends Champion and am the Co-Chair of the Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance. You may get: 6 … In 2003 I moved to the Personal Injury Department dealing with personal injury cases including public liability, accidents at work and more recently specialising in road traffic accidents. I have a wide range of duties within the Business Development team including general administration, event support, updating and clean-up of our internal Practice Management System. I am so grateful and a cannot recommend another firm like this one. Whilst many have been competent and experienced, none of them have come close to the standards of Adrian Pearce. I have used Smiths for several years now and I have the confidence within them to provide consistent quality of advice and professionalism as standard. I could bore for England on the subject of professional road cycling, having followed it avidly for at least 30 years. Outside of work, I go to the gym regularly and like to explore the Peak District with my other half. We use the word “partner” to refer to a member of the LLP. I would like to thank Alexandra Bullmore at the Smith Partnership for her help and advice when dealing with a settlement agreement for me. - Darren Adams, Bridgefast Finance Limited. A … I also ‘enjoy’ going to the gym.I’m the proud owner of three children, two cats and a tortoise! I bring a wealth of knowledge to the team, having been practising for over 25 years. Alexandra has been very professional and informative. My clients include a national bespoke eyewear brand, a national digital brands, marketing and communications agency and a number of local and national charities. I spend most of my spare time walking my energetic Vizsla dog who does his best not stays clean. In England and Wales, the law clearly sets out the limits to which you must be under when operating a vehicle. As a trainee, I move around different departments within the firm. I have been with Smith Partnership since Monday, 19 September 1988. im self employed and work has been hard over … My colleagues would say I am someone who regularly helps them as much as possible. I enjoy gardening, running, snorkelling and scuba diving. In order to provide complete functionality, this web site needs your explicit consent to store browser cookies. As we know, in Australia police can stop any vehicle to test the driver for DUI, whether they suspect you’ve been drinking or not. I joined Smith Partnership in November 2014 after completing my Legal Practice Course at the prestigious Nottingham Law School. I am also able to advise first-time publicans on the potential pitfalls involved in buying a business of this nature. Based at the firm’s Leicester office, I specialise in children matters and regularly act on behalf of parents whose children are subject to local authority care proceedings, representing clients at both court hearings and during negotiations with the local authority pre-proceedings. I like holidays in warm places and the food that goes with it. My question is what happens next ? Liam did everything, with almost no time or effort from me! 107 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of urine. This is Deepa's strong attribute which converts into a very good success rate in her cases. My work involves defending clients in the Crown Court. British bulldog owner, camper van restoration enthusiast, holiday lover. Having been a qualified Solicitor for nearly 40 years, I do try to help and support younger, less experienced colleagues as for me, the team environment we have at our firm is one the main reasons why I am glad I made the move here at the start of 2017. I often put my chef hat on and try new food recipes. Current case load includes cases involving multi-million-pound assets (including pensions/properties/investments and businesses). For more details around the following data, visit madd.org: Almost 2,000 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from unintentional alcohol-related injuries, including motor vehicle crashes. I currently work in the more specialised area of clinical negligence with Partner at the firm, Martin Bradbury, where I qualified as a Paralegal in 2016. She gives great, tempered advice and helps to take the emotional stress out of having to deal with difficult people. In snatched moments I enjoy reading and walking my 2 miniature dachshunds. Get caught driving or attempting to drive while above the legal limit or unfit through drink and you’ll definitely lose your licence for at least a year. I’m a Marketing Executive that joined Smith Partnership’s Business Development Group in March 2018. In 2012, a record number of 15,000 drivers were caught drink driving on Western Australian roads. You must give a sample if asked, failure to do so can result in charges which can bring serious penalties. I am also a keen baker and always take part in our firm’s various charity bake sales. I am of course serious when it is needed but also up for fun and games when the occasion calls for it. Liam has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of tenancy law and has always provided both us as Letting Agents and our clients with sound advice, guidance and support. An unlimited fine, depending win your financial situation. I am an avid reader of Stephen King books. Deepa really goes out of her way and thinks outside the box to seek a positive outcome for her client. E: Marissa.DiStefano@smithpartnership.co.uk. I’m also involved in the prep of mags and Crown Court cases and needless to say in the 25 years I have been here I have covered every type of case from the most trivial to the most complex and serious. I enjoy seeing friends, eating out, walking, reading, but above all, having quality family time for days out and holidays to make memories. I like the fact that we help people of all kinds deal with sometimes horrible, and never easy circumstances. I attend on matters throughout the UK. Andrew Butler, Lettings Manager, Scargill Mann & Co. Gina Allwood (Barrister) 7 - Bedford Row Chambers. I was formerly a member of the Family Justice Council in Derby and a former chair of its Expert and Disclosure Subcommittees for a number of years. In my spare time I try to get involved with volunteering and giving back to the community. Like drink driving, you’ll get a criminal record and could face problems getting car insurance in the future or when seeking employment. I am an East Midlands girl through and through, having been born and bred in Burton Upon Trent, studied in Nottingham and now working in Derby. As a member of the team, my role includes representing and advising parents, grandparents and family members on cases that are very sensitive and highly emotional with complex issues. Our case, from the moment we walked into your office we had no idea what the future held for us but we were sure about one thing we couldn’t have chosen a better solicitor so once again thank you so much for everything you have done. I am a keen gardener and enjoy spending time with my husband, little boy, dog and cat. I read, including poetry. After twenty years of practising employment law, I can also be relied upon to unearth experience of dealing with any given employment scenario in the past (if only I could remember the name of the case and the outcome!). I am a Partner in our Crime team in Staffordshire and have nearly 30 years' experience in all aspects of criminal law. Jak has also always taken the time to listen, clearly explain on all legal matters and provided support/guidance through what has been a really stressful time for me. In my spare time I enjoy running and have competed in quite a few charity events and 10k races in recent years. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2002 and joined Smith Partnership in 2008, heading up the team at the Burton branch. I think this is his 3rd, possibly 4th time, however THIS was the only time driving an unregistered car. We work in a busy, challenging environment and it is important to understand the needs of clients as well as your team and offer support and protection where needed to hopefully create a calm and (where possible) fun working environment. Prior to starting work with the firm I had spent six years living and working in New Zealand and obtained my Legal Executive Certificate. Registered in England number OC387136. I couldn’t have done this without you. Have worked alongside Tim Jackson for over 20 years and also assist with his large caseload. I went on to complete my training contract with the firm and I qualified as a Solicitor in 2004. If you have between 0.5g/l and 0.8 g/l, the fine is 135 euros, to be paid on the spot, loss of six points on your driving licence (if french), and you won't be allowed to take the wheel until you are below 0.5g/l. If you need to drive to perform your role, then it is highly likely you will be dismissed. This was a very worrying and stressful period in my life, I was extremely thankful and appreciative of the successful outcome. James was very professional, concise and prompt given the timescales we had to get this resolved. Have worked on numerous high-profile media sex cases. She did everything she could to help me. I cover all levels of advocacy from initial hearings through to contested final hearings. I am a family solicitor who specialises in Child Care cases. I enjoy eating out, going on European city breaks and holidays with my daughter in and outside of the UK. Occasional theatre trips and maybe a sporadic horse riding activity. I love being outside in the countryside, at the beach or gardening. I have many years' experience in assisting clients both at the police station and the courts. I am also a member of the Law Society Children Panel and frequently represent children who are the subject of court proceedings. I was very happy with the outcome and would highly recommend James! I joined the firm as a consultant in 2010, having previously worked as a partner at a leading international law firm in London. From my very first contact with Adrian Pearce he always kept me informed and treated me in a very professional but also friendly way, nothing was ever too much trouble. I am responsible for the Derby Crown Court operation. I would not hesitate to recommend Adrian and his team in the future. To discuss your specific requirements with our experts, get in touch today. My work involves assisting employers in navigating often complex areas of employment law to deliver commercial outcomes. All bills in the Crime departments for Longton and Burton 158. a one-year driving ban. We have met many law professionals during our personal, professional and social lives. Smith Partnership offers an outstanding service with Ruth Ball demonstrating in-depth legal knowledge, together with displaying excellent commercial acumen, delivered in a structured and proactive manner. For more details check out our drink-driving guide. I am a mum to a one year old and spend most of my free time visiting farms and soft play. Ruth has been a major asset at a time when our rapidly growing company needs a reassuring and strong approach in challenging situations. They have been the quickest in responding so I chose them. We had used the Smith Partnership several times before but not previously for a commercial business purchase. As new landlords, this was the first occasion when we required legal advice to resolve a difficult issue with a tenant. The fees were at a reasonable level and we have no hesitation in recommending Liam and Smith Partnership to others. A number of the cases I have been involved in have been reported, including: I have also been instructed by CAFCASS in cases involving disputes between parents as to childhood immunisation — such as Re B (A Child - Immunisation) [2018] EWFC 56, 168 NLJ 7808, [2018] All ER (D) 11 (Sep) — as well as contested surrogacy cases, disputes regarding children from same-sex relationships, and for leave to remove from the jurisdiction. What happens if I’m caught drug driving? With the assistance of medical and employment experts, to undermine the claimant’s expert evidence, the claim recently settled with claimant accepting a Part 36 offer of £250,000 out of time, resulting in the airline client being entitled to have its costs from the date the Part 36 offer expired, met by the claimant. I have particular experience and expertise in representing the young and vulnerable. I am also a keen hobby baker, like to read and enjoy shopping and meals out with friends. I also deal with a wide range of contractual and tortious disputes, as well as defending debt recovery matters. I carried out my training contract with the firm and qualified as a solicitor in July 2017. Keep fit, extreme sports, collecting Babylonian cylinder seals and having a sense of humour! She was fantastic throughout the process, keeping me regularly updated and answering any queries I had swiftly and professionally. E: neil.o'driscoll@smithpartnership.co.uk. A wealth of experience, having worked for local solicitors and the legal departments for national builders. The areas of work I focus on include: divorce, financial cases, injunctions, private law children, cohabitation matters and pre-nuptial agreements. Always ready to use my experience in the law to benefit younger members of the firm. Driving without insurance I have recently been involved in drafting articles in relation to hot topics in family law for the firm website. Remember that driving under the influence of alcohol can have devastating consequences for you, your family and others – and you can still be over the limit the next day. - Sharon Poulson MCIPD Group HR Manager – TTG Global Group Limited. The Prosecutor Must Prove You Were Driving To Convict You of Drunk Driving (Beyond a Reasonable Doubt) Sometimes at trial, I will suggest an alternate theory of what happened. Smith Partnership is the trading name of Smiths (Solicitors) LLP. I have used James Johnson’s services via the Smith Partnership for over five years and I am happy to comment as follows. After retiring as a Partner is 2017, I now work for the firm on a consultancy basis. Again, I got an impeccable service from Marissa Layton on another matter. I also play the piano and like to pretend that I frequently attend the gym. Note that every sample given will be used as evidence. I am an enthusiastic team player and like to support my colleagues wherever I can. The penalties for drink driving – also known as DUI (Driving Under the Influence) vary from state to state and much depends on the circumstances of the individual case. I am a keen runner, having run several 10K and half-marathons. Be sure you can enforce these rules and that your child understands why you’ve set them. All aspects of private family law: divorce, children disputes, financial issues arising from relationship breakdown, pre-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements. I am paralegal in the family law department dealing with children and divorce matters. Outside of work I am a keen cricket fan. Generally approachable but sometimes irascible! How far over the limit you were, whether you were speeding or caused an accident and even the type of vehicle you were driving are all factors that are taken into account at your trial – if it comes to a trial, that is. I am a Commercial Property Paralegal who deals with various parts of a transaction but focuses mainly on the post-completion matters. 2020 All rights reserved. My role within the residential property team is to assist two of our fee earners in new build and standard property purchases, and to work on sale, remortgage and transfer of equity files from beginning to completion. To find out how our expert team of solicitors can help you, contact us today on 0330 123 1229, send us an email via info@smithpartnership.co.uk or request a callback. This will enable the clients to acquire further land for development purposes. I originally worked with the Childcare team in Swadlincote before moving to the Wills and Probate department in Derby. I am happy to leave the day-to-day legal work to them and I see my role as making sure that we have a suitable regulatory, practical, and technological framework in place to deliver excellent client care. My interests include playing golf, watching pretty much any sport but with a particular interest in football and rugby. Experience, expertise in private family work, client-focused approach. I bring many years of experience from within the family courts which included the advising and training of Magistrates and colleagues on law and procedure. Alexandra was efficient, knowledgeable and friendly and made the whole process run without any problems or concerns. 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