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A Career with Maples – A Young Solicitors View

9th April 2009

Having qualified as a Solicitor in September 2003 with another firm, I joined Maples & Son as a Solicitor in April 2004.

From the start I was given responsibility evidenced by the fact that I was involved in the interviews for my secretary and the decision as to who to employ was left to me, however I was also given support and made to feel welcome.

The reason for my move to Maples was due to my intention to increase my specialism in Criminal law as on qualification I had been dividing my time between Criminal and Family Law. I have always been supported by Maples and undertook the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme in order to join the Boston and Spalding Duty Solicitor Scheme. Whilst the firm has always allowed me to pursue my specialism of Criminal work, I have been allowed the opportunity to continue to develop other areas of expertise including Licencing Law, Family and more recently Civil Litigation.

There is very much an ‘open door’ culture at Maples and so it has always been possible for me to speak to my colleagues if ever I have needed any advice or guidance. I would like to think that I have also extended that to my colleagues and obviously it is a boost to the confidence of any young Solicitor to occasionally find a more experienced colleague come to you for advice or to seek your views on a case.

Many young Solicitors find that good or high profile cases get taken away from them by the Partners but that certainly has not been the situation at Maples where on 2 occasions I have dealt with Murder cases from the start at the police station right through to the conclusion at the Crown Court. This clearly is of benefit to the client to have continuity but also to be able to develop a relationship with the Solicitor.

As my time at Maples progressed I was gradually given more responsibility so that I would not only be managing my own caseload but also acting as a supervisor to others.

The friendly atmosphere at Maples is demonstrated by the fact that as well as working here, I also spend time socially with my colleagues including having been on skiing holidays with 2 of the Partners and the then trainee solicitor.

The social side has also been evident in that I have been involved in playing 5 a side football for Maples both in a regular league and also in tournaments arranged between local Solicitors and other professionals. Maples have also arranged a number of Cricket 20/20 matches normally with a BBQ and a couple of drinks to follow.

It was therefore an honour when I was offered Partnership and I became a Partner with effect from 1st January 2009.  I now look forward to enjoying many more years at the firm and would commend the firm to anybody thinking of joining.

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Maples Go Green

5th May 2010

Maples Solicitors LLP are proud to announce that they have pledged their support to “Investors in the Environment” a new, not for profit initiative that has been launched to help businesses to reduce their environmental impact and ultimately save money.

Maples are one of the 300 businesses supporting the scheme which was officially launched in Peterborough and the surrounding area on the 15th April 2010.

Maples feel passionately about the environment and hope that this will be the first of many contributions to helping the environment and reducing our carbon footprint.  Ultimately this will help us reduce our overheads/costs and the savings can then be passed onto our clients so that we can maintain our very competitive fee structure.

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Maples Solicitors agree Shirt Sponsorship deal

5th December 2011

Maples Solicitors are delighted to announce they are the new Shirt Sponsors of Holbeach United Ladies Football Club.

As ever, Maples are continuing their tradition of helping local causes within the community and look forward to supporting the team throughout 2012 and into 2013.

Holbeach Ladies have been established for over 15 years and currently compete in the Fenland and District Ladies League. The team are always on the lookout for new Players, and any interested parties please feel free to contact Kay Piccaver on 01406 371668 or on 07935 155058.

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Collaborative Marketing Workshop

5th April 2011

Around a dozen delegates attended the Collaborative Marketing Workshop held at our offices on the morning of Wednesday 30th March 2011. During the course of the workshop, Andrew Goode and Lyndon Wright of Blue Dolphin Business Development provided advice on how to combine online with offline marketing to maximum profitability and also provided ten top collaborative marketing tips.

We thank Andrew and Lyndon for their presentation.

If you want to access the slides and other information provided at the workshop, then please follow the link below.

http://www.bdolphin.co.uk/1203/maples-online-offline-extra-marketing-resources/

If you are interested in attending future workshops/seminars that we hold, then please either ring Laura Day on 01775 722261 or email laura.day@maplessolicitors.com.

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Maples supporting Macmillan Coffee Morning

4th September 2017

On 29th September 2017 Maples Solicitors LLP will be hosting a coffee morning as part of Macmillan’s “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be served from 10:00am until 1:00pm and all donations received will go to Macmillan Cancer Support to assist them with providing medical, emotional, practical and financial support to those facing cancer and their families.

At the same time, Maples will also be running a free Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate clinic so that whilst you are in the office you may take the opportunity to discuss any of these with one of the Private Client Team with no obligation to commit. You can use the time to raise any questions you may have about making a Will, who you could appoint as Executors, whether you need a Power of Attorney or how a Power of Attorney works, for example.

Maples hope to see their existing clients join them for the coffee morning and very much look forward to meeting new people- everyone is welcome!

If you would like to discuss any matters in relation to Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney or any Probate related matters prior to the coffee morning then please contact one of the lawyers in our private client team:-

Jane Mawer- jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com
Jamie Dobbs- jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com
Faye Blair- faye.blair@maplessolcitors.com

Or telephone the office on 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

3rd November 2015

Introduction

Prior to the 1st October 2015 there was no statutory requirement upon private landlords to install smoke alarms or carbon monoxide detectors in their properties.  This has now changed, with the introduction of the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 (“the Regulations”) which came into force on the 1st October 2015.

What do Landlords need to do?

Landlords will need to install a working smoke alarm on every storey of their properties that are being used for “living accommodation” and install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as “living accommodation” where solid fuel is being used.

Every landlord will need to have done this by the 1st October 2015 for existing tenancies and for all new tenancies starting after that date.

Landlords are responsible for ensuring that the alarms are working at the start of the tenancy.  However, tenants are responsible for looking after them during the tenancy.

“Living accommodation” includes bathrooms and toilets, but it is uncertain at this stage as to whether or not it includes areas which are just used for storage like basements or lofts.

Solid fuel means coal or wood, not gas or oil.  Although carbon monoxide alarms are recommended for rooms with gas or oil heating, the Regulations do not make it compulsory.

The Regulations do not apply to “live in” landlords, social landlords, HMO landlords (because they are subject to similar rules under the HMO Regulations) and landlords of leases with a term of 7 years or more.

Enforcement

Enforcement of the Regulations will be the responsibility of the local authority.

If a landlord is in breach of the Regulations, the local authority should issue a remedial notice requiring the landlord to fit the alarms within 28 days.   The landlord must take all reasonable steps to comply.  If the landlord fails to fit the alarms and has not taken all reasonable steps, then the local authority (subject to the tenants granting them access) can arrange for this work to be done and then serve a penalty notice on the landlord for a sum of up to £5,000.

If a landlord thinks that this is unfair he can ask for the notice to be reviewed and can also possibly appeal it.

Comments

Daven Naghen, head of our Litigation Team, has commented as follows:-

“From a health and safety point of view the Regulations obviously make good sense.  Many responsible landlords will have been ensuring smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms have been installed in their properties prior to it becoming compulsory.”

If you are a landlord or a tenant requiring advice about smoke alarms and/or carbon monoxide alarms or any other issues relating to a tenancy agreement then please do not hesitate to contact Daven on 01775 722261 or email daven.naghen@maplessolicitors.com or visit our offices or arrange an appointment at our offices at 23 New Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1DH.

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Who Will You Be Entrusting With Your Conveyancing?

WHO WILL YOU BE ENTRUSTING WITH YOUR CONVEYANCING WORK?  THE CHOICE IS YOURS!

Are the selling agents or perhaps the mortgage broker pushing or trying to persuade you to use a particular conveyancing firm? If so, we would strongly recommend that you ask the following pertinent questions so that, armed with all relevant facts, you are better able to make a reasoned decision:-

Why?

Are the agents receiving a kickback or referral payment from the firm concerned? Using a firm in cahoots with an estate agency inevitably leads to a potential conflict of interest. Will such firm be working in your best interests or simply those of the introducer? Here at Maples we pride ourselves on being completely independent and we consider the idea of a referral fee both abhorrent and unethical. We much prefer to obtain our work based on past performance and recommendation.

How Much?

Do not be misled by a seemingly attractive basic figure initially quoted but be sure to enquire about and read the small print for add ons for so called “extras” (such as mortgage costs, preparation of a stamp duty land tax return, telegraphic transfer fees and the like) which suddenly spring up at a later date and only become apparent in the firm’s final statement. Ensure that you are comparing like for like. Here at Maples, we give you a complete and all inclusive rundown of our professional charges and all disbursements at the outset, with no hidden extras.

Where?

Is the firm local or, as is more likely, based in a completely different part of the country? If the latter, then the transaction will, without a doubt, be dealt with by post, phone or email and lack any personal contact. Here at Maples we are fully accessible, like to meet our clients to discuss and advise upon the transaction face to face and share with you the benefit of our wealth of local knowledge and experience.

Who?

Will you actually be aware as to who will be dealing with the matter for you or will you simply be a reference or matter number at the end of a phone in a firm dealing with volume conveyancing? Here at Maples, you will be assigned to your own experienced and dedicated conveyancer who will be responsible for and deal with the transaction for you from beginning to end, with a high level of personal service throughout.

Making a hasty and bad appointment could seriously prejudice or delay your transaction and cost you dearly. Getting honest answers to these four simple questions at the outset could make all the difference.

To discuss any Conveyancing matters please contact either Claire Smith or Anita Zaborniak of our Conveyancing Team or telephone the office 01775 722261.

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Testimonials

Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

Anita Toal LLB BA

"I think you are brilliant. You can use my comments above. You are efficient, friendly and quite clearly very good at what you do. Mainly you don’t leave people hanging around too long for." "So easy to talk to her and she understood what I wanted. She put me at ease and I cant thank her enough"

Daven Naghen LLB

"I felt the service I got from Maples was excellent and was very honest all through the process. I would recommend Maples as a first class Solicitors group"

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs ACILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

This is the second time we have used Mike Pepper at Maples Solicitors in the sale of our house. We cannot praise Mike enough for the highly efficient and professional service that he has provided us with. He is by far the best solicitor we have ever worked with, and the service that he has provided us with has gone far and beyond anything we have ever experienced. We have found the whole process to be a very relaxing experience.

Claire Smith FCILEx

Claire Smith has been amazing in every way. I highly recommend her and I am so grateful for all her help. She’s professional on all levels, reliable, extremely organised and I will be recommending her to everyone. I’m very lucky to have had her representing me and I can’t thank her enough. She is an asset to Maples. Thanks so much Claire!

Anita Zaborniak

We found it a pleasure to deal with Anita Zaborniak, she was most helpful and informative and kept us up to date with the progress of the purchase of our new home. If we were to move again we wouldn’t hesitate to use Maples again.