Amy Clowrey Solicitor

Standardised checks for potential taxi drivers a welcome reform



By Amy Clowrey, Solicitor, Child Abuse Claims It has recently been announced that the government is considering proposals that would require all councils in England to carry out standardised checks on taxi licence applicants. In addition there are plans for a database to stop potential drivers applying to councils after being refused by another. Under the proposals there is also ...
 
Judith Glynn and Chris Preston

Switalskis welcomes established Family team to Leeds office



Former Zermansky Solicitors senior partners, Judith Glynn and Chris Preston, have joined Switalskis Solicitors to head its family department in Leeds. Judith and Chris both bring over 25 years’ experience of working in all aspects of family law to Switalskis’ Leeds team. Judith and Chris are highly experienced in matters relating to relationship breakdown including divorce, cohabiting couples and same ...
 

Wear Red Day 2019!



Friday 1st February marked Children’s Heart Surgery Fund’s (CHSF) annual Wear Red Day, in which firms from across the region don their finest red garments in aid of congenital heart disease. CHSF are Switalskis’ official charity partner, and we are proud to have turned red for the day to raise money to help improve the lives of heart patients and ...
 
Solicitor presents award to Huddersfield University

Huddersfield University in-house team presented with coveted accreditation



In January 2019, the in-house legal team at Huddersfield University was awarded the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation. As an academic institution with strong links to Switalskis – several of our lawyers are Huddersfield University alumni and have previously volunteered with the university’s Legal Advice Clinic – we are delighted to report on their in-house team’s success in achieving this accreditation. ...
 
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Why we are becoming a Dementia Friendly law firm



By Catrin Lloyd, Solicitor and Head of Wills & Probate We are pleased to confirm that throughout 2019 Switalskis will be working towards becoming a more “Dementia Friendly” organisation. An initiative set up by the Alzheimer’s Society, “Dementia Friends” aims to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people living with dementia. According to the Dementia Friends website: “Being a ...
 
Pamela Whitlam & MP Alec Shelbrooke

Whitlam’s Law update: Government to tackle farm safety and rural drink-driving



In a recent development for the Whitlam’s Law campaign to change drink-drive laws, Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, has confirmed that the Department for Transport (DoT) intend to deliver a strategic approach to road safety, prioritising rural communities. Pamela Whitlam, with the support of Switalskis’ Solicitor Amy Clowrey, has been campaigning to change the law to bring the ...
 

Inquest finds neglect contributed to death of PC Sharon Houfe



Senior Coroner, Professor Paul Marks this week concluded that Sharon Houfe died as a result of suicide contributed to by neglect. Sharon took her own life on Friday 29 April 2016. Sharon was a serving police officer with Humberside Police, much respected and distinguished by her colleagues and community, and had been awarded an MBE in 2014 for her services ...
 
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Christmas and New Year 2018 – we’re here in an emergency…



Merry Christmas! Everyone at Switalskis would like to wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. Our offices will be closed from 12.30pm on Monday 24th December and throughout the festive period, but if you have an emergency and need legal advice during this time we can help. For advice if you are under arrest at the ...
 
Huddersfield Law Society President Samantha Spain

Samantha Spain elected President of the Huddersfield and Dewsbury Law Society



On 29 November 2018, at the 137th AGM of the Huddersfield and Dewsbury Law Society, Samantha Spain, Associate Solicitor was elected as President for the coming year. As President, Samantha will support the committee to provide ongoing training and advice to local lawyers and cascade feedback and updates from the Yorkshire Union of Local Law Societies and the national Law ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

Ten new candidates embark on law firm leadership training



Following the launch of Switalskis’ Associate Development Programme in March 2018, which aims to equip the next generation of leaders with essential communication and management skills, a second round of training started on 14 November 2018. Ten new candidates attended an intensive three-day residential training course in Huddersfield, which marks the start of several weeks’ project work culminating in an ...