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East Devon Golf Club Captains’ Charity Day

September 1, 2018

The postponed East Devon Golf Club Captains’ Charity Day event took place on 15th August and we were pleased to again be a sponsor for this much anticipated event.  Our team Marcus Quick, Peter Bennett, Steve Tutchings and Simon Cornwell, took on the course which is regarded by many as one of the finest courses in the region.  It’s easy to see why it is reviewed as one of the top 100 golf courses of the British Isles with such breath-taking views across Lyme Bay.   The team were a little nervous at tee off but, despite the distracting beauty of the Jurassic Coast, they were able to hold their heads high with a mid table finish.

In addition to sponsoring a hole at the event we donated a picture by local artist George Hutchinson of Coastal Impressions.  George’s bold colour interactions showcase this special part of the world, the image seemed very apt for a Club situated in such a stunning setting and the image will be used for their future fundraising ventures.

Acknowledging the importance of the day Patrick Langrishe, partner at Gilbert Stephens Solicitors, noted that “the club is a community hub and this fun event helps raise money that will be a vital lifeline to charities and we are proud of our continued involvement, and team performance!”

Tony Mackness captain of East Devon Golf Club added “it was a very, very successful day raising over £8,000 for the charities, Prostate Cancer UK and Bramble Ward Trust at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, with more money due to come in by the end of the year.  The day out performed all my expectations!”

 

   

The show season is over for this year – Chagford Show

August 31, 2018

We were at our final show in Chagford on 16th August which was another exceptionally successful day for all involved.

We have really enjoyed our time in the countryside throughout August attending Honiton, Okehampton and Chagford shows.  All three shows were lots of fun, with many old friends visiting, and new friends met.  We are very much looking forward to doing it all over again next year!

It was great to see our guests enjoying the refreshments we had on offer, the Pimms, strawberries and pasties went down particularly well!

Sam our gun dog puppy found the experience very exciting, he was very popular, it was great training for him to be with us so he could get used to lots of different people, without being too overwhelmed.  We hope you enjoyed meeting him as much as we enjoyed having him with us.

We loved the face painting designs the kids were going away with, unicorns were as ever one of the most popular with lots of bright sparkly colours, hopefully it wasn’t too much hard work to wash off at the end of the day.

Thank you to Diane Coates from The Sculpture School who joined us at the Okehampton show and showcased some beautifully designed sculptures for visitors to admire; and thank you to the Farming Network Community who joined us at Honiton and Chagford shows, and supplied colouring to keep the kids entertained whilst their parents relaxed, soaking up some of the Gilbert Stephens’ hospitality.

Terry Bastyan, Managing Partner of the firm said: “We have 6 branches across Devon and we love joining in with events like these country shows which showcase our incredible array of local produce, artists and businesses.  These shows are an extension of this for each town and we are proud to be a part of it.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time at all three shows this year, thanks to everyone who came and saw us and joined in our fun, we look forward to doing it all again next year!”

We specialise in agricultural & countryside law, we can assist you with buying & selling of property, tenancies, occupancy, environmental issues, sporting rights and woodland.  Additionally, we are experts in farm succession planning helping you ensure the future of your farm, this is something which can be a difficult and contentious issue within families, so it is good practice to plan for the future well in advance.

If you need legal assistance whether to sell a farm, diversify the business or to ensure everything is put in place for when you retire get in touch with one of our offices based in Budleigh Salterton, Crediton, Exeter, Okehampton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth you can learn more about our services on our.

   

 

Okehampton Show

August 14, 2018

We had a brilliant time at Okehampton Show last week.    Thanks to everyone who came and saw us at our marquee.  We had plenty of refreshments for all which we hope you all enjoyed, the Pimms and pasties seemed to go down particularly well.   Face painting for the kids was also popular and it was wonderful to see the colourful designs they chose, lots of unicorns!  We had more entries for our giveaway to win a child’s quad bike, the last chance to enter will be Thursday 16th August at Chagford show – be sure to come and see us, and check out our Facebook competition to win tickets here.

We were particularly delighted to host Diane Coates from The Sculpture School who showcased some beautifully designed sculptures for visitors to admire.  They are based in North Tawton and recognised as Britain’s premier centre for mastering the very best figurative sculpture know-how and techniques.  The sculptures were stunning and understandably they drew plenty of attention.

 

We mustn’t forget to thank Sam our gun dog puppy for spending the day with us again, he lapped up all the fuss.

 

Terry Bastyan, Managing Partner of the firm said:  “We opened our office in Okehampton over a year ago and there is a real community feel in the town, the show is an extension of this and we are proud to be a part of it.  Thanks to everyone who came and saw us on the day and enjoyed some fun at our marquee, we look forward to doing it all again next year!”

 

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors specialise in agricultural & countryside law, they can assist you with buying & selling of property, tenancies, occupancy, environmental issues, sporting rights and woodland.  Additionally, they are experts in farm succession planning helping you ensure the future of your farm, this is something which can be a difficult and contentious issue within families, so it is good practice to plan for the future well in advance.

 

If you need legal assistance whether to sell a farm, diversify the business or to ensure everything is put in place for when you retire get in touch with Gilbert Stephens Solicitors at one of our offices based in Okehampton, Exeter, Budleigh Salterton, Crediton, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth you can learn more about our services on our website www.gilbertstephens.co.uk

      

      

       

Cheryl Bolt’s Blog

August 7, 2018

I have written a couple blogs about my journey so far as a trainee solicitor but I think it’s interesting to look at how I got to this role, so this blog focuses on how to become a solicitor.

What I think many people may not realise is that someone who is a “solicitor” is a professional person who has undertaken the various legal studies and training requirements and is appointed by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority as a qualified solicitor. Whereas the phrase “lawyer” does not necessarily mean that the person holding themselves out to be one has any legal qualifications or experience and it is important when choosing legal representation that people are aware of this key difference.

In order to become a solicitor you have to first undertake a degree. I undertook a qualifying law degree at UWE in Bristol which took 3 years full time to complete. However, you can still become a solicitor even if you have not completed a law degree. You simply need to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) to convert your current degree to a law degree. This course takes 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

Once you have completed your undergraduate studies you then need to complete the Legal Practice Course. This course can be done full time over 1 year or part time over 2 years. Usually people tend to undertake this course straight after completing their degrees. I completed mine part time over 2 years as I was also working full time at Gilbert Stephens during this time. I found that working in a law firm really helped reinforce the teachings of the Legal Practice Course. The course teaches subject areas that relate to being in legal practice, such as accounts and drafting. My firm was very accommodating with time off for studying and exams. I found that most of the people on my Legal Practice Course were also in the same situation, already working at law firms, and most of them had similar experiences with their firms being accommodating to the needs of the course.

Shortly after completing the Legal Practice Course I then began my role as a “trainee solicitor”. And whilst I had hoped that all my time spent studying was over I still had to complete the Professional Skills Course. This course attended by Trainee Solicitors is spread over 12 study days and includes 1 exam. The lecturers, who are qualified solicitors or barristers, teach a syllabus to reinforce the principles of client care, code of conduct and money laundering to name a few of the important principles of being a solicitor.  The course, which highlights included a very nice lunch at Reed Hall in Exeter, gave me the opportunity to socialise with fellow trainee solicitors who are mostly local to the area and share our experiences as a trainee so far, many of which were very different!

I have now completed the Professional Skills Course and whilst I am very glad to finally have completed the educational side of training, which has spread over the course of 5 years from starting University, I will still need to find a new challenge to keep my brain active as I still love learning and attempting new things.

Lots of fun at Honiton Show!

August 3, 2018

We had a fantastic time at Honiton Show yesterday, thanks to all who came and said hello.  It was great fun and lovely to see old friends, and make new ones – including Norman the Gnome who really enjoyed his goodie bag according to his tweet!

Sam our gun dog puppy had a great time too and really enjoyed the fuss that was made of him.  Here’s some of the photos from the event.

We are now looking forward to Okehampton Show on the 9th August, we’d love to see you there and you could win tickets via our Facebook competition here

 

 

Exwick Villa sponsorship

August 1, 2018

Gilbert Stephens solicitors are delighted to be supporting Exwick Villa at the Exwick 3G Hub.

The Exwick 3G Hub is a sports hub, part of a £14 million investment in sports developments and facilities at Exeter College who worked in partnership with Exeter City Community Trust to officially launch the facilities in March, launched by the Lord Mayor it is a valuable asset to the community.

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors will be sponsoring a banner at the ground, providing funds to help support the team through their next season.

Club Chairman Clive Martin said “We enjoy building new relationships with local businesses and are grateful for the support of Gilbert Stephens, their sponsorship is invaluable to ensuring Exwick Villa’s future in the league”.

Exwick Villa, who finished fourth in the Devon & Exeter Football Premier League this season, have existed since 1968.  Originally based at the Exwick ground and called Exeter Civil Service they were one of the most successful teams in the Exeter area whose players came from mainly a public sector service background.

The Club became homeless in 2012.  It was then that Exeter College took on the lease and built the new sports hub and so became the club’s new landlords.  The football committee decided to rename the club Exwick Villa from the 2013-2014 season.  With a new 3G artificial surface down at the sports hub, after a well deserved rest, the team look forward to a successful 2018/19 season.  However further sponsorship is still required and anyone interested should get in touch with Clive Martin.

The sports hub will be used by a host of other clubs including Exwick Cricket Club, Chiefs DPP Rugby, Alphington Youth & Wessex RFU and Exeter University Women’s Football.

Come and see us at Honiton, Okehampton and Chagford Shows!

July 29, 2018

It’s not long now until the first of the local country shows we shall be attending. This week we will be at Honiton Show on Thursday,  then we will be at Okehampton on 9th August and finally Chagford on 16th August.

We will be running Facebook competitions giving away tickets to each of the shows so keep an eye on our page here

Local country shows like these showcase the best of local farming, produce, crafts and rural skills and we are delighted to have Jo Jones from the Farming Community Network with us at Honiton and Chagford shows.  Jo will be supplying some fun colouring to keep the kids entertained.  You will also be able to get your faces painted and enjoy delicious refreshments at our stand including Pimms, sweets, pasties and soft drinks. Whilst there be sure to enter our giveaway to win a child’s quad bike, all entrants from the 3 shows will be put together and a winner drawn at random.

We hope to see you there!

 

Captain’s Charity Day at the East Devon Golf Club

July 28, 2018

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors is pleased to sponsor this year’s Captain’s Charity Day at the East Devon Golf Club. The day is taking place on the 15th August between 7.30am and 4pm – this had to be rescheduled from 4th July due to fog.

The historic East Devon Golf is over a hundred years old, being founded in 1902, and is one of the best courses in the South West of England. It has firmly maintained its place in the top 100 ranking of UK golf clubs. The course itself takes full advantage of its position and commands spectacular views of Lyme Bay, making this an ideal location for the charity event.

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors is proud to be involved with this day of golfing. They recognise the importance of the club as a community hub, and of the game itself as a way of raising money for vital charities. The day offers the opportunity not only for some first class golfing action, but also a day out in the beautiful and hopefully sunny surroundings of the southwest of England, right on the Jurassic Coast.

Acknowledging the importance of the day Patrick Langrishe, partner at Gilbert Stephens Solicitors, noted that “we are more than excited to sponsor this day of golfing and, personally, I’m looking forward to spending time in the countryside at a club with such a rich heritage. The money raised from this event will be a vital lifeline to charities and we are proud to be involved.”

The day of golfing will begin at 7.30am and will run throughout the day.

Full details of the Captain’s Day, including details of the East Devon Golf Club, can be found on the webpages below:

https://www.eastdevongolfclub.co.uk/diary/2018/07/

Pictured are Don & Patrick on the first tee at Budleigh Golf Course last year.  This year they will be teeing off at  2.50pm