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Chagford Show

23rd August 2019

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors is a strong supporter of our local agricultural Shows and we have attended Honiton, Okehampton and Chagford Shows throughout August. This year was the 119th Chagford Agricultural and Horticultural Show, which was held on Thursday 15th August at the Dogmarsh Fields, beside the River Teign, on beautiful Dartmoor.

Chagford Show is a marvellous family day out. It is a traditional agricultural show offering a unique mix of farming, crafts and horticulture with a dedicated food hall promoting local food and drink as well as lots of live music to entertain throughout the day. The main ring had a full day of special attractions – this year saw the Tigers Children’s Motorcycle Display Team, Terrier Racing with Ian Brackenbury and Birds of Prey Flying Display among others. There were also many other attractions, events and over 200 trade stands to browse. We had the huge pleasure of being one of them. Read more…

Okehampton Show

14th August 2019

Last Thursday, Gilbert Stephens Solicitors had an absolutely fantastic day at the 112th Okehampton Agricultural Show. The Okehampton Show is one of largest one-day agricultural shows in Devon with over 200 trade stands and exhibitors, equine and livestock shows, delicious local food and drink in the Food Hall, children’s entertainment and shopping in the Craft Hall. The firm were proud to be ticket sponsors and road sign sponsors of the Okehampton Show this year.

Our stand really stood out this year as it was adorned with an incredible balloon garland which trailed across the front of our marquee. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather and many visitors were grateful for a cold glass of Pimm’s, pasties from local bakers Endacotts, cream teas and other refreshments while the children were excited to receive one of our bright green balloons and even more delighted to get their face painted by our fantastic face painter. Read more…

Honiton Show

6th August 2019

Last Thursday 1st August, Gilbert Stephens Solicitors had the pleasure of having a trade stand at Honiton’s 129th Agricultural Show.

Staff from across our six offices represented the firm at our stand last week in Honiton, including; Terry Bastyan, Managing Partner; James Bastyan, IT Manager; Jonathan Cave, Solicitor; Sarah Judd, Practice and HR Manager; Judi Thistlewood, Receptionist; from our Crediton office; Dana Mulligan, Marketing Manager; Mark Perry, Partner; Marcus Quick, Financial Services Manager; Sarah Heath, Chartered Legal Executive; Sukhi Mills, Solicitor; Patrick Langrishe, Partner and Tracie Bowden, Chartered Legal Executive. Read more…

Are Airbnb hosts breaching their leases?

1st August 2019

Airbnb appeared as an entity in 2008 and in the 11 years since it has become an impressive worldwide business. Last year, Airbnb was recorded as operating in 191 countries and had over 4 million property listings on its website.

As Airbnb continues to grow, however, landlords, both long term and short term, are becoming concerned about tenants sub-letting their properties to cash in on the easy business model, thereby potentially breaching the terms of their leases. It is important for tenants to realise that taking money in return for short-term stays in their home comprises both subletting and running a business from the property, both of which are usually prohibited in both long and short term leases. Read more…

Sidmouth Lions Club – Great Duck Derby 2019

24th July 2019

This year, Sidmouth Lions Club’s annual Great Duck Derby on the River Sid took place on Sunday 21st July. In addition to the main public Duck Race, the event included a Corporate Duck Race in which local businesses in and around the Sid Valley, including Gilbert Stephens Solicitors, sponsored the little red corporate ducks.

Some younger Gilbert Stephens team members joined in the fun and very much enjoyed wearing their customised t-shirts with a green duck on the front and their names on the back. They loved the friendly competitive atmosphere from everyone watching the two duck races. Along with many other spectators, they were especially entertained by the huge flock of yellow ducks, each sponsored by a member of the public, as they entered the river from the starting point bridge. Read more…

Showcase Ottery

22nd July 2019

On Saturday 20th July between 10am – 4pm, the Land of Canaan Park was a hive of activity as the community of Ottery St Mary came together in force for a special event organised by a small committee of independent volunteers in which various local companies showcased their services.

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors were impressed with the range of local businesses, charities, groups and organisations that occupied 50 plots with something to appeal to everyone over the course of the day. The day coincided with the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11, so Space was the theme of the day! Read more…

Pretty Muddy 2019

22nd July 2019

It’s that time of year again to dress in pink and go for a run!

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors were proud to take part in the Race for Life Pretty Muddy event held on Saturday 20th July at Westpoint Arena. Our team consisted of 15 enthusiastic individuals who participated in memory of our colleague Liz Govier, who sadly lost her battle to cancer last November. Read more…

Exeter Property Circle Charity Garden Party

19th July 2019

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors had the pleasure of attending this summer event in aid of The Exeter Chiefs Foundation & The Exeter City Community Trust, on Thursday 18th July at the delightful venue, the Double Locks. This event marked one year of the Exeter Property Circle and we were proud to be one of the sponsors.

We were pleased to be very well represented at this event with Nigel McKay, Cheryl Bolt, Carolyn McAndrew, Sukhi Mills and Helen Clegg all attending on behalf of the firm. Gilbert Stephens Solicitors are committed to these events and have two of their Property Team, Antonio D’Alessio and Sarah Heath, on the committee for the Exeter Property Circle and believe that this is a great way to encourage networking within the city. Read more…

The Longest Day Ocean Challenge Event

16th July 2019

Last weekend, Sunday 14th July, saw Sidmouth sea come to life and the beach awash with activity as the Sidmouth Surf Lifesaving Club hosted the 2019 ‘Longest Day Ocean Challenge’ event for the second time, following the success of last year’s event.

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors are kit sponsors for the Sidmouth Surf Lifesaving Club and are really pleased to be a part of this popular water sports event, which hopes to raise Sidmouth’s reputation as a water sports location and support the tourism business in the town. Read more…

Zero carbon by 2050 becomes UK Law

15th July 2019

The United Kingdom’s target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2050 became law last month, Thursday 27th June. This will make the UK the first major economy to legislate to end its contribution to global warming, the Government said.

The target was announced earlier this month in a landmark decision by Prime Minister Theresa May who said, “we have made huge progress in growing our economy and the jobs market while slashing emissions, now is the time to go further and faster to safeguard the environment for our children. We must lead the world to a cleaner, greener form of growth”. Read more…