Winter driving tips

27th January 2020

Winter can be a precarious time of year for car drivers, accidents increase as road conditions worsen due to the adverse weather conditions and shorter hours of daylight. Though claims can be pursued if you are involved in an accident which isn’t your fault, and in some circumstances, claims can be taken against local Councils, it is better for everyone if they can be avoided in the first place. For that reason, we have put together our top ten tips for keeping safe on the roads this winter:

  1. Have a winter car check – a winter check will give you peace of mind that your car is in good working condition. It will check things like your brakes, windscreen wipers, and tyres.
  2. Keep a blanket, water, and some snacks in your car in case you do get stranded due to poor weather conditions. Ensure you can always keep warm, fed, and watered whatever happens.
  3. Before leaving home check if there are any weather warnings in place, if there are consider if your journey is really necessary.
  4. Drive to the conditions – if it is very wet or icy ensure you leave a bigger distance between you are the car in front. If you have to stop suddenly you need space to do this. Stopping distances are at least doubled in wet weather and multiplied by ten in ice and snowy weather. If the weather is very windy be aware there may be debris in the road ahead.
  5. Keep your speed down – the faster you drive the longer it will take to stop and in wet and icy conditions the roads may be very slippery. If you are driving too fast you can very quickly lose control of the vehicle, even with the slightest touch of the brakes.
  6. Ensure you have enough fuel – it’s very easy to push on when the low fuel light comes on, however it’s a good idea to always have enough fuel in case you get stuck for a considerable time and need to keep your heating running.
  7. If your car is frozen clear all windscreens and windows properly before setting off so you have full visibility.
  8. Don’t be tempted to drive through flood water – we’ve all seen those images of cars broken down as the water seeps in!
  9. Be aware of what is around you, too often accidents are caused due to a lack in concentration – don’t get behind the wheel if you are tired.
  10. Data shows there are spikes in accidents when the clocks turn back resulting in drivers being more likely to have to drive in the dark. Be sure your headlights work and don’t stare at oncoming headlights, use your full beams sensibly and don’t blind other drivers.

Accidents will sadly happen no matter what precautions are taken but hopefully we can reduce them by using a bit of common sense, there’s no point in driving fast if at the end of the day you never reach your destination.

If you are unfortunate to have been involved in an accident and would like some legal advice you can contact our team here, email  or call 01392 424242.

New Year, New Home

20th January 2020

With the Christmas and New Year festivities having come and gone, we find ourselves in the time of year when many people are thinking of either booking their summer holidays or, perhaps, also contemplating putting their property on the market and looking around for that dream home purchase.

Below is a basic guide and some tips we have put together to help you if you find yourself looking to move in 2020. Read more…

It’s Classics Galore! raises £22,500 for local cancer charity, FORCE

17th January 2020

On Tuesday 14th January, Gilbert Stephens Solicitors were extremely pleased to congratulate Classics Galore on raising a remarkable £22,500 for a fantastic local charity. The firm are proud to be sponsors of the annual Concert which raises funds for FORCE. FORCE is an Exeter-based charity which works to improve patient care within the City by funding research and innovation. Read more…

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill would be a welcome shake-up for divorce law

13th January 2020

We were pleased to note that the Queen’s 2019 speech announced that the Domestic Abuse Bill and the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will be reintroduced.

The Domestic Abuse Bill is designed to give more protection to domestic abuse victims and their children and offer better support. In particular it will emphasise that domestic abuse can also include emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic abuse, awareness of this type of abuse has been raised in recent years. Read more…

New Year, Fresh Start?

6th January 2020

In January law firms across the country see a rise in divorce and civil partnership dissolution enquiries. We always see a rise in divorce enquiries after the New Year with many seeking some form of legal advice regarding their relationship. This year Monday 6th January is likely to be one of our busiest, but why? Read more…

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors support SSAFA Armed Forces Charity

20th December 2019

Throughout the past year, Gilbert Stephens Solicitors have been proud sponsors and supporters of SSAFA Armed Forces Charity. SSAFA is a UK based charity that provides support to serving men and women, in addition to veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families. Read more…

Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2019

20th December 2019

This Christmas, Gilbert Stephens Solicitors are delighted to be supporting the Christmas Shoebox Appeal again, as we have for the past eight years. The Shoebox Appeal is an extremely important initiative to the firm as it allows us to send gifts and Christmas spirit to some of the poorest families in Europe. Read more…

FCN Farmers Christmas Celebration

19th December 2019

Gilbert Stephens Solicitors are long term supporters of the Farming Community Network (FCN) and we always enjoy promoting the important work they do where we can. Earlier this year, we gave the FCN space at both our Honiton and Okehampton Agricultural Show stands, which allowed them to collect donations and recruit new volunteers. Read more…

Christmas Opening Hours

18th December 2019

With Christmas only a week away, all our six offices are getting ready to close down for the year and enjoy the festive season.

All six Gilbert Stephens offices will be adhering to the following opening hours over the Christmas period.

Monday 23rd December – Normal office hours
Tuesday 24th December – Closed
Wednesday 25th December – Closed
Thursday 26th December – Closed
Friday 27th December – Closed
Monday 30th December – Closed
Tuesday 31st December – Closed
Wednesday 1st January – Closed
Thursday 2nd January – Normal office hours Read more…