NEWS


HELP SUPPORT THE HOSPICE OF ST FRANCIS  

On Saturday 16 June staff from Planning & Regeneration at Dacorum Borough Council are taking part in the Hospice of St Francis Midnight Walk to say ‘thank you’ on behalf of colleagues, friends and family who have benefited from their support and care.

All support greatly appreciated and to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/dacorum


UNDERWOODS SOLICITORS SUPPORTS HEMEL STORM

Underwoods Solicitors are sponsoring Hemel Storm Basketball youth training tops as shown in the picture.

Kerry Underwood said that his firm was delighted to extend its support for the town’s basketball team: “2017-18 was a great season for Hemel Storm and we are proud to help, and can’t wait for next season to start.”

Hemel Storm Shirts

BANKRUPTCY AND INSOLVENCY

New procedures were introduced yesterday, 25 April 2018.

These cover both individuals and companies and came into effect immediately. 

Underwoods Solicitors can help with these matters and provide a free first interview. 

Phone or email Kerry Underwood or Robert Males for further information – 01442 430 900

kerry.underwood@lawabroad.co.uk

robert.males@lawabroad.co.uk

or you can book an appointment online here

The link to the new practice direction covering insolvency is here


RILEY 'LIVING THE LIFE OF RILEY'

We recently offered everyone on our mailing list the chance to enter a free prize draw to win a pair of Club Wembley FA Cup Semi Final tickets to see Manchester United take on Tottenham.

We had over 100 entries and the lucky winner of these tickets was Jean-Paul Anastassiades who took his son Riley to his first ever football match.

Prize Draw Winner

Jean-Paul and Riley got to see Manchester United beat Tottenham by 2 goals to 1 and Jean-Paul said they both had a “wonderful time”.

If you would like to be added on to our mailing list to receive emails of our free Club Wembley prize draws please contact our Advertising and Marketing Manager, Claire Long, on 01442 430900 or email claire.long@lawabroad.co.uk.


HEMEL STORM BASKETBALL REACH PLAY-OFF SEMI FINAL AND HEMEL FC EARLY BIRD SEASON TICKET OFFER

Congratulations to Hemel Storm who have reached the play-off semi-final after their victory against Solent Kestrels in the quarter finals at the weekend.

Hemel Storm will face Reading Rockets on Saturday 14 April at Sportspace, Park Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JS. Tip off is at 7pm.

Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club is offering an early bird season ticket discount to anyone that purchases a season ticket by 28 April 2018 with prices as follows:

Ticket Type Early Bird Season Ticket
Adult £149.00 £199.00
Concession £99.00 £130.00
Under 18's £16.00 £16.00
Under 12's Free Free

Cost per game -    Adult:  £7.10     Concession: £4.71     Under 18’s:  £0.77

For more information and to download an application form click here.

Storm Basketbally
Hemel Football Photograph by Terry Rickeard

Underwoods Solicitors are proud sponsors of Hemel Storm and are main shirt sponsors of Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club, and Kerry Underwood is Vice-Chairman of the football club.


DONATION TO COLLETT SCHOOL

The Collett School is a very special school in Hemel Hempstead for children aged 4 to 17. The school caters for nearly 130 children with learning disabilities and complex needs including Multiple Learning Difficulties, cerebral palsy, Tourrette's syndrome and Batton's disease.

All students have significant disabilities, with many having Down's syndrome and half having autism. The school also also caters for pupils with extremely rare disorders (one of whom is one of only two in the world with that diagnosis).

Collett’s mission is to promote the abilities in disability within the immediate, local and wider communities.

Collett School is one of the lowest funded schools in the county despite the fact that it caters for children with complex needs and significant disabilities.

Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club took on a special twist to “Movember” by growing facial hair and raising £1,000 for Collett.

Their home game on Saturday 24 March saw Anna Patsalides, Vice Chair of the Governors for Collett School, be presented with the cheque from Dave Boggins, Chairman at the Club and Club Captain Jordon Parkes.


Photograph by Terry Rickeard

Anna Patsalides, Solicitor at Underwoods said:

“I am very proud to act as Vice Chair of the Governors for Collett School and would like to thank the football club and the 1st team playing squad and management for their very kind and generous donation.

It is not just the money; it is the recognition by the football club – at the heart of the community – of what Stephen and the amazing staff at the school do for these very special children.”


CONGRATULATIONS & GOODBYE MANINDER

We are delighted to announce that our trainee solicitor, Maninder Mann has successfully completed his training contract with Underwoods Solicitors and will be admitted to the Roll of Solicitors on Tuesday 3 April 2018.

Maninder has decided to pursue his career as a qualified solicitor closer to his home town of Kettering and today, Friday 23 March is his last day in the Underwoods office.

For two years Maninder has travelled over 100 miles a day to train at Underwoods!

Maninder was treated to a special celebratory leaving lunch with all the staff from the Hemel Hempstead office and will be greatly missed by everyone.

Robert Males, Managing Partner said:
“I am sorry that Maninder was not able to stay with us but fully understand his wish to work closer to home although I am struggling to remember a single day when he arrived late which is a testament to his dedication to the firm and to becoming a qualified solicitor.

It has been a pleasure to work with Maninder and I wish him all the very best in his legal career”

Kerry Underwood, Senior Partner said:
“Maninder has been an excellent, hardworking and devoted trainee solicitor with Underwoods Solicitors and I wish Maninder every success in what I am certain will be a very successful career as a solicitor”.

Maninder Leaving Party

ED SHEERAN (WELL HIS TICKETS) COMES TO HEMEL HEMPSTEAD

Underwoods Solicitors, shirt sponsors of Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club and sponsors of Hemel Storm Basketball team are giving away a pair of tickets for Ed Sheeran’s concert at Wembley on Saturday 16 June 2018 at each of the team’s matches this Saturday 24 March 2018.

Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club v Gloucester City FC kicks off at 3.00pm and then it is over to the basketball for Hemel Storm v Team Solent Kestrels at 7.00pm.

At both games staff at Underwoods Solicitors will be handing out the famous cotton shopper bags and one of the bags at each game will contain an envelope with a pair of tickets to see Ed Sheeran live at Wembley.

All bags will contain 20% discount vouchers for Underwoods Solicitors’ services including Wills, Powers of Attorney and Conveyancing.

Kerry Underwood, Senior Partner at Underwoods Solicitors and Vice Chairman at Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club said:

“This is a little thank you to the people of Hemel Hempstead for their loyalty and support for Underwoods Solicitors and a thank you to Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club and Hemel Storm Basketball for the entertainment they bring to this wonderful town.”


DEVELOPING LOCAL BASKETBALL TALENT

Underwoods Solicitors would like to congratulate Hemel Storm who have won funding from the National Lottery to further develop their Basketball Programme within the local community. This funding will be used to expand their coaching offering to local schools to further engage basketball participation within younger age groups.

The programme will shortly be underway in a number of local Primary and Junior schools where Hemel Storm favourite Michael Darlow will be running coaching sessions on a weekly basis until the end of the summer term.

In addition to this Lottery funding, Underwoods Solicitors have been personally thanked by Hemel Storm for their continued commitment to the club and for agreeing to support the project through the provision of additional practice clothing.

Hemel Storm Basketball Chairman Tony Humphrey comments "On behalf of everybody connected to Hemel Storm, I would like to thank the National Lottery and Underwoods for these contributions. This funding will make a real difference in our ability to reach more young people and allow us to introduce this fantastic game. Our basketball programme here at Storm is purposely being built around the momentum and success of our senior men's team which we hope is inspiring the next generation of basketball talent from within our local area".

Hemel Storm National Lottery Logos

OUR SOUTH AFRICAN FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES

Tracy Ontong (pictured on the left), our Office Manager in South Africa out with our friends and associates at Van Wyk Van Heerden.

South Africa Office Team

THE LORD'S TAVERNERS HELP PROVIDE OUTDOOR PLAY SPACE FOR THE COLLETT SCHOOL

Our solicitor, Anna Patsalides, is Vice Chair of Governors at Collett School, while partners Kerry Underwood and Robert Males are active Lord’s Taverners.

Anna Patsalides said:

“I am very proud to act as Vice Chair for Collett School. The donation from the Lord Taveners will be invaluable to the school. Collett School is one of the lowest funded schools in the county despite the fact that it caters for children with complex needs and significant disabilities.

Grants such as these mean so much to the school and to the pupils and I cannot thank the Lord Taveners enough for their kind generosity”

The Lord's Taverners were joined by Sky Sports presenter Matt Floyd at The Collett School for Special Educational Needs in Hemel Hempstead on Friday 23 February, to officially open their brand new outdoor play space. The new facility was made possible thank to a £20,000 grant awarded to the school by the charity.

The Collett School for Special Educational Needs is Hertfordshire's only all-through special educational needs school, which caters for nearly 130 children with learning disabilities and complex needs including MLD, cerebral palsy, Tourrette's syndrome and Batton's disease. All students have significant disabilities, with many having Down's syndrome and half having autism. They also cater for pupils with extremely rare disorders (one of whom is one of only two in the world with that diagnosis).

The new outdoor play equipment will help pupils to develop communication and physical skills and gain a boost confidence, improve physical and mental health, while helping them develop emotional responses.

The grant, and subsequent installation of the equipment, was made possible thanks to the support of players of the People’s Postcode Lottery (PPL). Players of PPL play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for charities and good causes across Great Britain and internationally, and their support of the Lord’s Taverners has helped provide this new outdoor play space for the Collett School.

Head of Operations at The Collett School, Gillian Lawton, said: "There are so many positive impacts that this new outdoor space is going to have on the school. It will provide happiness, confidence, growth, inspiration and will improve opportunities in life going forward. Thank you always seems such a small phrase.

The difference that this outdoor play space will make is phenomenal."

Sky Sports presenter and broadcaster, and Lord's Taverner Matt Floyd, added:

"Today we've opened this outdoor play space, which the kids can utilise from now on. It gives them a chance to get outside without leaving the school. It's really rewarding for me to come and see something like this first-hand as you get to see the kids using the new equipment and it really hits home just how the money we raise is put to such a good use."


WELCOME BACK CAITLIN

We are delighted to welcome back today, Thursday 1 February 2018, Caitlin Burger as our new Conveyancing Manager. Caitlin previously worked as Office Manager in our South African office.

Caitlin has spent the last 6 years in busy residential and commercial real estate departments of law firms and specialises in residential conveyancing having worked with both individual clients and developers.

If you require any assistance with conveyancing please call Caitlin on FREEPHONE 0800 298 4298 or email caitlin.burger@lawabroad.co.uk.


HEMEL STORM WIN NATIONAL CUP
Congratulations to Hemel Storm Basketball on their National Cup Finals Win!
Hemel Storm Team

"Without your support great moments for our town such as that wouldn’t happen. It’s that simple. We appreciate what you do for us and others."
Tony Humphrey, Chairman at Hemel Storm

For more information please visit the Hemel Storm website here.

Underwoods Solicitors are proud sponsors of Hemel Storm.