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Family Department Promotions

Crosse + Crosse is proud to announce the promotion of Katherine Wright and Lucy Roberts to Associates.

Katherine and Lucy are both solicitors in our Family Department specialising in matrimonial and private law children matters.

Expanding the Firm’s next generation of leadership, Katherine and Lucy are recognised for their commitment to excellence in legal advice and representation and their dedication to client care.

Katherine Wright has been with Crosse + Crosse since February 2013 and has steadily built a busy caseload of matrimonial work, including an increasing number of high net worth financial matters arising from divorce, and also private law children cases. In February 2015 Katherine gained specialist accreditation from Resolution in the areas of Advanced Financial Provision and Private Law Children and has continued to develop her extensive knowledge in these areas. Recently Katherine has advised on several matrimonial cases where business assets were involved and has also acted in private law children cases before the Court that focused on both external and internal relocation. The increasing number of cohabitee disputes and the property and children issues that flow from them are a key focus of Katherine’s caseload and she continues to forge close links with local barristers, mediators and other professionals so that she can offer the best solutions for her clients depending on the circumstances of their case. Following her promotion she said “I am delighted to have been promoted to Associate.   Our Family Department has consolidated into a busy, efficient and supportive team and Crosse + Crosse is a great Firm to work for. I am very happy to be a part of it and to contribute to its success. I look forward to a long-term future with the Firm and continued achievements.”

Lucy Roberts joined the firm in December 2014 and was quick to make an impact.   She entered the relatively niche area of International Child Abduction and in October 2016 gained accreditation from the Law Society as a specialist in this area. She has acted in a series of reported cases including representing the successful Appellant Mother in the Supreme Court case of Re C [2018] UKSC 8. Lucy is one of the few solicitors in the South West who specialises in International Child Abduction and has presented on the topic to local practitioners. High in demand, Lucy has certainly made a name for herself and receives instructions from clients all over the UK and the World.   Lucy’s practice also includes a significant level of divorce and matrimonial finance work, and private law children matters, both with and without an international element. Lucy was delighted to accept her promotion to Associate and said “I am thrilled to have been promoted to Associate. Crosse + Crosse is a Firm with brilliant ethos and values. I work alongside some great people and I have a stimulating and rewarding caseload. I am proud to work for Crosse + Crosse and am excited to be part of the Firm’s ongoing success and future growth.”

Andrew Dodd, Partner and Head of the Family Department says: “Katherine and Lucy are both very well regarded not only within the Firm but also in the wider legal community. They have each consistently distinguished themselves with high quality service, commitment to their clients and key contributions to the success of Crosse + Crosse. It is a great pleasure to be able to promote talented team members within the Firm”

The latest appointments will take the number of Associates within the firm to 6. Together with 6 Partners and 4 specialist lawyers Crosse + Crosse offer a range of legal services to our clients in Exeter, Devon and further afield.

We have a specialist team of lawyers with vast experience in our family department who would be happy to discuss any queries or concerns .  For more information, please contact us on 01392 258451.

Family Department Law Society Accreditation

Crosse + Crosse Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce that Lucy Roberts, a solicitor in the Family Department, has been accredited by the Law Society as a specialist in the categories of Child Abduction & Wardship and Ancillary Relief in its Family Law Advanced Scheme.

Lucy, who was highlighted as "one to watch" in Exeter Living magazine's business insider section in January 2016, has been with the firm since December 2014 and is part of the experienced Family Team comprising Andrew Dodd and Simon Musannif, Partners, who are both accredited by the Law Society as Children's Representatives, and Katherine Wright, Solicitor, a Resolution Specialist with accreditation in two areas: Advanced Financial Provision and Private Children Law following separation and divorce.

Andrew Dodd, Head of the Family Department, said:

“This is a very impressive achievement and testament not only to Lucy’s hard work, skill and dedication but also her experience of working alongside Wendy Kemp prior to Wendy passing away after a long battle with cancer in December 2015.  These areas of law were very important to Wendy, as they are to the firm, and I know that she would have been extremely proud that Lucy has been recognised in this way.”

We have a specialist team of lawyers with vast experience in our family department who would be happy to discuss any queries or concerns .  For more information, please contact us on 01392 258451.

Update Office Closure - 2nd March

Severe Weather Office Closure - Friday 3rd March

As a result of the ongoing severe weather and risk it presents to our clients and staff we have decided to close our office until 9am Monday 5th March.  Once again we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the safety of our staff and clients remains our priority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buying and Selling Park Homes

Caution When Buying and Selling Park Homes

It is often said on Park Home sales and purchases that “you do not need a Solicitor”.

Of course, it’s the choice of the seller or buyer whether to take legal advice, but a recent case gives a good example of the sense in using an experienced solicitor who has expertise in this specialist area of the Law.

In the case in question, the buyer, Miss Elleray, was left paying £14,500 more than she thought she should.  The terms of the purchase and the forms just had not been thought through and, as a result, the dispute was whether what Miss Elleray agreed to pay was £145,000 all in (as she argued) or £145,000 plus £14,500 commission to the site owner, namely £159,500 in total.

The Tribunal, on the facts and despite how the forms were completed, decided it was the higher figure and Miss Elleray’s appeal failed.  She was left disappointed as were the sellers who had to endure the worry and expense of two hearings to sort it out.

The Tribunal dealing with Miss Elleray’s purchase commented that neither the estate agents nor the licensed conveyancers who acted had a proper understanding of Park Home law.

Through Tim Selley, Partner, Crosse and Crosse Solicitors LLP handles Park Home purchases and sales and advice on Park Home disputes all over the country.  Tim comments: “this case is an example of how things can go wrong if the parties do not take proper advice from a specialist.”

 

If you would like more information or would like to contact Tim please call 01392 678694 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Legal Aid Rules Relaxed to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse

Welcome Changes for Victims of Domestic Abuse

As more statistics are released to highlight further the effect of the legal aid cuts in April 2013 on the number of people having to represent themselves in Court in family cases, particularly people who are victims of abuse and have to face their perpetrators in Court, there is some relief on the horizon as a result of the Government’s relaxation of the legal aid evidence requirements which came into effect on Monday 08 January 2018.

When the rules were first introduced, there was a two year time limit on the evidence of domestic abuse that would be accepted, and that was extended to five years in May 2016 following a Court of Appeal ruling that this requirement was unlawful. The Government have now decided to remove the time limit altogether, which lends weight to the argument that has repeatedly been made by many victims’ groups that this time limit was arbitrary and only had the effect of penalizing those victims of domestic abuse who fell foul of it.

The categories of acceptable evidence of domestic abuse have now been widened as well, to include statements from domestic violence support organizations and housing officers, who are often more closely involved with victims of abuse than the police, social services or medical professionals who are able to provide relevant evidence already.

Whilst it is still being questioned by some whether these changes go far enough, it is hoped that they will make it easier for victims of abuse to provide the evidence needed to be able to access legal aid to assist them with their legal disputes.

At Crosse + Crosse, we have specialist solicitors who are experienced at dealing with these types of cases. If you have been refused legal aid before, or simply want to establish whether or not you would be eligible for legal aid based on your particular circumstances in light of the new rules, please feel free to contact us on 01392 258451 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an appointment to discuss matters further.

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