Pinney Talfourd teamed up with local special needs school Corbets Tey School for our annual ‘Design a Christmas Card 2016’ Competition this month.Corbets Tey School is based in Upminster and prides itself on being a forward thinking school for pupils with complex learning needs. It currently supports over 100 children and young people aged 4–16 years and it’s highly committed members of staff make a difference in all their lives.Brandon Riches, aged 13 won first prize with a cute design of Rudolph complete with baubles for earrings. It is now Pinney Talfourd’s Christmas card and Brandon received a toy of his choice at a special school assembly. The Bulletin were also delighted to offer a prize to the runner up Zack Cassidy, aged 10 for his cheerful snowman.Client Services Partner, Catherine Polli, said at the assembly “Thank you to everyone at the school for your time and effort. The children’s designs are always brilliant and this year did not disappoint. We are also delighted that The Bulletin has donated a prize again this year as there are always so many great entries it is hard to choose just one winner.” Pinney Talfourd has worked with the school for a number of years to produce our corporate Christmas card. We would like to thank all the pupils and staff for their help with this project. We are delighted to be involved with and make a donation to such a worthwhile school. Pinney Talfourd gave a donation of £250 to the school for their help in organising this annual event.
Sebastian is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the firm's Family Law Department. Although Sebastian is a keen cyclist already, this event will see him training like never before for the 4 day, 300 mile ride, that leaves Crystal Palace on 19 April 2017 and arrives at the Arc de Triomphe on 22 April.
Sebastian will be focusing on day one in particular which will take the Peloton from Crystal Palace to Calais, a distance of 100 miles. In competitive style he will be trying to ensure he arrives at Dover first to board the ferry. The ultimate aim of the event is to raise at least £1,500 for MNDA. Sebastian and the firm hope very much that the target can be smashed in support of this worthy cause.
Sir Bradley Wiggins has kicked off his fundraising and if you would like to contribute too please visit Sebastian’s Just Giving page. All donations no matter how small WILL make a difference.
Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sebastian-Burrows-L2PWhat is MND?Motor Neurone Disease is terminal and there is currently no treatment or cure. Average length from diagnosis to death is 18 months. In that 18 months the person with MND will lose their ability to speak. Then the muscles die – all of them. This leaves the sufferer unable to walk, talk, move, blink, go to the toilet or swallow. They have to be fed through a peg fitted into their stomach.What it doesn’t affect is the brain – that still functions normally so you end up with a person trapped inside a body that in effect has already died.MNDA South Essex BranchThe South Essex branch comprises of five people, all volunteers. They work extremely hard to raise funds and awareness for the disease. They spend money on lots of different things such as;Converting a bathroom to a wet roomConversions and adaptations to house so people can remain at homeSmall disability devices and ramps for wheelchairsStair liftsCommunication aidsRespite careTravel to hospital appointmentsThey also arrange social events for those with MND and their carers to meet up and provide support to eachother.The local website is www.mndsouthessex.org/Contact sebastianIf you would like to find out more about this event or speak to Sebastian about his challenge please contact 01708 463211.
Pinney Talfourd has been recognised yet again for our hard work and achievements, this time being shortlisted in the Havering Business Awards.
Havering Business Awards recognise the success of businesses across the borough. Pinney Talfourd has been shortlisted for 'Growing Business of the Year' which recognises businesses that have developed and grown significantly in the last twelve months.
With a new offices in Brentwood, expansion into Leigh-on-Sea, new specialist services on offer and more staff to cater for demand, it is easy to see how we have been shortlisted. We will be joining more than 300 business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and media representatives at the Gala Awards ceremony at the CEME Conference Centre on Friday 7 October to find out if we have won.
Pokemon Go has had over 6 million downloads since it was launched in the UK in mid-July. Pokemon Go is a new mobile augmented reality game where players, called trainers, catch virtual monsters situated in the real world. Its co-developers, Nintendo and Niantic, have earned millions from the time of its launch and it has been credited for getting the generation of computer game teenagers more active. However, just as it has some advantages, the game poses numerous disadvantages and legal impediments.
The game interacts with an actual map of your surroundings to help you to find and catch the virtual monsters. As such, it has the element of augmented reality and is thus covered by this law in UK. This therefore raises concerns about privacy and security especially since it is grounded on GPS and geolocation. The game provides a database of the individual’s daily routines and movement. This then raises the question of who has access to such valuable data and who is legally liable if something untoward happens to the player.
Another legal problem that may arise from Pokemon Go relates to virtual location rights. Given that the game is quite new, it is currently not covered by any legislation. However since many of the virtual locations designated as ‘gyms’ or PokeStops are private properties, private businesses, schools and churches the game may well lead to illegal trespassing and potential nuisance claims.
The first legal case against Pokemon developers was filed in the US early this month. The case is the first class action lawsuit that seeks damages for flagrant disregard on the game’s effect on real world locations. The class suit amounts to over £3.7 million and is filed before the California Northern District Court under Marder v. Niantic, Inc. et al (4:16-cv-04300).
It may not be long before cases will also be filed against UK Pokemon Go players. The UK police have already issued warnings against players on trespassing. They have also warned against going to unlit or busy areas where players can be targets of thieves. Other risks that come with playing the game have been identified already from focusing on the mobile device while crossing streets, driving, and even entering police sites with non-police business.
Matthew Edwards, Head of the Private Client department, commented on the success of the campaign: “It is estimated that 60% of adults do not have a Will so this charitable initiative gave the incentive many people needed to make one whilst also making a worthwhile charitable donation. It was pleasing to see an increased number of people participate in the scheme this year. We would like to thank all of our clients who participated and contributed so generously. ”
Saint Francis Hospice opened its doors over 30 years ago and is one of the largest adult hospices in the UK serving Havering, Brentwood, Barking, Dagenham, Redbridge and West Essex. As an independent charity, Saint Francis Hospice is reliant on voluntary donations and that is why campaigns like 'Make a Will Fortnight' are so important.
There were a few hold ups due to accidents which meant that Catherine's anticipated finish time of 3.30pm became 5.30pm... At one point Catherine was held up for an hour and a half after which her legs were not too pleased about having to get back on her bike and start pedaling!
She recalls that the famous Box Hill was probably the biggest challenge with it's hairpin bends winding up and up but she made it without having to dismount, albeit very slowly!
Catherine said "This was a huge challenge and I am very proud of this achievement." She added that the best thing about the day was the atmosphere and the crowds cheering the riders on all along the course which really helped, particularly when she was getting close to the finish and had to go up the final hill in Wimbledon before the ride back through central London to the finish line on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.Funds raised so far
Spring is in the air and with more opportunities for socialising on the horizon, this month we take the opportunity to shine the spotlight on Frankie’s Wine Bar, an established wine bar in Hornchurch town centre.
Running a successful wine bar is not easy – most of us have been to one but not everyone knows how to keep their customers happy. Frankie’s new owner Paul Elbourne knew just what to do though, after working for a number of years as a member of staff at the popular local venue.
The previous owner had mentioned that she wanted to retire from the business and so Paul decided to purchase the business lock stock (and barrel!). The Commercial Department at Pinney Talfourd were delighted to provide legal advice and assistance to Paul to achieve his ambition.The Legal Work
The commercial property team and company commercial team worked together advising Paul upon a new lease and on the purchase of the business. He had two options; either to assign the lease, or the landlord could surrender the current lease and grant a new one to Paul. We also dealt with the purchase of the new business simultaneously.
This was done without a hitch and Paul’s hard work and perseverance has turned his vision into reality and, following completion of the matter in November last year, he plans to expand the existing business by offering the venue for private hire including lunches, seminars and parties. He has also launched a website to keep clients up to date with activities; www.frankieswinebar.com