Solicitors in Letchworth, Herts

We provide client focused advice in our core areas of legal expertise: Family Law, Children Law and Personal Injury Law. We listen carefully to the needs of our clients and provide a personal service.

GC Solicitors are an established Hertfordshire law firm with a strong local focus. Based in Letchworth, our specialist teams offer a range of expert legal services to our clients.
Family Law solicitor Letchworth

Family Law

We understand how distressing a marriage/relationship breakdown can be, and our solicitors are trained to sensitively advise and guide you throughout this emotional and distressing time.
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Children law solicitor Letchworth

Children Law

Our experienced specialist solicitors can advise you in this highly sensitive and complicated area of Law involving the Local Authority and Social Services.
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Personal Injury Law solicitor Letchworth

Personal Injury Law

If you have suffered an injury our expert team of solicitors can guide you through the claims process and advise you throughout while you concentrate on your recovery.
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Our Accreditations

Letchworth Solicitors - community legal service
Letchworth Solicitors - personal injury accredited
Letchworth Solicitors - children law accredited
Letchworth Solicitors - association of costs lawyers
Letchworth Solicitors - costs lawyer standards board

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Keeping Calm with CAFCASS
So you are in involved in Family Court Proceedings and CAFCASS have been asked to prepare a report to assist the court. 
 
Who or what is CAFCASS? CAFCASS stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.  They represent children in family court cases in England and Wales. Their duty is to safeguard and promote the welfare of children going through the family justice system, putting children’s’ needs, wishes and feelings first, making sure that children’s voices are heard in the process so  that decisions are made in their best interests.  CAFCASS workers are qualified and experienced social workers used to dealing with vulnerable children and their families.  They are also required to have particular expertise in safeguarding and be able to engage with children of all ages.
 
They are effectively the eyes and ears of the court for the purposes of ascertaining what is in the best interests of the child involved in one of several types of proceedings; divorce and separation, where parents are unable to agree arrangements for their children, care proceedings (also known as Public law Proceedings) where there are issues regarding the safety and well being of a child (and during which children may be removed from or returned to their families) and during adoption proceedings.  CAFCASS cannot offer legal advice and will not advise on any issues raised.
What should you expect from your visit from CAFCASS?  In order to hear from everyone involved in the proceedings CAFCASS will visit each of the parents/ parties at home.  If children are of school age they will usually be seen there. 

What can you do to prepare for a visit from CAFCASS?
  • Ensure that your home is clean, tidy and welcoming.Where there are very young children at issue your home needs to be child friendly with appropriate safety measures in place e.g. stair-gates, etc.If overnight contact is being sought the CAFCASS officer will want to see where the child will be sleeping.Give some thought to making the bedroom warm and cosy with appropriate bedding, toys and books for the child.
  • During the interview, remain calm, friendly, positive and polite.It is important that you remain child-focused. Explain what you would like the court to order in terms of where you want the child to live and how you want contact to be arranged.
  • Be clear, calm and concise.Make some notes in advance to remind you of the points you would like to make during your appointment.Describe to the CAFCASS officer what your family life with your child is like and what you and your child like to do together, mentioning any special routines, activities or interests you and your child share.
  • Having some photographs on display of you and your child is also very helpful.
  • Try not to exaggerate, or criticise your former partner personally.Always tell the truth and never make false allegations.
  • Don’t speak about your child as if you are his/her only parent. Remember that it is your child’s right to have an ongoing relationship with both parents and regular, meaningful contact with the non-resident parent is important unless there are serious safeguarding issues, which must be reported.
Once the court appointed CAFCASS officer has met with all parties to the proceedings (including the child, whose wishes and feelings will be considered as a paramount consideration – the older the child the more weight will be attached to his/ her wishes), a report will be prepared for the court with a recommendation as to the appropriate order to make in all the circumstances.
 
Whilst a report by CAFCASS is persuasive it is not binding on the court.  However, it is relatively unusual for a Judge to depart from a recommendation from CAFCASS and he/ she would be required to provide a reason for doing so. 

In the event that you are unhappy with the report recommendations you can make this known and raise this during the court proceedings. 

Should you require advise or information regarding this or any aspect of family law, please do not hesitate to contact the Family Team at GC Solicitors on 01462 483800. 

Claire Ballard
 
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Family Law Solicitor

 

GC solicitors are looking for a Private Family Solicitor on either a full or part-time basis.
This is an excellent opportunity for a talented Private Family Solicitor to join an established practice.

Areas of work
  • Divorce and matrimonial finance
  • Private law children matters including financial
  • Pre-marital, post-marital and co-habitation agreements
  • Cohabitation disputes
  • Domestic violence


    The Candidate
  • Applications are encouraged from qualified Private Family Solicitors with a minimum of 3 years PQE ideally
  • Solid knowledge of all aspects of private family work is expected
  • It is essential you have excellent communication and client care skills
  • The successful solicitor will be proactive and organised in their approach and able to meet tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail and strong drafting skills are a necessity.
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Traumatic Brain Injury from an Accident can lead to Dementia Risk
Although it is known that repeated brain injuries may result in dementia type conditions such as with Muhammad Ali, a new study from the University of Glasgow led by the ‘not-for-profit’ Mario Negri institute for Pharmological Research shows that a single head injury or traumatic brain injury can result in brain degeneration. 

The process involves the production of an abnormal version of a protein called ‘tau’.  Tau is associated with the development of dementia and slowly spreads through the brain causing memory problems.  Evidence in head injury claims will now need to consider these new findings when considering the prognosis for the injured party.

Sylvia Phillips
 
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