Making Dementia Friends

Beckie is a Dementia Friends Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society.  This means that she was trained by the Alzheimer’s Society to present Dementia Friends information sessions.  The sessions are aimed at increasing understanding about dementia and helping make our communities more inclusive and  dementia friendly.

Beckie has been a Champion for a number of years and has been delivering the sessions to small local groups and companies.  We are pleased to announce that Beckie has now trained over 100 people to become Dementia Friends, having hit 113 on the 18th July 2018.  Beckie has more sessions planned for later in the year as well.

Rebecca Head of Four Oaks Legal Services
Beckie Head, Co-Director of Four Oaks Legal Services

Beckie said “The sessions are a great way to get us all talking and thinking about dementia.  By increasing our own understanding, it can only be beneficial to those living with dementia.  There are some 850,000 people diagnosed with dementia in the UK, so whether we realise it or not, we all know someone living with dementia, be it the person themselves or those that care for them”.

Many businesses, large and small, are seeing the benefits of making their team dementia friendly.  A member of staff from a Sutton Coldfield security company who recently had a session delivered said “Really enjoyed your session and the feedback from the attendees was equally complimenting. It evoked a lot of thought and we all feel better equipped to engage with those that have the condition. I shall spread the word – so just be aware you may get a deluge of requests!”

If you would like Beckie to run a session for your group or business, please contact us.  The sessions are run by Beckie on a voluntary basis on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society and are therefore completely free of charge.

Happy Birthday to Us!

We celebrated our first year in business in July and were delighted to welcome friends, local businesses and clients who have supported us throughout our first 12 months, to our First Birthday Party!

After being well fed and watered in the luxurious surroundings of Aston Wood Golf Club, we sat back and enjoyed entertainment from White Eskimo (with Stuart’s son Robbie on bass guitar).  We can’t imagine there are many Solicitors who celebrate Birthday’s with an up and coming rock band….another reason, we are “clearly different”!

White Eskimo
White Eskimo

We would like to say a tremendous ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended and helped us raise a whopping £290.85 for our nominated charity, the Tamworth Wellbeing and Cancer Support Centre, by participating in our Heads and Tails game.

Here’s to the next 12 months…..

 

Joanna, Beckie, Kelly & Stuart would like to thank all of our clients and professional contacts for the support over the last 12 months.
Joanna, Beckie, Kelly & Stuart would like to thank all of our clients and professional contacts for the support over the last 12 months.

Stuart is being let out of the office again……..

Stuart loves to get out of the office!  So, on Thursday 21st September, we thought we’d let him out……

Stuart will be speaking at MeetUp@Marstons, which is a monthly networking event organised by the Burton Small Business Group.  Stuart enjoys nothing more than to wax lyrical about terms and conditions and will be helping the businesses in the room understand whether their terms and conditions provide the legal protection they need.

For further information, or to book a ticket to the event, please follow the link below:-

https://burtonsmallbusiness.co.uk/index.php/2017/07/26/business-ts-cs-at-sept-meetup/

LPA Overcharged Fees to be Refunded

It was announced on 20th July that the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) will be refunding some £89 million in “excessive” Power of Attorney registration fees for applications dating back as far as 2013.

On 1st April 2017, the OPG reduced the registration fee to £82 from £110.  They claimed that an increase in the number of applications, together with greater efficiency in processing applications, meant  a lower fee could now be charged.  Government agencies are not permitted to run at a profit without legislative authority.  During a recent review, the Ministry of Justice stated that the earlier fees charged meant that the OPG were running at a profit and these additional fees were not permitted.  Those additional fees are to be refunded.

The OPG will shortly announce how it plans to administer the refunds to individuals who registered a Lasting Power of Attorney between 2013 and 31st March 2017.  We will update you as and when we have further information.shutterstock_104156891

Talking to Angels In Business

Stuart McIntosh will be talking to the ‘Angels in Business’ group in Sutton Coldfield on 14th June 2017.

The presentation has the intriguing title “Doing business – don’t be afraid of the law. It can protect you!”

Stuart will be covering:
1) Dealing with suppliers or customers
2) Concluding a sale and where the law fits in
3) The small print, the ‘Standard Terms of Business’, what they mean, how they work, and how they can protect you.

You can find out more details at https://angelsinbusiness.co.uk/

Four Oaks at the Business Networking Awards

Four Oaks Legal Services were recently shortlisted in the Business Networking Awards in the category “Professional Business of the Year”, along with a number of other prestigious local companies.

The Business Networking Awards takes place each year and brings together businesses from Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth and Lichfield.  The event took place this year at Drayton Manor on Saturday 11th March.

Four Oaks Legal Services were delighted to be the only business in their category to be awarded a”Highly Commended status.

Directors Stuart McIntosh and Beckie Head attended the evening.  Beckie said “We were delighted to have been recognized firstly, by our clients who nominated us for the award and secondly, by our business peers, who judged the submission we made”.

Four Oaks Legal Services would like to thank everyone involved with the Business Networking Awards and to congratulate all the winners on the evening.

Cheers!
Cheers!

 

It’s A Dog’s Life

The team at Four Oaks Legal Services are all dog lovers.  Stuart has a beautiful Saluki called “Ben”; Joanna has a larger than life Great Dane called “Oz” (who weighs in at a whopping 10.5 stone!) and Beckie already had “Louie”, a cheeky Fox Terrier Cross.  However, Beckie decided to recently adopt a dog from a Greek rescue shelter “Compassion for Greek Paws”.  The shelter, set up by Birmingham born Amanda Deligianni, is based in Thessalonika and is run by Amanda purely on donations, receiving no outside support from the Greek government or other agencies.  Amanda takes in stray animals and looks to re-home them, particularly into the UK.

There is a real stray dog problem in Greece.  It was estimated by the BBC last year that there were close to a million stray dogs wandering the country.  This huge number is, in part, due to the economic crisis the country is facing and, also due to the fact, that there are no government funded neutering programs for the stray dogs.  The programs that are in place are often funded by small shelters and charities like Compassion for Greek Paws and sadly make little impact on the overall problem.  Therefore, the stray dog numbers continue to rise.

The downside to this very real problem is that many people in Greece see the stray dogs as pests and they are treated as such.  Amanda comes across many sad cases and in recent weeks found a number of pups tied up in a bag at the side of the road in the mountains near her home and a stray dog who she was feeding was poisoned by someone in the local village.

Earlier in the year, Amanda received a “delivery” of five unwanted pups at the shelter.  They were left in a pen with another dog when the shelter was closed.  When Amanda found them, sadly two of the five pups had already passed away.  The surviving pups were in various states of health, but one tiny pup, who was no larger than the size of Amanda’s hand, was fighting for her life, being severely dehydrated.  Amanda rushed the little pup to the local vet and the vet fought valiantly to save her.  Twice, Amanda received a call from the vet to say he didn’t think the little pup was strong enough to make it through the night.  The tiny pup fought hard and fortunately did make it through the night.  The little pup was named “Thumbelina” due to her diminutive stature.

Beckie heard about Thumbelina’s plight in early September and decided to offer the little dog a “furever” home.  Thumbelina arrived from Greece at the end of October and joined Beckie’s family in the last few weeks.  A happy ending for one pup at least!

Beckie said “Thumbelina is a lovely, affectionate, well-adjusted puppy.  She is full of fun and we are lucky that she has joined our family, where she is fitting in well”.

If you would like to see, or support, the work that Amanda and Compassion for Greek Paws does, please visit her Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/448203758704838/

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Thumbelina now – helping Beckie do some work!

Staff Appreciation Week

Four Oaks Legal Services were delighted to recently run three legal advice surgeries for the staff at Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton Coldfield and its Sister hotel The George, Lichfield, as part of the hotel group’s Staff Appreciation Week.  moor-hall-1 moor-hall-2 moor-hall-3

Lorraine Kinnes, the group’s HR Manager launched the idea of a Staff Appreciation Week as a way of saying “Thank You” to their hard-working staff.  The week included staff having their cars washed by senior members of the team; a staff golf competition with the top prize being an extra days annual leave as well as our legal advice surgeries, where staff could come and talk to our experienced legal team at no cost to themselves.

Rebecca Head, Solicitor and Co-Director of Four Oaks Legal Services, said “We were delighted to visit the staff at Moor Hall and The George. People often have legal issues that they want to discuss but are put off by the perceived costs of seeing a Solicitor. People also struggle to find time in their busy lives to come and discuss those pressing matters. The legal advice surgeries that we offered meant that we went to them and there was no charge for the advice given”.

 

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

On 30th September 2016, the teams at Four Oaks Legal Services and Four Oaks Financial Services took part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

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A number of staff either baked or “faked” cakes to provide treats to the visitors to the coffee morning.  A steady flow of visitors throughout the morning meant a grand total of £200 was raised for Macmillan.

As part of the coffee morning, a competition was held to find the best baker or “faker”.  It was a close competition with 3 entries tied in first place.  The winning entries all came from Four Oaks Financial Services and the winners were Financial Advisor David Jones with his cupcakes, Finance Administrator Annemarie Fraser with her imaginative ginger cake and finally Paraplanner Kate Jones produced a chocolate lovers dream with a chocolate finger and malteaser chocolate cake.  The visitors to the coffee morning also wrongly guessed that Annemarie and Kate’s entries were faked!  Definitely a fine compliment to the quality of your cakes ladies!

Four Oaks Legal Services would like to thank everyone who provided cakes to support the Coffee Morning and to those who visited and donated to test the cakes.  It was a hard job but someone had to do it!_mg_0206

Have Your Cake and Eat It!

Fake It or Bake It!

Four Oaks Legal Services are holding a coffee morning on Friday 30th September 2016 at our offices in Shenstone Wood End, in aid of Macmillan, between 9.30am and noon.

We will be providing some wonderful cakes baked (or faked) by our lovely staff for you to try.  For a small donation to Macmillan, you can test the cakes and then it’s your turn to vote for your favourite and guess whether the cake was “faked” or “baked”!  The winner will be crowned Best Baker or Faker at noon.

You can tell there are some competitive people in our office as they were practising with these wonderful cupcakes that arrived in our kitchen today!

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We look forward to seeing you on the 30th.