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In the Community
Watch this space to hear about some of the things Quality Solicitors Large & Gibson are doing in the local Portsmouth community:
This year I celebrate my 30th year as a litigation solicitor practising with QS Large & Gibson in Southsea. The firm has been based in Kent Road since 1974 when compulsory purchase of the old office in Bradford Junction meant we had to move to make room for the big new roundabout. So many visitors are complementary about our office building, which is a Grade II listed building designed by the famous local architect Thomas Owen.
How many local people know that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as a practising medic once had his surgery right opposite our office? Born and brought up on the coast in Somerset (in Portishead, where the internationally famous Radio Station was located) after graduation from Bristol University I opted to move from one seaside location to another. Hence the trip to Portsmouth in the days before family, when an old Triumph Spitfire was my pride and joy, down the M275 past the de-commissioned Oberon submarine in Pounds yard and the old Tricorn to my digs in Fratton. So I made my home and started my legal career on the south coast.
I have come to love Hampshire and Southsea in particular, for the people, the places of interest and the beauty of the countryside. Portsmouth has recently become a ‘property hotspot’ with homes and flats selling almost instantly for the asking price. On my side of the law, I find that people are more eager than ever to protect their money and their property with Pre-Nuptual Agreements and Declarations of Trust. A very recent survey shows Britain has the highest divorce rate in the EU and the rate of those separating over 65 has doubled over the last decade: the so-called ‘silver separation’.
For a long-established firm like ours with a huge ‘will bank’, it is common now for us to see more and more inheritance disputes where people are looking to an inheritance to help fund their retirement.
This year, Partner Richard Wootton, celebrates his 45th year in practice with Large & Gibson so by my reckoning that makes him currently the longest practising solicitor in Southsea, (as well as one of the most respected). Lawyers may get old but that doesn’t mean they lose their appeal!
Senior Partner, Richard Wootton, attended a breakfast meeting where the Leader of PCC spoke about the plans for our city, thousands of new houses and advanced apprenticeships for our youngsters. It's a very exciting time for the city and we look forward to being a part of the grand plans!
Quality Solicitors Head Office has just released figures following their sponsoring of Barnardo’s Will month where member firms were asked to write wills under the scheme, which allowed anyone over 55 years of age to have a will prepared by member firms FOC.
QS Large and Gibson of Southsea performed best overall, beating 20 other QS firms countrywide!
71% of wills under the scheme included a legacy to Barnardo’s and QS Head Office congratulated all at Large & Gibson on their efforts.
Large & Gibson will receive their prize before the Barnardo’s Carol Concert at Westminster Cathedral in December this year.
We baked, bought and ate cakes in aid of Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning on Fri 30th September and raised a total of £140! Thank you to everyone for their support.
We took part in British Heart Foundation's Wear it. Beat it. Campaign and raised an amazing £245.10 with a raffle and bake sale
Olivia Harrill and Tricia Longmore took part in the Great South Run 2014, both raising money for charity.
We're very impressed with their running times, both came in well under 2 hours, well done ladies!
- Olivia Harrill = 1:47:43
- Tricia Longmore = 1:47:13
Read about Erin Hunt's Spinnaker Tower abseil to raise awareness for the Stroke Association and Lasting Powers of Attorney
Erin abseiled 350 ft down Portsmouth's most famous landmark in September 2014 n support of the Stroke Association.
Tricia Longmore, solicitor in our Wills, Trusts and Probate department is running the Race for Life this weekend in support of Cancer Research UK.
Show your support and visit her page to donate by clicking HERE
The Wills, Trusts and Probate department take part in the Rowans Hospice make a Will fortnight 2014
QualitySolicitors Large & Gibson sponsor the South Downs College Law Student of the Year award. Read more about this year's Winner here.
QualitySolicitors Large & Gibson support budding solicitors and lawyers and those interested in a career in law with a special affinity to those in the Southsea, Portsmouth and Hampshire area
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