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Our Doncaster Office

9th November 2022

Here are a few photos of our lovely new Doncaster Office which is situated within Gresley House, Ten Pound Walk, Doncaster.  

Gresley House is a large, modern, purpose built building of several offices.  It is located south of the centre of Doncaster in a well established business area just off Ten Pound Walk.  It offers a large car park with free parking.  Both the Railway Station and Bus Station are just under a 20 minute walk away.  It is also only half a mile from the A1M and M18.

If we can be of any assistance with your legal matters, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01775 722261 or enquiries@maplessolicitors.com 

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A Career with Maples – A Young Solicitors View

9th April 2009

Having qualified as a Solicitor in September 2003 with another firm, I joined Maples & Son as a Solicitor in April 2004.

From the start I was given responsibility evidenced by the fact that I was involved in the interviews for my secretary and the decision as to who to employ was left to me, however I was also given support and made to feel welcome.

The reason for my move to Maples was due to my intention to increase my specialism in Criminal law as on qualification I had been dividing my time between Criminal and Family Law. I have always been supported by Maples and undertook the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme in order to join the Boston and Spalding Duty Solicitor Scheme. Whilst the firm has always allowed me to pursue my specialism of Criminal work, I have been allowed the opportunity to continue to develop other areas of expertise including Licencing Law, Family and more recently Civil Litigation.

There is very much an ‘open door’ culture at Maples and so it has always been possible for me to speak to my colleagues if ever I have needed any advice or guidance. I would like to think that I have also extended that to my colleagues and obviously it is a boost to the confidence of any young Solicitor to occasionally find a more experienced colleague come to you for advice or to seek your views on a case.

Many young Solicitors find that good or high profile cases get taken away from them by the Partners but that certainly has not been the situation at Maples where on 2 occasions I have dealt with Murder cases from the start at the police station right through to the conclusion at the Crown Court. This clearly is of benefit to the client to have continuity but also to be able to develop a relationship with the Solicitor.

As my time at Maples progressed I was gradually given more responsibility so that I would not only be managing my own caseload but also acting as a supervisor to others.

The friendly atmosphere at Maples is demonstrated by the fact that as well as working here, I also spend time socially with my colleagues including having been on skiing holidays with 2 of the Partners and the then trainee solicitor.

The social side has also been evident in that I have been involved in playing 5 a side football for Maples both in a regular league and also in tournaments arranged between local Solicitors and other professionals. Maples have also arranged a number of Cricket 20/20 matches normally with a BBQ and a couple of drinks to follow.

It was therefore an honour when I was offered Partnership and I became a Partner with effect from 1st January 2009.  I now look forward to enjoying many more years at the firm and would commend the firm to anybody thinking of joining.

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Veterans & Families Open Day

6th April 2023

Faye Blair has been invited to represent Maples Solicitors at the Veterans & Families Open Day which is due to take place on Wednesday 26th April 2023 at the South Holland Centre from 10am to 2pm.  We will be offering a 10% discount on Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney to veterans attending.  

The aim of this event is to have a ‘one-stop-shop’ for veterans and their families to come along and see the services which are available.

Some of the other organisations that have been invited to the event are: RAFBF, SSAFA, Op Courage (NHS), Department of Work & Pensions, Veterans UK, Blind Vets UK, Project Nova, Help for Heroes, Healthwatch, Connect to Support, Carers First, Macmillan Cancer Support, RNIB, RBL plus many more.  

To get your free ticket to this event, please click here.  This will take you over to the EventBrite page where you can reserve your ticket.  

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Maples Go Green

5th May 2010

Maples Solicitors LLP are proud to announce that they have pledged their support to “Investors in the Environment” a new, not for profit initiative that has been launched to help businesses to reduce their environmental impact and ultimately save money.

Maples are one of the 300 businesses supporting the scheme which was officially launched in Peterborough and the surrounding area on the 15th April 2010.

Maples feel passionately about the environment and hope that this will be the first of many contributions to helping the environment and reducing our carbon footprint.  Ultimately this will help us reduce our overheads/costs and the savings can then be passed onto our clients so that we can maintain our very competitive fee structure.

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Maples Solicitors agree Shirt Sponsorship deal

5th December 2011

Maples Solicitors are delighted to announce they are the new Shirt Sponsors of Holbeach United Ladies Football Club.

As ever, Maples are continuing their tradition of helping local causes within the community and look forward to supporting the team throughout 2012 and into 2013.

Holbeach Ladies have been established for over 15 years and currently compete in the Fenland and District Ladies League. The team are always on the lookout for new Players, and any interested parties please feel free to contact Kay Piccaver on 01406 371668 or on 07935 155058.

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Collaborative Marketing Workshop

5th April 2011

Around a dozen delegates attended the Collaborative Marketing Workshop held at our offices on the morning of Wednesday 30th March 2011. During the course of the workshop, Andrew Goode and Lyndon Wright of Blue Dolphin Business Development provided advice on how to combine online with offline marketing to maximum profitability and also provided ten top collaborative marketing tips.

We thank Andrew and Lyndon for their presentation.

If you want to access the slides and other information provided at the workshop, then please follow the link below.

http://www.bdolphin.co.uk/1203/maples-online-offline-extra-marketing-resources/

If you are interested in attending future workshops/seminars that we hold, then please either ring Laura Day on 01775 722261 or email laura.day@maplessolicitors.com.

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Changes to Lasting Powers of Attorney

The system of Lasting Powers of Attorney is due to be significantly overhauled following The Powers of Attorney Act 2023 which received Royal Assent on 18th September 2023.

 

The aim of the changes is to modernise the process of making a Lasting Power of Attorney and to make Lasting Powers of Attorney more digital (although it is stated that there will still be a paper process for those unable to use the digital system).

 

Whilst many people may welcome a more digital system, for many, digital processes are daunting and many people are uneasy about our lives becoming more and more digital. Indeed, for some it is simply not possible since they do not have internet access or are unable to use the internet confidently.

Inevitably, when any system or process is changed, there are often “teething problems”. Lasting Powers of Attorney are sent to the Office of the Public Guardian to be registered and it is possible that they will suffer such “teething problems” whilst they settle into the new system.

There will be further direction from the government as to the implementation of the Act and a date for the changes will be set. In the meantime, if you are considering making Lasting Powers of Attorney, you may wish to speak with one of our lawyers before the changes are implemented so that your Powers of Attorney can be created under the current system.   

To discuss Lasting Powers of Attorney, please contact one of our lawyers in the Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate Department:-

Jamie Dobbs- jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com
Jane Mawer- jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com
Faye Blair- faye.blair@maplessolcitors.com

Or telephone the office 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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Testimonials

Jamie Dobbs FCILEx

"I should like to take this opportunity to express my very sincere and grateful thanks for Jamie's unfailing helpfulness and efficiency in all aspects of the handling of my late stepmother's estate. Jamie have always replied to my (many!) queries promptly and comprehensively which has been a enormous help throughout what I know can be a fraught and stressful process. Sadly, it is increasingly rare these days to experience the highs standards of service that Jamie has provided."

Gemma Mayer LLB

"I would highly recommend Maples Solicitors, especially Gemma Mayer, for any conveyancing work. The level of support and professionalism was excellent at all times. I also felt if I needed to ask or clarify anything that it was not an issue. Buying and selling a house is stressful enough, but Gemma helped me through it step by step."

Anita Toal LLB BA

"I think you are brilliant. You can use my comments above. You are efficient, friendly and quite clearly very good at what you do. Mainly you don’t leave people hanging around too long for." "So easy to talk to her and she understood what I wanted. She put me at ease and I cant thank her enough"

James Turner BA

James Turner was extremely helpful with our buying process. Everything went smoothly. We are very happy with the level of professionalism demonstrated by the office. Highly recommended solicitors. Will definitely do business with them again.

Daven Naghen LLB

"Daven provided an excellent service, from attending the first interview with me to the final court appearance. He filled me full of confidence that he would defend me to which he did and come out with an excellent outcome in view of my position that I had put myself in."

Faye Blair LLB

Faye was excellent, sensitive and acted very well to the time constraints we faced. Great service and dealt with compassion at such sad times made the process less painful very professional.

Jamie Dobbs GCILEx

Over the last forty years I have cause to deal with many law firms both in a personal and professional capacity, including some ‘top’ London Companies. In all of those dealings I have never found anyone as proactive and so willing to offer help and advice as Jamie Dobbs. During the last two years Jamie guided my parents through the completion of Lasting Powers of Attorney. Helped myself with the use of the LPA and recently dealing with Probate and Estate Administration following their death.

Mike Pepper MA

Mike Pepper gave us excellent advice. He was always most helpful and accommodating giving lucid explanations every step of the way. Thank you Mike.

Donna Sandison FCILEx

Donna has been helpful and professional every step of the way during the process. Always on hand to answer any queries and totally professional and friendly at all times.