A Work Experience Student’s View of Maples by Harr

30th April 2012
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A Work Experience Student’s View of Maples by Harr

As a student of Spalding High School, I chose to do my Work Experience at Maples Solicitors LLP in Spalding. This Work Experience placement has given me a great insight into the world of Law, which is what I had hoped to achieve in coming here. I have learnt a great deal as a result of this placement and it has helped me to decide if I would like to study for a career in Law. This placement has been very beneficial for me. Not only has our time here been spent doing interesting and insightful tasks, such as reading through Murder files, but we have also had a chance to experience the atmosphere of a court in session and to witness how the Solicitors represent their clients before the magistrates.

We went to the Magistrates court in Spalding numerous times. Although the court is very formal and the proceedings follow strict rules, it was a very enjoyable and interesting insight into the world of being a Solicitor. Unfortunately, the court hearings weren’t as lively as they are portrayed to be on the TV, and there was no tangible feeling of nervousness hanging over the Defendants, but our court experiences were still interesting despite the lack of action.

Criminal Law

The Criminal Law team At Maples Solicitors is comprised of three main people: Anita Toal, Daven Naghen and Claire Smith. They all have a very wide range of knowledge over many different types of Criminal Law (from theft to murder).

They are all very experienced and aim to provide you with support during your case and
will always be on call should you need their immediate assistance.

In the event that you need a trial hearing the solicitors will represent you. They will also see your witnesses.

The solicitors offer you a discrete and sensitive service, as well as strict confidentiality.

The Criminal Law team is experienced with dealing with allegations varying in severity.

Criminal prosecution develops through a strict set of stages, beginning with the arrest and ending either :before, during or after a trial. Throughout this process, all parties involved will feel stressed and will worry, as is only natural. The team fully understands that having to go to court, whether for a minor or serious crime, can be a very stressful and worrying time. As well as offering you advice on how to proceed or plead with your case, they also aim to provide you with support whilst explaining your situation in understandable terms.


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Dementia Friends

Maples Solicitors are proud to announce that they have now joined to become Dementia Friends which is an Alzheimer’s Society initiative.

The private client department of Maples Solicitors prepare Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney on a regular basis and this often involves dealing with clients who are suffering from dementia. The private client team pride themselves on spending as much time as is necessary to assist all of their clients, but those suffering from dementia often require additional assistance and time to ensure that they have fully understood the legal documentation that they are creating. The private client department are regularly complimented on the way they deal with such clients, whether this be explaining things to them in a clear and uncomplicated manner, spending time with them or putting them at ease.

It is a misconception that anyone suffering from dementia cannot make a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney. Only if someone lacks sufficient mental capacity are they unable to make such a document. It is therefore vitally important upon any diagnosis of dementia that legal advice is taken as soon as possible to make sure that your affairs are in order so that it is easier for your family to deal with your affairs if you are unable to do so yourself.

To become Dementia Friends, Maples Solicitors have pledged to develop their understanding of dementia and continue assisting clients suffering from dementia with their legal affairs in a respectful, friendly and efficient way that is not daunting making the process as easy as possible.

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Testimonials

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.