Bianca’s Summary of Work Experience

30th April 2012
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Bianca’s Summary of Work Experience

I am called Bianca Chan from Spalding High School and I undertook work experience at Maples Solicitors for two weeks in March 2012.

My first impression was how friendly the staff are. Everyone greeted me with big smiles and reassuring handshakes, relieving the nerves I’d felt for the last month or so prior to work experience. I was also very impressed at how large the firm is: without a doubt very successful.

My friend and I were given the opportunity to look at files for criminal, family, commercial, will and probate law. All areas were very interesting, and the solicitors here are extremely organised. A broad range of topics were covered. Some cases, especially in criminal law, were very unique, nevertheless solved with great care by the solicitors.

As a young person, I had no idea how law worked. I am so grateful that we were given the opportunity to look up laws online and in law manuals, look through evidence and statements and listen to interviews. We also learnt about how property is bought and transferred, drafted a will and looked at how money and legacies were applied after one’s death. We had an insight to how couples divorced; the guidelines, splitting of money and property and concerns regarding the children.

The highlight of this experience was attending court. Not only did we go to the Magistrates Court, we also attended the Crown Court in Lincoln, which was a totally unforgettable place. I had seen some cases in court on TV or in films, but to actually be in a real Crown Court was surreal. Never had I experienced such formality too. Apart from observing how cases were presented, how lawyers argued and put across their view and how witnesses’ gave statements, we also saw how solicitors interacted with their defendants. Everything was professionally dealt with and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of court.

Overall, Maples Solicitors gave me a very valuable experience with the world of law. I can not express how expert the team is. Thank you, Maples! If you need a solicitor, Maples is the place to go!


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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.