Member news October 2020

The Legal 500, a leading, independent UK legal directory, has announced its 2021 results for law firms across the country.

Legal 500 recognition for two Buckinghamshire firms

B P Collins has achieved a high number of top tier and recommended rankings in ten specialist areas of law. Its criminal practice has been recommended for the first time in the “Crime, Fraud and Licencing” category.

“Congratulations to all of the teams, and individuals, for achieving excellent results and to our criminal practice for being ranked for the first time. Despite the many challenges the teams have faced during the pandemic, their commitment to delivering a client focused service at all times has been officially, and independently, recognised. I’d like to say a huge thank you to our clients who took the time to endorse our lawyers this year.” Simon Deans, B P Collins’ senior partner

Blaser Mills Law was also recognised in the Legal 500 for the seventh year running. The publication of the list coincides with the firm’s wider growth plans, and follows its recent acquisition of highly regarded, long established local solicitors, Reynolds Parry Jones.

“We are incredibly proud to announce yet another record-breaking year of Legal 500 rankings for the firm and are delighted that our lawyers have been duly recognised for their outstanding work.” Hiren Gandhi, partner at Blaser Mills Law  

Silverstone Park industrial development work well underway

James Dipple, CEO of MEPC, recently visited the site to take a look at the latest development at Silverstone Park where all new buildings are due to complete over the coming weeks. The project comprises 13 HQ style industrial properties providing 258,000 sq ft of brand new floorspace inside the Enterprise Zone.

James Dipple commented: “I’m really impressed with the whole scheme – the rate of take-up has surpassed all expectations, considering the current issue the world has with COVID-19. It is clear that the Silverstone Park business community is very attractive to companies with specialist facilities and long-term plans.”

Local company launches environmentally friendly pocket-sized ball thrower for dogs

The world’s only fully retractable ball thrower made entirely from recycled and sustainable materials was launched by family-run business D-Style recently. Manufactured in the UK, the Kompact9 has a unique telescopic design which lessens the launcher to the length of a school ruler, and combined with its drawstring cover make it both portable and hygienic, whilst keeping hands and pockets drool-free.

Environmentally engineered from 100% plant-based plastics, the Kompact9 ball thrower is manufactured in Devon using injection moulding technology, where its parts are produced from recyclable bioplastic pellets made from sugar cane, beetroot and hemp fibre.

“When we embarked on our journey to revolutionise and reengineer the dog ball launcher, for us it was fundamental that the business should not negatively impact the environment and our product should be ethically made. Our supply chain has been devised to minimise our carbon footprint and recycle water during the manufacturing phase. We’ve even made sure that the label sealing the packaging is recycled which, believe it or not, was the hardest part to source.” Karen Richardson-Scarfe, Managing Director at D-Style

Patch the dog helps open communication for Ashridge home care visits

Ashridge visiting companionship carer Heather had been visiting her new client several times a week but had been turned away every day as the client was fiercely independent and not willing to accept help.  
Everything changed when Heather arrived with her dog Patch, a 12-year-old Jack Russell Parson Cross. They were both welcomed in and the client enjoyed Patch curled up on her lap sleeping while she played a game of scrabble with her carer, who was then able to help her with important tasks around her home and check she was safe. 

Ashridge Home Care owner Trudi Scrivener said “This is an amazing story of how patience and perseverance can really pay off.  Heather made an amazing breakthrough and can now ensure the client is safe and looked after.”

Ashridge Home Care offers either visiting care like Heather or 24/7 live-in care depending on the needs of the client.  Trudi continued: “Many older people don’t want to face the reality that perhaps they need a bit of help and this was certainly the case for this client, who had a successful career and been fiercely independent for the majority of her life.  Heather’s diplomacy along with her ability to respect this client’s dignity by finding a way to connect with her now means that she can get all the help she needs whilst at the same time enjoying the companionship of Heather and Patch.”

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