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Chuo Tokyo University students introduced to law in the UK

24/09/2019 by Simone Horrobin

*A lawyer from Surrey has met with a group of Japanese graduate law students, who got the chance to see what a day in the life of an English barrister and English law firm was all about.*

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Downs Solicitors new promotions

01/07/2019 by

*Downs Solicitors LLP, has announced four recent promotions reflecting the growth and success of the firm.*

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Surrey Solicitor Qualifies as Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accredited Legal Representative

20/05/2019 by

We are delighted to announce that Liz Dalgetty has achieved an accredited qualification that recognises a high standard of care for vulnerable clients. The accreditation was developed to allow the Court of Protection to appoint an Accredited Legal Representative ( ‘ALR’) to ensure that vulnerable people who lack capacity have representation in welfare related Court of Protection proceedings.

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Downs supports Cobham Foodbank initiative

19/02/2019 by Mehboob Dharamsi

Downs has announced official sponsorship of Cobham Area Foodbank to help towards the cost of replacing the Foodbank’s van, which is used to collect food from donation points in the local churches and supermarkets, to take it to and from the Foodbank’s warehouse, ready to be distributed at the Foodbank’s distribution  centre.

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Downs Solicitors appoint new Head of Employment Law

18/01/2019 by Claire Peers

Surrey-based law firm, Downs Solicitors, have appointed David Seals as its new Head of Employment taking over from Matthew Kilgannon who will be leaving the firm shortly. David has been a partner at Downs for 8 years and will lead a highly experienced team including solicitors Keith Potter, Emily Kidd and Nicola O’Dwyer. Nicola has also recently been promoted to Senior Associate and will continue the excellent work she has been doing as a director of EmployLaw, a subsidiary of Downs providing a subscription employment legal helpline service for clients.

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Changing divorce law could protect more children

28/11/2018 by Richard Middlehurst

*Downs Solicitors has shared findings that link divorce and children’s mental health and wellbeing. The firm is calling for a change in the law which could settle conflict earlier on and protect more children in the process.*

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Downs Listed in Legal 500

12/11/2018 by Christopher Millar

*Downs Solicitors are delighted to announce its position in the prestigious Legal 500 ranking in four different categories. *

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Where there’s a will

20/07/2018 by Diane Sumpter

We are pleased to announce that on behalf of Downs Solicitors and Notaries, Diane Sumpter has raised an impressive £1,100 for St Catherine's Hospice.

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Downs Solicitors promote team members

04/07/2018 by Claire Peers

Surrey – based law firm, Downs Solicitors LLP, has announced several promotions reflecting the growth and success of the firm.

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Remembering Paul Marsh

03/07/2018 by Claire Peers

It is with regret and sadness that we pass on the news of Paul Marsh, who has died at the age of 70.

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Downs supports thriving junior club

14/06/2018 by Claire Peers

Westcott Sports Club (WSC) and Downs Solicitors are delighted to announce that Downs has become the sponsor for the Westcott Wizards, the thriving junior section of Westcott Cricket Club.

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Downs Solicitors appoint new Head of Immigration

22/05/2018 by Claire Peers

Surrey-based law firm, Downs Solicitors, has appointed Samar Shams as Head of Immigration within the employment team.

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Downs Solicitors appoint new property specialist

25/04/2018 by Claire Peers

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Gemma Taylor to the conveyancing team in Dorking, bringing with her more than 12 years’ experience in the industry.

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Downs appoints new Senior Associate to Family team

04/04/2018 by Claire Peers

We are please to announce the appointment of Terina Farnan as Senior Associate to the Family Law team in Cobham.

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A visit from the Supreme Court of Japan

06/03/2018 by Pam Bowring

Senior Partner, Chris Millar and Associate, Simone Horrobin, recently hosted a delegation from the Supreme Court of Japan which is located in Tokyo.

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The sun shines on Dorking

20/02/2018 by Pam Bowring

Senior Partner, Chris Millar and his team - Laura Marchington, Tamsin Reader, Simone Horrobin, Martin Steer, Julian Harvey and Megan Lawless, hosted another sponsored lunch for guests at Dorking Rugby Football Club on Saturday 17 February 2018.

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Godalming scout set for World Scout Jamboree 2019

05/02/2018 by Pam Bowring

Downs are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to Godalming-based Scout, Ethan Glen’s fundraising efforts.  Ethan is one of three Scouts from Godalming who have been selected to attend the 2019 World Scout Jamboree in the USA.   So far he has raised about £600 offline so still has a way to go to reach his target.  However, he has a few big fundraising actvities planned for the next six months - sponsored Munro walk (big mountains), a quiz night and a school mufti day.     The jamboree is a gathering of scouts from all over the world, who meet up and learn about each other's culture and language ... and have lots of outdoor adventures!  It happens once every four years and this time is in West Virginia, America.  Ethan said “My fundraising efforts will help Scouts from less developed countries also attend the Jamboree.   I will stay with a Scouting family in the USA, Canada or Mexico, to experience life in a different country and support their local community projects. 

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Welcoming in the New Year

19/01/2018 by Pam Bowring

The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK celebrated the New Year with a reception at Drapers’ Hall on 10 January 2018 for its members. Over 500 guests attended with guest speaker Ambassador Tsuruoka of Japan giving his thoughts on 2017 and the year ahead.

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New Appointments and Promotions

21/12/2017 by Pam Bowring

Downs Solicitors has appointed three new partners across three key growth areas; corporate and commercial, family and private client.   They have also recruited Sue Roberts and Lorna Claxton as lateral hires in family and residential property.

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St Catherine's Hospice Make A Will Fortnight 2017

08/12/2017 by Pam Bowring

Diane Sumpter from our Dorking-based private client team once again took part in this year's Make a Will Fortnight on behalf of St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley. 

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Dorking Are Triumphant

29/11/2017 by Pam Bowring

As a principal sponsor of Dorking RFC, Downs Solicitors’ Dispute Resolution Department's Chris Millar, Angus Storar, Martin Steer, Tamsin Reader, Simone Horrobin, Laura Marchington, Linda Wilson and Megan Lawless, together with their guests attended the Dorking 1st XV game against Westcombe Park at Dorking on Saturday, 25 November.

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Governance of Solicitors in the UK

by Pam Bowring

Simone Horrobin and Paul Marsh on behalf of the firm recently hosted a second delegation from the Embassy of Japan. The delegation consisted of an Attorney and Judicial System officer from the Japanese Ministry of Justice, together with the Legal Attaché and interpreter.

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Inspiring Women

17/11/2017 by Pam Bowring

Solicitors, Madeleine James and Simone Horrobin, who are based in our Godalming office, were recently invited by the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, conservative MP for Basingstoke, to a talk by the Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, Olivia Pinkney. Olivia is the first woman to be appointed to this role and she spoke about her journey through the ranks to the post of Chief Constable. She also talked about the challenges of encouraging more women into senior roles within the police.

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We are the Champions!

25/09/2017 by Pam Bowring

Downs Solicitors' Residential Conveyancing team has been crowned the Best Small Conveyancing Firm (South) in the 2017 Law Firm Services Awards. They beat off stiff competition from last year's winners, A V Rillo, who were also voted No. 1 Conveyancing Firm in the country by the Sunday Times in 2015. The awards took place at the Vox Centre, Resorts World, NEC Birmingham on Wednesday 20 September.  

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Celebrating 40 Years at Downs

21/09/2017 by Pam Bowring

Consultant Solicitor and Notary Public, Sarah Thomas,[[sitetree_link id=75]] reflects on her 40 years at Downs Solicitors.

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Cobham Heritage Day 2017

12/09/2017 by Pam Bowring

The sun was shining and families were out in force enjoying this year’s Cobham Heritage Day on Saturday 9 September.  The event spans a wide area of the town, including Cobham Church Street, St Andrew's Church and Church Yard, Church Gate House Gardens and the Leg O'Mutton Field.

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Downs Host Japan Delegation from Osaka

04/09/2017 by Pam Bowring

On 30 August, Senior Partner, Chris Millar, Liz Dalgetty, William Edwards and Simone Horrobin hosted a delegation of Japanese MPs from the Osaka Prefectural Assembly and the legal attaché of the Embassy of Japan at the National Liberal Club in London.  Due to Japan’s ageing population, the delegation were particularly interested in the issue of mental capacity in seniors in the UK. This is one of Liz Dalgetty’s specialist areas and she was able to provide the MPs with a presentation on the topic followed by a Q&A session.

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Downs Tough It Out on Court

18/07/2017 by Pam Bowring

A charity netball tournament has raised £1000 for St Catherine’s Hospice.

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Keith Potter - King of the Downs

12/07/2017 by Pam Bowring

Surrey is known to be one of the counties with the most woodland in the whole of the UK. It also has a large number of hills, some of them very steep, so it is no wonder that it is one of the favourite destinations of avid cyclists who want to test both their mental stamina and their legs!

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Betchworth Pro Am

03/07/2017 by Pam Bowring

Downs were delighted to be the main sponsor of this year's Betchworth Park Golf Club Pro-Am. The Pro Am is a Southern Region PGA event that has been running for over 17 years and regularly atttacts up to 200 players making it one of the largest team events run by the South Region PGA.  The event is a great way to raise money for the Captains' charity which this year is Winston's Wish.

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Surrey Union Point to Point

17/05/2017 by Pam Bowring

Downs were once again delighted to be invited to sponsor a race at the Surrey Union Point to Point meeting which took place at Peper Harow, Godalming, Surrey on Saturday, 13 May.   The Downs Solicitors Mens Open Race was won by "Franks A Million" which is owned by the Turner Family and trained by Edward Turner.  The winning jockey was Rupert Stearn.

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Warwick School Careers Fair

05/02/2017 by Pam Bowring

Downs were once again delighted to be invited to take part in the Warwick School's Careers Fair.  

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All in the name of charity

01/02/2017 by Pam Bowring

As part of Downs Solicitors’ Corporate Social Responsibility programme, each year they nominate a Charity of the Year and during 2016 they were proud to partner with Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.  

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