Month: June 2020

The true value of team work

Team work is always important, but its benefits have been particularly apparent during Covid 19.

Therefore, we would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all clients, court staff, colleagues and contractors (notably Holker IT) for their sterling support and collaboration over the recent difficulties.

That excellent team work has enabled us to continue to offer a seamless service – not just to get up and running but then to stay running!

During the height of the crisis we have been able to adapt quickly and effectively, both to meet the needs of individual clients and also to the virtual court system which has allowed the Court and its work to continue.

It is worth noting that in this period we have supported clients by preparing for and undertaking in excess of 40 hearings – completed by telephone, Zoom, Microsoft Team or Skype.

Personally, I would also like to thank all my staff – Eve, Sarah, Falon, Assunta, Pat and Georgia, who have worked tirelessly to support me and to give you the first class service that we aspire to offer all our clients.

The ‘team’ is now re-united at Ribble Court (during lockdown Assunta and I continued to man the office while others worked remotely), back in the office and starting to see clients in person – if, of course, clients feel comfortable in doing so.

Fortunately, there are some excellent facilities available to us here – including a spacious boardroom – and we have also created, as an alternative, a soundproof and discreet space for appointments and to enable your attendance at court hearings to take place safely. Telephone appointments or appointments by video platform can also be arranged.

Embracing new technology and adapting quickly to change has been critical. It continues to enable us to carry out our work for you in the safest possible circumstances.

So a sincere ‘thank-you’ to everyone involved.

Sarah Bentley

Support for those seeking to beat addiction

East Lancashire-based Sarah Bentley Solicitors has added financial support to a revolutionary fitness-based recovery programme aimed at beating addiction here in Lancashire.

The 180 Project – which operates from CrossFit Clitheroe and Delta Fox Blackburn – is a not-for-profit project where people recovering from addictions use exercise and training to break negative lifecycles and become the best version of themselves. 

Sarah Bentley, owner of Sarah Bentley Solicitors, is an active member of at CrossFit Clitheroe and a trustee/director at The 180 Project. She has seen at first hand the sort of ‘incredible results’ that the project continues to achieve and has now agreed to become a corporate supporter.

“I really believe in the work of and the principles underpinning The 180 Project. It has a vision to create a lasting recovery by breaking the vicious cycle of addiction, crime and prison and, most importantly, has been shown to work in practice,” said Sarah. “The programme combines functional fitness, education, life-coaching and peer support to help people become physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally well and socially connected.

“As a corporate supporter we hope to play a small part in further championing the cause and primarily assisting local people to fulfil their potential. It’s all about making a real change to save and transform lives.”

Caroline Sagar, Chief Executive of The 180 Project, said: “Our recovery programme is one of the first of its kind in the UK. We disrupt negative life cycles so people can live a happy and fulfilling life, and stop the devastating impact that addiction and crime has on individuals, families and communities.”

“But, as a charity, we need on-going financial support and it’s through the kind help of local business people like Sarah Bentley, that we are able to continue our work. We are delighted to welcome Sarah Bentley Solicitors as a corporate supporter.”

* Footnote. Anyone wishing to follow Sarah Bentley Solicitors in becoming a corporate sponsor please contact Rachel.beck@180project.co.uk.

More choice on how to ‘see’ us

During Covid-19 we have endeavoured to provide clients with as ‘normal’ a service as possible.

We have continued to work either at the office or remotely in order to keep all client matters on track and progressing – working in conjunction with the Court to complete Court hearings remotely (either by telephone or video platform).

The plan has worked well in practice and will continue until further notice as there is no clear idea yet as to when face-to-face Court applications will resume.

Additionally, as from this week, all our staff will continue their work here at Ribble Court.

We have put measures in place to see clients on a face-to-face basis in our Boardroom, where there is ample space and social distancing!

Our aim is to offer all appropriate alternatives to ensure that clients feel comfortable at all times.

Please rest assured that we are always here when you need us …. how you choose to ‘see’ us is your personal choice. We remain open for new instructions.