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Hattons Christmas Gift Appeal

Hattons Christmas Gift Appeal

Hattons, together with St Helens Council’s Children and Young People’s Service, Café bocboc, Smyths Toys (St Helens branch) and Cultivate Creative, are appealing for gift donations for both children and teenagers, who may not otherwise receive gifts this Christmas.

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Proud to sponsor the Pride of St Helens, Courage award

Saints’ Langtree Park will be the glittering venue for the awards night on Friday, November 13.

From stories of heroism, courage or bravery, dramatic rescues or overcoming illness or injury to record inspiring achievements. The courage award recognises the fantastic achievements of people from this town.

Hattons Solicitors Courage Award Nominees

  • Liam Waterworth
  • Andy Potter
  • Neil Tucker

The rest of this years nominees can be seen here

Hattons-stance – St Helens Court closure

Local court closures will prevent access to justice for many, claim Hattons

With plans being discussed that could prevent many vulnerable people accessing justice, staff at Hattons have spoken out strongly against this potential course of action.

As economic conditions continue to bite nationally, but especially in regions such as the North West, ways to save money are continually being looked at, and one option under consideration is the closure of both St Helens’ Magistrates and County courts.

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Prestigious accreditations provide independent assurance of Hattons’ quality

As legal specialists who always strive to demonstrate excellence in every area, Hattons can now boast of two prestigious accreditations that provide independent evidence to back this up.

Since 2003 Hattons has held Lexcel, the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and client care, while shortly after the practice was also awarded Investors in People (IIP) status, which since 1991 has set the standard for better people management and defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well.

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Hattons Solicitors offers ‘holiday help’ for those who have suffered ‘holiday hell’

You’ve worked hard and saved up for that much needed holiday. You’ve looked forward to sitting back and relaxing, and now you and the kids begin to enjoy everything that your all-inclusive hotel has to offer.

What could possibly go wrong? Far too often hard working people like you have their long awaited holiday ruined through illness or injury because the holiday they have bought falls way below the standards they were sold and should expect.

If you bought a package holiday from a UK tour operator within the last three years that was ruined because you, or a member of your holiday party, was ill or injured, you are likely to be entitled to personal injury compensation, money to make up for your loss of enjoyment and also a full or partial refund of the cost of your holiday.

Poor food standards, water contamination, vermin or pest intrusion and poor staff hygiene often mean that you and your family are easily exposed to bacteria that cause very unpleasant illnesses and symptoms, such as sickness, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and loss of appetite.

Likewise, poor construction or equipment standards in a hotel or on an excursion can cause injuries.

Your quick holiday claim check list . . .

  • I bought a package holiday within the last three years
  • I suffered illness or injury on that holiday
  • I was in an all-inclusive resort
Hattons Solicitors - holiday help

Contact us today for free advice, and the team will turn your ‘holiday hell’ into ‘holiday help’. Call into the office at 3 Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HQ, or phone 01744 744400.

Hattons-stance – Industrial Disease

Solicitor Jenna Gielty discusses the current issue that industrial disease claimants are facing.

As specialists in the area of industrial disease, Hattons is leading the way with challenges against unfair charges and delays experienced when dealing with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to obtain client’s Inland Revenue Employment Histories.

“At the moment we are experiencing delays of up to six months in obtaining an employment history for a client from HMRC,” says Jenna Gielty, the Hattons solicitor who specialises in acting for industrial disease claimants. “This delay has a knock-on effect on the whole case because clients only have three years to bring a claim in any event, and so it reduces that time significantly. As well as delays in obtaining information, if a client has passed away HMRC are making the bereaved family make an application to the High Court to obtain a Court Order for release of the Inland Revenue employment history. The application cost for this is £155.00 and HMRC believe that their costs should be paid in addition to this, along with the legal costs for a solicitor to represent the bereaved family in such an application.”

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Hattons are a local firm that believes fare is fair

Here at Hattons, we understand that taxi drivers can’t afford time off the road and have helped thousands of cabbies who have been involved in accidents keep their wheels in motion.

From minor prangs to major collisions, our complete package will get you back to work and see you properly compensated.

We can also help recover lost earnings, and sort repairs and replacement vehicles quickly and efficiently.

To find out more, contact us today.
We’re on your side.

Hattons-stance – Power of Attorney

Act now and don’t pay later with a Power of Attorney

With everyone familiar with the phrase ‘buy now, pay later’, Hattons is trying to make people aware of an issue that could be classed as ‘act now, don’t pay later’.

“The need to protect yourself both now and in the future by organising a Power of Attorney as soon as possible is one that not many people tend to think about, but it really is very important,” says David Merrills, Hattons solicitor. “A lot of people think that Power of Attorneys are only for the elderly who may be starting to lose capacity, but these documents should be sorted out as early as possible and treated almost as an insurance-type document. If people can organise this as early as possible, rather than waiting until something happens years down the line, it can save a lot of time, effort and money.”

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Hattons Solicitors Radio Advert

Listen to the Hattons Solicitors Industrial Diseases radio advert which will be broadcast on Wish FM throughout the year.

Occupational disease

St Helens workers pay a high price for their hard work

St Helens is an area of heavy industry, and unfortunately as a result of just going to work each day, some workers will have developed deafness, numbness and tingling in their fingers and sadly asbestos related illnesses.  You may think that there is nothing that can be done as the businesses have since closed down.  This is not the case as although the business may have closed, in all likelihood their insurers will still be trading and it is them that ultimately will be paying out your compensation.

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