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Jun
2022
A Warm TSP Welcome to Natasha

Thompson Smith and Puxon are pleased to announce the appointment of Natasha Swift as a Solicitor joining the Wills and Estates team. Based in our Colchester office, Natasha advises clients on a range of private client matters including Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate. Natasha completed her Law Degree at the London Business Campus of Coventry University and her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor Natasha worked as a Paralegal on a broad range of private client matters. Fiona Ashworth who leads the TSP Wills and Estates team said, “We are very excited to have Natasha on board and part of our growing team. Her experience and knowledge will continue to add to our abilities to deliver exceptional service to our ever-expanding range of clients.” Natasha says, “I’m really excited to have joined the Wills & Estates Team and I’m looking forward to building on my knowledge and experience as my career progresses at TSP.”

May
2022
TSP Supporting Dementia Action Week

Organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Action Week (DAW) is an annual event aimed at bringing communities and organisations together to improve the lives of people living with dementia. This year DAW is taking place from Monday 16 May to Sunday 22 May. What is Dementia? The word ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but not the only one. Committed to Dementia Awareness Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP) trains all its staff to ensure they have the skills and understanding to support our clients with Dementia. We already have a number staff who are Dementia Friends, having completed the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends training.  We are continuing this training and have pledged to have 50% of our staff Dementia Friend trained by April 2023. In October 2020, TSP was awarded the ‘Working Towards Dementia Friendly Status’ from Tendring Dementia Action Alliance in recognition of our continued work in supporting and raising awareness of Dementia. We believe that research is key
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May
2022
Breathing new life into ghost towns

Associate Solicitor Laura-Pauline Adcock-Jones from the Dispute Resolution Team at Thompson Smith and Puxon, considers impending new legislation to tackle the disappearing high street. With very few exceptions, high streets have continued to struggle due to: the ease and cost effectiveness of shopping online the economic downturn forcing most people to rethink their spending habits the aftereffects of the Covid-19 pandemic The Local Data Company reported in 2021 that 8,739 shops had closed in the first six months alone with fashion retail being the hardest sector hit. Impending Legislation The Government is taking action to rejuvenate empty high streets and town centres. First introduced as part of the “Levelling Up White Paper” published on 02 February 2022, a further step will be taken forward to tackle the issue during the Queen’s Speech on 10 May 2022. The Queen will announce the forthcoming Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill (“the Bill”) that will provide increased powers to local authorities to force landlords to rent out commercial properties and to exercise compulsory purchase orders on empty properties to use them for public benefit and there will also be a new Compulsory Rental Auction Scheme to prospective tenants to properties which have stood vacant
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Apr
2022
Press Release: TSP appoint Andrew Breckenridge as a Director joining their expanding Dispute Resolution team

Essex based law firm, Thompson Smith and Puxon, have appointed Andrew Breckenridge as a Director joining their expanding Dispute Resolution team. Based in their Colchester office, Andrew advises both individual and business clients on a wide range of issues involving complex disputes, dispute avoidance, mediation, related regulatory and reputational issues and is joining a team highlighted by the Legal 500 as a Leading Firm in Commercial Litigation. This senior appointment is one of a number of key appointments at the firm which is set to grow significantly in a number of practice areas. Throughout his thirty year legal career, Andrew has worked in Dispute Resolution in a number of areas including property, commercial, banking and financial services, professional negligence, insolvency, employment, construction and trusts related litigation. The current edition of the Legal 500 notes that ‘Andrew Breckenridge is a reassuring presence to have on your side – he is knowledgeable, calm and strategic without resorting to game-playing or showboating. He communicates well – concisely and in a timely manner.’ Sharon Auton, who leads the TSP Dispute Resolution team said: “We are very excited to welcome Andrew to TSP and to our growing Dispute Resolution team. His depth of experience and knowledge will significantly
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Apr
2022
A warm TSP welcome to Andrew

Thompson Smith and Puxon is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Breckenridge as a Director joining the Dispute Resolution team. Based in our Colchester office, Andrew advises both individual and business clients on a wide range of issues involving complex disputes, dispute avoidance, mediation, related regulatory and reputational issues. Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in Dispute Resolution, having completed his degree in Law at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic before going on to the Law Society’s Final Examination at The College of Law, Chester. He has been a leading figure in commercial and banking litigation teams and is an experienced and able solicitor, acting effectively and with integrity on a broad range of litigation related work for a wide range of both individual and business clients. Throughout his career Andrew has worked in Dispute Resolution in a number of areas including property, commercial, banking and financial services, professional negligence, insolvency, employment, construction and trusts related litigation. Sharon Auton, who leads the TSP Dispute Resolution team said: “We are very excited to welcome Andrew to TSP and to our growing Dispute Resolution team. His depth of experience and knowledge will significantly add to our abilities to deliver exceptional service to our ever-expanding range of
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