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  1. South Devon College Presentation

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    Solicitor, Thomas Glover recently visited South Devon College to speak to the Law A Level students about what to expect studying Law at university, and what is involved when qualifying as a Solicitor or Barrister.

    Thomas spoke about his experience in the legal profession, starting as an A Level student at South Devon College himself, before attending university in Liverpool, as well as what to expect when leaving Devon! He also discussed being called to the Bar, being admitted as a Solicitor and practising Crime, Property, Civil Litigation and Family Law.

    The experience concluded with a class-wide debate on the Bar Career Aptitude Test questions to demonstrate the skills needed when practicing Law, such as deductive reasoning and persuasion. The students were then asked to apply these skills, by providing examples of interview questions where these skills were tested.

    It was a pleasure to support one of our local colleges, and help their students gain a real understanding of the legal world, and we hope to see some of their talent in practice over the coming years.

    For more information about South Devon College, visit their website: About us – South Devon College

  2. Recycled Christmas Decoration Competition

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    Spreading some festive cheer, with a focus on sustainability, we invited local primary schools in Newton Abbot and Teignmouth to craft a Christmas decoration made entirely from recycled materials. During the festive period, we all know that excess recycling and waste is created, and so we wanted to spark discussion with the children about the ways in which we can all be greener during the festive period.

    We had very few rules for our competition, to really allow the children’s imaginations free reign with their designs, which resulted in some fantastic, creative entries.

    The entries were shared on our Facebook page, where we invited our followers to vote for their favourite. With a Β£500 prize for the winning school, the competition was fierce, with over 1,600 votes received!

    We’re delighted to share the entries here πŸ’š

    All Saints Marsh Primary School created this beautiful hanging decoration, containing angels made from old hymn sheets and Christmas stories which were due to be thrown out, as well as old buttons, donated by a member of the community. There are 76 angels in total, representing each of their pupils. Well done, All Saints Marsh!
    This colourful decoration was created by a Year 5 pupil from Bearnes Primary School, using an old magazine. This must have taken an enormous amount of time to create, what a tremendous effort! Well done, Bearnes!
    Our Lady Saint Patrick Primary School – The children at OLSP made this Christmas tree from cardboard, decorated with milk bottle lids for baubles and different ribbons for tinsel. Just behind the main tree, is a smaller one, made from toilet paper tubes, glued together and painted. Very festive! Well done, OLSP!
    Wolborough C of E Primary School’s School Craft Club designed and created these adorable carol singers, gathered around a Christmas tree from toilet rolls/wrapping paper tubes and shredded paper for the snow. Very cute! Well done, Wolborough!
    And finally, our winning submission is Mr Jolly himself from Hazeldown Primary School’s Breakfast/After-School Club. Mr Jolly was made using shredded office paper, an old school sweater, missing buttons and used CDs. We love his happy little face, and are delighted to have him now proudly on display in our Teignmouth office.
    Well done, Hazeldown! A brilliant effort, and some fantastic votes received on our social media post. Pictured: Claire Robins, Assistant (far left) and Operations Manager, Hayley-Jane Smithurst (far right) with Breakfast Club Leader, Lorraine Heal and her Breakfast Club team.
  3. Anniversaries all round!

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    We’ve had a busy couple weeks, celebrating anniversary milestones for both our Managing Partner, Jamie Dyson & our IT Manager, Huw Weatherhead.

    Jamie celebrated 15 years at the firm on 1st December and Huw today, celebrates a huge 20 years with the firm! We’re delighted for both Jamie and Huw, and that our Employer of the Year status is able to speak for itself with longevity such as this! πŸ’š

    Congratulations both!

  4. Children in Need 2023

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    A huge thank you to everyone who came out to support our cake and bric-a-brac stall today (to gave our fitness challengers a cheer) πŸ’ͺ

    We’re delighted to announce that not only did our challengers more than smash our target of ‘climbing’ Ben Nevis & High Willhays Tor, but we raised a huge amount in stall sales too.

    Added to our quiz/raffle fundraising earlier this week, and it brings our grand total to Β£1,502.18 raised for BBC Children in Need this year πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³


  5. Children in Need Quiz

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    What an evening! A massive THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support our annual Children in Need Quiz. It was fantastic to see so many of our local businesses, colleagues, friends and family take part in our fundraising quizπŸ‘Œ

    We’re delighted to announce that together we raised a whopping, Β£727!!

    With our fundraising continuing this Friday 17th November with our cake and bric-a-brac stall, plus our fitness challenge, we’re hoping to hit our previous CIN total out of the park!

    A special thank you to our very own professional Quizmaster, Paul Ham πŸ‘πŸ’š

    And finally to Ellie and the team at Teign Corinthian Yacht Club for your hospitality πŸ’š

  6. Annual Charity Pumpkin Carving Contest

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    Our Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest returned. Four staff members went head-to-head to carve up their entries. With a Β£100 prize to be donated to a charity of their choice, the competition was fierce!

    Our Facebook followers voted over the Halloween week and with 62% of the vote, Assistant Grace Tompsett scooped the prize for her gruesome looking pumpkin!

    Grace has donated her Β£100 to the fantastic, Parkinson’s UK.

    Well done, Grace!

  7. Renters Reform Bill

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    🏘🏠 Calling all Landlords! 🏘🏠

    Have you heard of the impending legislative changes which look to abolish the current Section 21 procedure for eviction?

    ⏰ Time is of the essence! ⏰

    If you would like to secure possession of your property imminently, you need to act now.

    If you have any questions or would like to start the process of eviction, please call our expert, Kirsty Dare on πŸ“ž 01626 772 441.


  8. We’re Hiring!

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    Secretarial Support Scott Richards Solicitors, Teignmouth

    Would you like to join the 4-day a week SR team as a valued member of our admin support team?

    Do you possess excellent communication, IT, and customer service skills?

    If so, you could be just what we are looking for.

    Our Private Client team have a vacancy for an additional Assistant to provide administrative support with all aspects of Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, and Probates.

    Our Commercial Property team have a vacancy for an additional Assistant to provide administrative support with all aspect of business ventures, company transactions including sales, purchases and leases.

    In both departments successful applicants would assist with our varied client enquiries, make appointments as required and ensure our clients always experience the best care and empathy from our staff.

    We hope that the right candidates for each dedicated team will bring their accurate typing skills, amazing attention to detail, and a high standard of grammar, spelling and punctuation with them.

    Effective admin support ensures that our Solicitors and Paralegals can progress matters from file openings through to completion and closure. Work is mainly progressed through BigHand dictations and includes dealing with general file management, compliance, and working efficiently within our Leap case management system.

    The teams would benefit further if you were a multi-tasker and who can work to deadlines.

    Do you have previous legal experience that you could bring to this role, or would you like to make a complete change from your current non-legal position? Either way, we can provide ongoing SR training to the successful candidate.

    If you feel either role is for you, please forward an up-to-date CV with a covering letter explaining why you would be suitable to join SR, to Lindsey McIntyre, HR Manager ( If you have any questions about the role, please do give Lindsey a call on 01626 771194.

    Closing Date: Sunday 22nd October 2023 (6pm)

    Interview Date: Tuesday 14th November 2023 – no other dates available

    Job Types: Permanent, Full-time

    Salary: From Β£19,000.00 per year

    Secretarial Support – Teignmouth TQ14 –

  9. New Partners – Official Announcement

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    Scott Richards Solicitors are delighted to welcome Camille Wotton and Reuben Barnett into the Partnership.

    Camille is a dedicated Private Client Solicitor, having specialised in Wills, Probates/Estate Administration and Lasting Powers of Attorney following the completion of her training contract with Scott Richards in 2019.

    Reuben is an experienced Residential Conveyancing Solicitor, having practiced at a number of local firms, before joining Scott Richards in June 2021. Reuben handles a wide range of property transactions, including buying and selling houses & flats, transfers of equity, re-mortgages and lease extensions.

    Jamie Dyson, Managing Partner says, β€œWe are thrilled to announce the promotions of Camille and Reuben in recognition of their contributions not only to Scott Richards, but the legal profession. Becoming a Solicitor takes years of hard work and dedication, and that deserves huge credit. To go one step further by becoming a Partner is something we are very proud to advocate, and both are well deserving of the accolades.

    Camille is a real success story for Scott Richards. Having joined us as a legal assistant, Camille has justified every step of her climb through the ranks to Partnership. Camille joining the Partnership reflects her dedication to her trade and exemplifies her patience – something Camille shows in abundance when helping her clients through the complicated nuances of probate at a time when they are grieving. Camille is a very astute lawyer and ranks among the best in the industry, locally for delivering a first-class client service.

    Equally, Reuben deserves every part of his success. Having joined the team during the height of the pandemic, Reuben wasted no time in showcasing his leadership qualities and is an extremely popular, and well-respected member of the team. Conveyancing is one of the most pressurised disciplines of law. We live in a world where, as consumers, we demand instant results and patience is becoming a forgotten virtue. Reuben is excellent at allaying any client fears that naturally occur as part of the conveyancing process and he continues to exceed the expectations of his clients.  

    Both promotions are testament to their hard work, and I am looking forward to supporting them as they learn more about the business operation side of running a legal practice.”

    Congratulations both!

    At Scott Richards, we are committed to providing comprehensive legal services in a straightforward and reliable way, whilst maintaining our social and environmental responsibilities. For a first-class service, delivered in a sustainable way, Go Green with Scott Richards Solicitors.

    To book an appointment with Camille, Reuben or any of our team at either our Teignmouth or Newton Abbot offices, call 01626 772 441 or email

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