Elf Day 2018

Staff from our offices took part in Elf Day to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. They raised over £340! Well done to everyone that took part.

The highlight of the day for most was the opportunity to Pie Face Paul Stock together with Tom Simpson, Scott Turner-Percy and Claire Atkinson. Unfortunately, Mr Stock wouldn’t allow the moment to be caught on camera but we can assure you it did happen!


Harold Stock & Co show their pedal power for Road Safety Week

We held a Virtual Cycle on 20th November 2018 at our Stockport office to raise funds for Brake, the Road Safety Charity. 

Collectively, we cycled 100.05km and have raised £210 so far. You can still donate to our Fundraising page https://www.gofundme.com/haroldstockvirtualcycl

Special thank to our super cyclists: Tom Simpson, Debra Woolfson, Francesca Rigby,  Kirsty Dunn, Tracey Hine, Danielle Eyres, Wendy Smith, Niamh Darraugh, Scott Turner-Percy, Darren McGuinness and Kelly Jackson. 

 

 


Stick or Twist – Is it a gamble to change solicitor?

As a specialist team with over 40 years experience in getting our clients the support and compensation that they deserve. We have seen a nervousness about asking for a second opinion. Whilst it has become the norm to change car insurer if you can find better cover, we are sometimes less confident about checking that we are getting all that we are entitled to when pursuing a claim for injuries suffered through no fault of our own.

Changing solicitors is as simple as calling a member of our team for a chat. If we can support you to get the best result possible, then all that needs to be done is to complete a simple transfer form with you and we will sort the rest.

Why would you need to consider changing solicitor? Here are some of the reasons we have seen:-

  • You have never met your solicitor.
  • Your solicitor doesn’t take your calls.
  • The firm you are using is closing down.
  • The person dealing with your claim appears inexperienced.
  • The solicitor acting for you doesn’t believe you can win.
  • You don’t feel that you are listened to – You feel part of a process rather than the effects of your injuries and losses being considered in the unique way that they should be.
  • You feel you are being ‘pushed’ to settle before you are fully recovered.
  • Your solicitor was chosen for you by your insurer, as you have legal expenses cover.

There is nothing to lose by speaking to us, there is no charge and you are not committing yourself to anything. The examples set out below may reassure you that we can, as your local solicitors, with specialist knowledge help you to sort out your claim.

John, a local factory worker, was involved in an accident that made back problems he had always suffered from much worse. As he had accident cover with his house insurance, those insurers chose a solicitor from a national firm for him. Unfortunately, they ignored his previous back problem and kept calling him to get him to agree to settle for £4,000, on the basis that his back symptoms were a new problem, ignoring his concerns. John called into our office and after discussions completed the form that enabled us to get his file which showed that he was right to question the advice that he had been given. With more detailed medical investigations, and after getting John some physiotherapy we were able to negotiate a settlement for his injuries and losses at over £10,000. John has continued to turn to Harold Stock & Co for all of his legal needs and says:

“Kirsty and the team treated me as a person, not a number. She was available at times that suited my shifts. She was quickly able to sort things for me and got a great result.”

John has referred family members and friends to Harold Stock & Co, having confidence in the service we provide.

Sharon, a company director, had suffered really poor treatment at her local hospital which affected her health and her ability to work. She decided that it was important to make a claim as she didn’t want others to go through the same trauma and pain that she had experienced. She initially chose a solicitor by responding to an advert on the TV. She never met her solicitor and became concerned when her calls were not returned, and when she did speak to her solicitor he didn’t seem to understand how her deteriorating health had affected her work. Sharon knew a member of our staff and met up with our medical negligence specialist, Debra, who got all the financial issues sorted with the assistance of an independent accountant. She also prepared detailed evidence so that the full effects of the delayed diagnosis, that the hospital accepted was its fault, were clear to everyone. Her settlement was nearly 12 times the amount that it had been suggested she settle for before the transfer. Sharon commented:

“Thank you for all your hard work in getting the settlement. It is very much appreciated and you have restored my faith in solicitors and the legal system”.

If you would like a second opinion in relation to your current claim, please contact Debra Woolfson or Kirsty Dunn on 01457 835597 or email info@haroldstock.com


Harold Stock & Co supporting mental health in Tameside

Harold Stock & Co. are proud to sponsor local mental health charity,  The Anthony Seddon Fund‘s annual charity night for the fourth consecutive year.

The Anthony Seddon Fund is based in Ashton-under-Lyne. The charity was founded by Donna Thomas and her husband, Brian following the death of their son, Anthony in 2013.

Anthony Seddon

Anthony was a lovely, warm young man with a brilliant sense of humour and a smile that could light up a room. He was popular, energetic and intelligent, but sadly struggled with bi-polar disorder from the age of 18. After a 12-year battle with the disorder, during which he was constantly in and out of hospital, sometimes struggling to cope with the debilitating side effects of strong medications, Anthony died by suicide on 31st March 2013. He was just 30 years old.

Anthony’s family were determined that something positive would come from Anthony’s death and founded the charity in his name. The charity helps people who are in a similar situation to that of Anthony and his family as well as aiming to educate the wider community about mental health.

The charity has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and the money raised by their charity night is vital to them if they are to continue to provide the support and services to the community.

The services provided by The Anthony Seddon Fund include a daily drop-in, a Suicide Bereavement Group, The Talk Shop – a drop-in for 9-19 year olds and much more. Full details of the services provided by The Anthony Seddon Fund can be found on their website www.tasfund.org.uk or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/theanthonyseddonfund

Tickets for the event can be purchased from The Anthony Seddon Fund shop at 1 Market Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, The Anthony Seddon Fund Centre at 12 George Street, Ashton-under-Lyne or from their website www.tasfund.org.uk/anthony-seddon-annual-fundraiser-2018 

The Annual Fundraiser


Looking Back At 2017 – A Legal Year In Review

As we get to the end of 2017, the clinical negligence and personal injury teams at Harold Stock & Co, thought it would be a good time to look back over the last 12months, as well as looking forward to 2018, when the firm will celebrate 40 years of working with and supporting individuals and businesses in Greater Manchester, from our Mossley, Stockport and Failsworth Offices. Continue reading…


Steer Clear of Traffic Accidents this Christmas

Extra Traffic on the Christmas Roads

Like it or not, the Christmas season is well and truly upon us. Which means that along with the drop in temperature, the roads around Stockport and Manchester are congested with extra traffic, as shoppers dash to the retail centres, in search of the perfect gift. Continue reading…


Top 10 Tips for Making your Will

Making a will is one of the most important things any of us can do to make sure our loved ones are well cared for after our death. Darren McGuinness, Solicitor at the Stockport Branch of Harold Stock & Co, shares his top ten tips for making sure your will covers ticks all the right boxes. Continue reading…


15 Common Conveyancing Questions

Moving house is one of the most stressful things any of us do. Just thinking about it raises the blood pressure. Rachel Inwood, Conveyancing Solicitor at Harold Stock & Co Solicitors, takes us through some of the common questions our clients ask about moving home and the Conveyancing process. Continue reading…