Commercial

Our commercial property department possesses a wealth of specialist technical knowledge in all areas of commercial property law.  We strive to provide friendly, expert advice to clients who are buying, selling, developing or managing freehold and leasehold commercial property. Our areas of expertise include property finance and corporate funding, acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold property, commercial development and advising landlords and tenants on commercial leases.

If you would like to discuss any of your property needs we would be happy to deal with all enquiries by phone, email or just call in to the office for a chat regarding your requirements.

Resolving financial matters after separation & divorce

One of the biggest worries you may face when you are separating or divorcing, is resolving often complex financial matters.

You may feel very vulnerable, as you may not be sure whether you can stay in your home, whether you will have to sell your home and how mortgage payments are to be met in the short and long term.

You may have business interests which you may wish to protect in the long term.

You may have questions about pensions and whether these should be retained or shared.

Resolving financial matters upon separation or divorce, to find the best solutions for you and your family, requires specialist advice. Our specialist team of family lawyers understand the complexities of resolving financial matters and will provide you with clear straight forward advice.

They will also give you information about non-court based solutions that could be right for your case such as:-

The collaborative law process

https://cflnortheast.co.uk/

http://www.resolution.org.uk/collaborative

Mediation

http://www.resolution.org.uk/mediation/

Our team also include experienced litigators for cases which have to be resolved by the court.

We believe it is important to have a good working relationship and so we always offer a no obligation initial meeting so you will feel confident and comfortable with our specialist team representing you.

Children

When relationships break down or become difficult, children can often be caught up in adult conflict.

Research shows that children can and will continue to thrive when their parents are able to agree arrangements for them.

Mediation and the Collaborative Law Process are non-court based options that can help you and your ex-partner reach solutions together, that will benefit your children.

However, sometimes it is unfortunately necessary to refer matters to a family court, when negotiations and discussions have broken down.

The Family Team at Kidd & Spoor are specialists who can deal with your matter whether as mediators, collaborative lawyers or representing you in court.

Pre-nuptial Agreements

Pre-Nuptial Agreements, sometimes called Pre-Martial Agreements, are commonly used by the rich and famous.

However, people entering second marriages or people who want to protect their wealth for their children should their marriage fail, can often benefit from making a Pre-Nuptial Agreement.

Planning a wedding can be a lovely experience and you may feel very uncomfortable thinking about what might happen if your relationship does not work out. What we know is almost half of marriages end in divorce. It seems sensible to consider how you can protect your assets in the event of your marriage breaking down. Historically Pre-Nuptial Agreements were not binding and some would say they were not worth the paper they were written on. All of that changed in 2010 when a Supreme Court decided Pre-Nuptial Agreements could be binding, subject to them being fair, properly drawn up and both parties having had full financial disclosure and appropriate good legal advice.

This can be a complicated area of law and our specialist legal team are well placed to advise you on Pre-Nuptial Agreements.

Police Station Advice

Understandably, we all hope never to break the law or require legal assistance at the police station under any circumstances, but you can never be sure what’s around the corner.

Quite often laws are broken inadvertently, unknowingly or as a consequence of someone else’s actions, where you are the innocent party. Whatever the cause, one thing is certain, you will need the services of our expert and experienced solicitors should that situation ever occur.

Kidd & Spoor offer a full police station advice service and can represent throughout the region, covering all aspects from minor road traffic incidents to the most serious of crimes.

We have represented the interests of local people for a great many years and you can rest assured we will continue to be there when you need us; acting on your behalf and guiding you through what can clearly be a stressful time.

We provide representatives for the Duty Solicitors Panels in the area; giving round-the-clock access to our expert services at local police stations.

Kidd & Spoor Solicitors are knowledgeable in all matters of criminal law and have acquired the sort of invaluable, practical experience necessary to deal with most situations; offering compassionate, rational and appropriate advice.

Should you need to enlist any of our services or if you have any questions you’d like to ask please contact us to arrange a confidential, no-obligation discussion regarding your circumstances.

Motoring Offences

At Kidd & Spoor our expert solicitors based in Newcastle upon Tyne are available to represent those who are accused of motoring offenses.

From speeding and driving without insurance, to drink driving and dangerous driving we can assist you with any road traffic matter, whether you have received a notice of intended prosecution or a summons, or you have been charged.

Such offences often result in significant fines, penalty points and driving disqualifications being imposed. Because we recognise how important your license is to you we will use our years of experience to help you avoid penalty points or disqualification.

Magistrates Court

If you have been charged by the police or received a postal requisition to attend court our expert Magistrates Court solicitors will guide you through the process providing the best quality advice and representation, whether you simply need advice on what to do, or you need representation on a guilty plea or for a trial.

Crown Court

Some cases end up at the Crown court for example serious matters that can only be dealt with at the Crown court ,or matters where either the defendant has elected Crown court trial with judge and jury or the Magistrates feel they are unable to deal with the case. Kidd and Spoor will also arrange representation at Crown court by a barrister although under some circumstances a member of the team will have the right to represent defendants at the Crown court for appeals and bail applications. Cases are fully prepared by the team here at Kidd & Spoor and you will be kept fully informed about the status of your case whether you are on bail or in custody.

Depending on your financial circumstances legal aid may be available for Crown court matters and as we have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency this will always be discussed at the start of your case. Fixed fees are available for people who do not qualify for legal aid.

Wills

Statistics tell us that 60% of the adult population don’t have wills, which is a remarkable figure as clearly, we all need one.

Without a will, you have no control over who sorts out your affairs or who gets what from your estate after you’ve died.

With some clear thought and simple planning a carefully drawn will can save you and your loved ones time, money and anxiety. Quite honestly, making a will doesn’t have to be a difficult or costly exercise and more often than not can be concluded relatively quickly.

That said, we must point out that there exists the potential for certain aspects to become fairly complex not least efficient tax planning. Therefore, these matters should not be entrusted to inexperienced, or unregulated operators.

Even if you have a will already you may need a new one! Circumstances change and certain changes can have a major impact on the validity of your will.

We charge a fixed fee for a straight forward will so contact our experienced wills team for a no obligation appointment.

Powers of Attorney

No one expects to become incapable of looking after their own affairs but, regrettably, many people do. A Power of Attorney authorising another person (or persons) to act on your behalf can deal with that possibility.

Creating and operating a Power of Attorney is, however, a specialist task and that’s where Kidd & Spoor can help. We have vast experience in this area and will guarantee that nothing is left to chance.

Expert, professional advice is always to be recommended and our experienced team will explain matters simply; helping you to understand the options and implications involved in various courses of action.

There are two types of power of attorney; one that deals with property and finance and another that deals with health and care. We can explain the difference and provide you with examples of how they both work in practice, and why it is necessary to consider both.

Where a person does not have capacity, a deputy can be appointed.

Clearly everyone’s situation will differ so we invite you to tell us about your own particular circumstances, concerns and issues – let’s see what we can do to help you plan effectively for the future and resolve any problems that may arise.