Tilly Bailey & Irvine law firm tackles taboos through digital media
SOLICITORS Tilly Bailey & Irvine are effectively using social media to raise awareness of the legal rights available to women on issues including forced marriage, embryology and revenge porn.
Its Family Law Team (pictured l-r above eft to right Jackie Bramley, Paralegal, Kirstey Maloney, Partner, Family Law Team, Christine Smith, Domestic Violence Practitioner) has dealt with a significant number of cases during the past 12 months, many of which have been complex with some novel points in law.
In depth blog articles on topics that are often taboo and interaction on its Facebook page have enlightened many women to why they shouldn’t suffer in silence.
“You will see from the depth and complexity of some of the Family Law issues we deal with every day that people are keen to share our news stories as they relate not just to women specifically but the community as a whole and we are passionate about giving the highest quality legal advice possible no matter how contentious the issue.”
Based at four locations across the North-East – Hartlepool, Stockton, Wynyard and Barnard Castle, Tilly Bailey & Irvine Law Firm has 16 partners and over 150 employees with a history stretching back 150 years.
It is the largest full-service firm in the area and bases its business strategy on the traditional values of courtesy, integrity and friendliness while providing clients from across the UK with a service which is both cost-effective and personal.
“Our Facebook page is testament to the growing interest in these types of issues as our audience has grown significantly on this platform but more so the engagement we get on there from our followers.”
Digital marketing manager, Sharon Williams, said: “We’ve built long term relationships with many of our clients and advise private clients over many generations from the same family. The types of businesses we advise are predominantly SMEs and sole traders and we also have a strong agricultural practice.
“We have relationships with local accountants, banks and insolvency practitioners and work with other local organisations, such as charities, networking organisations and many referrers/intermediaries.
“We have a large Family Law Team that has a presence across all of our four North-East offices. Historically, the team focused on legally aided work, ensuring that the most vulnerable members of society received high quality legal advice. Whilst we did also offer Family Law services to more affluent individuals on a private fee paying basis, this was not our core business or focus.
“However, given the severe cuts in legal aid funding and also the development of other, commercial areas of the firm, we have more recently begun to develop the private fee paying divorce and general Family Law area of the business from our Commercial office based in Wynyard.
She added: “This certainly does not detract from our commitment to assist the disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals or those on a low income as we continue to offer the same high quality services in relation to legally aided domestic violence and childcare issues as always whilst also offering support on a fixed fee basis to those who would previously have received legal aid.”
It has legitimate specialists in all areas of Family Law and regularly act in complex and difficult cases including:
-Female Genital Mutilation upon which there was no case law in relation to the making of final orders and retention of passport/restrictions upon travel.
-Restriction of Parental Responsibility
-Non-molestation and Occupation Orders, including Non-Molestation Orders being made on an indefinite basis
-Mental Health aspects including representing clients who lack capacity, taking instructions via the Official Solicitor
-Cases with the International elements
-Private Law Care Proceedings
-Public Law Care Proceedings
-Human fertilisation and embryology issues
“Our Facebook page is testament to the growing interest in these types of issues as our audience has grown significantly on this platform but more so the engagement we get on there from our followers,” she explained.
Some of the latest stories that have published on its News & Opinion blog that have had the most interaction and interest are:
–What Is Domestic Abuse?
–Should Your Wedding Plans Include a Pre-Nuptial Agreement?
–Five Important Things To Do After Someone Dies
–Advice On Honour Based Violence & Forced Marriages
–Revenge Porn Is A Criminal Offence – Don’t Suffer In Silence
–Social Media & Divorce – A Continuing Trend
Sharon added: “You will see from the depth and complexity of some of the Family Law issues we deal with every day that people are keen to share our news stories as they relate not just to women specifically but the community as a whole and we are passionate about giving the highest quality legal advice possible no matter how contentious the issue.”
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