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Queries about divorce and separation increased by 41% in the first working week of the new year at Sheffield solicitors, Taylor&Emmet LLP.

The firm took a total of 31 calls from local people wanting initial advice about the breakdown of a relationship, compared to a weekly average of 22 during 2015.

Similar increases were seen in email enquiries and traffic to the family law pages of Taylor&Emmet’s website, where visitors can also access information about the options open to divorcing couples.

Michaela Heathcote, Taylor&Emmet’s head of family law, said: “The Christmas period puts immense strain on relationships and as a consequence, we see enquiries about divorce and separation peak in the first working days after the holidays. Making a break is a big decision and can be traumatic for everyone, especially children, so it is important to do your research and seek honest, practical advice about the options available.”

Taylor&Emmet rebrands Bakewell office

Sheffield solicitors, Taylor&Emmet LLP, will be changing the name of its Bakewell office – currently known as Cockertons – in the New Year.

From January 4, the Peak District branch will carry the Taylor&Emmet signage to complete its integration with the rest of the firm.

The merger of Bakewell stalwart, Cockertons, with Taylor&Emmet two years ago, has already increased the range of legal services available to the town’s residents and businesses. The firm is now introducing new branding to strengthen its identity in Derbyshire, creating clear links with other offices in Sheffield and Dronfield.

Pictured: Saskia Bex (left) with line manager John Green and Sophie Clithero (right) with line manager David Poddington

Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP is marking National Apprenticeship Week by rewarding its youngest members of staff with fulltime positions.

Both of the solicitors’ existing apprentices are taking up permanent roles as legal secretaries, after successfully completing their training.

School leavers, Saskia Bex (17) and Sophie Clithero (19), became Taylor&Emmet’s first intake of apprentices in September 2013. They now join the personal injury and employment law teams respectively, having gained a Chartered Institute of Legal Executives certificate for legal secretaries, the equivalent of a National Vocational Qualification level three.

Taylor&Emmet partner takes on four cities challenge

A keen cyclist from Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP is saddling up for an epic 380-mile ride around England to raise funds for the city’s Weston Park Hospital.

The firm’s head of business legal services, Rob Moore, will be joining a group of local professionals taking on 4Challenge 2015 in support of the dedicated cancer facility.

Rob is part of a 15-strong team cycling from London to Manchester and Leeds to Sheffield in just four days, from June 5-8. Organised by Taylor&Emmet client, Ask4, the challenge takes the group to the four internet service points in England and has been designed to test their mental as well as physical strength.