Lipreading Awareness Week – Sept 10 – 14th


During Lipreading Awareness Week free ‘taster’ sessions for classes in Lipreading
and Managing Hearing Loss will be held in various locations around the country.
When people lose their hearing it often means they gradually stop attending social
events as it can be so difficult to cope. This can result in isolation and depression.
While hearing aids have improved enormously in recent years, they are ‘aids’ to
hearing and don’t fix the problem in the way that glasses can for eyesight. It is still
difficult to hear in noisy environments. Attending a lipreading class offers the
chance to meet others in the same situation – the classes are relaxed and enjoyable
as well as informative.
Everyone already lipreads to a certain extent – think how we notice immediately if a
film is out of sync- your eyes are telling you something different from your ears.
As well as learning what sounds look alike on the lips the classes cover coping
strategies and discuss equipment that can help.
Judy Perry is a qualified lipreading tutor and has a hearing loss herself so
understands the challenges well. She will be running two free one-hour taster
sessions during Lipreading Awareness week this year, as follows:
Gerrards Cross
Tuesday 11 September at 3pm
in the Memorial Centre on East Common, and;
Friday 14 September at 11am
in the Community Room adjacent to the library in the High Street
For more information email – or just turn up!
For details of classes in other areas see:

Moving House in Time for Christmas?

The lead-up to Christmas is always an exciting and busy time.  Many people going through the process of buying a new home during this festive season hope to complete in time to celebrate Christmas day in their new home?
I love this time of year, and the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of clients who are moving home.  Yes, we are their solicitors, but we are not immune to the infectious ‘buzz’ around Christmas time!
If you are moving home in time for Christmas, it is important for you to select and instruct a solicitor as soon as possible, whilst gathering all relevant documentation, including records of any work you have done to it (if you are selling), and making sure you can demonstrate where your funds are coming from (if you are buying).
Find out from the estate agent what the selling-chain is on your transaction, and understand that it can take time to complete searches, perhaps around missing planning permission documents, tree preservation orders or a lack of building regulation documentation.  Finally, remember that monies have to be in place with your solicitor for both exchange-of-contracts and for completion.
Finally, I will leave you with the true ‘festive’ story concerning something even your solicitor cannot control – the weather! On the day of a completion, during a heavy snowfall, the buyer’s removal van arrived at their new property, only to find that the seller’s removal van had got stuck, leaving. The sellers were stranded at what was no longer their house!  The buyers offered the sellers the top floor for the night while the buyers occupied the ground floor so all could be sorted in the morning. It was, after all, the season of goodwill. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Janine Heil, Partner,
Leigh Duncan Solicitors

Christmas Camps with Playball – South Bucks

Get organised, and book your children into a fun active camp with Playball South Bucks.

The camp takes place on 20th to 22nd of December from 10am – 3pm in Knotty Green Village Hall in Beaconsfield.

Fun activities for children aged between 3 – 10 years.

Email or call 07736 405034




Buying or Selling a Property

In recent years, changes in legislation have resulted in an increase in the amount of information
and paperwork which buyers and sellers are obliged to hand over to their solicitors, following their
Moving home or investing in property is exciting, and with careful preparation, the client can assist
their solicitor in making the property transaction as slick and as stress-free as possible.
Any potential client, whether buyer or seller, might like to consider the following:
• Choose and instruct a solicitor as soon as possible.
• If you are selling, gather together all documentation relating to your home, including any work you
have done to it. Make sure it is in order with your solicitor before you have a definite buyer., so that
a contract package can be issued without delay.
• If you are buying, make sure you can demonstrate where your purchase funds are coming from
because your solicitor must comply with legislation concerning money laundering and mortgage
fraud and must maintain an ongoing process of due diligence ( do not take it personally, it is just an
unavoidable process).
• That ongoing duty of due diligence also requires you to prove your identity to your solicitor,
irrespective of whether you are buying or selling. Be prepared for some potentially probing enquiries!
Janine Heil, Partner,
Leigh Duncan Solicitors