Tips For Choosing The Right Family Law Solicitor

There are lots of family law solicitors Chester out there and it can be really confusing, especially if you have never needed one, on which one to pick. Whilst reviews are a great way of gauging whether they are a good solicitor, you need to find one that is best for you and works within your budget. We have put together a few questions you should ask when looking.

When did they qualify to be a solicitor?

Whilst experience is paramount, someone who has recently qualified could do a better job. However, with an experienced solicitor they will be able to steer you to a more successful outcome via the best route. 

Who will do the work?

You’ve picked a solicitor, but what’s to say they don’t delegate the work to others. Find out who will be doing the work and how easy they are to get hold of.

Have they always worked in family law?

Some solicitors may have years under their belt, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean years of experience in family law. Find out when they specialised in the sector and go from there. 

Are they accredited?

Any solicitor will be accredited which will either be by Resolution or Law Society which requires you to have demonstrable skill, knowledge and experience in the sector.

Are they respected locally or nationally?

Do they participate in charity events, local committees and overall well-respected by others in the local community and further afield?

What is the ethos of the firm?

Do they see themselves as the big shots of the law world or are they a close knit team who care for its clients? Taking a look at the staff can give you a good indication with their body language in whether this is the law firm for you. 

Are they cheap?

Whilst being cheap can be really great for your pocket, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality too. If they are giving the cheapest quote, either it’s unrealistic or they lack experience. Find out what the final costs will be before agreeing to anything as you don’t want to be caught out at the end with a hefty bill.

Things to Consider When Getting New Garage Doors

garage doors Chester

Choosing the correct garage doors Chester isn’t something you do every day. They’re not cheap – so it’s important to get it right the first time. There are a few different things to consider besides the price when choosing, which can be confusing. Thankfully, we’re here to help you decide what to go for.

Main Points to Consider When Choosing Garage Doors: 

Just to give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve put a list together which outlines the main things you should look at when buying garage doors:

  •     Price RangeHow much are you willing to spend/how much can you afford?
  •     SecurityHow much protection against thieves and intruders do you want?
  •     MaintenanceHow much time are you willing to spend in order to keep your doors looking great and working properly?
  •     InsulationDo you need your garage to keep warm or are you just using it to leave the car in there?
  •     ColourDepending on which material you choose; the range of colours will differ.

All these parts to your decision will also be limited to the space you have. The size of the opening on your garage, and the available area for mechanisms.

If you are getting a new garage built, then it might be best to choose your garage doors first to make sure that the new build accommodates for them.

The same goes for the space outside your garage doors. You must make sure there is enough room for the doors to swing out whilst opening.

Material Choices for Garage Doors

The four common materials used when manufacturing garage doors is:

  •     Steel
  •     Aluminium
  •     Timber
  •     Glass reinforced polyester or Fibreglass

The style home/building you’re choosing the doors for should influence your decision most when it comes to materials. A contemporary style house would need something modern to tie in with it, which would be difficult to achieve with a timber garage door. The same could be said for a traditional build if you put steel doors with it. However, this is down to personal preference.

Steel doors are light and easy to manage. They are usually supplied already primed and ready for the customer to apply a colour coating of their choice.

Aluminium doors are better suited for buildings which have living spaces above them due to noise reasons when opening and closing.

Timber garage doors were a popular choice, but these have now been replaced by fibreglass doors. Fibreglass doors have the strength and durability making them resistant to knocks and rot – reducing on going maintenance.

Opening Mechanisms for/Styles of Garage Doors

When choosing the doors, an important part to think about is the way that they open. This will determine its convenience for how you are using your garage – not many use it for just storing the car these days.

The options for opening mechanisms are:

  •     Up-and-over garage doors

These do what they say in the name. The open up and go over the garage space. They are the most common style in use today. This style is simple to install and use, making them a cheaper option. The only downside is that they open out into the driveway – so are not suitable if you have limited space.

  •     Sectional garage doors

This style door is made up of panels rather than a single panel, which allows it to easily slide up and back into the garage to sit on top of rails, and doesn’t require space to swing out onto the driveway. This is a more complex mechanism so you can expect it to cost more – especially if it is fitted with an electrical opener.

garage doors Chester

  •     Roller garage door

Roller doors work like sectional garage doors, but have very small panels which roll up and fold at the top of the garage opening, using up little space. This style is easy to use, and is very secure.

garage doors Chester    Side-hinged garage doors

This opens like normal doors on a hinge, which is usually split into two. These are perfect when the regular access to the garage is on foot. They can be very secure and take up little space inside the garage, although they do open out into the drive.

  •     Round-the-corner or side-sliding garage doors

This is a style of sectional garage door which folds around to the side of the garage interior rather than the top. These are handy as you don’t need to open them fully to gain access.


What You Need To Know Before Hiring an Architect Chester


Whether you are looking for a few minor tweaks to your property or a whole home renovation, an architect Chester can be the best decision you make!

Architects come in handy when there are home improvements that are beyond your reach and many of us prefer to get the professionals in to make more use of space inside their homes. There are plenty of architects out there so it can feel a little daunting on where’s best to start, however, we have done all the hard work for you with our handy guide – giving you everything you need to know before jumping into the deep end.

Understand How an Architect Works

Hiring anyone to do work for you, regardless of the reason, does require some open mindedness. This means that you may need to be flexible and be open to different ideas to get the most out of your architect. Afterall, you’re hiring an architect to use their expansive knowledge and listen to their expert advice.


Everything takes time and this is no different when it comes to designing your home. There are lots of pieces that have to be put into place before you architect can even begin which includes:

  •         Building regulations
  •         Planning permissions
  •         Council guidelines

After knowing what you can and can’t do, your architect can then advise on the possibilities for your home. Just be mindful that your grand ideas are not likely to happen overnight.


To avoid any bumps in the road, be clear on your budget with your architect. This way you won’t be hit with any nasty surprises or end up needing your architect to go back to the drawing board after you let them know it’s out of your price range. Some architects are paid by the hour too so not only are you wasting time but also wasting your budget which could be spent on your home redesign.

Consider Long-Term Design

Your architect should point this out – consider what your home will look like in the long term before going ahead with an ultra on trend design. You don’t want to be redesigning again in a couple of years time so be clever with your design and create something that is built to last – no matter how many years later.

Ask Around

When looking for an architect, the best place to start is with family and friends. Not only can they advise on how their architect worked with them but you can also have a nosy at their home and see the architects projects in the flesh.


10 Facts About Chester

Chester Roman Ruins

Everyone who’s ever stepped foot in Chester will undoubtedly have been blown away by its sheer beauty and fantastic sights. It should come as no surprise then that it made 5th place on a list of Europe’s best-looking cities.

To commemorate this achievement, here are some facts about Chester that you may not have known about.

  1. Chester used to be known as ‘Deva’ back when the Romans had a settlement back in 79 AD. It was used as a fortress and was once of the largest throughout Britain.
  2. It’s lasted the years and is claimed to be the best preserved walled city throughout Britain as there are little lapses in the quality throughout the town walls.
  3. St Werburgh is the patron saint Chester. He had a massive impact on convent reform for the whole of England.
  4. Although welcoming to all cultures in this day and age, the Chester of 1403 was a no-go for any people from Wales. Henry V ordered that they all be banished from its grounds or suffer execution.
  5. The magnificent Chester Cathedral is the most popular tourist attraction all throughout the North West region and is a place of respected worship.
  6. A stroll will undoubtedly allow you to come across the Roman amphitheatre: a major attraction which used to seat 7000 spectators. It is the largest of its ilk in the country.
  7. A hard to miss venue is the Chester Racecourse which is also the oldest of its kind and also a sporting venue in general. 1539 saw the first race taking placing there with many more years of competition to follow.
  8. Chester’s Rows are unique in that they are present in all four of the city’s main streets and cannot be found elsewhere in the world; a definite walking opportunity if ever there was one.
  9. As of 2011, 118,200 people resided in Chester with them being varied across all kinds of background but with the majority claiming Christianity as their religious belief.
  10. King Arthur is reputed to have taken part in a bloody battle within the city.

Things to Do in Chester

Things To Do in ChesterThere are so many attractions in Chester that you’d be amazed at the variety of things to do and see. From animal parks to cathedrals, take a look at some of the top places to be from the list compiled below.

Chester Zoo

One of the biggest and best zoos all over the country, Chester Zoo draws the crowds and it’s little surprise when you consider how much fascination fun you can get up to.

As the UK’s largest charity based zoo, this enclosure has a wide array of exotic and regional animals for your amazement. The cheeky chimps are always a great draw which is apparent when you consider at least 1.4 million people visit each year!

The only times when this much-loved zoo isn’t open is on Christmas and Boxing Day and with such wonder to be found, make sure you take a walk on the wild side as soon as you can.

Chester Racecourse

A favourite amongst the rich and famous, Chester Racecourse has plenty of thrills but hopefully no spills to take your interest.

The grand stage couldn’t be a more perfect place to hold horse racing and it’s obvious as soona s you walk through the entrance to this famed course. Adjacent to the historic Roman walls, jockeys do battle over the superb green and there are events held there regularly.

With superb facilities to boot, those in the gambling mood should give Chester Racecourse a punt very soon.

Chester Roman Gardens

As a region, Chester has always had it fair share of historians traipsing its mythos and this is all down to the variety of monuments to its previous inhabitants: the mighty Romans of old.

The Chester Roman Gardens offer not only a picturesque setting but one that will endear the inner Tony Robinson in all of us down to the fascinating and charming information points dotted all over this historic landmark.

These locations are just a sample of what the great area has to offer. To unearth all of its hidden gems, nooks and crannies, the only thing to do is to explore Chester!

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Creamfields Music Festival

creamfieldsCreamfield music festival returns to Daresbury, Cheshire on the August Bank Holiday weekend of Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th 2013.

Make some noise for undoubtedly one of the world’s biggest and most impressive music festivals that the world has to offer. Holding the reputation for being one of the most impressive outdoor music festivals, the dance festival sets out to provide the clubbing experience in a large outdoor arena, which has now become one of the most renowned and popular open air electronic festivals in the world.

The festival always lives up to its reputation and anticipation, with consistent world-class lineups, with hot and top DJs, an unbeatable atmosphere and combination of stages, venues and arenas. This years event will be huge. You can expect some spectacular sets from:

The Prodigy, Avicii, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, Above & Beyond, Eric Prydz, Knife Party, Paul van Dyk, Groove Armada, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Sub Focus, Afrojack, Alesso, Marco Carola, Ferry Corsten, Eddie Halliwell, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, NERVO, Solomun, AlunaGeorge, Madeon, Sasha, Julio Bashmore, Maceo Plex, Eats Everything, Baauer, Jackmaster, Redlight and Maya Jane Coles.

Creamfields has even won awards, when put up against famous festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading and V Festival, whereby it won the ‘Best Festival’ award during the Music Week Awards.

If electronic music is your ‘thing’ or if you just fancy a big blowout, Creamfield is most definitely for you.


There are camping tickets, as well as day tickets that are available right now. For hotel accommodation in Chester, you can find a huge array of different types, suited to different budgets. If you aren’t into camping, there are plenty of other options outside of the Creamfields Festival.

CarFest North 2013

CarFest NorthOulton Park Race Circuit in Cheshire is set to be the venue for this year’s CarFest North 2013, with the event taking place from 2nd to 4th August.

A former stately home which will be 60 years old in 2013, Oulton Park’s combination of stunning scenery and spectacular racing make it one of the most picturesque and best loved race circuits in the country, for both the drivers and spectators.

This venue brings a plethora of excitement, giving you the experience to enjoy watching some of the world’s greatest cars charging around the race track. There will also be many opportunities to get inside these cars to take a look, as well as enjoy live music, relax in front of the arena and much more fun activities that will ensure you have an amazing time at the festival.

The festival will see cars race around the track, along with a car auction, music, food, family activity, accommodation and much more. For those that make the trip from further afield, Cheshire is known for its wealth of places to stay on short breaks and holidays, so getting yourself checked into a hotel or guesthouse is highly recommended!

The CarFest North 2013 festival will see 3 evenings full of great music, with the liked of Texas, Jamie Cullum, The Feeling and Bellowhead all set to be present showing off their talent.

There are a limited number of Friday 2nd August CarFest North only, as the tickets have been “hotter than hotcakes”. There is camping facilities for those that wish to camp out at the festival, making it perfect for anyone after a weekend away without paying for a hotel room.

What’s on in North Wales this weekend?

Chester Rocks

2013 sees one of Chester Rocks’ hottest line ups to date with stunning acts ‘The Wanted’ performing on the 15th of June with special guests Union J, and Jessie J will be performing on the 16th of June, with special guests Lawson.

These fantastic acts will be performing right on Chester Racecourse, one of the finest and renowned outdoor music venues there is.

Jessie J is taking the music scene by storm and just announced she had a special ‘treat’ lined up to for comic relief. Meanwhile The Wanted have just been awarded the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the USA.

Chief Executive Richard Thomas announced the line up with “Everyone at the racecourse is really excited to be hosting Chester Rocks again, this is a fantastic event for Chester and the North west to have; The Wanted and Jessie J on two consecutive days is amazing, I have no doubt that demand for tickets will be very high and attract attention from across the UK.”

The event is set to be a massive spectacle of music and fun, you definitely don’t want to miss out on Chester Rocks and see these 4 incredible acts.

If you arent local to the area there’s a variety of accomodation in the area to make full use of

Chester Regatta

The annual Chester regatta is returning to us once again on Saturday the 15th of June. The regatta includes a rowing competition, the oldest of its kind in the world which was first established in 1733. Over 200 crews to battle it out in a knock out style series of fast-paced races, for all ages and racing boat styles.

This is an awesome day out for all the family to enjoy, presenting the chance to be a part of an event which is a vital part of not only Chester’s history, but the history of regattas worldwide.

The venue of the race is The River Dee, the regatta ground is based at Sandy Lane next to the Sailing Club races kick off at the red house and end just past the sailing club.
Food and drink will be readily available at the regatta ground, with a number of different stalls to get goods from.

Over 22 clubs will be competing overall, with a great course, great location and a wide range of events. The course is 750 metres wide and straight, with plenty of room to warm up at the start. There’s easy boating and a lot of rigging space to make the experience as smooth as possible. The wide range of events covers all levels so everyone can get involved! With sections for Juniors, Seniors, Masters, Novices and even open, all boat classes. The winners will be rewarded with specially engraved Victor Ludorum Trophies in the junior and senior trophies, for the most successful club/school or university to keep. In the refreshments tent there will be bacon/sausage butties, burgers, cakes, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks, including beer, and even more munch to be had!

Chester itself is a lovely city, there’s loads to do, especially in summer, so you’d do well to make a weekend out of it all, there’s Roman Walls to walk, a 13th century Cathedral, lots of amazing cafes and pubs. There’s plenty of accommodation in Chester, with hotels from budget to 5*, bed and breakfasts. Why not stick around and make a weekend of it?

Regardless this year’s Chester Regatta is sure to be a phenomenal event and a perfect way to spend a weekend of precious summertime.