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********* CORONAVIRUS UPDATE *********

4 JANUARY 2021

In line with Government guidance our offices will remain open for prearranged appointments only.

We can and will continue to provide the full range of legal services and are able to offer appointments and advice by telephone or on any of the video message systems such as Teams, Zoom, Skype, etc.

Our team will continue to deal with your new and existing legal affairs promptly and efficiently via our secure remote working technologies.

If you have a legal problem you wish to discuss or you require an urgent appointment please contact us on one of the following numbers:

Hartlepool                    01429 235616

Peterlee                       0191 5865711

Durham                        0191 3830111

Wingate                        01429 838225

For our existing clients if you wish to contact us by telephone, each of our fee earners have direct dial numbers which we set out below:

Lisa Channon                  01429 230027

Catherine Donworth         01429 230031

Clair Dunkerley                 01429 230034

Imogen Ford                     0191 5879203

Helen Graham                  0191 5879200

Amanda Greggs               0191 3706624

Pauline Hunter                  0191 5879204

Kim Johnson                      0191 3706629

Kat Moody                         0191 5879209

Keith Morgan                     01429 230044

Chris Parker                      01429 230029

Lyn Ryan                           01429 230030

Catherine Turner               07793 201274

Ann Wilson                        01429 230028

If you wish to pay a bill please contact our Accounts Department on 01429 230040.  Our current preferred method of payment is bank transfer or card payment.

Please do not attend our offices if you or anyone you live with are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus.

Wishing good health to you, your friends and family and assuring you of our best attention at all times.


TMJ Legal Services has been helping individuals and businesses for over 30 years. We offer a range of advice and services. Your first appointment is free to help you weigh up your options.

We offer appointments in Hartlepool, Durham, Peterlee, Wingate and Newcastle, and will give you a tailored quotation for the cost of your case wherever we can.

We have many solicitors who are accredited specialists in their area of work, and can also offer representation under Legal Aid.

Browse through our site for information, factsheets and more. 

If you think we can help, please contact us and we will be happy to give you free initial advice.

Download our Terms and Conditions of Business

Feedback from real clients of TMJ Legal Services:

"Friendly welcome and service from your receptionist."     "Very efficient, great communication and very helpful."

"Receptionists were always friendly and courteous. Pauline Hunter was always available to answer my queries."

"Very happy with the services of TMJ" "I dealt with Kim [Johnson] and she was very good"  "Everything went well so just keep doing things to the same standard."

"Catherine [Donworth] made a stressful situation much easier to cope with as she was so pleasant and kept in communication at all times. I would highly recommend TMJ to anyone."  "Good value, highly competitive rates"




Employment Law - What is ACAS early consideration?

The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), is a non-departmental public body which provides free advice to employers, employees and their representatives. ACAS can help resolve conflicts in the workplace.

If you believe you have grounds to bring a claim against your employer/former employer in respect of a workplace dispute, you MUST informed ACAS before making a claim to an employment tribunal.

ACAS will then offer you 'early conciliation'. This is the formal procedure in which ACAS will attempt to speak with you and your employer about the dispute with the aim of helping the parties reach an agreement.  The early conciliation process used to last for 4 week however, it was recently extended to 6 weeks.

If you cannot reach an agreement then ACAS will issue you with a certificate to prove that you have attempted early conciliation.

You can then issue a claim at an employment tribunal.

A tribunal claim MUST be issued within 3 months less 1 day from the date of dismissal or the date the dispute arose. This time frame can be suspended during the ACAS early conciliation process. Calculating the time limits relevant to your claim can be complex and you should seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity, in order to protect your position.

If you miss the deadline for issuing your claim at a tribunal, it is only in rare and exceptional circumstances, that you would be granted permission to file your claim out of time. Originally if you miss the deadline to issue your claim, you would not be granted an extension of time.

This article is intended for general information purposes only and should not be relied upon in place of specific legal advice. If you have an employment related query then please do not hesitate to contact our litigation team for advice and assistance.


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