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march 2018 t: 01505 613340 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Legal Blog by Isabella McKerrow, Affinity Family Law The Cost Of Divorce 25 A major concern when a person is contemplating raising divorce proceedings or defending divorce proceedings is how much they will have to pay their solicitor for legal fees. Legal fees in divorce can be extremely expensive as the chef Marco Pierre White and his wife found out when, after a highly contested divorce action which had been litigated in court for eight years, they had to abandon it due to the astronomical legal expenses they had each incurred. Where a divorce is likely to be contested, a solicitor is unable to advise you at the outset of how much your legal expenses will be as much is dependent on the length of time it will take parties to reach an agreement, or where no agreement is reached, for the court to decide the issue. In such a case the solicitor is likely to take the case on “a time and line basis” whereby they will provide you with a quote for their hourly rate and charges are incurred for the time spent working on your case and drafting letters and making telephone calls etc. While they will not be able to provide an estimate of the full costs due to the contested nature of the case, they will be able to advise you at each stage of the case the legal expenses and outlays that have been incurred. In cases where the divorce is unlikely to be contested a solicitor may be willing to take your case on a fixed fee basis, whereby they will advise you at the outset of the exact fee they will charge and what the outlays will be. Essentially the cost of legal fees in divorce is dependent on the particular circumstances of the case and the type of court procedure it falls under. Kilbarchan March 1918 New Memorial to World War One Heroes Inverclyde Council has created a new memorial to a group of Port Glasgow men killed in the First World War. The original bronze plaque bearing the names of the 29 Toll Boys is to be moved from the wall of the building at 5 Glasgow Road - where the old Toll House stood - to allow for the regeneration of the local area. Environment & Regeneration Convener Councillor Michael McCormick said: “I am delighted the new memorial has been completed in plenty of time to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. So many lives were lost, not just here in Port Glasgow and Inverclyde, that we owe it to the sacrifice and selflessness of all who served to pay our respects in the best way we can.” Depute Provost Councillor David Wilson said: “Every year the Toll Boys feature prominently in our local Remembrance Day programme and we want to continue with that tradition whilst of course honouring their memory and sacrifi ce. The Council has come up with a sympathetic design which creates a new local focal point for the town and serves as a lasting and fi tting tribute to the Toll Boys.” The Toll Boys were all local unemployed men who spent their days repairing furniture at the Toll House to help others in the local community. Ronald Wilson is Chair of the Kindred Clubs of Port Glasgow who asked for Council support for the new memorial. He said “It is fitting that we honour the memory of not only these young lads, but also those local men and women who have laid down their lives in subsequent confl icts.” A re-dedication ceremony for the monument will be held later this year. Private William Gray Telford served in the 24th Battalion of the Machine Gun Corps (MGC) then was posted to the 8th Battalion MGC on 21st January 1918. In the 1911 census he lived with his mother and four brothers at 11 Low Barholm. All the boys had been born in the village. In 1911 William was a postman. He married Catherine McLarty and they lived at 30 New Street. On 21st March 1918 the Germans launched 'Operation Michael', a major offensive which put the Allies on the back foot for some time. The attack was preceded by a massive bombardment with the German guns fi ring far into the Allies’ defences. William Telford (31) was killed on 21st March and has no known grave. He is remembered on Panel 90-93 on the Pozieres memorial. Private Alexander Rictchie, 7th Gordons, 152nd Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division enlisted in October 1915 and was initially in the Cameron Highlanders before being transferred to the Gordons. The family lived at 20 New Street at the time of his death. Before the war he had worked in the Johnstone Labour Exchange (Job Centre). Like William Telford he was a victim of the German March Offensive. His battalion was in reserve on the 21st, but the German assault was rapid and he was killed on 22nd March 1918. He was slightly wounded by shrapnel and as he made his way to a dressing station he was fatally wounded. He has no known grave and is commemorated on Bay 8 and 9 on the Arras Memorial. Corporal John Meikle, Military Arras Memorial Medal, 7th Argylls, 154th Brigade, 51st (Highland) Division. John was killed on 23rd March 1918, the third day of the German offensive. He had won his M.M. in the autumn of 1917. He had joined the army in Paisley in December 1915. He worked as a plumber in his father’s business which was at 3 The Cross, with the home at 25 New Street. In the retreat in the face of the German advance his company had been ordered to defend a position. A Seaforth major ahead of the Argylls was hit and Corporal Meikle crawled fi fty yards to bind the officer’s wound: as he made his way back a sniper shot him in the head. He was unmarried and thirty years old. He has no known grave and is remembered on Bay 9 of the Arras Memorial. @GryffeAds www.advertizer.co.uk