Letting agent spots an opportunity in town blighted by estate agency cartel

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Letting agent spots an opportunity in town blighted by estate agency cartel previous nextAgencies & PeopleLetting agent spots an opportunity in town blighted by estate agency cartelWeston Super Mare lettings agency Glentworth has opened a branch in neighbouring Burnham-on-Sea to combat “negativity” of agents discovered price fixing in the town last year.Nigel Lewis5th June 201801,220 Views A Somerset letting agency based in Weston-Super-Mare has spent £250,000 opening a branch in neighbouring Burnham-on-Sea to combat the “negativity” created by the illegal cartel uncovered by the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) in the town last year.Glenthworth Lettings has opened its branch on College Street in Burnham and taken on three new staff to run the branch.Five local agents were fined more than £370,000 after being found to have colluded to set a minimum commission rate of 1.5%.The agents were Abbott & Frost, Gary Berryman Estate Agents, Greenslade Taylor Hunt and West Coast Property Services (UK) Ltd.Glenthworth’s Managing Director Darren Clapp told a local website that it’s a “ a lovely town that needs confidence in the property market,” he said.“We have moved to Burnham due to the negative in the local estate market over recent months.”Burnham-on-SeaThe local property market has taken a battering since the cartel was exposed in September last year, which involved agents who the CMA said controlled 95% of the local market.In April two directors of Abbott & Frost were disqualified as directors and banned from taking up any directorships for three years.The Burnham branch opening by Glentworth is part of an aggressive thrust by Darren to expand his 20-year-old family business, with further branch openings planned in Bridgewater, Taunton and Portishead this year and next.The new branch is also home to one of Darren’s other businesses, national property inspections software supplier KPR. He also runs a franchised commercial property sales firm and is on the management board of a local hotel and spa.Glentworth Burnham on sea cartel Somerset estate agent CMA Darren Clapp June 5, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Future of Evansville Law Library In Doubt With Passing Of Beloved Librarian

first_imgReed, who served as librarian since 1985, passed away March 19 in Evansville. She was 68. A accomplished keyboardist, Reed developed a deep knowledge of legal resources and patiently helped lawyers and nonlawyers alike ferret through reporter books, law journals and treatises to find the information they needed.“She was faithful and loyal and efficient,” said Vanderburgh Circuit Senior Judge Carl Heldt. “She took care of people that used the law library.”Reed was the only librarian at the William H. Miller Law Library and now, even though the library is open each weekday, no one is available to help the patrons. The Vanderburgh Law Library Foundation board is beginning to consider what to do next but board president, Yvette LaPlante, said closure is an option.Founded in the early 1900s, the law library is located across the hall from circuit court in the Civic Center Complex. It has about 22,000 volumes and 6,000 volumes on microfiche, including an extensive collection of Indiana resources. It receives financial support from circuit court, the library foundation, and the Evansville Bar Association as well as private donors.Statistics keep by Reed indicated use by lawyers had dropped and that 50 percent of the people coming to do legal research did not have any legal training. Consequently, the library provided a point of access for nonlawyers to the courts. Individuals could visit to make a photocopy or find the answer to their questions.LaPlante recounted the story of a man who came in wanting to research the constitutionality of Indiana’s seat belt law. Most attorneys probably would have told him to just pay the ticket but Reed took the time to search through the materials with him.“I absolutely see a need for it,” LaPlante said of the library. “I think it’s useful to both attorneys and the public.”When he was starting as an attorney in Evansville, Robert Carithers saw the library as leveling the playing field against banks and insurance companies. The corporations had access to large firms which, at that time, all had well-stocked law libraries. As a small practitioner and, for a while, deputy prosecutor, Carithers was able to go down the street to the local law library and find information he needed to win the case.The migration of resource materials from paper to the internet cut down on the need for attorneys to use the library for research. Still older books and some specialized publications are not always online, plus, as LaPlante found, the statute citations in Westlaw and Lexis Nexis can sometimes disagree, which necessitated turning to the original source.Reed and the county law library still had value in the digital age. Attorneys could call Reed on the phone, tell her what they were looking for and she would locate it, copy it then fax it to them. In addition, she developed a special fondness for the writings of 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, often reading his opinions and discussing them with attorneys.“She was a librarian,” Heldt said. “Very bright, very meticulous, she carefully chose her words. She was quite but no shrinking violet.”The foundation board had been anticipating it would soon have to decide the future of the library since Reed was past retirement age. But, Heldt noted, board members were counting on Reed being around to help them determine what should happen.He anticipates the board will have a decision by mid-summer.Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Reed was the organist at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Evansville and served as principal organist and harpsichordist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. She also taught music at the University of Evansville.She arrived in Evansville in 1975, after earning master of music degree at the University of Michigan.“She was just a very caring individual,” Carithers said. “Helen helped a lot of people. Everybody is just brokenhearted at losing her.” Future Of Evansville Law Library In Doubt With Passing Of Librarian FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img The fate of the Vanderburgh County law library, one of the few public law libraries in Indiana, is uncertain following the sudden death of its longtime librarian Helen Skuggedal Reed.last_img read more

Syracuse names Kirk Martin as new quarterbacks coach

first_imgSyracuse has named Kirk Martin, who has developed numerous Division I quarterbacks at the high school level, as its quarterbacks coach for the upcoming season.Since graduating after four years as a tight end at the University of Texas at El Paso, Martin has spent years since coaching high schools in Texas. His most recent 10 years were spent at Manvel High School in Houston, where he started the program and put up a 108-25 record while in charge. Twice, Manvel made it to the state championship game, including this past season when its only loss came to state-power Highland Park in the title game.Martin’s time at Manvel coincided with five quarterbacks going on to play at the Division I level. He sent D’Eriq King to Houston, Kyle Trask to Florida, Travaughn Colwell to New Mexico State, Dexter Foreman to Minnesota and then Maryland and now incoming North Texas freshman Kason Martin will begin collegiate play next season.Three of Martin’s children played for him at Manvel and now play collegiately. Koda Martin, one of his sons and a rising senior offensive lineman at Texas A&M, is married to Babers’ daughter, Jazzmin.Sean Lewis, who had previously been a co-offensive coordinator and the Orange’s quarterbacks coach, was hired to be the head coach at Kent State earlier this offseason.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 3, 2018 at 12:23 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more