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Victory for Charities in Landmark Judgment

March 22nd, 2017

The recent judgment by the Supreme Court on the Illot versus The Blue Cross and others case was a triumph for charities named in Wills. This judgment finally marks the end of a legal battle that has been raging since 2004.  It was also a blow to adult non-dependent children of the deceased who wish […]

A Day In The Life Of A Family Law Solicitor

March 17th, 2017

Being a Family Law Solicitor can be challenging and rewarding. You never quite know what the day has in store and you meet so many different types of people who all have different priorities. The reality is that none of our clients want to be in a position where they need a Family Law Solicitor, but […]

All About Conveyancing: Don’t Get It Wrong

March 16th, 2017

What is conveyancing, how long does it take, and what can go wrong? There has been much media coverage about the decline in home ownership, the rise of private renting, and general affordability issues when it comes to owning your own property. Despite the dreary tidings, owning a home of their own is still high on the […]

Legal Aid Now Available For Victims of Domestic Violence

March 10th, 2017

Government makes long-awaited changes to help victims of domestic violence obtain legal aid The Ministry of Justice has, at long last, relaxed the rules on evidence that has to be obtained before a victim of domestic violence can get Legal Aid to assist with sorting out a divorce or finances or arrangements for children after […]

Probate Court fees rise sharply

March 8th, 2017

As of May 2017, sharp increases in Probate Court fees are set to be implemented. Such fees are applicable when a Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration is required in order for an Executor or Personal Representative to deal with a person’s estate when they die.  This document allows them to, for […]

Opposite-sex Couple Lose Their Appeal to Enter Into a Civil Partnership

March 2nd, 2017

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidon have been together for 7 years and have a 20-month old daughter. They don’t want to get married but they do want legal recognition of their commitment to each other. They believe they should be able to enter into a civil partnership.   Civil Partnerships were introduced in the UK […]

Employment Law & The Gig Economy

January 6th, 2017

At the tail end of 2016, the term “Gig Economy” was thrown sharply into the limelight. It sounds like a new phenomenon, but really it pretends to be much like the old practice of freelance work, enhanced by the use of technology. With fewer people working in traditional ‘jobs for life’, it is important that modern […]

The Price of Dishonesty: Why It Never Pays to Hide Your Assets

November 29th, 2016

In a stark warning to anyone who may be thinking about hiding assets in order to reduce a post-divorce financial settlement, a multi-millionaire has been ordered to pay a further £6.4 million to his ex-wife, 6 years after their divorce was finalised. Mr James Goddard-Watts and his ex-wife, Julia, divorced 6 years ago and the […]

Warning About Government’s “Risky” Online Legal Tool for LPAs

November 15th, 2016

Solicitor Bryony Ruth Wilmshurst from Braintree issues warning about the Government’s online tool for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). LPA tool leaving people at risk of financial abuse and fraud Coalition of organisations including Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), Action on Elder Abuse, Anchor, Contact the Elderly and SOLLA are backing new report Solicitor Bryony […]

Rob Titchener’s Employment Problems

September 14th, 2016

Rob who? A brief history … Even if you have never listened to a single episode of Radio 4’s daily soap The Archers, you are sure to have heard about the recent storyline featuring Helen Archer (nowadays, it’s Helen Titchener). It’s a tale of domestic abuse and (don’t sue me, but I did hear the episode!) attempted murder. […]