Use a solicitor or an on-line DIY facility? You decide...

21st February 2017

Sue Brakell, our Private Client Solicitor with over 30 years’ experience flags up the dangers of DIY legal forms: Over the past few years there has been a rapidly growing market for DIY legal forms that allow people to create legally binding documents through online tools and shop-bought kits.  The latest documents to be marketed in this way are… Read More


Holiday from hell? Flight delayed? Claim compensation while you can!

15th September 2016

The holiday season is well underway and with the British weather as unpredictable as ever many of us are flocking overseas to seek out that all important summer sun. When things don’t go to plan, and our flight providers get it wrong resulting in delayed and cancelled flights, the EU provides that compensation should be made available to… Read More


Brexit...What next

6th July 2016

With Britain voting to leave the European Union, we look at what’s next and how long it will take. This is no short-term relationship where you can un-follow, delete and move on from the EU. There is a formal legal process called Article 50 - but it's never been used and when it was created nobody thought anyone would… Read More


Bank holidays and employment rights

28th April 2016

With the spring and summer bank holidays approaching we set out a simple guide to employee’s rights in relation to bank holidays. Right to time off? Employees have no statutory right to take bank holidays off work. Their employment contract may grant them such a right, but there is no statutory entitlement to it. In industries such as… Read More


Do you offer your employees a salary-related pension scheme?

5th April 2016

From the 6 April 2016, the current state pension system will change. The current system will continue to apply to those who are already of state pension age. The changes will affect those who reach pension age on or after 6 April 2016, therefore this will affect you personally if you are: a woman born on or after 6 April 1953 a man born on or… Read More


The New National Living Wage

24th March 2016

From 1 April 2016, a new National Living wage of £7.20 per hour will be introduced.  This new compulsory wage will apply to all employees, most workers, and apprentices aged 25 years and over.  This will be the largest annual increase in a minimum wage rate since 2009 in cash and real terms. The National Minimum Wage continues to apply for those… Read More


Improving access to justice..

15th March 2016

...despite soaring court fees    Just a year ago, and following a review of court costs by the Ministry of Justice, we saw huge increases in fees for issuing court proceedings in the County Court and High Court. A year into the new regime and top UK judges and litigators alike roundly condemn the spectacular increases and some describe them… Read More


Stamp Duty Land Tax - New rules effective 1st April 2016

9th March 2016

Don't get caught out by the change in SDLT rules that are about to come in. Recent years have seen a significant increase in the purchase of property by individuals in order to rent out as a means of maximising income on savings in the current climate of low interest rates and returns on savings. A number of private landlords… Read More


Why We All Need Up-To-Date-Wills

24th February 2016

A recent case before the Central London County Court may have been avoided if the deceased had left an up-to-date will.  Norman Martin died in 2012, aged 69.  Mr Martin was still married but had lived with his partner, Joy Williams, for 18 years.  Under the provisions of Mr Martin’s will, his half of the property that was… Read More


Lasting Powers of Attorney

12th February 2016

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s) are legal documents which enable a person to appoint one or more individuals (‘Attorney’) to make decisions on their behalf.  To grant an LPA, a person must be over 18 and have mental capacity.  The defining point of a Lasting Powers of Attorney is that it can continue to be… Read More