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There are several different ways that can be available for you to pay your legal costs, and that usually will depend on the type of legal case we are acting for you on.
The main ways you can choose to pay your legal costs are:
Your lawyer will be able to discuss the above options with you before you choose to instruct us, ensuring that you completely understand which ones are available for your legal case.
As simple as it sounds, and this is how the majority of our cases are ran. You simply pay by the hour for services by your chosen Lawyer or Solicitor. The hourly rate of your professional will range based on their experience, so you’ll pay more per hour for a Partner to run your claim that you would for a solicitor.
In the legal sector, time is broken down into units, so 1 unit = 6 mins, meaning that 1 hour = 10 units. Your professional, will mark down the time they spend on your file in units, keeping a log of the time spent. This will allow us to produce a bill for you, which we usually ask that you maintain credit on your account with us, to allow the work to proceed. If you are in credit at the end of your case, we would return to you any unused credit along with a final bill.
Your Lawyer or Solicitor can give you a guide on how many hours a particular case may take, but please bear in mind that this is an estimate.
Fixed Fees are the easiest way to know how much you will be paying for a service and when. We currently offer fixed prices for some services within:
These types of agreements are usually used in Personal Injury and Employment. There is no requirement to pay your legal fees up front, however you will need to pay for additional costs, which are called disbursements – costs such as independent expert fees, or court costs. These can sometimes be covered by an insurance called After the Event Insurance. Your professional will be able to speak to you about this in more detail.
You will be asked to sign an agreement, either a Conditional Fee Agreement, or a Damage Based Agreement, that details if you are not successful you won’t need to pay your legal fees, but if you win your case, you may need to pay some or all your legal costs. These are usually capped at a certain percentage and agreed in advance.
If this type of funding is available for your legal representative will discuss the options.
In some circumstances you may have purchased a car or home insurance policy that provides you with an add on feature of (LEI ) Legal Expenses Insurance. Where it is appropriate, we will ask you if you have an LEI policy in place as a funding option to your fees. Each policy can vary and have different inclusions and exclusions.
We have published a full list of our fees here
Probate relates to the official proving of a Will (if any) and the right to oversee the estate of the deceased. The process of overseeing the estate of a person who has died can be difficult and time consuming. We understand that this complex area of law requires empathy and sensitivity, as it can easily become overwhelming.
Our aim is to make the process as straightforward as possible and our experienced team offer a caring and supportive approach, helping you through each stage.
The type of application for probate you may need is based on the value of the assets in the estate, the destination of the gifts under the will or intestacy (person who dies without a Will), the age of the beneficiaries and what has occurred during the deceased’s lifetime by way of gifts or the creation of trusts.
The exact cost will depend on your individual circumstances and preferences. We currently offer a fixed fee service and an hourly rate service. Please see below for a further breakdown and explanation.
We can offer fixed fee prices for Grant only applications. The Grant of Representation is legal confirmation of your authority to deal with the assets.
For Grant only applications, you will need to supply us with a total value of your assets and liabilities. We will then complete the tax papers and obtain the Grant of Representation for you.
The price of grant only applications is dependant and is assessed on the size of the estate.
Size of Estate
Type of Grant
|Small||IHT205||Typically up to 3 months||£650.00|
|Large||IHT400||Typically up to 8-10 months||£1950.00|
Any Inheritance Tax has to be paid first and no later than 6 months from the end of the month in which the person has passed away.
Our fees are payable when the Grant is issued. We reserve the right to deduct the previously agreed fee from money passing through our client account.
This service may be more suitable where an administration is complex or will take more of your time than you can spare. We will do as little or as much as you require.
In some cases we will be able to offer 2 different pricing options:
A typical cost for an estate with a house, 2 bank accounts and some premium bonds could be in the region of £2,000.00 – £3,000.00. An estate with two properties, stocks and shares and some bank accounts, leaving everything between 5 charities and 5 family members could be in the region of £6- 10,000.00
This would not include:
No one estate is the same.
Administration of Estates refers to the management and settlement of estates of a deceased. Both the law and the Inland Revenue anticipate that an estate administration may take up to 2 years.
There are disadvantages to distributing assets too soon.
We have always completed our administrations, to date, within the 2 years, and often with 9 months to spare. It will become clear, during the administration, if there are complexities that will add to this, such as:
We do not expect you to pay any issued bills where assets have not yet been realised, except where we are aware that this is happening due to you failing to actively administer the estate.
We reserve the right to deduct previously agreed fees from money passing through our client account and to stop working for you in the event of non-payment.
On the hourly rate service bills will be issued every 3 months, and all prices quoted are subject to VAT.
These payments may be payable to third parties, such as Court fees. These disbursements are not set by
us but we will handle all payments on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. Some disbursements
may or may not be relevant to your case; some are optional but may prove to be beneficial.
|Trustee Act Notices in a local newspaper and the London Gazette||£300||Helps to identify unknown creditors and protects against unexpected claims|
|HM Court Service Probate fee||£155||Payable to the Probate Registery in order to obtain the Grant|
|Sealed Office Copy Grant||50p||The fee applies per copy requested|
|Unclaimed Assets Register Search||£25||To discover assets which may have been lost|
|Land Charges Search / Bankruptcy||£2||The fee applied to each name searched|
|Office Copy Register Entries||£6||Relating to the Property|
These would be:-
We believe that the best way for you to understand your pricing options further is to come in and see us, free of charge and with no obligation. This will allow us explain to you what type of administration you can expect to have to undertake.
If you would like to go ahead and use our expertise you are not committed to use our services until we have agreed a fee structure with you.
We believe that any quotation where details have not been taken, nor a summary of the specific facts, may be misleading.
Your work will be carried out by Miss Nicola Briggs LL.B (Hons). Nicola, after studying law at Manchester University and Guildford College of Law, won a training contract at a prestigious Manchester City Centre law firm. When at University she won the University prize for coming top in the Wills and Probate paper.She qualified in 1985 and has many years’ experience in property and private client work. As a senior solicitor, she is used to dealing with complex matters.
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Fraud can take many forms, and fraud investigations can arise for any number of reasons – even where no wrong-doing has actually taken place. We assist clients with all types of fraud investigation. Recently, we have seen a rise in the number of trading standards investigations, and banking and mortgage fraud investigations. Trading standards investigations […]Read article
If a deceased person’s estate is over a certain threshold, inheritance tax will be charged. The standard rate is 40%. Inheritance tax is a tax on taxed income. You go to work and pay your taxes and with what is left you start to build your pot for the future. If you don’t spend it […]Read article
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A child arrangements order is a type of Court order that sets out where a child should live, how often a child should see the non-resident parent, and other care arrangements. When a relationship breaks down, parents may struggle to agree on child care arrangements. There might be a dispute as to where a child […]Read article
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In short, No. ACAS have a technical role in dealing with the initial steps of the process – which is called early conciliation, but they do not lodge Tribunal claims for claimants or deal with Employment Tribunal claims on their behalf. Check your eligibility to file a claim online. Who are ACAS? ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation, […]Read article
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WRW Construction have made 20 or more redundancies in one location within a 90 day period, meaning they need to follow a certain process. WRW must have collectively consulted with a recognised trade union or elected employee representatives. If they failed to meet those requirements, employees may be entitled to make a claim for a […]Read article
Yes, funeral costs can be recovered from the estate. If there’s not enough money in the estate, the local authority will pay for a public health funeral instead. Who pays for a funeral? When you make a Will, you can say whether you’d prefer to be buried or cremated. However, this is the one part […]Read article
The first action is to ascertain whether the house falls within the estate of the person who has died. They might be living in a house that is rented or in which they only have a right to live for their lifetime, as it is held by Trustees under the terms of a Trust Deed. […]Read article
A Special Guardianship Order (SGO) is a type of Court order. It places a child or young person in the care of one or more individuals who are not their birth or adoptive parents. What is a Special Guardianship Order? A Special Guardianship Order places a child to live with someone permanently, who is not […]Read article
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The issue of Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) does not disappear once a person has died. Income and gains that are made while the estate is being administered still have to be submitted on a tax return. However, there are ways to reduce these liabilities. Capital Gains Tax exemption One option is to […]Read article
It’s hard to say how long Probate takes, as it all depends on the circumstances. A simple application may take as little as three months, after which you’ll need to begin the process of estate administration. Getting a Grant of Representation When someone dies, their surviving family members may have to get a Grant of […]Read article
When someone dies, their beneficiaries have two years to alter the deceased’s Will. This is achieved with a Deed of Variation and can help to limit tax liabilities. Why alter a Will after someone dies? Sometimes, a beneficiary receives a gift in a Will that they do not want. For example, it could be that: […]Read article
New import and export rules have been introduced thanks to the UK’s exit from the EU. Failure to comply with these new regulations could result in the seizure of goods or cash. Seizure of goods Now that the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the European Union, the British government has implemented a […]Read article
If your family member does not have sufficient mental capacity to make a Will, you have three options available: rely on the intestacy laws, apply for a Deed of Variation after their death, or ask the Court of Protection to approve a Will. Making a Will and mental capacity For a Will to be […]Read article
If you and your ex-spouse have a joint mortgage together, you can either sell the property or transfer the mortgage into one person’s sole name. Make an agreement as soon as possible Following a separation or divorce, there is often confusion as to what should happen to a joint mortgage. Common questions include: who is […]Read article
Solicitors will want to see you face to face when making a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney. This is to guarantee the validity and effectiveness of the document. When you make a Will or Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) with us, we will ask to see you in-person. This ensures that: You are not […]Read article
You won’t have to go to court to get a divorce unless one person chooses to defend the divorce, or there are other unresolved disputes. Do you have to attend court in person? So long as you both agree to the divorce, and there are no disputes over costs and other such issues, you will […]Read article
If you have a disabled child, you could create a disabled person’s trust. This can be implemented during your lifetime or included in your Will. Every person with parental responsibility for a child who cannot manage in mainstream life has the additional burden of being worried about their future, when they are not there to […]Read article
If you are living with your spouse or partner but your name isn’t on the mortgage, you could have some rights over the property. This depends on the circumstances, including whether or not you are married. If you are married or in a civil partnership If you are married/in a civil partnership and are not […]Read article
If you have not been left an item of jewellery in a Will – despite lifetime promises made by the deceased – then you may have the right to challenge the claims of the beneficiaries in the Will to the jewellery. To do so, it is necessary to establish that a secret trust was made […]Read article
Remembering a charity in your Will Most charities are highly dependent on gifts in Wills, be it a set monetary sum, or a share or all of the residuary estate. When you make a Will with us, we’ll ask if you want to leave anything to charity. The Law Society recommends that we do this. […]Read article
A financial settlement is the financial arrangements made between you and your ex-spouse following the breakdown of your marriage. It covers the division of your assets and debts, plus any ongoing financial commitments, such as the payment of spousal maintenance. You can either decide on a financial settlement between yourselves, or if you cannot agree, […]Read article
The intestacy laws – who gets what? A person who dies without a Will is called an ‘intestate’. When this happens, their estate is administered under the intestacy laws. The deceased’s living relatives are placed into an order of priority. This dictates who inherits the money, property and assets in the estate, and in what […]Read article
You do not need a solicitor to apply for probate, but most executors and administrators choose to use a solicitor, especially if the estate is complex. Applying for probate Probate is a legal process in England and Wales that is sometimes needed after someone dies. It involves applying for a Grant of Representation from the […]Read article
What is parental responsibility? Under Section 3 of the Children Act 1989, parental responsibility is defined as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property.” Parental responsibility usually lasts until the child is 18 years old. It gives […]Read article
Every Will should name an Executor. Between one and four Executors can be named. If there are children under the age of 18 who are likely to benefit under the Will, then it is customary to appoint at least two Executors. The choice of Executor is important. They must be capable of dealing with paperwork, […]Read article
If you are living with your partner but you are not married, then you might want to consider putting a Cohabitation Agreement in place. What is a Cohabitation Agreement? A Cohabitation Agreement is a legal agreement between an unmarried couple who are living together, or intend to live together. It sets out who owns what […]Read article
EPAs vs LPAs Prior to 1 October 2007, it was possible to appoint an attorney with a document called an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA). These documents are still valid, but they can only cover the finances of the person making the appointment. Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) were introduced on 1 October 2007. These […]Read article
In England and Wales, there is one ground for divorce, which is the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Currently, you must prove that your marriage has irretrievably broken down by showing that one of the five facts of divorce has taken place. However, this may change in the future with the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce. […]Read article
A Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled after your death. Any wishes you have expressed during your lifetime will not be legally valid, unless they are properly recorded in a Will. What happens if I die without a Will? If you die without a Will, the intestacy laws will […]Read article
Moving a child a great distance from their other parent can have damaging consequences to their relationship, therefore it is understandable that the suggestion of relocating can cause a dispute, potentially leading to the Court’s involvement. It is important that you get legal advice as to the best approach to any proposed move. I oppose […]Read article
If a Will has been lost and the testator is still alive, the best thing to do is simply to make another Will. However, if the testator has already died, then you will need to conduct thorough searches in an attempt to locate the Will. You cannot find your loved one’s Will When someone passes […]Read article
What happens to the house on divorce? Getting divorced is always difficult, especially if you share a child with your spouse. Many ask the question “I don’t want to sell the family home; can I remain living here?”. That is usually a very difficult question to answer, as it all depends on the circumstances. In […]Read article
It is perfectly possible to write your own Will. You can also pay someone who has no legal experience to write your Will for you. However, neither option is recommended. This is because you won’t necessarily know what provisions to include – and what to exclude. This could actually invalidate your Will, making the document […]Read article
Currently, the amount of time you have to wait before you can divorce depends on the grounds for your divorce. If you do not want to rely on adultery or unreasonable behaviour, then you will have to be separated for at least two years. However, this is set to change in the future when England […]Read article
If your partner dies without having made a Will – and you are not married or in a civil partnership – then you will receive nothing under the rules of intestacy. However, any assets held as joint tenants (such as property) will pass to you as the surviving owner. Intestacy laws explained The intestacy laws […]Read article
Each parent has a financial obligation to provide for their child, even if they are not the child’s main carer. Parents can decide between themselves how much child maintenance should be paid. If they cannot agree, they can defer to the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) instead. The CMS determines how much child maintenance a parent […]Read article
A Will is a legal document that sets out how you want your estate to be distributed after your death. A Trust is a way of controlling your assets for your chosen beneficiaries, either during your lifetime or after your death. Wills vs Trusts A Will is a legal document that speaks from the point […]Read article
Legal benefits of marriage Many couples assume that by living together, even if in a lengthy relationship, that they acquire marital rights. Unfortunately, as cohabitees in England and Wales, you do not have the same rights as you would by getting married. By saying ‘I do’, you will enjoy the following legal benefits. Inheritance rights […]Read article
You do not have to wait until later life to make a Will. In fact, you can and should make a Will in your younger years. Even if you do not have many assets to speak of now, a Will protects any wealth that you acquire in the future. You can also use a Will […]Read article
A Declaration of Trust is a legal document that is used when two or more parties buy a property together. The agreement sets out each person’s share, and details what should happen in the event the property is sold or a relationship breaks down. What is a Declaration of Trust? A Declaration of Trust is […]Read article
You may be entitled to receive financial support from your ex-spouse, even after you have separated or divorced. This is called spousal maintenance and is awarded by the court. Who is entitled to spousal maintenance? When you begin divorce proceedings, the court will decide whether one person should receive ongoing financial support from the other. […]Read article
A Specific Issue Order is a type of court order granted by the Family Court. It determines how a dispute over a child’s upbringing or wellbeing should be resolved. As the name suggests, it is used for specific issues, such as decisions regarding the child’s name or education. Anyone with parental responsibility can apply for […]Read article
Getting married is a legal contract, so when it comes to an end, it is best to get expert advice on the financial and legal implications. For example, did you know that unless you get a Clean Break Order, you’ll always have a financial obligation towards your ex-spouse? This is the kind of thing that […]Read article
If you are proposing to travel on holiday with a child, do you have permission to do so? Surely if it’s your child, you don’t need it, right? Wrong! If you are separated from the other parent, then you might actually need their consent before you embark on any overseas trips. Below, we’ve set out […]Read article
When someone has parental responsibility, it means they have the legal right to make decisions regarding a child’s care and upbringing. In legal terms, it is defined as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property”. Who has […]Read article
When a marriage breaks down, as a spouse you have certain rights that are protected under law. Many people are unaware of this, which is why it’s important to get specialist legal advice as soon as you separate. What are my rights? Divorce isn’t always straightforward. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach, and depending […]Read article
Unfortunately, the reality these days is that more and more marriages and relationships come to an end, resulting in a number of difficult decisions regarding financial matters. Prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements are useful tools which allow couples to agree from the outset (or shortly after marriage) how these difficult decisions will be made if their […]Read article
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, domestic abuse has significantly increased in the UK. Many have struggled financially, emotionally and physically. Being unable to leave the house only serves to increase tensions at home. This, however, is not an excuse for domestic abuse. If you feel that you or your children are in immediate danger, you […]Read article
If you do not want to get a divorce, there are other options that you could explore. If you choose to do nothing for the time-being, be sure to protect your finances. This includes changing your Will and updating any death in service nomination. Don’t want to divorce just yet? For many couples following a […]Read article
It has been widely reported that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, is likely to extend the stamp duty holiday for a further three months. This will occur when he presents his budget on 3 March 2021. With the looming threat of over 200,000 current residential property transactions collapsing, when the stamp duty holiday […]Read article
Cafcass may become involved in your case if you are involved in a child care dispute, or if there are concerns over the welfare of your child. What is Cafcass? Cafcass stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. The organisation represents children within family proceedings in England. Cafcass is independent of the Courts and […]Read article
A Decree Nisi is the first order issued by the court during the divorce process. It confirms that there is no reason why you should not divorce. A Decree Absolute is the final order issued by the court during the divorce process. It legally ends your marriage, leaving you free to marry someone else. What […]Read article
Controlling or coercive behaviour is a type of non-physical abuse. It is often at the heart of domestic abuse cases, and may involve things such as threats, monitoring your actions, isolating you from family and friends, and intimidating you. If coercive behaviour is a factor in your case, we can use the law to protect […]Read article
Many couples use the most romantic day of the year as an opportunity to pop the question. In fact, over one million couples will become engaged on the day of love. If you, too, have recently become engaged, then congratulations! But before you get tied up in celebrations, we want to outline the legal and […]Read article
There are certain legal obligations that an employer must follow if they’re planning to make 20 or more redundancies at one establishment within a 90 day period. They must collectively consult with a recognised trade union or elected representative. If they don’t, employees could be eligible to a Protective Award claim. When a company is […]Read article
We’re helping ex Wallis employees who have been affected by the closure of all Wallis stores across the country. Following the collapse of Arcadia Group after it fell into administration last year, on the 8th February 2021, it was announced that Boohoo had purchased the brands Wallis, Burton and Dorothy Perkins. This has resulted in […]Read article
A Protective Award claim is an application for compensation that can be made when an employer does not meet their obligation to consult with employees about collective redundancies. How To Make A Protective Award Claim Firstly, you’ll need to know if the loss of your job with your employer meets the criteria for making a […]Read article
If an employer is proposing to make 20 or more redundancies in one location within a 90 day period, they have to follow a certain process. The employer must collectively consult with a recognised trade union or elected employee representatives. If they fail to meet those requirements, employees may be entitled to make a claim […]Read article
We’re helping ex Dorothy Perkins employees who have been affected by the closure of all Dorothy Perkins stores across the country. Following the collapse of Arcadia Group after it fell into administration last year, on the 8th February 2021, it was announced that Boohoo had purchased the brands Dorothy Perkins, Burton and Wallis. This has […]Read article
A Protective Award claim is an application for compensation that can be made when an employer doesn’t meet their obligation to consult with employees about collective redundancies. How To Make A Protective Award Claim Firstly, you need to know whether your job loss with your employer meets the criteria for making a Protective Award claim. […]Read article
When proposing to make more than 20 redundancies from one establishment in a 90 day period, employers are subject to certain legal obligations. If they fail to comply with the legal obligations, employees could be entitled to make a Protective Award Claim. When a company is put into administration, unfortunately, we often see a lot […]Read article
We’re helping ex Burton employees who have been affected by the closure of all Burton stores across the country. Following the collapse of Arcadia Group after it fell into administration last year, on the 8th February 2021, it was announced that Boohoo had purchased the brands Burton, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis. This has resulted in […]Read article
A Protective Award claim is an application for compensation that can be made when an employer does not meet their obligation to consult with employees about collective redundancies. How To Make A Protective Award Claim You’ll need to make sure the loss of your job with your employer meets the criteria for making a Protective […]Read article
Miss Selfridge Protective Award Claims Following Arcadia being put into administration, employees of Miss Selfridge have recently been informed that the brand has been purchased by ASOS and that all stores are to close permanently. Affected employees of Miss Selfridge could make a Protective Award claim of up to 90 days’ pay. To make a […]Read article
Maintenance pending suit is when your ex-husband or wife provides you with financial support, while the terms of your divorce are being finalised. This is ordered by the Court. Maintenance pending suit will be extremely helpful if the breakdown of your relationship has put you in a difficult financial position, perhaps because you ordinarily rely […]Read article
Topman / Topshop Protective Award Claims Following Arcadia being put into administration, employees of Topshop and Topman have recently been informed that the brand has been purchased by ASOS and that all stores are to close permanently. Topshop and Topman, British multinational fashion retailers, have around 300 stores located in The United Kingdom. Affected employees […]Read article
We would like to help those employees affected by the closure of Topshop and Topman stores throughout the country. On 1st February 2021, at 7:45 am, ASOS posted on Twitter to celebrate their purchase of the Topshop brand. We understand that this Twitter post may have been seen by a number of affected employees before […]Read article
It sounds final doesn’t it? Divorce. It’s the end of your relationship and you’ve got the paperwork to prove it. You may have used one of those online services, or a local solicitor. So, when we say Divorce isn’t final… why not? Well, due to a process unheard of by most, there is a loophole. […]Read article
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Family Court is still open. The court has changed the way it hears cases so that most hearings can continue. The Courts now hear cases remotely, this means via telephone or video conferencing. As leading solicitors, we have had to make several changes to ensure the safety and security of […]Read article
Employers are subject to certain legal obligations when planning to dismiss a number of employees as redundant. When employers are proposing to make more than 20 redundancies at one establishment within a 90-day period, they must collectively consult with a recognised trade union or elected employee representatives. If they do not comply with this obligation, […]Read article
The 2019 CAFCASS guidance provides the definition of ‘Parental Alienation’ to be ‘when a child’s resistance or hostility towards one parent is not justified and is the result of a psychological manipulation by the other parent’. Parental Alienation is a form of psychological abuse, becoming a more and more recognised concept within Children Act proceedings. […]Read article
A Legal Aid Services Payment Order was introduced under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, when public funding within financial remedy applications ceased, save for domestic violence or child abuse cases. The introduction of LASPO’s came about within Sears Tooth (A Firm) v Payne Hicks Beach (A Firm  2FLR 116 […]Read article
Many parties worry that within divorce proceedings their spouse will be untruthful when providing their financial disclosure, or will look to ‘hide’ assets. This is more common than most think, especially if the financially weaker party did not have much input in their finances during the marriage. In many cases, if parties have been separated […]Read article
We expect that HMRC enquires and Audit visits based on Furloughing claims under the CJRS (Job Retention Scheme) will be commonplace in the post Coronavirus era. All businesses participating in the scheme however must be made aware that the Government have said that incorrect claims can become criminal offences. With that in mind, our specialist […]Read article
Schedule 1 claims provide financial assistance for the benefit of the child from unmarried parents. This is different from claims under the Child Maintenance Service, as Schedule 1 claims apply where the non-resident parent earns above the maximum maintenance assessment through the CMS, being £3,000 per week gross. This is why many think that the […]Read article
A lot of our clients are not able to agree arrangements for children and have attended Court to obtain Child Arrangement Orders. A Child Arrangements Order is a legal order where the court decides either where a child will live or who a child can spend time with and for how long. A lot of […]Read article
I am divorcing my partner, but I can’t afford representation! I am asked this question over and over in initial meetings. Often one person has been the main or sole earner and the other takes care of the home and/or the children. What does the party do, when they are no longer financially supported? How […]Read article
Where you own land and buildings with another person, be it your husband or wife, your siblings or your parents, you need to understand the nature of that ownership. The conveyancer at the time should have explained the two different ways to co-own. However, there are also times in your life when you may want […]Read article
One of the most respected and well-known cosmetic injury solicitors in the UK, Greg Almond is calling for tighter regulation of cosmetic procedures. Mr Almond, who is well known for his legal work campaigning against the use of PPD in hair dye, is currently advising clients across the UK who have experienced severe physical and […]Read article
The recently reported case of a beauty therapist who died of a blood clot seventeen days after she had cosmetic surgery raises some important issues. Ms Harvey had two cosmetic procedures, breast enhancement and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) during the surgery. It is suggested that the appropriate anticoagulant drugs were not prescribed. Ms Harvey sadly […]Read article
According to a recent home renovation report, homeowners in the UK planning a renovation of their property in 2017 will spend an average of £23,100 doing so. Home improvements or building work does not always go to plan, but there are a number of options available to you to try and resolve it. One of […]Read article
With external pressures upon the economy with Brexit and an uncertain economic market place for trading businesses, Cashflow for any small and medium sized business is a key factor in their survival. MarketInvoice Inc recently prepared a report after investigating the position of over 30,000 invoices issued from small companies across five years and 80 […]Read article
People often assume incorrectly that only Council tenants have rights, but tenants in private rented accommodation have just the same rights and actions for specific performance and damages can be brought against private landlords. When bringing a housing disrepair claim, it is vital to prove that the property suffers from actionable defects, the landlord had […]Read article
Mothercare has been in the news lately due to its recent struggle to keep up with the growth of online shopping and increasing competition within the market. With Supermarkets and stores such as H&M and Primark creating their own baby products, it seems that Mothercare has struggled to stay relevant and popular. One reason for […]Read article
One of the biggest questions some couples face upon divorce/separation is who will stay in the home. Solicitors are seeing a trend called ‘bird nesting’. This trend began in America, but British families are starting to think of the idea themselves, before reaching court. The arrangement keeps the home for their children and the couple […]Read article
The importance of reporting your disrepair or housing issue to your Landlord in a timely fashion can often be the leading factor in successfully bringing a claim against your Landlord. I am often asked by our clients for advice in relation to Housing Disrepair matters and one of the most valuable tips is to report […]Read article
Ant McPartlin, one half of the double act Ant and Dec sadly announced last week that he is to divorce makeup artist wife Lisa Armstrong. The couple have been married 11 years and together 23 years but unfortunately have made the difficult decision to separate. Their fortune is said to be approximately £62 million, including […]Read article
Did you know you are now required as part of the driving test to show competence following directions from a Sat Nav? As from 4th December 2017, most candidates will be asked to follow a Sat Nav during the independent driving part of the test. The changes show how commonplace the use of Sat Navs […]Read article