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Is your garden hiding every homeowners worst nightmare?

Tom Ansell
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In the world of conveyancing, there are a number of things for both current and prospective homeowners to be aware of.  One of these problems is the invasive species of plant, Japanese Knotweed (fallopia japonica).  Japanese Knotweed is an...

I'm Getting Divorced - Why Do I Need To Make a Will?

Sally Clark
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The short answer is that everyone should have an up to date Will to ensure that their wishes are put into effect after their death. However, it is particularly important to check whether you need to make, or amend a Will when you are going through any...

Break Clauses - Landlords and Tenants alike beware!

Sioban Calcott
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The recent High Court cases detailed below demonstrate some of the complexities associated not only with the rights to exercising break clauses but also in ensuring leases correctly identify the parties thereto.   The first case highlights the need...

Do you want to send personal data to the US?

Claire Halle-Smith
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Following the ruling of the European Court of Justice in October 2015 which declared the Safe Harbour framework invalid, the European Commission has now announced its adoption of an adequacy decision approving the new EU-US Privacy Shield. So what does this...

Exam Results - Am I Good Enough?

Liz Headley
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Well today is the day that A Level students will find out whether they have attained the required grades to progress on their chosen path, next Thursday GCSE students will face the same situation. There will no doubt be tears, tantrums and celebrations and...

Will Increasing Court Fees Jeopardise Your Claim?!

Bhavini Mistry
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Last month we saw the Ministry of Justice announce a further increase to the Court Fees.  This is in addition to the massive increase that took place in March 2015 which has had a particular impact on catastrophic personal injury cases in particular....

Bicester's Picture Perfect

Steven Neasham
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The finalists of Brethertons Solicitors’ photography competition , #PictureBicester, gathered at the firm’s new Bicester offices on Thursday 11th August, to see their work on display. The four finalists’ photos were highly commended by...

The Torment of Not Being Part of Your Child's Holiday

Liz Headley
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I have just been reading an article in the Guardian on how to survive your ex taking your children on holiday and it has brought home to me how many of the people that I speak to struggle with a myriad of emotions when they have to face this. It would be...

Limited Liability - why risk losing it on the basis of an implied contract?

Ben Hancox
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A recent decision by the Court of Appeal raises potential risks for companies (and their directors) who are part of a group, about the limited liability protections most companies take for granted. The decision could allow the use of the assets of a...

Reasons for separation and divorce

Liz Headley
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I was interested to read some research by Co-op Legal Services around the reasons why couples choose to divorce in the UK. I wasn’t unduly surprised that top of the list was “An inappropriate relationship with someone else” but quite what...

Worker or self-employed? A drive to determine status

Hazel Robbins
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Uber , a company which allows users to book and pay for a cab through a smartphone app, is reportedly defending claims in the Employment Tribunal made by drivers who consider that they are workers for Uber. Uber considers these drivers are...

It's Official - there's lying and then there's LYING

Katherine Cereghino
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A judgement issued by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom last week has confirmed that, in relation to insurance claims at least, there really are two kinds of lies.   The question before the court was whether an insurance company could refuse to...

Should separated parents be friends for the sake of their kids?

Liz Headley
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If separated parents try to maintain an overly friendly relationship with each other it can be very confusing for the children, especially the younger ones.    If the kids have been given a clear, firm message that Mummy and Daddy no longer love...

New Appointments at Brethertons Solicitors

Shaun Jardine
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As part of their vision to become the ‘legal firm of the future’, Brethertons is delighted to announce four new partners within the firm. Interestingly, three of the partners are non-lawyers – an innovation allowed under the firm’s...

We're All Going on a Summer Holiday...

Liz Headley
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If you’re as ancient as me you will remember Cliff Richard extolling the joys of a Summer holiday – “fun and laughter for a week or two” - well, for some couples the very idea of spending two long weeks together with their children...

Achieving Success in Clinical Negligence Claims

Richard Hopkin
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Successfully obtaining judgement against a hospital/GP practice/dentist regarding alleged injury caused by clinical negligence is a difficult and complex process. Often the NHS or representatives of GP and dental practices will dispute liability and...

Maintaining Strong Family Links after Divorce

Liz Headley
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One of the sad repercussions of family breakdown is the potential dismantling of the extended family. If children predominantly live with one parent it can sometimes be difficult for the non resident parent to find the time and opportunity to make sure a...

Wills - a jargon-busting guide

Sofia Galic
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If I had a pound for every time a customer asked me to explain what a ‘Beneficiary’ or a ‘Trustee’ was or what ‘Executor’ meant…well….let’s just say I wouldn’t need to play the lottery on a weekly...

Move Quickly to Preserve Evidence in Spinal Injuries Cases - it could be decisive

Jon Rees
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The Spinal Injuries Association’s advises patients to interview more than one solicitor in order to make an informed decision about who they instruct. It should be a given that the solicitor contacted via the Spinal Injuries Association Manual will...

Future Enterprises held up by the Big Mac

Katherine Cereghino
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In 2010 a Singapore company, Future Enterprises, registered a European-wide trademark for its product ‘MacCoffee’ but this week that trade mark has been removed from the register following a successful court application by McDonalds. This...

Popular Rugby Solicitor Retires

Suzie Upson
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This month Jeffery Glenn Partner in our Private Client team will be retiring. Jeff’s legal career began in 1973 and saw him become Managing Partner at Hodsons before the merger with Brethertons in 2010. He has seen many changes in Rugby over...

The Serious Injury Guide - Common Sense Best Practice

Jon Rees
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The ‘Guide to the Conduct of Cases Involving Serious Injury’ sets out the best practice agreed between those experienced in representing claimants, and defendants’ insurers. It is specifically for cases where the potential value of the...

The Hidden Wounds of Domestic Abuse

Liz Headley
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Recently,  Linda Jones brought our attention to Operation Encompass; a scheme whereby schools are informed if there has been an incident of domestic abuse in a child’s home to which the child has been witness. This feels like a big step...

Talented Young Musicians to Play in Bicester

Suzie Upson
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Music lovers are in for a treat at the Bicester Proms on 9th July, which is being sponsored by local businesses including ourselves. The event is being put on by the Council and held at the historic Bicester Heritage site in celebration of the Queen’s...

Supreme Court holds that Tenant's Human Rights were not Breached

David Richards
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The case - McDonald v McDonald [2016] UKSC28. The Supreme Court was asked to reinterpret Section 21(4) of the Housing Act 1988, which provides that a Court shall make a Possession Order where proper Notice has been served, to be subject to a...

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