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General Data Protection Regulation...are you ready?

Claire Halle-Smith
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Having spent over four years in preparation, the official text for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now been formally approved; it’s been translated into the EU’s official languages and published in the Official Journal of the...

International Marriages - can I get divorced in the UK?

Simon Craddock
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With many people relocating to different countries around the world and couples choosing to marry abroad now, this can sometimes cause confusion as to where people can legally start divorce proceedings if their marriage breaks down. It is not as simple as...

Twin Town countdown!

Steven Neasham
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It is now only 11 days until our exciting adventure to Le Touquet in France on the Twin Towns Challenge.  Myself, Rosie Gladden, Danielle Green and Alistair Spencer are leaving from Blenheim Palace on Friday the 27th May 2016 in a convoy of nearly 100...

Rugby Fitted Kitchens is the Pride of Rugby

Suzie Upson
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The award for the Pride of Rugby Business of the Year , sponsored by Brethertons Solicitors, has been won by Rugby Fitted Kitchens . The local, independent company was awarded the honour at a glittering dinner on Friday 6 May, at the stunning Coombe...

Who controls my affairs if I suffer a brain injury?

Bhavini Mistry
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Capacity is a sensitive and difficult issue for anyone to think about; however is it something that affects a large number of brain injury survivors. Under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, a person is deemed to lack capacity, in relation to a matter, if they...

Action for Brain Injury Week: 9th - 15th May 2016

Bhavini Mistry
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As part of Headway’s Action for Brain Injury Week , the staff at Brethertons will be participating in a number of activities to raise awareness of Brain Injury and raise donations for the Charity. This year,  Headway ’s focus during...

What happens if I do not prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Laura Stuart
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Whilst there is an increase in the awareness of Lasting Powers of Attorney and a better understanding of the importance of the documents, some people still do not understand the consequences of not preparing them.  A Lasting Power of Attorney is a...

Energy Performance Certificates

Angela Guess
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Don’t let your most valuable asset be affected We have recently moved into our new Bicester offices and our thoughts turn to how energy efficient our new home will be. Did you know that legislation is changing (as a result of the Energy Act 2011)...

Fraudulent House Sale - Who's responsible?

Michael Dibben
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A new case examines conveyancers’ duties to avoid fraudulent property sales.   In August 2012 a solicitor Mr A’Court was approached by a man calling himself Mr Dawson, who instructed A’Court to act on his behalf in selling a property...

Bird's Nest Custody - Children Come First

Josh Russell
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Separation or divorce is always an incredibly emotional and stressful time for anyone involved, especially for children. Parents are always advised to communicate effectively with one another for the benefit of the children but a number of separating...

Vive la France!

Alistair Spencer
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From the moment I saw the Twin Towns event, I knew it was something that I had to get involved in. I have always been a huge car fanatic, particularly classics, and grew up with Top Gear. How could a car enthusiast turn down the opportunity to drive round...

Gary Lineker on Divorce - Deadly Strike or Own Goal?

Simon Craddock
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When – arguably - England’s greatest ever football striker, excellent TV football pundit and advertiser of a well known crisp company, Gary Lineker, speaks, people listen! His latest foray is an attack on the divorce system. Gary, having...

Local Businesses compete to be the Pride of Rugby

Suzie Upson
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As winners of the 2015 Pride of Rugby award for Business of the Year, we are now sponsors of this year’s award for the same category. The awards celebrate achievement in business and the community and attract entrants from all over the region....

What is an Apostille?

Alistair Spencer
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One of the most common queries I have from my Notary clients is that they have been told they need to have their signature to a document witnessed by a Notary and then apostilled but no explanation was given to them as to what an apostille actually is. The...

Strictly's Sparkling Solicitor

Suzie Upson
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Newly qualified solicitor Nicole Romera , is adding to her skills by entering this year’s Strictly Banbury and she’s loving every minute of it. “It started off as a bit of fun” says Nicole “but I’m taking it...

#PictureBicester Photography Competition

Suzie Upson
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One lucky Bicester resident could win an iPad and have their photo displayed in the newly built Franklins House, in a photography competition we have launched. The competition is open to everyone and encourages entrants to ‘picture Bicester’...

Waltzing towards Strictly success!

Nicole Romera
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My dancing journey began with a brief discussion in the car with Brian Auld, one of the partners here at Brethertons. We were on our way to the Bicester office and Brian was raving about his time doing Strictly Banbury in 2014.   Then whilst in the...

Non-stop in the Spinal Cord Injuries team

Jon Rees
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There has been a lot going on in our busy spinal injuries team in recent months. Aside our office move (Banbury to Rugby) and a changeover in our administration team (fond farewells to Lisa and Emma, warm welcomes to Julie and Anne-Marie) and all that...

Personal Injury Trusts - what you need to know

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Author: Alison Bristow Most people think that a personal injury claim ends when an individual receives a large sum of money. This is not the case at all; the money needs to be used carefully to help support and fund future care and rehabilitation, often...

Divorce and Inheritance - do they have a claim?

Josh Russell
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An area that is often taken for granted in separating couples is the question of whether they are entitled to their spouse’s inheritance. The common theme seems to be that people assume they have an entitlement to anything held in their spouse’s...

Court fee on Divorce increases by 34%

Georgina Nelson
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Yes you have read that correctly, this week the Court fee to start Divorce Proceedings has increased from £410 to £550! This increase has been in discussions for a long time, with the Ministry of Justice running a consultation from 22nd July...

Landlords rush to beat the Stamp Duty Land Tax changes

Michael Dibben
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The world of conveyancing has never been so busy. There was frenzied activity to push house sales through before the new stamp duty land tax rules come into effect for buy-to-let and second homes today.  What’s the rush?  In his Autumn...

To encrypt or not to encrypt?

Claire Halle-Smith
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New guidance has been issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the use of encryption software to protect personal information. It confirmed that regulatory action may be taken where personal information is lost, stolen or subject...

Are you going on holiday this summer?

Melanie Tubbs
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If you have recently separated from your partner, you may not know what your rights and responsibilities are in respect of your children . It is not just the day to day arrangements that need to be sorted out but also the school holidays.   Holiday...

Brethertons takes up Residence in New Bicester Landmark

Suzie Upson
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We have come a step closer to opening our brand-new offices in Franklins House, Bicester , with today’s acceptance of the keys to our new property. Partner Steven Neasham commented “I’m delighted to receive the keys to our stunning...

In or out? That is the question!

Ben Hancox
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Most of the talk around the upcoming EU Referendum has been led by the UK media but here, at the commercial team at Brethertons we want to focus on some of the legal issues likely to affect businesses. Issues after withdrawal The withdrawal by the UK...

Brand new school for Alan's Africa!

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Excitement is building for the grand opening of Good News Pentecostal Community School, Sierra Leone, which Brethertons is delighted to have sponsored. What was once an unloved patch of wasteland has been transformed into a two classroom school and...

Tailor made for success

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Alexander Edwards, Managing Director of The Cotswold Tailor has won the Brethertons Solicitors Business Person of the Year Award in the West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2016 . The announcement was made at a Gala Dinner held on 18 March at the...

Latest research raises fears about arrears

James Attew
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Recently-published research from the National Landlords Association shows an alarming increase in rent arrears for tenants in the private sector, with record levels of evictions carried out by landlords in England and Wales last year, demonstrating the...

Is Denton the Future?

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Author: Jade Reeve, Litigation Paralegal  In the judgment passed down this week The Honourable Mrs Justice McGowan's decision in British Gas Trading Limited and Oak Cash and Carry Limited [2014] EWHC 4058 (QB) was upheld.  Lord Justice...

Raising awareness of brain injuries

Katherine Lennon
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Awareness of brain injury and its long term implications has, arguably, never been higher - even in Hollywood! Some might say it is about time because brain injury is the biggest single cause of disability or death worldwide. In his new film...

All Party Parliamentary Group on Spinal Cord Injury

Alison Goldney
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On Monday 8th March I attended a reception hosted by the  All Party Parliamentary Group on Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)  at the House of Commons.  The Group has been set up to deal with issues being faced by those who have suffered a SCI. The...

Child Abduction - it's no holiday!

Gemma Kelsey
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Madonna and Guy Ritchie have been in the news recently about their court case concerning their son Rocco. Reports are that Madonna has applied to withdraw her case under the “Hague Convention” or more informally referred to as ‘ child...

Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyships (Court of Protection)

Holly Pearce
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Increasingly, myself and members of my team receive enquiries or instructions to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney. This rise is due to raised awareness of the potential or imminent need for these documents and an understanding that preparing these...

Do I have to divorce in order to gain financial stability?

Josh Russell
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Many people in the UK remain in volatile or unsuccessful marriages for many reasons and I am frequently told by prospective clients that they do not wish to seek a divorce ‘because of the children’ or because of ‘religious beliefs.’ A...

One hell of a ride!

Danielle Green
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When I first found out about the Twin Town 2016 challenge, I just had to put my name forward – mainly in a bid to expel those horrible stereotypical thoughts people have about ‘women drivers’ and of course, to have a chance at raising some...

The benefits of using your local conveyancing solicitor

Tom Ansell
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You’ve just had an offer accepted on your dream home. If it wasn’t hard enough to pick the right house for you, it can sometimes be even harder to select the best conveyancer for the job. Frequently, you see conveyancers dealing with transactions...

Never events!

Richard Hopkin
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Recent analysis by the Patients Association has recorded that within the last 4 years there has been up to a 1,000 what the Association has termed “never events”. These are events which are so serious that they should never happen. These...

Telephone preference: get it right or else!

Claire Halle-Smith
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So you think that being registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is enough to prevent unwanted marketing calls….?  Think again! It seems that some companies simply can’t help themselves. Despite the Information...

Separation Agreements - what are they?

Sally Clark
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In the UK, the amount of married couples separating is on the rise year after year. I often get asked if it is possible to resolve financial matters before deciding to formally end a marriage and start divorce proceedings. The answer is yes, a separation...

Gender pay reporting requirements

Amy Edwards
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As from 1st October 2016, employers with 250 employees or more will be expected to comply with new gender reporting requirements, with the first report being required by no later than 30th April 2018. The Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information)...

When may a Company need the Services of a Notary Public?

Alistair Spencer
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A Notary's key role in commercial transactions is to provide independent proof and verification of documents, facts, and transactions to satisfy the requirements of the overseas jurisdiction. The following are the most common situations when a company...

Cheques received in full and final settlement

Karen Adams
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This is an issue that recurs time and time again; your customer owes you a sum of money and for any number of reasons they decide they do not want to make payment in full. They then send you a cheque for part of the balance together with a letter stating it...

Lasting Powers of Attorney for business owners

Emma Stewart
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If a person loses capacity to deal with their financial assets and they have made a Lasting Power of Attorney for Property & Financial Affairs before that point in time, their Attorneys can act on their behalf to deal with their financial affairs. ...

LEASE 'Confusions'

Linda Ball
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What do I own? What area am I supposed to maintain? Is that my balcony? Should I be paying for repairs to that? Who is paying for the windows to be cleaned? I have a bill for £1000’s for repairs – what should I do as I can’t afford...

Domestic Violence

Josh Russell
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Domestic violence is unfortunately becoming increasingly common within England and Wales but thankfully measures are already in place to protect vulnerable spouses, partners and others affected. BBC News announced this morning that a new programme is...

National Living Wage...Have you budgeted?

Amy Edwards
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As of 1st April 2016, the Government’s new National Living Wage (NLW) will become law. The NLW supports the Government’s vision of a higher wage, lower welfare and lower tax society and is in effect a political spin (albeit a significant jump) on...

And we're off!

Rosie Gladden
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Well if there’s one thing I’ve learnt this week it’s to never go on holiday!  In my absence I have been appointed captain of the Brethertons 99ers! (No Pressure there!)  As my first port of call as the team captain I should...

Oxfordshire business talent discovered in some unusual places

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The three finalists for our sponsored West Oxfordshire Business Awards 2016 Business Person of the Year have been announced, showcasing business talent in some unexpected places. Alexander Edwards, MD of The Cotswold Tailor ; Darren Aston, MD at ...

A relationship is not just for Valentine's Day!

Liz Headley
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When I was young, a long, long time ago, Valentine's Day was just about letting someone know via a card that you were interested in them (aka fancied the pants off them!). Oh the excitement when you heard the rattle of the letterbox on February 14th, the...

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