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Right to Buy Scheme extended to Housing Association Tenants

Michael Dibben
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In the Queen’s Speech on 27 th May the Government announced its intention to introduce legislation giving 1.3 million housing association tenants the right to buy their property at substantial discount. The original Right to Buy scheme introduced by...

The Guide to the Conduct of Cases Involving Serious Injury

Jon Rees
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I am due to speak about the Guide to the Conduct of Serious Injury Cases this week at the Brain & Spinal Cord Injury Conference  - jointly organised by Headway - the brain injury association and the Spinal Injuries Association. My brief is...

Shock horror. Amazing survey leaves me thinking ....

Shaun Jardine
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So you want to work in the law....where do I plug you in? I am a great fan of legal services. I have to be it pays my mortgage. I also am a great fan of good people who work in the law... I have to be they deliver the service... which pays my...

Soothing Summer Headaches

Amy Edwards
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As the sun is finally beginning to shine, many people are beginning to make plans for the Summer months.  Likewise, businesses need to start preparing too – the Summer often throws up a number of headaches for employers, and the better prepared...

Is your iceberg melting and what can you do about it?

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Guest Blog by Sally Dyson of www.firmsense.co.uk I’ve just emerged from two days’ of total law firm immersion at Legalex – The National Legal Exhibition and Conference. There, Shaun Jardine , CEO of Brethertons LLP gave an...

Movers and Shakers

Michael Dibben
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This week, Partner and Head of Conveyancing at Brethertons , Mike Dibben is quoted in the Sunday Times Home supplement (10 May 2015) on the topic of moving house, more specifically: what is, and what is not, acceptable behaviour when...

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day - 15 May 2015

Jon Rees
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The Spinal Injuries Association is running its own social media campaign #mymilestone to highlight spinal awareness all this week. Check in on the SIA website  and on Twitter for a glimpse of some of the incredible stories of the milestones that...

A Devoted Dance Detester Divulges

Ken Norman
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Last year my colleague Brian Auld entered Strictly Banbury which, as the name suggests, is a local dancing competition in the same vain as the hit BBC One Series, Strictly Come Dancing . Brian loved the experience, scooped the “Most Improved...

What Do You Want to Know?

Shaun Jardine
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When new starters join us at Brethertons like many organisations we have our own induction process.  We have had many new starters comment on how great their induction process was at Brethertons. The aim of our induction process is not only to welcome...

How my interview with Jeremy Clarkson went viral

Ken Norman
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In my spare time I help fundraise for The Lido in my home town of Chipping Norton. I got involved back in 2003 when our local authority announced they were to close this much loved facility. Spurred on by an angry community (no pitchforks were involved), I...

We Should All Become Yosser Hughes

Shaun Jardine
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As I wrote this title I realised that possibly two thirds of those reading this would have no idea what I was talking about and a third would instantly know and smile…old Yosser . It was like the reaction I had the other day when I closed a meeting...

Happy New Financial Year!

Shaun Jardine
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I hope it is a successful one for everyone. This week has been a historic one for Brethertons. We have seen the retirement of Richard Pell; our Senior Partner and the last solicitor to hold the title. I wish Richard well in his retirement. At Richards...

We are watching you!

Shaun Jardine
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From time to time I blog about some of the letters that I receive from candidates wanting to join my firm. I hate it when letters are not addressed properly, or contain typographical errors. It is unfortunate as the lack of attention often lands them on the...

A Day in the Life of a Legal Apprentice: Edward Arnold

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09:00 I’ve been at work for around half an hour now, and I’ve already finished my first cup of tea! I check my diary and emails for anything urgent that’s cropped up overnight, and prioritise my workload. I get the ‘quick...

Getting divorced? Protect yourself with a Financial Court Order

Dominic Wisdom
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A high profile case in the Supreme Court has hit the headlines this week. The case (Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC14) highlights the importance of getting your finances in order when going through divorce. 22 years after their divorce in 1992 and following a...

The countdown is on

Amy Edwards
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In a little under 3 weeks, on 5 April 2015, Shared Parental Leave (SPL) comes into force. The idea behind SPL is that both parents can share up to 50 weeks of the mother’s maternity leave after the child is born. You should start taking steps now to...

Being stuck and unable to afford it

Jon Rees
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My oldest son recently became the proud owner of an iPad. The arrangement was Mum and Dad would buy it; oldest son would pay us back using birthday money and pocket money he will earn. I asked him this morning how he would feel if he discovered the price...

So you want to be a Lawyer?

Shaun Jardine
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Law has for generations been one of the attractive professions for many young people. It usually ranks along side Medicine and Accountancy. Historically, the route into law used to be obtaining a law degree or some other kind of degree, attending law school...

SIA Forward Magazine

Jon Rees
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At Brethertons we are obviously very proud of our connections with the Spinal Injuries Association.  I was moved to write this short blog having read this month’s Forward magazine which really does make excellent reading.  Forward is the...

Who wants a training contract?

Shaun Jardine
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The other day I spoke at a university about mediation and the role that it has to play in today’s legal world.  For those of you that don’t know, I am passionate about mediation and undertake a dozen or so mediations every year. At the end...

Make sure you get all the benefits to which you are entitled

Jon Rees
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In a spinal cord injury claim, where liability is denied and we cannot secure an interim payment quickly, it is frustrating if we cannot do more to help our clients on a practical level. True enough many of our clients are helped by the team in the hospital...

I wear a penguin suit

Shaun Jardine
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It’s true and in fact there is a photograph of me below addressing a conference wearing it. Am I some kind of freaky cross‑dresser? I hear you asking yourself.  Well, that’s quite a personal question and I won’t tell you what I...

Periodic Payments and why Judgment is Essential

Jon Rees
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A spinal cord injury compensation case we settled recently for more than £11million, highlights a point of considerable significance to claimants who settle their claims on a periodic payments basis. Jon Rees, Partner and Head of the Spinal Injury Team...

Don't Wait for a Heart Attack Until You Read this Book

Shaun Jardine
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As I am 6ft 4” and weigh over 18 stone, this isn’t necessarily a confession. I am, however, a great fan of the Harvard Business School Professor, David Maister.  David has written numerous books over the years and has a huge library of his...

Burn's Night

Alison McCormack
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Being a proud Scot, this weekend I’ll be celebrating Burn’s Night in the usual way, with the holy trinity of haggis, neeps and tatties and plenty of Single Malt! It’s a celebration which comes at just the right time: Christmas is long...

My top 6 interview faux pas

Shaun Jardine
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I have sat through quite a few interviews in my career. I can say with hand on heart probably only, say, a dozen have been truly really earth shatteringly memorable – interviews where at the end I have thought I must get that person to join my...

New Beginnings: The Next Chapter

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Guilt, anger, grief… Whether you’ve been married for two years or twenty, the emotions experienced after the break up of a relationship can be intense. We all know it’s good to talk, but to whom? Your family are caught in the middle, you...

Stamp Duty Changes

Michael Dibben
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The basis on which stamp duty land tax is charged has been changed in a move that will benefit most purchasers of property. The old system applied a single rate of stamp duty land tax, based on the whole of the consideration paid for the property. Because...

Talking Stress, Pressure and Wellbeing

Alison Goldney
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Every week, it seems, there are reports of NHS budget cuts and deficits that ultimately lead to reductions in staff and resources. That in turn increases the pressure on existing staff ultimately resulting in low morale and sickness in the NHS. And that was...

Success for Brethertons LLP as they are recognised as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

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The team here at Brethertons is celebrating today after being recognised at the fourth Top in 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, announced at the National Apprenticeship Awards which took place during The Skills Show in Birmingham. The Top 100 List,...

The Home Front: Accommodation Issues Post-Discharge After Spinal Cord Injury

Jon Rees
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Jon Rees is Partner and heads the Spinal Injuries team at Brethertons Solicitors. Brethertons is a SIA Gold Corporate Partner and proud sponsor of SIA peer support officers Paul Rhodes (West Midlands) and John Leonard (East of England). The level of...

Brethertons work with the Spinal Injuries Association

Jon Rees
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Jon Rees, Spinal Injuries Partner, discusses the work that Brethertons has carried out with the Spinal Injuries Association. It was nice to have been featured in the Spinal Injuries Association’s Forward Magazine this month. We are very proud of...

Another small step for man

Jon Rees
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Spinal cord injury research topped the news today. Darek Fidyka was paralysed from the waist down after a knife attack in which his spinal cord was severed. He is the first person to undergo treatment using olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), cells from...

Brethertons announced as Conveyancers of the Year

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Brethertons is delighted to have been announced as the 2014 ‘East Midlands Regional Conveyancing Firm of the Year’. This success follows on from the past two years, with Brethertons winning the ‘Regional Conveyancing Team of the Year’...

Brethertons LLP makes the Hot 100

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We are delighted to announce that our Head of Residential Leasehold Law, Roger Hardwick , and Associate Key Client Manager, Mark North , have been listed in this year’s top 100 most influential people in the residential leasehold property sector. The...

Big Brother may well be watching you!

Sian Langford
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Ever feel like you are being watched? It should come as no surprise that surveillance of claimants making personal injury claims is very prevalent. Insurance fraud is clearly a problem and cannot be condoned. An industry has emerged to detect insurance...

Brethertons move to new Rugby home

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This week has seen a monumental move in the town as over 100 of Brethertons staff finally came together under one roof. Brethertons LLP has consolidated three town centre offices into Montague House, a single energy-efficient, purpose-built building on...

Shaun Jardine Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Brethertons LLP

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Following an extensive interview selection process, with a very impressive range of both external and internal candidates, Brethertons is delighted to announce the appointment of Shaun Jardine as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. A vigorous...

Civil Procedure Post Mitchell - The Frightening Reality

Gareth Raisbeck
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With all the upheaval that has resulted following Lord Justice Jackson’s Final Report in his Review of Civil Litigation Costs, Brethertons were pleased to provide a free Webinar in conjunction with Credit Today on the changes to CPR, r. 3.9 (which...

Exclusivity in zero-hour contracts? Not anymore!

David Hodge
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Zero-hour contracts have been in the news again recently, this time because they are included in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which has started its long passage through Parliament. The Bill addresses the specific issue relating to...

Flexible Working Rights Extended to All

David Hodge
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On 30 June 2014 the law relating to flexible working changed. The right to request flexible working is no longer restricted to those with children or carers of vulnerable adults. Now, all employees with at least 26 weeks’ (6 months) service can request...

Guttman, Games and GPs

Sian Langford
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On 27th June 2014 we attended the 31st Guttman Conference hosted by the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville. How apt that the conference was held where “Poppa” Guttmann practiced and when Stoke Mandeville Hospital was celebrating...

Brethertons Recognised as 'Leaders in their Field'

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Brethertons LLP has (further) enhanced its credentials as a leading UK Legal Services firm, with 13 senior experts being recognised as ‘Leaders in their Field’ according to the independent legal ‘bible’ Chambers and Partners UK 2015...

Brethertons wins at the prestigious Oxfordshire Business Awards 2014

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Brethertons is proud and delighted to announce their award win at the prestigious Oxfordshire Business Awards in the ‘Customer Care’ Category, sponsored by Hays Recruitment. With judging criteria spanning topics such as the development of a...

Juliano, Miguel and the Symbolic Brazil 2014 World Cup Kick Off

Jon Rees
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The Brazil 2014 World Cup has kicked off and the names of Juliano Pinto and Miguel Nicolelis featured in news articles that tweeted their way around the world. Juliano performed the symbolic kick off. Miguel (and others) helped. Juliano is unable to walk...