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Brethertons are #SCIAware

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Today, Brethertons join in marking National Spinal Cord Injuries Awareness Day #SCIAware. Brethertons are proud corporate partners of the Spinal Injuries Association and its work to help those who have to live with spinal cord injury. Jon Rees who leads...

Brethertons put on Hats for Headway

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Today, Brethertons' Serious Injury team donned their wackiest hats to raise vital funds for those living with the effects of brain injury. As part of Action for Brain Injury Week 2017 (8 – 14 May), Hats for Headway day has been organised by the...

Taking to the Dance Floor!

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This year, Brethertons' Debi Kendall is donning her dance shoes and taking to the floor in Strictly Banbury!  She shares with us her story so far: "I am an avid Strictly Come Dancing fan and after watching my Brethertons colleague, Nicole...

Brethertons Appointed to 'Help to Buy Midlands' Solicitors Panel

Tom Ansell
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We are delighted to report that we have been appointed to the ‘Help to Buy Midlands’ Solicitors Panel – confirming our commitment to the property sector and the affordable housing market.    ‘Help to Buy Midlands’ is...

Brethertons Named as Top Choice for PRS!

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We are delighted to announce that the firm has been judged as the top legal services provider in the country for the Private Rented Sector (PRS). We fought off tough competition to be shortlisted, and was announced as the winner of the...

Could your business be prosecuted?

Claire Halle-Smith
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What an interesting couple of months for data protection! See below for updates, particularly relating to how businesses can avoid prosecution.   Failure to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Businesses that...

Brethertons has had a SpecialEffect

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We are delighted to announce we have raised over £8,500 for our Charity of the Year – SpecialEffect. Based near Witney in Oxfordshire, SpecialEffect ‘puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by...

New Inheritance Tax Relief - Coming Soon!

Kirsti Edmead
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The 6 th of April 2017 signals the first major Inheritance Tax relief change in a decade and it builds upon the idea of spouses transferring unused tax-free values of assets (Nil Rate Bands) to each other. At present, a person has up to £325,000...

Probate Court Fees Set to Increase

Emma Stewart
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On 24 February 2017, the Ministry of Justice published responses to its consultation on reforming the fees payable for Grants of Representation (“Probate”).  Currently an application for Probate is either £155 if done via a solicitor...

Can Anyone Measure Unhappiness?

Liz Headley
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How sad it was to read last week of a woman not being allowed to escape an unhappy relationship because the judge decreed her reasons for wanting to end the 39 year marriage didn’t fit with his idea of what would make someone feel miserable and unloved...

Discount Rate Reduced. Help for seriously injured Claimants!

Jon Rees
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I help people who have suffered spinal cord injuries. It seems this morning, the government might have as well. It has been announced today that the discount rate will now be reduced from 2.5% to -0.75%. If you have ongoing losses (perhaps future loss of...

Above All Else Keep Talking

Liz Headley
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Before the New Year I read an article in Business Insider UK that describes the results of a survey undertaken by the University of Virginia over a period of 6 years. It looked at the frequency of divorce among a total of 3597 couple who were asked two...

Types of Brain Injury Explained

Kerry Hudson
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The brain, the hub of the human body.  It uses 20% of your energy and 77% of it is made up of water.  2 pints of blood flow through the brain every 2 minutes and during your waking hours, it produces enough energy to light up a light bulb. It...

An Alternative Christmas Tale

Liz Headley
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Leading up to the festive period, I have taken the time to reflect on many workshops which I have run looking at the issues of separation around Christmas and domestic abuse.  In doing so I have written a short story which if you are going through a...

Lonely This Christmas

Liz Headley
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It’s the time of year when you turn on the radio and within minutes you will probably be hearing one of the classic Christmas songs. It could be Mariah singing, ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ or Slade with good old Noddy screaming out...

What is a 'No Fault' Divorce?

Melanie Tubbs
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There are only 5 grounds upon which you can prove to the court that your marriage has broken down. These are adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, 2 years’ separation and 5 years’ separation.  Around 95% of my clients come to me...

Visiting Pace Rehabilitation

Katherine Lennon
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I was acutely reminded of the importance of Road Safety Awareness Week last week when I visited Pace Rehabilitation in Chesham at the invitation of Jamie Gillespie and his colleagues. Pace assisted a client of mine, most recently, late last year with her...

Contending with Complexity: Managing increasing needs

Alison Goldney
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On 16 November our Spinal Injury team attended the 18th MASCIP (Multidisciplinary Association for Spinal Cord Injury Professionals) Conference "Contending with Complexity, managing increasing needs" at Loughborough University. It was an...

A Double Win for Brethertons as Top Choice in the UK for the Property Management Industry for Legal Services and Arrears Recovery

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Brethertons is delighted to announce that they have been judged as the top legal service firm and arrears recovery provider in the country for the property management industry. The firm fought off tough competition to be shortlisted, and was announced as...

Is there such a thing as a 'Good Divorce'?

Liz Headley
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This week 28 November to 2 December is ‘Good Divorce Week’, a national awareness campaign spearheaded by Resolution and I am fascinated by what is meant by a ‘good divorce’. Some may say that divorce can never be ‘good’...

Brethertons is judged Family Law Firm of the Year in the Midlands

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Last night at a glittering awards ceremony at the Bloomsbury Big Top, our Family Department were delighted to receive the award for Family Law Regional Firm of the Year in the Midlands. Hotly contested by other large legal services providers, Brethertons...

Brethertons is judged Family Law Firm of the Year in the Midlands

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Last night at a glittering awards ceremony at the Bloomsbury Big Top, our Family Department were delighted to receive the award for Family Law Regional Firm of the Year in the Midlands. Hotly contested by other large legal services providers, Brethertons...

Avoid the Pitfalls of Comparative Advertising!

Claire Halle-Smith
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Comparative Advertising The introduction of the European Comparative Advertising Directive 2006 and its implementation into UK law has allowed for companies to advertise their goods alongside those belonging to a third party as long as certain conditions...

Creating Christmas Memories

Liz Headley
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At this time of year we are surrounded by Christmas adverts on television and in magazines. Whatever version you see, there is usually some reference to happy family times with presents, fun, food and laughter. Generations of families are often seen enjoying...

What is a Trustee?

Anji Arkell
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This week, 7 th – 13 th November, is Trustees week. In the UK there are just over 1 million charitable trustees.  I’ve been asked before what a trustee is. The word says it all!  You are trusted to help to lead and develop...

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