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Please treat the contents of our blogs as general guidance only. Please do not take any action based on their contents unless you have sought specific legal advice. Brethertons cannot accept responsibility for any errors or inaccuracies, loss or damage in circumstances where there is no formal retainer between us and we have not given you personal and specific advice relating to a matter for which you have given us full background details.  You must also bear in mind that the contents of our blogs are based on English Law, and because they contain archival material, that material is likely to go out of date. Therefore, it is important to consider the date that the blog was posted. Please also remember that the laws may differ in different Jurisdictions.

Family, Personal Injury and Real Estate Litigation teams at Brethertons Highly Rated in Midlands and Thames Valley

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Leading legal services provider, Brethertons LLP, is celebrating after being named as one of the top law firms in the Midlands and Thames Valley by one of the leading industry publications, Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2020. The Chambers and Partners UK...

The Office of The Public Guardian announces a further Refund Scheme for Deputyship fees

Veronica Male
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  It was only in February 2018 that after a review the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) announced that having reviewed their fees, they had overcharged on the registration fee for Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney from 01/04/2013 to 31/03/2017...

Berks Bucks and Oxon Law Society Legal Excellence Awards 2019

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We are delighted to announce that  Roger Hardwick , Partner and specialist Enfranchisement and Residential Leasehold solicitor  has won the ‘Lawyer of the Year’ at the Berks Bucks and Oxon (BB &O) Law Society awards . The...

Brethertons Rated One of the Top Legal Service Providers in the Legal 500 UK

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Brethertons was rated one of the top legal service providers in the West Midlands and South East regions. We are delighted to announce that Brethertons has again been recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2020, with a remarkable 12 teams receiving...

Security of tenure in leases - why is it a big deal?

Kelly Earle
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Well the answer depends on whether you are a landlord or a tenant. In summary, security of tenure is the tenant’s statutory right under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 to be granted a new lease of their business premises once their current lease...

Can I change my child's surname?

Bethany Martindale
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When parents separate, an issue that can arise is that of changing the child’s surname, usually because the mother may wish to revert to her maiden name or perhaps if she meets a new partner and the new family unit wish to all share the same name. It...

Brethertons Scoop Two Awards at the Law Firm Services Awards 2019

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We are delighted to announce that last night, at the Law Firm Services Awards 2019, Brethertons were named ‘Regional Conveyancing Firm of the Year’ for West Midlands, for the second year in a row, as well as receiving the Bronze Award for...

What took so long? Domestic Abuse Bill given prominence again in Parliament

Kim Lehal
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In the year ending March 2018, an estimated 2 million adults aged 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year (1.3 million women and 695,000 men). This is an alarming government statistic. Something needs to change and fast....

Brethertons is Shortlisted for Four Awards at the ESTAS Conveyancing Awards 2019!

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  We are thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted for the regional awards for our offices in Banbury, Bicester and Rugby as well as the award for the Best Local Group at the  ESTAS Conveyancing Awards 2019. The ESTAS Conveyancing...

Right to Buy - Meaning and Eligibility

Pasqualina Marcucci
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Have you ever thought about purchasing your council/housing association property? Perhaps as a way to climb the property ladder or secure your home for your future and that of your family? If eligible, the scheme would allow you to purchase the property at...

Costs Orders in Financial Proceedings: Getting your Ex to pay!

Antonia Kirby
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It is now fairly well accepted that the rule in family proceedings is that “each party pays their own costs”. At least, it has been so since 2006 when it was incorporated into the Family Procedure Rules following judicial criticism in 2003. ...

Brethertons is Shortlisted as Family Law Firm of the Year for the South 2019

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We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for ‘Family Law Firm of the Year: South’ at this year’s Family Law Awards. The Family Law Awards , which will take place on Wednesday 27th November in London, is a highly...

Men in Controlling Coercive Relationships

Liz Headley
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After commending the programme I Am Nicola, aired by Channel 4, I was thinking how useful it would be if we were able to watch a programme where a male suffered abuse at the hands of a female perpetrator. Unfortunately, in my experience it is not uncommon to...

What if my ex doesn't return our child from holiday?

Gemma Kelsey
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As we are coming to the end of the school summer holidays, the issue of a child being returned from a pre-agreed holiday may be an anxious time for some separated parents. More often than not, when parents separate, the issue of holiday contact and a summer...

Emotional Abuse and Control - 'I am Nicola'

Liz Headley
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Did you watch the Channel 4 programme “ I Am Nicola ” aired on 23 rd July 2019 starring Vicky McClure and Perry Fitzpatrick? It was extremely powerful viewing offering great insights into the insidious nature of emotional abuse. Nicola and...

Stress of Summer School Holidays

Liz Headley
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It would be nice to think that the idea of having your children home for six long and sun filled weeks would bring a certain amount of pleasure to parents and I am sure that it can. However, the other side of that is the worry about childcare, if parents...

Brethertons Ranked as One of the Top Legal Service Providers in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019

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Leading legal services provider Brethertons LLP, is celebrating after being named as one of the top law firms in the region of Oxford and Surrounds for Private Wealth Law. The Chambers High Net Worth Guide researches and ranks the world’s best...

Brethertons Appointed As Members of Equity Release Council

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Top 200 law firm Brethertons LLP have been accepted into the membership of the Equity Release Council (ERC).    The ERC governs standards of conduct and practice in the equity release sector and aims to spread awareness of how homeowners can...

Energy Efficiency - Can you afford to ignore it?

Angela Guess
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Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) Owners of a commercial property – whether they intend to rent or sell the property – must comply with various obligations before the rental or sale of the property can take place. This could involve capital...

Forfeiture - potential pitfalls you need to be aware of

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Forfeiture provides the right for a landlord to enter the property let to the tenant and reclaim ownership prior to the contractual termination of the lease due to the tenants default. It is arguably a draconian measure and one which the Law Commission has...

Comparison of Residential and Commercial Lease Service Charges

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There are substantial differences between residential and commercial leases. Residential service charges are the subject of substantially more legislation and rules than those of commercial leases. Although there are the RICS Guidelines in respect of...

Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2019

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Brethertons Solicitors Highly Commended at the Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards 2019 Brethertons are delighted to announce that we have been awarded highly commended Solicitor Firm of the Year – Outside London at the Enfranchisement and...

When it's too late for a Power of Attorney

Sophie Forsyth
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“I’m still young.” “I’ll get around to it at some point.” “It won’t happen to me.” We regularly hear the above reasons not to make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) . A number of things can cause...

Dangers of AirBnB Leasehold Properties

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Do remember that short-term property lets are not a new phenomenon. Organisations like AirBnB have recently grown which has made the issues concerning short-term lets a new focus. AirBnB has become the shorthand reference to these particular types of let....

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