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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of our blogs are based on English Law, and because they contain archival material, that material is likely to go out of date.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.

How to decide on The Split

Sarah Horton
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I have recently finished watching BBC drama ‘The Split’, which always makes interesting viewing for lawyers. Despite the scarily frequent professional conduct breaches obvious to the trained eye, it has raised some thought provoking...

Who Is Involved In A Spinal Cord Injuries Case?

Jon Rees
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By the time a person comes to speak to a solicitor about making a compensation claim following spinal cord injury they will already have been assisted by a range of clinicians, therapists and others in the medical setting, but there are also likely to be a...

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Liz Headley
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It's Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 and we have been invited to consider the experience of loneliness and how we can all potentially be affected by it and the potential detrimental effect feeling isolated can have on our mental health. The Covid...

Types of Spinal Cord Injury

Jon Rees
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There are obviously excellent medical references that can explain the different types of spinal cord injury far more helpfully than we can as mere solicitors. But the purpose of this blog is to explore some of the more frequently encountered aspects of...

Why use a Solicitor to prepare your Will?

Laura Stuart
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Instructing a solicitor to prepare your Will is usually seen as the expensive way to do it but using a solicitor can save a lot of stress for you and your family, as well as giving you peace of mind and potentially saving you additional costs in the future. ...

Help - Recognising You Need It, Identifying Who Can Provide It; And Letting Yourself Be Helped

Jon Rees
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In our experience of helping people who have suffered spinal cord or other life changing injuries, the process of coming to terms with the fact you or someone you care for might need help through to actually being helped has several identifiable and nuanced...

Sibling's Bitter Battle Over £100 Million Estate

David Richards
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One of the fundamental principles of English law is that a person is free to draw up a Will that sets out how they wish to distribute their property. How and to whom that distribution is made is their choice alone and should be free from the interference of...

In The Spotlight - Dawn Millar

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We are delighted to be highlighting our expert lawyers in a new feature 'In The Spotlight' where you can get to know our individuals and the important work they carry out each day. This week we are excited to be highlighting Dawn Millar -...

The Four Questions All Clients (Should) Ask Solicitors

Jon Rees
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The Brethertons spinal cord injuries team are asked all sorts of questions by clients and prospective clients, but typically at the outset of a new case those questions coalesce around four main ones. Those are: Have a I got a case? Is it worth pursuing? ...

Brethertons Solicitors Announce the Appointment of Four New Trainee Solicitors

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Brethertons are delighted to announce the appointment of four trainee solicitors. Training contracts have been awarded to the following individuals: Poppy Harber, Florence Woods, Chanel Brown and Abigail Laborero. The “Training Seats,” at...

Choosing A Solicitor - Specialist Experience & Expertise Is Vital

Jon Rees
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Not so many years ago a client approached us concerned that their then solicitor was advising them to settle their claim for a lump sum they thought was not enough. The long story cut short is we settled the claim for 44 times the amount the previous...

The Right To Disconnect

Amy Edwards
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Technology is a wonderful thing. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it enabled millions of workers to do their jobs from home, allowing them to stay safe whilst playing their part in keeping the organisation they work for operating. Two years on from the first...

Love Thy Neighbour or Pay the Price?

Emma Bush
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Whilst February 14 th is memorable and amorous for some, Valentine's Day 2022 was a lesson in “loving thy neighbour” for the parties involved in Prime London Holdings 11 Limited v Thurloe Lodge Limited [2022] EWHC 303 (Ch) as the first...

What To Do If Your Child Has Been Abducted To India

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The recent case of SS v MCP [2021] EWHC 2898 (Fam) illustrates the complexity of returning a child who has, according to one parent, been abducted by the other parent to reside in India. Furthermore, it provides an excellent discussion of parens patriae...

No Fault Divorce

Melanie Haslam
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The new divorce legislation which is coming into force from 6 th April 2022 means that couples will be able to obtain a divorce without one party having to apportion blame on the other. At present, one party can ‘blame’ the other, citing...

Spinal Cord Injuries and Statistics

Jon Rees
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Statistically, the average human has fewer than four limbs. What does that mean, what does it tell us about humans, and what does it tell us about statistics? What follows is intended as no more than a tour through statistics that catch the eye in the work...

Brethertons Announces Appointment of 3 New Partners

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Brethertons is delighted to announce our latest round of internal promotions with the success of three of its valued lawyers. At Brethertons, we believe that the growth and development of our employees is key to our success. The new Partners; Dani Green...

Do I need Probate?

Nakita Smith
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For those entrusted with what can often be a daunting task of administering the estate of a deceased loved one, there can be many hurdles to overcome. A common query from individuals in this position, is whether or not they need probate. What is probate? ...

International Women's Day 2022

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International Women's Day (IWD) on 8th March 2022 celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and also continues to campaign for gender parity. At Brethertons we are proud of the steps we take to ensure opportunities...

Serious Injuries Guide - collaboration between solicitors for both sides to the argument - why it is important

Jon Rees
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If you have suffered a spinal cord injury – indeed any life changing injury – the chances are that if you have a claim for compensation, it will involve a substantial sum of money. We have represented clients where their spinal cord injury was...

What is an Occupation Order?

Amanda Jacober
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An Occupation Order is an Order that a Court can make, under Section 33 of the Family Law Act 1996, to determine who can remain living in a property, or defining who can enter certain parts of the home, if parties are unable to agree. This is often applied...

National Apprenticeship Week

Lucy Brown
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National Apprenticeship week this year runs from 7 th – 11 th February 2021 and it aims to shine a light on the work being done by both employers and Apprentices themselves across the country. Over the past year, our four Apprentices have been...

Brethertons Solicitors announce permanent office location at South Bar Street in Banbury

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Brethertons Solicitors are delighted to announce that their once ‘temporary home’ on South Bar in Banbury is now a ‘forever home’, with ambitious plans already underway to expand and refurbish, as they continue to provide their award...

What is a clean break and why is it important?

Katie Phillips
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Many clients, when divorcing, assume that when the Decree Absolute is granted, that it brings an end to not only the marriage but also to any financial claims that each spouse has against the other. This is not the case. Only a clean break can end the...

Family mediation scheme to help thousands more parents

Monique Wagner
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Mediation is the process whereby an independent trained mediator help parties reach a solution when there is a dispute regarding children or finances. Mediation helps parties come up with their own solution and avoid the court system. Solicitors can also be...

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