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of our blogs are based on English Law, and because they contain archival material, that material is likely to go out of date.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

COVID 19 - Guidance For Safe Working In The Workplace

Amy Edwards
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The government has issued modified 'Working safely during coronavirus (COVID 19)' guidance (the ‘guidance’) to cover safe working practices following the move to Step 4 of its roadmap that took place on 19 July. Here I will look at...

I am not married or in a civil partnership and I do not have any children. Does it really matter if I don't have a Will?

Annabel Burchett
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This is a common question will drafters get asked, and the answer is, if you want to decide who inherits your estate on your death, then yes, is does matter. If you pass away without making a valid Will, your estate will be dealt with under the Intestacy...

Brethertons Ranked as One of the Top Providers of Private Wealth Law in the Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2021

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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...

Am I Eligible For Legal Aid?

Monique Wagner
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Legal Aid is a government funded scheme that helps individuals who are on low income access legal advice/representation. Once granted, a legal aid certificate will cover legal costs including Solicitor fees, counsel’s fees and disbursements such as...

The New Domestic Abuse Act 2021

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If you or your children are in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police.  You can also call the 24-Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. After years of promises, especially by former Prime Minister Theresa...

What Happens If A Joint Account Holder Loses Mental Capacity?

Nakita Smith
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It is not uncommon for individuals to have a joint bank account with a spouse, partner or adult child. This arrangement provides easy access for both parties to make withdrawals or to manage joint expenditure such as household bills. Joint accounts may...

What the case of H-N And Others (Children) means for Domestic Abuse in Finding of Fact Hearings

Jemma Bryans
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The long-awaited Judgment of H-N And Others (Children) was handed down on 30 th March 2021. There were four cases (joined on appeal) before the Court of Appeal. The appeals were particularly looking at the process in which the Courts consider domestic...

Narcissistic Ex-Partners

Liz Headley
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For many who have managed to escape from an abusive relationship there is initially a huge sense of relief, finally life can become more ‘normal’ again and they can begin to rebuild their self -confidence and self-worth. Whilst this is true, the...

Landmark Study Into Rugby-Related Head Injuries Announced

Jon Rees
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Beginning in New Zealand from mid-April 2021, over 700 men and women rugby players will take part in a “landmark” study on brain impact injuries.  The research is being run by World Rugby– the game’s governing body. World...

What is a Divorce Doula?

Priti Vadgama
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Everyone seems to have heard of a doula who offers support before, during and after childbirth. “What is this new concept of a divorce doula?”, is what I asked myself when I first heard this term. Apparently a divorce doula is a...

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day - 21 May 2021

Jon Rees
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A day to increase understanding of spinal cord injury; raise the profile of spinal cord injury and highlight challenges faced by people who have suffered spinal cord injury. Who does spinal cord injury affect? A spinal cord injury is estimated to...

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 - Family Breakdowns

Liz Headley
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Monday 10th May 2021 marked the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, looking after our mental health should always be a priority, but this year, having experienced a pandemic which, for most of us, has invited significant changes and increased stresses, it...

Dementia Action Week and Lasting Powers of Attorney

Laura Stuart
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Dementia Action Week is a national event which runs from 17 th May to 23 rd May. It is a time to raise awareness of dementia and encourage individuals to take action to improve the lives of people living with dementia. At Brethertons, we are supporting...

Living with Abuse

Liz Headley
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British broadcaster, journalist and weather presenter, Ruth Dodsworth has recently featured in the media after her ex husband was jailed for 3 years for coercive and controlling behaviour. I watched an interview with her earlier on daytime tv where she...

Brethertons Renew ALEP Membership as Specialists in Leasehold Enfranchisement

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Brethertons renew ALEP membership as specialists in leasehold enfranchisement. Brethertons are pleased to confirm, that they have renewed their membership of the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP), an organisation which exists to...

Thriving Law firm Brethertons LLP Announces New Partner Promotion

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Brethertons solicitors is delighted to announce a new Partner appointment. The business now boasts 25 partners and 87 lawyers, including Paralegals, supported by a dedicated team of support staff. All work together across and within teams to...

Help - I have received a Settlement Agreement

Ruby Rai
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Perhaps now more than ever, Employers will seek to enter into Settlement Agreements with members of staff that are no longer going to be part of the business. This is much more than a dismissal letter and should be handled appropriately.   A Settlement...

I'm getting married or divorced - should I make a Will?

Sophie Forsyth
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The simple answer is – yes! Marriage, separation and divorce can have unintended consequences on how your estate passes when you die, whether you have a Will or not. Marriage Many people don’t realise that marriage revokes your Will unless...

Updates to rates of pay: the 2021-22 tax year

Kathryn Pickard
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As HR personnel and business owners will be aware, weekly rates of pay and other statutory rates in employment legislation are updated annually in line with the new tax year.  We give an overview of the key points to note below. Rates of pay As from...

Thriving Law firm Brethertons LLP announces new partner promotions.

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Brethertons solicitors has announced the promotion of a number of lawyers; including three to Partner, three to Senior Associate and three to Associate positions. Joining the Partnership in the 2021 promotion round are lawyers Emma Crocker, Ben Foley, and...

Supreme Court Rules A Child Applying For Asylum Cannot Be Refouled

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We recently discussed the Court of Appeal decision in Re G (A Child) (Child Abduction )   in which   Kim Lehal , a partner in our family law department, represented the charity reunite .   The Court of Appeal ruled that a child who...

Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of G v G [2021] UKSC 9

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On 19 March 2021 the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the case of G v G [2021] UKSC 9.  Reunite intervened in the appeal and was represented by Kim Lehal of Brethertons solicitors instructing Richard Harrison QC and Jennifer Perrins of...

Can an employer require employees to wear a face mask at work?

Amy Edwards
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It would seem that the answer is potentially yes!  Masks have been with us for some time now – it’s currently law that face coverings are worn in all indoor public places and anywhere else where adequate social distancing cannot be...

Rishi Sunak's Budget Gives Boost To Generation Rent

Emma Crocker
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Rishi Sunak’s Spring Budget provided good news for first-time homebuyers.  Not only was the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday extended until the end of September 2021 (more on this below), but Mr Sunak announced the government will back a new...

Family Solicitor Joanne Soar Acts For Subjected To Life-Changing Injuries Baby

Joanne  Soar
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There are times when members of our team are involved in cases which remain with them for life.  For Joanne Soar , who specialises in public law for children, that case is X County Council v AB & CD [2015] EWFC 98.  Described by the...

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