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of our blogs are based on English Law, and because they contain archival material, that material is likely to go out of date.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

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...

There is No (Gala) Unity!

Roger Hardwick
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Landmark RTM Decision on the Extent to Which RTM Applies to External Communal Areas The right to manage was always going to be a difficult concept to translate into legislation. There are few, if any, statutory rights quite like it. Unlike its...

Brethertons Solicitors Support Refuge Charity in the Shoebox Appeal this Christmas

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Recently, Brethertons’ award-winning Family team supported those in need this Christmas, by running a shoebox appeal across their offices to donate items to Refuge – a charity that supports women and children suffering from domestic violence. ...

Brethertons Solicitors Christmas Foodbank Donations

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Brethertons’ award-winning Wills, Trusts and Probate team with the help of some of our customers and staff have been supporting those in need, by running a food bank collection in our Rugby and Bicester offices to donate to the Trussell Trust. ...

The President of the Family Division's memorandum on drafting court orders - What does this mean?

Jemma Bryans
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Introduction Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division issued a memorandum setting out the correct approach that should be taken when draft orders in the Family Court. This is available on the Judiciary.uk website. Standard Orders ...

How long does probate take?

Amber Morris
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Beneficiaries often ask how long it will take to receive their inheritance. The short answer is that “it depends”. Every estate is as unique as the person who owned the assets. If the person rented their home and only had one bank account,...

Brethertons' Senior Associate, Dani Green wins Young Professional of the Year award at NOTB Awards 2021

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Brethertons are so proud of our Senior Associate in Residential Leasehold and Enfranchisement, Dani Green , for winning the title of Young Professional of the Year. We are also delighted to be highly commended for Legal Services Provider of the Year...

Good Divorce Week 2021

Katie Phillips
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You may have read in the news this week that it is ‘Good Divorce Week’. This is a campaign spearheaded by Resolution, an organisation committed to reducing the conflict within Family Law. Many of the Family Department are members of Resolution....

What is a stranded spouse?

Monique Wagner
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Stranded spouses is the term used when a family travels abroad on holiday and one spouse is intentionally left behind either with or without the child(ren). One spouse deliberately removes the other spouse's and/or the child(ren)’s passport and...

Improved Diversity and Equality for all workers at Jaguar Land Rover

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Following the successful Employment Tribunal case of Rose Taylor –v- Jaguar Land Rover Ltd (Case No 1304471/2018) in September 2020, Jaguar Land Rover have signed an agreement with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to improve its policies...

Brethertons Support for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research

Jon Rees
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We were pleased to visit SMSR – Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research - at the National Spinal Injuries Centre this week where we met with Charlotte Minoprio and Derek Cutler as their new fundraising year begins. Brethertons has a long tradition of...

Business as Usual?

Lindsay Gutteridge
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Business as Usual? If you are a business owner, planning for the future is something that often gets pushed to the bottom of the list, particularly following a global pandemic. Lawyers like myself spend a lot of time reminding business owners to put in...

Brethertons Solicitors Focus On Giving Back To The Community whilst they plan the Move into fabulous new Banbury Offices

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On the 10th December 2020, Brethertons new offices on 19 South Bar Street, Banbury were officially opened by Banbury Town Mayor, John Colgrave and Brethertons’ CEO, Alison McCormack . Brethertons vacated their Waterperry Court site in 2020 and are now...

Family, Personal Injury and Real Estate Litigation Teams at Brethertons Receive Recommendations in the Chambers & Partners Directory 2022.

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Brethertons LLP are thrilled to have been named, yet again, as one of the top law firms in the practice areas of Family , Personal Injury and Real Estate Litigation by the leading industry publication, Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2022. The...

A Guide To Claiming Under The Inheritance Act 1975

David Richards
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Imagine the following situation. Your mother and father divorced and some years later your father remarries a woman who has two children from her first marriage. You all get on well, celebrating Christmas and other holidays together. Suddenly, your father,...

Give A Little - Make A Will Fortnight

Sarah Horton
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We are once again supporting the Katharine House Hospice Make a Will Fortnight from 4 -15 October 2021 across all three of our offices in Banbury, Bicester and Rugby. It is a great opportunity to provide vital support to a local hospice, and at the...

Legal 500 recommend Brethertons as one of the top legal service providers in the West Midlands and South East

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Brethertons are proud to announce that we have again been recommended in eleven practice areas in The Legal 500 UK 2022, along with four of our top lawyers receiving individual rankings. Each of our teams that we put forward for ranking have been recommended...

What if my ex does not bring my child back from a holiday abroad?

Gemma Kelsey
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As Covid-19 travel restrictions have started to ease, many people and families have once again started to consider the possibility of international holidays rather than staycations. Aside from the current Covid-19 worries and practicalities still...

Help - what can I do to help myself or a loved one?

Sarah Horton
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I recently watched Channel 4’s drama “Help” staring Jodie Comer as key worker at Bright Sky Homes, a fictional Liverpool care home, and Stephen Graham as one of the residents, set during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK. ...

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