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Brethertons welcomes Commercial Property Associate

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We are pleased to welcome Bejul Lakhani-Lever as the latest addition to our Commercial Property team. With over ten years of Commercial Property specialism, Bejul’s wide range of experience will prove an invaluable asset to the established...

Ten Rising Stars with New Internal Promotions

Shaun Jardine
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We are delighted to announce our latest round of internal promotions with the success of ten of our valued lawyers. At Brethertons, we are focused on the growth of the business and we believe a key way is achieved through the development and...

Annual Staff Conference 2018

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On Thursday 5th July, Brethertons held its second Annual Staff Conference. It was a fantastic opportunity for employees across all practice areas and all regional offices to come together to discuss strategy, customers and get involved in team building...

Interview with an Associate (Technical Specialist) in Conveyancing

Karen Middleton
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Karen Middleton is an Associate and Licenced Conveyancer in our Residential Conveyancing  team in Rugby. We caught up with her to get an insight into her role and her time at Brethertons. 1. What are the key priorities in your role? Dealing...

An Interview with an Executive Lawyer in Corporate Commercial

Ben Hancox
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Ben Hancox is an Executive Lawyer and Solicitor in our Corporate Commercial team in Rugby.  We caught up with him to get an insight into his role and his time at Brethertons. 1. What are the key priorities in your role? The key priorities within...

Building your career - views from a new Brethertonian

Antonia Kirby
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Antonia Kirby is an Executive Lawyer and Solicitor in our Family team in Banbury.  We caught up with Antonia to get an insight into why she joined Brethertons, what Brethertons is like as a place to work, and her experiences during the application...

Interview with an Associate in Residential Conveyancing

Emma Morris
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Emma Morris is an Associate (Management Development) in our Residential Conveyancing team.  We caught up with her to get an insight into her role and her time at Brethertons. 1. What are the key priorities in your role? As an Associate (MD) in the...

Interview with a Senior Associate (Technical Specialist) in Family

Matthew Montanaro
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Matthew Montanaro is a Senior Associate (Technical Specialist) and Solicitor in our Family Care team.  We caught up with him to get an insight into his role and his time at Brethertons. 1. What are the key priorities in your role? Achieving my...

Interview with an Executive Lawyer in Wills, Trusts and Probate

Laura Stuart
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Laura Stuart is an Executive Lawyer and Solicitor in our Wills, Trusts and Probate team in Rugby . We caught up with her to get an insight into her role and her time at Brethertons. 1. What are the key priorities in your role? My key priority...

Building your career at Brethertons - a new Brethertonian

Iftakhar Ahmed
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Iftakhar Ahmed is an Executive Lawyer and Solicitor in our Residential Conveyancing team, Bicester. We caught up with Iftakhar to get an insight into his time so far at Brethertons, his ambitions for the future and his opinions of the firm as a place...

A day in the life of an Apprentice

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Author: Sophie Kite This week we celebrate National Apprenticeship week by highlighting the stories of some of the apprentices who have started their careers at Brethertons.  We are proud of the investment we make into those starting their careers and...

International Women's Day

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International Women's Day (IWD) on 8th March 2018 celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also continues to campaign for gender parity. In 2016, Lexis Nexis blogged about women in the legal profession stating...

Abbie Linzey-Jones' Apprenticeship story

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This week we celebrate National Apprenticeship week by highlighting the stories of some of the apprentices who have started their careers at Brethertons and the different paths they choose following completion of their qualifications. We are proud of...

Emma Farrow's Apprenticeship story

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Author: Emma Farrow This week we celebrate National Apprenticeship week by highlighting the stories of some of the apprentices who have started their careers at Brethertons and the different paths they have chosen following completion of their...

Sophie Gregory's Apprenticeship story

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Author: Sophie Gregory This week we celebrate National Apprenticeship week by highlighting the stories of some of the apprentices who have started their careers at Brethertons and the different paths they have chosen following completion of their...

RED January

Iftakhar Ahmed
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It's been just over a week since I finished RED January and surprisingly, I feel like I could do another month of running every day. The effect that exercising has had on me is nothing short of incredible - I feel energised and motivated to continue....

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...

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...

Brethertons' Specialist Appointed as Secretary of Brain Injury Special Interest Group

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  Brethertons’ Katherine Lennon, has been elected as secretary of the Brain Injury specialist interest group (SIG) for the national not-for-profit Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) APIL is the leading organisation in personal...

Twin Town Diary - Monday

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The Finish Written by Rosie ‘Rally Driver’ Gladden Monday 30th May 2016 Another early start after Sunday night’s party! Throughout the journey, we were reeling at a certain team member who lost some points in the previous days and were...

Twin Town Diary - Saturday and Sunday

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Le Weekend Written by Alistair ‘Awesome Navigator’’ Spencer and Steve ‘Stirling Moss’ Neasham Saturday 28th May 2016 The second day was the treasure hunt! This consisted of a 30 mile road trip around the countryside of Le...

Twin Town Diary - Friday

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The Off! Written by Dani ‘Demon Driver’ Green Friday 27th May 2016 It was a rather early start for the Brethertons 99ers as we headed off to Blenheim Palace in our pride and joy, Lexi the Lexus. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a...

Twin Town countdown!

Steven Neasham
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It is now only 11 days until our exciting adventure to Le Touquet in France on the Twin Towns Challenge.  Myself, Rosie Gladden, Danielle Green and Alistair Spencer are leaving from Blenheim Palace on Friday the 27th May 2016 in a convoy of nearly 100...

Vive la France!

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From the moment I saw the Twin Towns event, I knew it was something that I had to get involved in. I have always been a huge car fanatic, particularly classics, and grew up with Top Gear. How could a car enthusiast turn down the opportunity to drive round...

Waltzing towards Strictly success!

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My dancing journey began with a brief discussion in the car with Brian Auld, one of the partners here at Brethertons. We were on our way to the Bicester office and Brian was raving about his time doing Strictly Banbury in 2014.   Then whilst in the...

One hell of a ride!

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When I first found out about the Twin Town 2016 challenge, I just had to put my name forward – mainly in a bid to expel those horrible stereotypical thoughts people have about ‘women drivers’ and of course, to have a chance at raising some...

And we're off!

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Well if there’s one thing I’ve learnt this week it’s to never go on holiday!  In my absence I have been appointed captain of the Brethertons 99ers! (No Pressure there!)  As my first port of call as the team captain I should...

Have you checked your luggage allowance?

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We spend an awful lot of time preparing for our holidays, in particular making sure we’ve packed everything we might need, yet all the time trying to ensure that we haven’t exceeded that dreaded luggage allowance. Why then, do we not spend enough...

They think it's all over... well, think again!

Shaun Jardine
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With the demise of England’s Rugby World Cup campaign, you could be forgiven for thinking the sparkle has gone from the tournament we were once feverishly anticipating. To be sure, it’s disappointing that the hosts are no longer in contention for...

Looking ahead to England's next game

Shaun Jardine
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As I write this, the England rugby team will be preparing for their next battle against the strong Welsh side that overwhelmed Uruguay (54 - 9!) last weekend. Stuart Lancaster’s squad contains a few changes, most notably the inclusion of Owen Farrell...

Brethertons backs best of business

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We are delighted to announce that we're sponsoring the Business Person of the Year category at the 2016 West Oxfordshire Business Awards for a second year. The West Oxfordshire Business Awards (fondly known as The WOBAs) celebrates the best of...

Does exactly what it says on the tin?

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Guest blog by Yu-Chun Pan People often say that you get what you pay for. But do you really know what you pay for? This is often a tricky question for people using legal services. In my previous post , I talked about why and how lawyers should help...

Helping SpecialEffect level the playing field

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I was delighted when in April the staff at Brethertons chose SpecialEffect as its Charity of the Year. The charity has a profound impact on the lives of the people it supports, helping disabled people play games, by providing and adapting technology. One...

Does your lawyer ask you why?

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Guest blog by Yu-Chun Pan . Does your lawyer do exactly what you ask him or her to do without asking why? If your answer is yes, I strongly suggest you find a new lawyer. You instruct a lawyer because you need his/her specialist knowledge to solve...

Clean Break - What is it? Do I need one? Why is it important?

Josh Russell
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There has been a lot of coverage in the news recently regarding divorcees coming back after several years of divorce to make financial claims against their ex-husband or wife. You may be familiar with the case of Dale Vince and his ex-wife Kathleen Wyatt. If...

New Government, new era...

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...But what’s changed in the world of employment law? With the General Election hype now over and the Conservative Party winning an overall majority, we take a look at some of the key manifesto pledges of the new Government that are likely to have an...

Writing books for children workshop

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Do you love writing for children? Do you write for fun, write for the children you know or do you hope to be published one day? Whatever your ambitions, why not come along to this workshop to find out what makes for a great children’s book? Julia...

What do Harry Potter, Pippi Longstocking and Paddington Bear all have in common?

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If you’re imagining a bespectacled boy with a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead, a wild girl with red piglets who keeps a horse in the house, or a bear with a suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches, then you already have your answer.  All three...

Changes ahead for small businesses

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I’m often tasked by commercial customers of the firm to explain how the complexities of UK company law impact upon their business and its corporate governance. Seemingly contradictory rulings and arcane legislature can end up distracting them from...

Shock horror. Amazing survey leaves me thinking ....

Shaun Jardine
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So you want to work in the law....where do I plug you in? I am a great fan of legal services. I have to be it pays my mortgage. I also am a great fan of good people who work in the law... I have to be they deliver the service... which pays my...

Is your iceberg melting and what can you do about it?

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Guest Blog by Sally Dyson of www.firmsense.co.uk I’ve just emerged from two days’ of total law firm immersion at Legalex – The National Legal Exhibition and Conference. There, Shaun Jardine , CEO of Brethertons LLP gave an...

A devoted dance detester divulges

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Last year my colleague Brian Auld entered Strictly Banbury which, as the name suggests, is a local dancing competition in the same vain as the hit BBC One Series, Strictly Come Dancing . Brian loved the experience, scooped the “Most Improved...

What do you want to know?

Shaun Jardine
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When new starters join us at Brethertons like many organisations we have our own induction process.  We have had many new starters comment on how great their induction process was at Brethertons. The aim of our induction process is not only to welcome...

How my interview with Jeremy Clarkson went viral

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In my spare time I help fundraise for The Lido in my home town of Chipping Norton. I got involved back in 2003 when our local authority announced they were to close this much loved facility. Spurred on by an angry community (no pitchforks were involved), I...

Happy new financial year!

Shaun Jardine
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I hope it is a successful one for everyone. This week has been a historic one for Brethertons. We have seen the retirement of Richard Pell; our Senior Partner and the last solicitor to hold the title. I wish Richard well in his retirement. At Richards...

I wear a penguin suit

Shaun Jardine
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It’s true and in fact there is a photograph of me below addressing a conference wearing it. Am I some kind of freaky cross‑dresser? I hear you asking yourself.  Well, that’s quite a personal question and I won’t tell you what I...

Don't wait for a heart attack until you read this book

Shaun Jardine
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As I am 6ft 4” and weigh over 18 stone, this isn’t necessarily a confession. I am, however, a great fan of the Harvard Business School Professor, David Maister.  David has written numerous books over the years and has a huge library of his...

My top 6 interview faux pas

Shaun Jardine
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I have sat through quite a few interviews in my career. I can say with hand on heart probably only, say, a dozen have been truly really earth shatteringly memorable – interviews where at the end I have thought I must get that person to join my...

Talking stress, pressure and wellbeing

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Every week, it seems, there are reports of NHS budget cuts and deficits that ultimately lead to reductions in staff and resources. That in turn increases the pressure on existing staff ultimately resulting in low morale and sickness in the NHS. And that was...

Brethertons LLP makes the Hot 100

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We are delighted to announce that our Head of Residential Leasehold Law, Roger Hardwick , and Associate Key Client Manager, Mark North , have been listed in this year’s top 100 most influential people in the residential leasehold property sector. The...

Brethertons move to new Rugby home

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This week has seen a monumental move in the town as over 100 of Brethertons staff finally came together under one roof. Brethertons LLP has consolidated three town centre offices into Montague House, a single energy-efficient, purpose-built building on...

Shaun Jardine appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Brethertons LLP

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Following an extensive interview selection process, with a very impressive range of both external and internal candidates, Brethertons is delighted to announce the appointment of Shaun Jardine as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. A vigorous...

Brethertons wins at the prestigious Oxfordshire Business Awards 2014

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Brethertons is proud and delighted to announce their award win at the prestigious Oxfordshire Business Awards in the ‘Customer Care’ Category, sponsored by Hays Recruitment. With judging criteria spanning topics such as the development of a...