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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of our blogs are based on English Law, and because they contain archival material, that material is likely to go out of date.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 law may differ in different Jurisdictions.

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. ...

Brethertons, Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research, Neuro Convention 2021 - and an Abseil

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Solicitors from the Brethertons spinal cord injuries team attended the European Neuro Convention 21 which was run within Naidex 2021 at the NEC (see our companion blog covering the wider Naidex event ). With two of our team about to abseil the...

COVID-19 Vaccine for children aged 12 - 15 - What if you do not agree with your partner/ex-partner or child?

Jemma Bryans
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The topic of vaccinating young children has been in wide discussion for parents, the Government, and chief medical officers. Recently the Government has accepted the recommendation from the UK’s medical officers that children between the ages of 12 to...

Brethertons at Naidex21 and the European Neuro Convention

Jon Rees
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Brethertons were pleased to attend the Naidex Exhibition at the Birmingham NEC on 15 th and 16 th September – and the European Neuro Convention 21 which was run within the Naidex event. Naidex is Europe’s most established event for ‘the...

Is your Will valid? Will disputes are increasing!

Sophie Forsyth
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“It was so important to get it right” – how local law firm Brethertons LLP kept “business as usual” for clients desperate to update their Wills in lockdown. Back in March 2020, as Covid-19 was taking hold across the UK and...

Brethertons is proud to announce that it has achieved certification from Cyber Essentials Plus

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This month, Brethertons is proud to announce that it has achieved certification from Cyber Essentials Plus proving its dedication to cyber security and protection from cyber attacks. Cyber Essentials is an official UK Government backed scheme that...

Should I put digital assets in my Will?

Sophie Forsyth
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In an increasingly digital world, many of us are guilty of not thinking about how our digital lives will pass on our deaths. Many of us now hold digital photographs on our mobile phones, monies in digital wallets like Paypal, social media accounts and even...

What are the benefits of a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Laura Stuart
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According to research undertaken by Alzheimer’s Research UK, the number of people with dementia is projected to increase rapidly. It is predicted one million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025 and this will increase to two million by 2050*. It...

Equity Release, Is it right for me?

Emma Morris
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Here at Brethertons we have had lots of enquiries from customers, exploring whether equity release is an avenue they should pursue as part of their retirement strategy. The equity release market certainly  appears to be holding steady during the first...

Can I apply for a Non-Molestation Order?

Poppy Harber
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If you have been the victim of domestic abuse, you can apply for a ‘Non-Molestation Order’. This is an injunction in the form of a Court Order that protects you or your child from being harmed or threatened by the person who has abused you. ...

How To Purchase The Freehold Of Your Building

Dani Green
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In 2017, the issue of ground rent being charged on new build properties caught the media’s attention. The cases involved some developers securing contracts with leaseholders that saw the initial ground rent of £200-£400 charged on their new...

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...

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

Amy Edwards
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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...

Top Reasons to update your Will

Jules Mackenzie
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SPRING - into action Top Reasons to update your Will - Besides doing it for those you love (or dislike!) With spring pleasantly around the corner and the promise of your favourite flowers and plants once again, coming into bloom. Use this...

International Women's Day 2021

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International Women's Day (IWD) on 8th March 2021 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...

LPA Attorney's That Don't 'Care A Lot'

Holly Pearce
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If you have not seen the recently released black comedy I Care A Lot   [C1]    you are in for a treat.  Rosamund Pike plays Marla Grayson, a Guardian who is appointed by the Court to care for elderly people who have lost mental...

Human Rights Damages No Longer Clawed Back By LAA In Care Proceedings

Matthew Montanaro
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In yet another example of how #we don’t just know the law…we make it, family law partner, Matthew Montanaro led the way for the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) to issue new guidance that ensured those who brought successful human rights claims...

The Uber has finally arrived

Amy Edwards
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It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for (and I don’t mean when Schools will reopen!), the Uber litigation has finally reached its conclusion.  Let’s start at the beginning, in 2016 some former Uber drivers claimed that they...

Overprotected - What if Britney Spears lived in England and Wales?

Sophie Forsyth
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Throughout most of 2020 and into 2021, the “Free Britney” movement has spread across social media. The movement regards pop megastar Britney Spears, who is under a ‘conservatorship’ whereby her father and a trust company manage her...

Relationship Breakdown During the Pandemic

Liz Headley
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This week on the BBC 1 programme Morning Live the recent increase in people contacting law firms about separation and divorce was discussed. A lawyer was interviewed online and asked what she felt individuals should be looking for in a lawyer when they were...

National Apprenticeship Week 2021

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National Apprenticeship week this year runs from 8 th – 14 th February 2021 and aims to shine a light on the work being done by both employers and Apprentices themselves across the country. Over the past year, Brethertons have been lucky enough to...

Children's Mental Health Week

Liz Headley
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Monday 1st February was the first day of Children’s Mental Health Week and it would seem that in these extraordinary times we should all be more vigilant about children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health.  Recent figures suggest that...

How to deal with January blues

Liz Headley
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Well, this week kicked off with what is known as ‘Blue Monday’. January is notorious for being a difficult month with people recovering from the excesses of Christmas, trying to keep to their new year resolutions, attempting to stabilise their...

Serious Injury support - what is out there and how can it help you?

Emma Morgan
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There are many different forms of support out there to assist seriously injured people and their families, from blogs and podcasts to in-person meet ups and charities.  If you have not been fortunate enough to have received Peer Support in hospital or...

Family Mediation Week - helping separated families know which way to turn

Simon Craddock
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Family Mediation Week – helping separated families know which way to turn More than any other time of the year, January is a month when families decide to separate. For most, this will be their first experience of separation, and they will start...

Hague Convention Return Orders and Asylum Applications

Kim Lehal
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Re G (A Child) (Child Abduction) Kim Lehal, a partner in our family law department, recently represented the charity Reunite in the ground-breaking case of Re G (A Child) (Child Abduction) .  Founded in 1987, the Reunite International Child...

Call "ANI" - Assistance for those Experiencing Domestic Abuse

Liz Headley
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Sadly, domestic abuse continues to affect many individual’s lives in a manner of different ways. In these troubled times as we search for a way to reduce and contain the sometimes awful consequences of Coronavirus, we have yet to find a cure for...

Covid19 and Serious Injuries Litigation - A New Business As Usual

Jon Rees
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What might otherwise have taken a good many years has been achieved in months as solicitors adapt to new ways of working because of the Covid19 pandemic. Our serious injuries specialists are no exception. We might not be meeting in person quite so often but...

Self-care in the new year and beyond

Liz Headley
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I was listening to a GP who was being interviewed on a television programme talking about burn out and what he was saying appeared to make a lot of sense and for me was food for thought. Lockdown and the consequences of it has proved challenging for most of...

What do I do when someone dies?

Sophie Forsyth
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What do I do when someone dies? Firstly, I am sorry that you are having to read this. Whether you have just lost a loved one or you are preparing for the worst, bereavement is a terrible thing to have to endure. The most important things… ...

Brethertons Coronavirus Update 6th January 2021

Alison McCormack
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How Do The New Lockdown Regulations Impact The Provision Of Legal Services? The new national lockdown came into force in England on 4 th January 2021. The government has now published regulations which can viewed at  ...

Coronavirus & Domestic Abuse

Liz Headley
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I know it’s a very different start to the year and I am sure we will all remember it as such. This time last year no-one could have predicted that 2021 would begin in this way, but let’s all try and remember that positives can sometimes come out...

A Different Christmas

Liz Headley
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Most families will be wondering how Christmas will be for them this year as we head towards, what is usually for most of us, a time of festivity with family and friends. Of course, the changes that COVID-19 has already brought to Yuletide 2020 are much in...

Gender Fluid And Non-Binary Persons Are Protected Under The Equality Act 2010

Sioban Calcott
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Every so often a legal case is decided that brings the law up to date with changes that have been taking place in society for some time.  Roe v Wade (a woman’s right to abortion), Gillick v West Norfolk & Wisbech Area Health Authority ...

New Office For Legal Eagles

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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. The office at 19 South Bar is, for Brethertons, a temporary office...

Life Under a Microscope..Making Difficult Decisions

Liz Headley
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The pandemic has invited us all to put our lives under the microscope and think about our choices. Things that we would normally take for granted have no longer been available to us and many of us have had to make some major adjustments to our lifestyle,...

Family Justice Professionals Mark 'Good Divorce Week 2020' with Free Advice Sessions

Dominic Wisdom
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Family law professionals in Bicester, Banbury and Rugby are showing their support for Good Divorce Week 2020 (30 th November -4 th December) by offering free advice sessions to families later this month. Good Divorce Week is an annual campaign that aims...

Trust and Hope - and APIL's Rebuilding Shattered Lives Campaign

Jon Rees
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The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has launched a new campaign Rebuilding Shattered Lives video - see this powerful animated film which aims at highlighting the difference experienced solicitors can make in the aftermath of serious injury....

Brethertons Solicitors Announce the Appointment of Five New Trainee Solicitors

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Brethertons are delighted to announce the appointment of five trainee solicitors. Training contracts have been awarded to paralegal staff members; Jules Mackenzie , Amber Morris , Pamela Pagani , Jemma Bryans and Victoria Lea-Holton . The training...

Brethertons Coronavirus Update 12/11/2020

Alison McCormack
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How do the new lockdown regulations impact the provision of legal services? The new national lockdown came into force in England at 12.01am on Thursday 5th November and will last until at least Wednesday 2nd December. The government has now...

What is a Right to Manage Company and is it right for me?

Dani Green
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A lot of the frustrations we hear about from tenants usually centres around the management of the building and issues with a lack of management or poor management, works not being undertaking in good time and the building not being looked after as well as it...

Help! The Lease on my flat is expiring

Dani Green
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Believe it or not we get consulted by flat owners on a reasonably frequent basis, who are worried about this problem. As a long leaseholder, you should be keeping an eye on the term of your lease.  The Leasehold, Reform Housing and Urban Development...

Family, Private Wealth, Personal Injury and Real Estate Litigation teams at Brethertons Highly Rated in the Chambers & Partners Directory 2021

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Brethertons LLP are delighted to have been named, yet again, as one of the top law firms in the Midlands and Thames Valley by leading industry publication, Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2021. The Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2020 was released on 22 th ...

Brethertons announce move to new offices in South Bar Banbury!

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Brethertons announce move to new offices in South Bar Banbury Alison McCormack , Brethertons CEO announced today that the firm have signed a lease for securing premises in South Bar, Banbury. Alison confirmed, “In early October, we...

We Are Moving!

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As many of our customers based in North Oxfordshire will know, for over 15 years Brethertons have occupied a very prominent position near the Town Centre at our offices in Waterperry Court near the train station. In January of this year, after many happy...

Stamp Duty Relief - Should I Buy That Leasehold Property?

Dani Green
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SDLT Relief?  Should I Buy that Leasehold Property?  Given the recent new relief on Stamp Duty Land Tax (“SDLT”), which is in place until 31 March 2020 on properties up to a value of £500,000, you may think that now is the...

Brethertons rated one of the top legal service providers in the West Midlands and South East Regions - Legal 500 Rankings 2020

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Brethertons rated one of the top legal service providers in the West Midlands and South East Regions – Legal 500 Rankings 2020 Brethertons are proud to announce that we have again been recommended in 11 practice areas in The Legal 500 UK 2020, along...

Deputyship - Removing or Replacing your Deputy

Laura Stuart
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A Deputy can be appointed by the Court of Protection to manage a person’s financial affairs when they are unable to manage them themselves.  The person whose financial affairs are being managed is called the protected party. The Deputy can be a...

Brethertons' client's success in unanimous decision of the Employment Tribunal

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  Press Release 16 th September 2020 Brethertons’ client’s success in unanimous decision of the Employment Tribunal widening the protected characteristic of gender reassignment to include gender fluid and non-binary...

How can I help my adult child manage their finances?

Laura Stuart
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There are many parents across the country whose children suffer from a birth or acquired disability, such as a brain injury or learning difficulties. As they grow older, these children continue to require support to help them to be independent. When you...

Can I transfer my home to my children to avoid it being sold to pay my care fees?

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Can I transfer my home to my children to avoid it being sold to pay my care fees? For the majority of people, the family home is their most expensive asset and many people are concerned that should they ever require residential care, they may be forced to...

Radical Changes to Home Ownership Proposals

Roger Hardwick
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What else is 2020 going to throw at us? Covid19, Lockdowns, BREXIT…if that is not enough The Law Commission published reports in July which could radically and fundamentally change what we recognise as leasehold ownership. If you did not happen to be...

Mum wants to give me some money but I'm her Attorney - what should I do?

Laura Stuart
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Close family relationships often mean that the donor - the person who grants the Power of Attorney  - choses a family member to be their Attorney. With Lasting Powers of Attorney for Property and Finance once they are registered at the Office of the...

Did Someone Say Commonhold?

Dani Green
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“Did someone say commonhold?" I heard of that once ... a long time ago. The concept of Commonhold was initially introduced under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.  Although popular and widely used in other countries it did not...

I am a Financial Attorney - How Do I Start Acting?

Laura Stuart
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When you are appointed as an Attorney for someone under an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney to deal with finances, it can be confusing to understand when and how you can start helping the donor (the person who made the Power of Attorney) with their...

What is a Breach of the Lease?

Dani Green
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A residential long lease can be quite a long and confusing document.  So much so that many leaseholders confess to not having actually read their own lease in full.  Even if you have read your lease fully, can you remember everything you can and...

Summer Holidays

Liz Headley
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To most of us, the word ‘holiday’ conjures up thoughts of time off, leave, or a break, suggesting a bit of respite from the humdrum of everyday life and some of those parental duties that dominate the daily grind. This year however, for some,...

How do I support my elderly relative during Lockdown?

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With lockdown still affecting a lot of people whose health could be at risk if they catch Covid-19, we are supporting our loved ones in lots of different ways. Keeping in touch Some families and friends have made sure that their relative feels supported...

How do I get my goods back when a customer does not pay?

David Richards
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One of the ways in which sellers can protect their business against buyers that do not pay for goods, is to incorporate a Retention of Title (ROT) clause in their Terms and Conditions of sale. The purpose of this blog is to highlight some of the pitfalls of...

I need to recover a bad debt- how do I go about it?

Sioban Calcott
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In this blog, litigation Lawyer Sioban Calcott, gives an insight into her top tips for avoiding bad debts. As we inevitably head into what is likely to be one of the deepest economic recessions in our lifetimes, it is fair to say that many businesses are...

Settlement Agreements - why do I need to see a lawyer?

Amy Edwards
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I am often approached by employees who have received a Settlement Agreement from their employer  indicating that “all I need is a signature from you and then I get my payment”. Unfortunately, when executing a Settlement Agreement as a...

Can I Carry Out Alterations To My Flat?

Dani Green
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The lockdown has been a great opportunity for most people to finally get around to that bit of DIY, decorating or, in some cases, complete overhaul of their properties that they’ve been wanting to do for a while.  However, if you are a long...

Making Relationship Decisions During Lockdown

Liz Headley
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Whilst there are benefits to spending more couple and family time together, this prolonged period of isolating ourselves from family, friends and the outside world has potentially put a strain on the happiest of relationships. I have recently read about or...

Why do I need a Lasting Power of Attorney for my Health and Welfare?

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Many people think that having a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney to deal with their finances is all that they need in case they are not able to deal with their finances - but what happens about decisions for your health and welfare if you are unable to...

How do I get a capacity assessment during COVID-19?

Sophie Forsyth
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In recent years, people have been thinking about how they can protect themselves in the event that they lose capacity in future. Unfortunately, sometimes those protective measures cannot be put in place in time. As solicitors, we often see people in a...

How do I Negotiate a Settlement Agreement?

Amy Edwards
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It is a sad fact that one of the outcomes of the pandemic is that many hundreds of thousands of people will lose their job as a result.  Employers will seek to enter into Settlement Agreements with members of staff.  The purpose of this blog is to...

Divorce and Separation following COVID 19

Josh Russell
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Divorce is difficult for anyone in any circumstances but the strain COVID-19 has placed on married and unmarried couples is significant and with so much uncertainty surrounding employment, house prices and pension values at present, a common question we are...

I Am Getting Divorced - Why Do I Need To Make A Will?

Sally Clark
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The short answer is that everyone should have an up to date Will to ensure that their wishes are put into effect after their death. However, it is particularly important to check whether you need to make, or amend a Will when you are going through any...

Making Your Own Will - The Pitfalls of DIY and Homemade Wills

Sophie Forsyth
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It feels like a long time ago since 23 rd March when Boris Johnson announced that the country was going into lockdown. Over that period, solicitors and will writers across the country were inundated with enquiries from people who wanted to update their Will...