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of our blogs are based on English Law, and because they contain archival material, that material is likely to go out of date.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

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...

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....

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!

Amber Morris
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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?

Amber Morris
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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?

Amber Morris
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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?

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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?

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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?

Amber Morris
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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

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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...