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Our legal blogs are here to help you find out more in depth information on those issues which matter most to you, from data protection to divorce, employment issues, probate and making a will.


Are agricultural and business property reliefs at threat?

The publication of a HMRC report into inheritance tax reliefs and exemptions, followed by a request to the Office of Tax Simplification by chancellor Philip Hammond to review the IHT regime, show that the government clearly has the tax regime in their sights. Here our tax planning specialist Ian Naylor explains why agricultural and business property reliefs are under threat and why there’s never been a better time to review your tax situation.

“HMRC has published a paper on…

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Look before you leap into home improvements


Thinking of tackling those large home improvement jobs during the holidays? You’re not alone.

Nearly a third of UK homeowners will carry out work on their home in the next three years with up to £6 billion in projected works planned over the next three years.

According to a study from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) over a million homeowners (1,050,000) are looking to build extra space to accommodate grown up children who can’t…

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Plan for your future now by making a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney

Talking to our families about what we want to happen to us or our belongings if we couldn’t make decisions anymore isn’t easy. However, one person develops dementia every three minutes, and these conversations become a lot more difficult once these situations strike if things haven’t been sorted out first.
Without a will, did you know…

You have no way of ensuring what you want to happen to your assets when you die will happen
Married or…

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New Year New Rules – GDPR and your business

May 25 2018 will mark a major divide in how businesses handle user data. This is because on this day, a new data protection bill, namely the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), will take full effect.

While it may seem like another legal formality, it is anything but and it will still apply after Brexit.

What’s the story?

The new GDPR regulations will widen the definition of personal data. Any information relating to a person or data subject…

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Our winter woollies raise a smile and money for charity

A great selection of winter woollies were on show in our offices at Leek, Hanley, Uttoxeter and Eccleshall where our staff raised cash for charity.

Everyone donned their Christmas jumpers in return for donations to raise money for the Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day and for local charity The Donna Louise based at Trentham.

This is the second year we have raised cash for charity this way, and so far the national Save The Children campaign has raised more…

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Does High Speed 2 affect you? How Bowcock & Pursaill can help

What is it?

High Speed 2 (HS2) is a £55.7 billion government scheme to construct a new high-speed railway network connecting London, the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester. It will mean journeys from Birmingham to Manchester will be halved in time, from 80 minutes to 40 minutes.
The line is being built through 45 miles of Staffordshire countryside, to the east of the Shropshire border, and the full extent of the route between Fradley and Crewe has been…

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Selling your home? Advice for a smooth move and the paperwork you’ll need to provide

The legal process involved in selling a home can be complicated and you will need to instruct one of our residential property team to act for you when you’re ready to start the transaction.

They will prepare the contracts, obtain the title deeds and reply to any enquires raised, but you can help the process run smoothly and speedily by gathering together the following documents, certificates and paperwork which we’ll need from you:

Proof of Identity- We will…

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New Style Divorce Petitions Come Into Effect

A re-designed Divorce Petition came into force as from 4 September this year. Here, Lisa Cogger our family and matrimonial specialist, looks at some of the changes which have been made and how those differences are viewed within the legal process.

As from 4 September 2017, the Courts no longer accept ‘old’ Divorce Petitions, with solicitors having been using the new style forms as from 7 August 2017. Much of the new style Petition remains the same in terms…

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Starting up a sports club? Your guide to the legal structure you need

There’s a lot to think about before formally setting up a sports club. Of course, your club is primarily about sport, however all new clubs require rules and a structure which are key to good management. Here our contractual and disputes specialist Tim Wolley, guides you through the legal framework options open to you.

The first steps 

When setting up a sports club for the first time the main factors to be considered are:

Income – The first question to…

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What does the abolition of tribunal fees mean for employers?

On July 26 the Employment Tribunal system changed as the UK Supreme Court declared Employment Tribunal fees unlawful. Employment law solicitor Tim Wolley looks at what this landmark ruling means for employers and how it could impact your business.

What is an Employment Tribunal?

As an employer, your staff may make a claim to an Employment Tribunal if they feel they have been treated unlawfully in terms of:

Unfair dismissal
Unfair deductions from pay

More claims expected 

The Supreme…

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Solicitor Lisa Cogger qualifies as Collaborative Family Lawyer

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Are agricultural and business property reliefs at threat?

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Legal apprentice Jodi joins us as a permanent member of staff

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