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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.


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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What access rights do grandparents have to see their grandchildren in the event of a divorce?

Grandparents’ Rights
There can be many reasons why family relationships do not run smoothly. As grandparents, exactly what rights do you have if you have been denied access to your grandchildren? Here our Family and Matrimonial specialist, Lisa Cogger, answers your key questions.

What legal rights do grandparents have to see their grandchildren?
Sadly, grandparents do not have an automatic right to contact with their grandchildren. However, family courts will recognise the invaluable role which grandparents play in their grandchildren…

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The impact of the Sharp v Sharp court judgment (2017) on divorce

The long-awaited court judgment on June 13 2017  of Sharp v Sharp has changed the way the courts will divide up a divorcing couple’s assets where the marriage is short and childless. Lisa Cogger, Matrimonial Solicitor, at Bowcock & Pursaill, explains what the Sharp case means for future divorce cases.

Lisa says: “Lord Justice McFarlane ruled that the combination of potentially relevant factors e.g. a short marriage, no children of the family, dual incomes and separate finances…

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