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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.


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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Father’s Rights after Separation or Divorce

Any relationship breakdown is tough, especially if you are a parent and children are involved. “Finding out about your rights and responsibilities as a father is important so that you know what you’re entitled to and what the next steps may be,” explains our Family and Matrimonial Solicitor Lisa Cogger. As you probably never anticipated being in this situation, facing a future as a single parent can be daunting. Here are some points to consider:
Parental Responsibility
Parental Responsibility…

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Family & Matrimonial: Child Arrangement Disputes

According to the most recent figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) there has been an increase in court applications involving living arrangement disputes and the time children should spend with the non-resident parent. Here our Family and Matrimonial solicitor, Lisa Cogger, explains the legal process involved.

Since the 1980s the courts have applied what they have called a “strong presumption” or an “assumption” that the child’s welfare is best served by remaining…

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White paper could put our housing market in order

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, has now unveiled the much anticipated Housing White Paper – Danielle Newbon from our property team looks at the key issues the consultation paper raises for homebuyers, developers and the rental sector.

The Housing White paper follows a push by the government to build at least one million homes by 2020 (200,000 per annum), an extremely tough target when you consider 190,000 homes were built in 2015/16…

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How to resolve (and hopefully avoid) commercial disputes

Settling a commercial dispute satisfactorily can save your business a lot of money, effort and anxiety. So what is the key to a favourable outcome?

Our commercial disputes specialist Tim Wolley offers his advice here:

Good credit management is essential – keep your company financial matters under regular review and beware of extending an account too much credit.
Don’t be afraid to ask – for a personal guarantee from a business owner. This is an unsecured written promise guaranteeing payment on…

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How to buy a house at auction – top tips

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Dress codes and sex discrimination – why is dress code significant?

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Is the writing on the wall for zero hours contracts?

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