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Promotion for solicitor Katie Nixon


Property solicitor Katie Nixon has been promoted to the role of associate solicitor here at Bowcock & Pursaill.

Katie, a Staffordshire University law graduate, joined us in August 2015, and is based within our Eccleshall office in Stafford Street which opened in 2015.

Firm partner, Rob Fearnley, said: “Katie’s promotion is very well deserved, as she has done a great job in taking our Eccleshall office from a standing start to a busy office.

“As a firm we…

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Term-time holiday dad loses Supreme Court ruling

A father who refused to pay a school fine for taking his daughter on holiday during term time has lost his legal battle at the Supreme Court.

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Illott v Mitson judgement

The supreme court has overturned a decision to increase the sum of money left to a woman by her estranged mother, who left her entire £500,000 estate to three animal charities.

The protracted dispute over Melita Jackson’s will has made its way through the English courts since her death, at 70, in 2004.

The final judgment, handed down on Wednesday, overturned a court of appeal ruling which increased the amount awarded to Jackson’s only child, Heather Ilott…

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Law firm supports rising Derbyshire star

Solicitors Bowcock & Pursaill will sponsor Derby event rider Danielle Meehan as she aims to compete at the top level of the equine sport.

The sponsorship is a good fit for the legal firm, which has a reputation for specialising in equine and agricultural law issues for clients across Staffordshire, Derbyshire and the UK.

Danielle, aged 27, from Derby, has been riding since she was six years old and is currently in training with Olympic silver medallist Jeanette Brakewell, based…

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Jumper power raises charity cash

Staff at Bowcock & Pursaill all donned their Christmas jumpers on Friday for the Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day.

Silly sweaters were on show across all of our offices in Leek, Uttoxeter, Eccleshall and Hanley for the day in return for a donation, and the event has been widely supported by celebrities from Peter Andre and Holly Willoughby to tennis star Andy Murray and Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington.

So far the national annual event has raised more than £530…

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Firm adopts fully-digitalised conveyancing service

We have teamed up with a leading legal software company to provide a fully-digitalised conveyancing service.

mylegalspace is a secure online, cloud-based service which will provide clients with instant access to letters and documents as well as giving them up-to-the-minute information on the progress of their transaction.

The software offers them a totally new way to stay in touch with their case at any time wherever they are, and they can choose to receive instant…

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Free legal advice for sports clubs

Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors are supporting the Stoke-on-Trent European City of Sport 2016, and on November 22nd our own Tim Wolley is attending a special City Council organised event (see below) dedicated to supporting our local sports clubs.

Tim will be on hand throughout the evening to offer advice to sports clubs, groups and associations on a whole host of legal issues which affect them, from governance to liability and equality legislation.

For more information about the full…

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Death in the digital age and protecting your assets

As states across the USA pass laws to clarify what internet companies can release after someone dies, a Staffordshire solicitor is calling for everyone to consider their digital legacy and to document it for their loved ones.

From social media to bank statements, most of our personal data is in digital form. As our digital legacy grows larger dealing with death in the digital age has and will become more complex, says Wills and Probate Associate Solicitor Tim Bailey of…

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Things you need to know about Farming & Agricultural divorce

Farming families need to think about their divorce settlement in a very different way when it is the farm that is at stake rather than simply the family home.

Farms are very specialised businesses and it is important to have the right quality of legal advice. This will save you time and money in the long term.

This is because:

Farms are income light and capital heavy – the value of the land and property can be substantial compared with the…

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Businesses advised to review contracts ahead of Government changes to employment rules

Staffordshire solicitors Bowcock & Pursaill are advising business owners to review their employment contracts ahead of Government changes which specify where and how employees can work when they leave a business.

The consultation has been sparked by concerns that non-compete clauses, often written into employment contracts and used to prevent a former employee from setting up as, or working for, a competitor, are acting as a barrier to innovation.

The possible removal of these legal protections is already causing…

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Event rider takes competition to the next level

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Thousands expected to apply for refunds of LPA application fees

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

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