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Welcome to the news section of Bowcock and Pursaill where we regularly post news and legal updates to keep you abreast of the latest developments.


We strengthen our community links in Eccleshall

We are proud to be forging ahead with our community ties in Eccleshall town.

Since first opening  our doors in Stafford Street in 2015 we have become involved with sponsorship of several key community groups and events including Eccleshall in Bloom, the 70th Anniversary Eccleshall Show and the sponsorship of Eccleshall Football Club.

Our most recent involvement with local initiatives has been in our active involvement with The Eccleshall Network (TEN), a newly launched not-for-profit organisation which helps…

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New stamp duty regime hits ‘pension’ property buyers

Increases in stamp duty levels for additional property purchases combined with restrictions on tax relief are making first-time landlords think twice before entering the letting market.

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Be dementia aware and leave your legacy with peace of mind

Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors supported national Dementia Awareness Week by offering some valuable advice at a ‘Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney’ clinic held at a local Leek care home.

The advice session took place at Wall Hill Care Home in Leek and gave attendees the opportunity to raise key questions on the topic of when and how is the right time to make arrangements ahead of time, particularly when having to deal with the potentially debilitating effects of a…

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Law firm celebrates 90 years in business

Former staff and guests have been invited to celebrate our 90th anniversary.

The anniversary evening event on May 16th takes place at our historic St Edward Street office in Leek, once home to celebrated Leek industrialist Sir Thomas Wardle. Bowcock & Pursaill was founded here in 1927 by Philip Thornley Bowcock.

Among those attending will be our founder’s widow, Sylvia Bowcock, and nephew Philip Parnell Bowcock, together with Leek Deputy Mayor Councillor Stephen Wales, longstanding clients of the firm…

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Wealth Planning Lunch – Thursday May 4th

Are you a business owner?

Come and join our tax and succession planning specialist Rob Fearnley for an intergenerational wealth planning lunch at the beautiful Heath House in Tean on Thursday May 4th 10am – 1pm.

Rob will be speaking alongside specialists from RBA Wealth Management on topics including tax and estate investment planning, succession planning, business protection and wealth preservation management.

This event is free!

To reserve your place please email:

Address: Heath House, Hollington Road…

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Full-time legal secretary & secretary with litigation experience

Leek Office – Full-time legal secretary

We are seeking a full-time legal secretary with previous experience of conveyancing, wills, probate, tax, trusts and estates work to assist fee earners at our Leek Office.

The successful candidate must have previous legal secretarial experience, have high levels of accuracy and attention to detail, excellent spelling and grammar, good typing speeds and a professional telephone manner with an ability to use IT.

Suitable applicants should be able to work on their own…

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Law firm supports charity Easter campaign

Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors step up to donate 50 Easter eggs to families in need after an appeal by charity Home-Start Newcastle Borough

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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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Change of planning rules for farm buildings and housing conversions

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Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors help breathe life into historic city site

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