Shortlisted for Law Society Award; 'Excellence in Private Client Practice'

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We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for a prestigious Law Society Excellence Award, the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales. Our Private Client Team has been shortlisted in the 'Excellence in Private Client Practice' category for their work in Wills, Tax, Trusts, Probate and Elderly Client Services. ...
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Free Wills, LPA & Contested Probate Seminars in Brentwood in September

Free Wills, LPA & Contested Probate Seminars in Brentwood in September
New subjects, new venue... We have revamped our popular seminar schedule and are hosting free Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney  & Contested Probate talks on Friday 27th or Saturday 28th of September at our new office on Brentwood High Street. Wills Over half of people in the UK currently do not have a Will and thi...
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Planned reform of 'no fault' divorce halted

Planned reform of 'no fault' divorce halted
The planned reform to the divorce process in England and Wales to introduce a way to get divorced without blaming the other party has been halted due to the prorogation of Parliament. This has left many professionals who work in this field and those who have campaigned for change, disappointed. Currently, if a married couple decide mutually that th...
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The importance of naming Guardians in your Will

The importance of naming Guardians in your Will
There are various major events in your life that should prompt you to think about making a Will, one of which is the addition of a child to your family. This is because if you pass away, that person who you assume will care for your child isn't always the next in line! You have just had a baby. At such a happy time you would understandably not be t...
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Buying or selling property at auction

Buying or selling property at auction
Buying a property at auction can be a great alternative to the standard sale and purchase procedure. It is much quicker, it isn't reliant on chains and, when done right, it can yield great results for both buyers and sellers. If you are looking to buy or sell at auction we've included some advice for first time buyers and sellers below. Remember th...
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Pinney Talfourd revitalises Brentwood High Street’s Post Office Building

Pinney Talfourd revitalises Brentwood High Street’s Post Office Building
The old Post Office on Brentwood High Street has been empty for a long time but after much speculation and an extensive refurbishment, we have opened the doors to our new office at 30 High Street, Brentwood. The firm is already a well-known member of the local business community, having first moved into the High Street in 2...
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How does Primark hold the key to retail rents?

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Last month our commercial property team looked at Arcadia's attempt to negotiate rent reductions with the help of CVAs. Since then, more high street retailers are following suit and we look at what the future holds for commercial leases. Our article in July 'Arcadia propose CVA to their landlord Intu' discussed the difficulties faced by Arcadi...
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Free Wills, LPA & Contested Probate Seminars in August

Free Wills, LPA & Contested Probate Seminars in August
We are hosting two more of our popular  free Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney  & Contested Probate talks on Friday 16th or Saturday 17th of August . *Please note these dates are now fully booked.* Other dates will be released for seminars later in the year. You can register your interest in attending these by using the form o...
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When does the Right of First Refusal apply and what are the benefits?

When does the Right of First Refusal apply and what are the benefits?
​ Part 1 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 (LTA 1987) gives certain residential tenants a right of first refusal where the landlord is proposing to dispose of the freehold. Where the LTA 1987 is applicable, there is a prohibition on the freeholder making any disposal unless: i.the landlord has first served formal offer notices on the "qualifying ...
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How much holiday pay should a part-year worker get?

How much holiday pay should a part-year worker get?
A common formula for calculating pro-rata holiday pay has been ruled as incorrect by the Court of Appeal, meaning that employers must review their methods and contracts. UNISON intervened in the case, which has wide-ranging impact on British businesses that employ part-year workers. The Court of Appeal last week ruled that a teacher's holiday pay h...
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Financial focus: Should you use your bank card abroad for your holiday spending money?

Financial focus: Should you use your bank card abroad for your holiday spending money?
The holiday season is in full swing, and those of us fortunate enough to be able to, are packing our bags, braving airport security and jetting off in search of some sunshine, and possibly a beach.  There's lots to think about as a holidaymaker. How much clothing do you pack? How early do you have to get to the airport? Are any liquids less th...
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Leasehold Information Packs – Who, What, When and Why you need one

Leasehold Information Packs – Who, What, When and Why you need one
If you are the Freeholder of a property you may have received requests from lawyers for a Leasehold Information Pack in the past. Recent Government proposals may mean an increase in requests for these pack. But what exactly are they and who needs them? Recent government proposals have suggested that this leasehold pack should be made readily availa...
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NDA update: Government announces new restrictions

NDA update: Government announces new restrictions
After a recent report, the Government has announced new legislation to target misuse of Non-Disclosure Agreements, especially those seeking to "cover up" harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Further to the Women and Equalities Committee's critical report last month on the 'cover-up' culture in some workplaces , the Government has propose...
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Wedding laws soon to be modernised

Wedding laws soon to be modernised
Five years since first requested, The Law Commission is now working on proposals to reform wedding laws, aiming to make marriage more accessible and bring the laws in line with the modern couple. The Coalition Government requested a review of the current laws back in December 2014 and the Law Commission undertook a preliminary review and determined...
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Al fresco dining on the high street

Al fresco dining on the high street
Summer has finally arrived and restaurateurs with the benefit of a pavement licence are likely to see an increase in trade as they offer diners the opportunity to sit outside to enjoy the warmer weather. However, there are certain considerations to take note of when applying for any licence, including whether your property's lease actually allows f...
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Supreme Court Case Sparks Changes to Competition Clauses

Supreme Court Case Sparks Changes to Competition Clauses
The Supreme Court has recently overturned century-old guidance on employee competition clauses when an employee's appeal was reversed after she initially argued that a clause's broad phrasing made the restrictions unenforceable. The case has sparked reviews of restrictive covenants within companies across the UK. What does this mean for employ...
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“What actually amounts to Practical Completion?” Mears Ltd v Costplan Services (South East) Ltd

“What actually amounts to Practical Completion?” Mears Ltd v Costplan Services (South East) Ltd
If you take a lease of a 'work-in-progress' with no completion date, you may rely on 'practical completion'. But when a builder says that works are 'practically complete' and you disagree, it could end up in court... Mears Limited entered into an Agreement for Lease with Cost Plan Services (Southeast) Limited to take a 21-y...
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Practical Completion in Construction Contracts and their affect on Agreements for Lease

Practical Completion in Construction Contracts and their affect on Agreements for Lease
Practical completion is generally the point at which an 'expert' will confirm that a building project is complete, except for minor defects that can be put right without undue interference to an occupier. An Agreement for Lease will rely on this date and problems often arise when deadlines are not met or the level of acceptable 'minor defects' is d...
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Essential Business Documents – The Shareholder Agreement

Essential Business Documents – The Shareholder Agreement
Often disregarded and kicked into the long grass, a well drafted shareholder agreement could save you from a nasty company dispute. Even if you are working with family or friends (sometimes especially if you are), this document will outline the 'rules' so that you all know where you stand and don't jeopardise relationships and the company. 1  ...
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Long leasehold disputes - Alterations in residential properties

Long leasehold disputes - Alterations in residential properties
When you lease out your property you give day to day control to your tenant. However, sometimes a tenant can alter or use the property in a way that wasn't agreed. So, as a freeholder, what would do you do about unauthorised alterations in residential property that has been let on a long lease? Long leaseholds are normally for 99 or 125 years, alth...
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