Providing For a Pet In Your Will

Three solicitors discussing putting a pet in your Will

Adding a pet in your will is something that many people forget to do. Your pets are an important part of your family, but providing for them in your Will is not as straightforward as providing for other family members,’ says Gareth Humberstone, a Partner in the Wills and Probate team with Martin Shepherd Solicitors […]

Calculating ‘Loss Of Profit’ In a Business ispute

Two soliciors discussing business disputes

If you are involved in a business dispute which has reached the point of discussing loss of profit, then it may be more complicated than you expected to come to an agreed figure. When a court awards damages, the sum determined is intended to compensate you, rather than to punish your opponent, and the objective […]

Dealing Indemnity and Disputes

A group of solicitors discussing indemnity

As a business owner you are likely to have been given the benefit of an indemnity in one or more of your commercial agreements.  These can be a valuable method of obtaining some assurance that the company or person who gave you the indemnity, usually set out in your contract with them, will compensate you […]

Later Life and The Various Bodies You Might Encounter

A woman reading about later life and how to be prepared

In later life, there are various different bodies that you are much more likely to encounter. If the Official Solicitor is appointed, they will be appointed on behalf of your loved one, rather than you, but you will need to liaise and negotiate with them, and our solicitors can assist you with this. The Official […]

Stamp Duty (SDLT) Rules Explained

A solicitor explaining Stamp Duty to their clients

The changes to the stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rules for additional properties have been in force since April 2016. Even now the rules are complex and can be confusing for those wishing to purchase an additional property such as buy-to-lets and second homes. New Stamp Duty Land Tax rules For anyone purchasing their first […]

Don’t Get Caught Out Buying Gifts This Christmas

Two people looking at buying gifts this Christmas

Know Your Rights As we are now fast approaching Christmas and our Summer holidays are a distant memory, no doubt you are now considering the expensive task of buying gifts. Understanding Your Consumer Rights when buying gifts this Christmas  As a consumer, the law does not expect you to negotiate with shops when buying gifts […]

6 Common Myths About Making a Will

Three solicitors explaining the myths about making a Will

From the many meetings I have had with clients who are considering making Wills, I have found that a few misunderstandings or myths about making a will are quite common. While most people have some idea of what a Will does, it is usually not something they have much knowledge about, and what they do […]

What is CQS and Why Does it Matter?

A group of people from the CQS

The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices. Membership establishes a level of credibility for firms with its stakeholders such as regulators, lenders and insurers as well as residential home buyers and sellers. Since its inception in 2011, the CQS has created a trusted community which has […]

Stay Safe On Your Summer Holiday

A woman looking how reading how to stay safe on a summer holiday

It is that time of year when our only concern should be whether we have packed enough sun cream for our annual summer holiday. If you are staycationing this year, perhaps the concern will be whether your wellies are water watertight. Summer holidays should be the highlight of the year when we can relax and […]