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Government shelves increase in probate fees

April 21, 2017

The government has announced this morning that the proposed dramatic increase in probate fees has been shelved. Whether this is (as announced) because there is no Parliamentary time available before the election, or whether the government has belatedly responded to the overwhelming public opposition to the proposal, we welcome this announcement. There was no moral…

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vicky burdett

Ilott –v- Mitson: Back to Square One

March 20, 2017

The case of Ilott v Mitson hit the headlines in July last year, because a court overturned a mother’s Will, taking £164,000 (out of about £450,000) away from the charities she intended to benefit, and giving it to the daughter from whom she had been estranged for much of her life. Now the Supreme Court…

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Probate Fee Hike

February 28, 2017

Government proposals just announced will add thousands of pounds to the cost of winding up many estates in this area, up to £20,000 in some cases. Probate Court fees are set to rise from a flat £155 to a sliding-scale fee related to the value of the estate.  This will impact most on estates where…

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Naushad Rahman

The impending sale of your business

February 27, 2017

How many of you pick up the phone to a solicitor only after a verbal agreement has been reached? Your possibilities of achieving a more profitable outcome are increased significantly if solicitors are contacted much earlier. There is so much more we can do to help you achieve optimal results as a seller and make…

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Denise Bullock

Private Landlords – Beware

January 25, 2017

I am a private landlord and I want to re gain my property from tenants, what do I need to do? Landlords can serve a Section 21 notice which gives the tenant 2 months Notice to Quit the tenancy. Is there anything that I need to be aware of before serving a Section 21 Notice?…

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Naushad Rahman

Shareholders Agreements

January 25, 2017

What is a Shareholders Agreement? A shareholders agreement is an agreement entered into between all or some of the shareholders of the company to regulate the relationship between the shareholders, the management of the company and the actions which the company shall or may not undertake. It thus governs the way in which the company…

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Further Planning Permission Secured

August 31, 2016

Further planning permission was granted to extend and convert Colemans offices to 12 flats. Previously in November 2015 Colemans had secured planning permission to develop the property with 11 flats but Mike Stone, Head of Colemans’ Commercial Property and Town and Country Planning Department felt there was still further potential for the building. Working closely…

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