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    Why I Love My Job02-Dec-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Director and Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates In this my fourth post, I want to share a brief insight in to why I love doing what I do:The day-to-day job First and foremost, I genuinely care about people. I want to help and make a difference to their lives. Wills, Trusts & Estates work for me was the perfect mix of legal drafting, accounts and technical law all combined with a focus on supporting clients and developing personal r...

    Good Divorce Week and the Resolution Code of Practice30-Nov-2020

    By Susan Alexander, Consultant Solicitor, Family and Mediation Everyone has a horror story of how relationship breakdown can degenerate into a pit of bitter recriminations with hurtful things being said and done and the awful consequences to any children caught in the middle of the conflict.There is increasing evidence that the harm caused to children exposed to this, can affect them throughout their whole lives, never mind blighting their childhood. There is a g...

    English Housing Market Remains Open During Lockdown II26-Nov-2020

    By Philip H Yates, Consultant: Mortgages & Equity Release The English housing market has remained open during this second lockdown allowing renters and buyers to move to a new house. Hardware stores and builders’ merchants also remain open as well as construction sites. In addition, mortgage holidays will also continue, however you should only consider this if it is absolutely necessary. If you are buying a home in England the current Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) rel...

    New Faces Welcome25-Nov-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Director and Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates As a business we never stand still, and this year it has been more important than ever for us to grow and strengthen our organisation for the future. In spite of the pandemic and the challenges it has thrown up we have been delighted to welcome five new recruits this year: In this my third post I am delighted to introduce them to you:Becky Sowray joined us in February – just before t...

    My Team19-Nov-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Director and Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates In this my second post I would like to take the opportunity to introduce our fabulous Wills, Trusts & Estates team, a team I am proud to have been a part of for over 14 years.  I will talk you through how we are structured, the skills and experience we have within the department and share some insights into how we work so well together.As the Head of Department, I am one of four solic...

    Buyers rush to beat deadline 18-Nov-2020

    By Stuart Hill, Solicitor, Residential Conveyancing Property buyers are fighting off the pandemic to catch a new home before stamp duty goes back to its normal rate.  For overseas buyers the race is even more important, as the rate will carry an additional surcharge for them from April.As part of the range of measures to provide economic support through the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government introduced a temporary holiday for stamp duty land tax (SDLT) on th...

    Why have UK house prices soared during the pandemic?12-Nov-2020

    By Sarah Davies, Head of Residential Conveyancing The pandemic has had many impacts; one of the most unexpected has been the rise in the average value of residential property. At the start of the pandemic it was a popularly held belief that house prices would suffer with many ‘experts’ predicting that house prices would fall by at least 5% this year, and potentially drop by up to 30% over the next 3 years!In reality, the opposite has been true with average house pric...

    From temp to Director11-Nov-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Director and Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates I first walked through the doors of our office in Chester City Centre over 15 years ago. I knew instantly that this was the place for me and where I wanted to pursue my legal career.I had just completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at Chester College of Law and I was scheduled to spend just two weeks as a temporary cover secretary in the Residential Conveyancing team. ...

    LPAs – Have you chosen the right people to protect you? 04-Nov-2020

    By Alys Haf,  Legal Assistant, Wills, Trusts & Estates Have you considered who would manage your affairs and make decisions on your behalf, if you have an illness or accident that leaves you incapable of looking after things yourself? Would you be protected from financial abuse? A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) enables you to appoint someone you trust to look after your financial affairs or your health and welfare, with minimum effort, delay or expense...

    Cheers for Reading: Do you know where your Will is stored?28-Oct-2020

    By Sarah Cheers, Paralegal, Wills, Trusts & Estates Team Hi, I am Sarah Cheers. I joined Cullimore Dutton earlier this year, and I’m sharing this series of brief insights into my time as a paralegal.In this my final post, I look at what to do with your Will once it is written. I am often asked where is the best and most secure place to store a Will? In my experience when you make a Will, many solicitors will offer to store it for you, they may also offer to ...

    Cullimore Dutton achieves Lexcel Accreditation22-Oct-2020

    By Phil Appleby, Associate Solicitor, Wills, Trusts & Estates teamWe are delighted to announce that Cullimore Dutton Solicitors have been awarded the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation for “Excellence in legal practice management and client care.” As such Cullimore Dutton is now a “certified Lexcel scheme member, recognised by the Law Society of England and Wales.”Lexcel is the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for client care, compliance and practice managemen...

    Cheers for Reading: Going above and beyond21-Oct-2020

    By Sarah Cheers, Paralegal, Wills, Trusts & Estates Team Hi, I am Sarah Cheers. I joined Cullimore Dutton earlier this year, and I’m sharing this series of brief insights into my time as a paralegal.In this post, I’ll share a few examples were our team have adapted to the challenges of lockdown and gone above and beyond to ensure our clients’ needs were met.Working during the pandemic has been somewhat strange and presented a number of challenges. Solicitors are ...

    Settlement Agreements15-Oct-2020

    By John Arnold, Partner and Head of Commercial Law The coronavirus pandemic has presented a series of challenges for employers and employees alike. With the Government's furlough scheme coming to an end many employers will be seeking to cut costs and to cut their monthly expenditure. Many employers will be in a situation where there is a ‘cessation or diminution of the requirement for employees to do work of a particular kind in the place where the employee was...

    Cheers for Reading: A Day in the Life of a Private Client Paralegal14-Oct-2020

    By Sarah Cheers, Paralegal, Wills, Trusts & Estates Team Hi, I am Sarah Cheers. I joined Cullimore Dutton’s Wills, Trusts & Estates department earlier this year, and I am sharing this series of brief insights into my time as a paralegal.In this post, I share with you a day in my working life.8.30amI start my mornings by logging on, reviewing my emails and responding to, or dealing with any work enquiries that need to be actioned. I then update my to do list w...

    To Remortgage, or not to Remortgage – that is the question.09-Oct-2020

    By Philip H Yates, Consultant: Mortgages & Equity Release With lender’s treading carefully in the mortgage market and criteria being regularly adapted to fit the market conditions, there has never been a more appropriate time for clients to benefit from our independent expertise especially when looking to remortgage. Can I reduce my repaymentsIt is a great time to think about a re-mortgage and with interest rates at an all-time low, the right product could see a re...

    Cheers for Reading: Five questions I’m regularly asked in my role.07-Oct-2020

    By Sarah Cheers, Paralegal, Wills, Trusts & Estates Team Hi, I am Sarah Cheers. I joined Cullimore Dutton’s Wills, Trusts & Estates department in April of this year, and I am sharing this series of brief insights into my time as a paralegal.In this post, I answer the five questions I am most regularly asked in my role.What happens if I don’t have a Will?If you die without a valid Will in England and Wales it means you have died intestate. The law then de...

    In for Christmas – just 12 weeks to go!01-Oct-2020

    By Sarah Davies, Head of Residential Conveyancing In just 12 weeks it will be Christmas Eve! For home movers the next three months will be an exciting journey and will bring a host of calls, correspondence and deadlines, especially for those hoping to open their Christmas presents in their new home. With the timescale for the average conveyance being between 10 and 12 weeks now is the time to be agreeing your sales, purchases and instructing your solicitor.There...

    Cheers for Reading: What is a Paralegal?30-Sep-2020

    By Sarah Cheers, Paralegal, Wills, Trusts & Estates Team Hi, I am Sarah Cheers. I joined Cullimore Dutton’s Wills, Trusts & Estates department in April of this year, and I am sharing this series of brief insights into my time as a paralegal.In this second post, I want to share an overview of what a paralegal actually is and how we support solicitors. What is a Paralegal?A paralegal is a legally trained person who performs legal work alongside a solicitor...

    What happens to your pets when you divorce?24-Sep-2020

    By Susan Alexander, Consultant Solicitor, Family and Mediation How do couples decide to split their possessions when they separate and divorce? In this article I look at the ways many divorcing couples have used to divide their belongings. What happens to your pets when you divorce?However much you may love them, pets are not treated like children in the family courts. Pets are treated as possessions or chattels and ownership is generally established by who...

    Cheers for Reading: Back after a break from the law23-Sep-2020

    By Sarah Cheers, Paralegal, Wills, Trusts & Estates Team Hi, I am Sarah Cheers. I joined Cullimore Dutton in April as a paralegal in the Wills, Trusts & Estates department and I am sharing this series of brief insights into my time as a Paralegal.In this first post, I want to share the career path which led me to join Cullimore Dutton. In March 2017 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, just two weeks before my 30th Birthday. At the time I was a paral...

    Lights, camera, action… signing your will goes live!17-Sep-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates Experts are warning against self-directed videos following the announcement by the Government that legislation is to be introduced this month to allow wills to be signed remotely using a live video link.While the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a challenge for those wishing to have their wills drafted and signed, the announcement does not loosen any of the strict requirements, but instead adds extra...

    A “Christmas truce” for landlords and tenants in England and Wales16-Sep-2020

    By John Arnold, Partner and Head of Commercial Law The UK Government has provided a further update on its eviction legislation for the private rental sector in England and Wales.An initial ban on evictions, which was introduced at the start of the pandemic and subsequently extended three times, now also requires that landlords give tenants a six-month notice period, meaning that no tenant will find themselves evicted over the winter.The Government measures also featu...

    The value of our independent advice10-Sep-2020

    By Philip H Yates, Consultant: Mortgages & Equity Release Our clients tell us that they really appreciate the value of our independence when we advise them on their mortgage planning. The last few months have been strange and difficult for everyone. Throughout this period, we have continued to help our clients navigate through an ever-changing mortgage market, with additional lending criteria and increased deposit requirements.Whether our clients are employed, self...

    Knott another blog: A Day in the Life of a Family Law Paralegal (Working from Home Edition!) 09-Sep-2020

    By Jesca Knott, Paralegal, Family Law Team Hi, I am Jesca Knott, I joined Cullimore Dutton as a Paralegal in the Family Law team earlier this year and I’m sharing these brief insights into life as the new girl. Today, in my sixth and final edition, I take you through a day in the life of a Paralegal. 8.30am I like to start my day a little earlier to respond to any emails which have come in, I also organise my to-do list for the day ahead. I find that it’s really...

    Knott another blog: Common Misconceptions03-Sep-2020

    By Jesca Knott, Paralegal, Family Law Team Hi, I am Jesca Knott, I joined Cullimore Dutton earlier this year as a Paralegal in the Family Law team and I’m sharing these brief insights into life as the new girl. Today I am sharing a few common misconceptions within Divorce law which I have already come across.Living with somebody for a long time means you achieve the status of Common Law Husband or Wife.This is not true, having been abolished by the Common Law Marriag...

    Wills Jargon Buster02-Sep-2020

    By Alys Haf,  Legal Assistant, Wills, Trusts & Estates A Will is something that everyone should have; yet only about a third of people do. Making a Will ensures that when you die, your property and affairs will be dealt with in-line with your wishes. Writing a Will entails a lot of legal jargon, however once you have a handle on the terminology and a great legal team guiding you, they are quite easy to understand. With this in mind we present to you our...

    Knott another blog: Five things I have learned so far27-Aug-2020

    By Jesca Knott, Paralegal, Family Law Team Hi, I am Jesca Knott, I joined Cullimore Dutton in May of this year as a Paralegal in the Family Law team and I’m sharing these brief insights into life as the new girl. Today, in part four, I share the top five things which I have learnt to date.1.  Get comfortable being out of your comfort zoneIn any new job, you will feel out of your comfort zone, but this is actually no bad thing! Embracing this has taught me t...

    Debt collection in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic - what are your options?26-Aug-2020

    By John Arnold, Partner and Head of Commercial Law In these uncertain times, no matter how big or small your business is, managing cash flow can be challenging. One particular difficulty for many firms is dealing with debt collection. Maximising debt collection should be a priority for your business to secure your financial future, but it may be tough to navigate during the pandemic. At present, many of your debtors may be struggling financially, or claim they are un...

    LPA Jargon Buster20-Aug-2020

    By Sarah Gill, Paralegal, Wills, Trusts & Estates Lasting Powers of Attorney come with lots of legal jargon and can be quite daunting, however once you have a handle on the terminology and a great legal team guiding you, they can be quite easy to understand and are vital legal documents which we should all have in place.With this in mind we present to you our LPA Jargon Buster.Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) LPA is an abbreviation for Lasting Power of Attor...

    Knott another blog: Developing a working relationship with the boss.19-Aug-2020

    By Jesca Knott, Paralegal, Family Law Team Having a good working relationship with your line manager is so important. I am very lucky to be working so closely with our Head of Family Law, Brenda Spain and assisting her on such a variety of family law cases.Hi, I am Jesca Knott, I recently joined Cullimore Dutton as a Paralegal in the Family Law team and I’m sharing these brief insights into life as the new girl. Today, in part three of this series, I discuss how my w...

    How to deal with an estate as an executor during the coronavirus pandemic10-Aug-2020

    By Phil Appleby, Associate Solicitor, Wills, Trusts & Estates teamAdjusting to the challenges caused by coronavirus has been difficult for all of us. However, for those dealing with the death of a loved one, the onerous obligations placed on executors may seem overwhelming. WIn recent years, there has been an increase in the number of claims brought against executors by beneficiaries. Coupled with increased financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it...

    Our free, online Conveyancing Quote Builder06-Aug-2020

    By Sarah Davies, Head of Residential Conveyancing With online shopping the norm, new clients are often much more comfortable seeking quotes and making initial inquiries online. Here at Cullimore Dutton our Residential Conveyancing service offers a simple, quick solution to sourcing legal representation for your property transaction with our online Conveyancing Quote Builder.Powered by Pali LTD, the quote builder provides an accurate quote in minutes, with a full brea...

    Knott another blog: The first few weeks05-Aug-2020

    By Jesca Knott, Paralegal, Family Law Team Under normal circumstances, after your first few weeks in a new job you would probably expect to know most people’s names and how everybody in the team likes their cuppa! But under this new normal, things have definitely been a bit different.Hi, I am Jesca Knott, I recently joined Cullimore Dutton as a Paralegal in the Family Law team and I’m sharing these brief insights into life as the new girl. Today, in part two of this ...

    Divorce during the Pandemic30-Jul-2020

    By Brenda Spain, Head of Family Law teamOver recent months the Coronavirus Pandemic has brought about many challenges and problems. For those whose relationship has been in difficulty, the lockdown will no doubt have significantly compounded these issues.With the easing of restrictions there is now some movement towards “the new normal”. Announcements have recently been made about the slow reopening of the courts and the availability of other services for those facing...

    Knott another blog: A new job in lockdown29-Jul-2020

    By Jesca Knott, Paralegal, Family Law Team Starting a new job is both exciting and daunting for anyone. However, starting a new job from your living room is an entirely new experience altogether!I am Jesca Knott, I recently joined Cullimore Dutton as a Paralegal in the Family Law team and over the next few weeks will be sharing these brief insights into life as the new girl. Today I share my experience of starting a new job in lockdown.When I found out I had been off...

    Witnessing of Wills28-Jul-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates The Ministry of Justice is introducing legislation to allow video witnessing of wills as an option, if the requirement for two physically present witnesses cannot be met.The legislation (which has not yet been published) is set to come into force in September and to apply retrospectively for wills signed since 31 January 2020.It is set to remain in place until January 2022. STEP (the Society of Trust ...

    Supporting those in Care as Lockdown Eases23-Jul-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates During the lockdown period, we have received many enquiries from families keen to ensure that their loved one’s affairs are in order. For those in nursing homes this was particularly challenging, as no visits were permitted during lockdown.Where possible, for clients in nursing homes we have conducted meetings and taken instructions by telephone and video call. The signing of documents has presented an add...

    Supporting the Bereaved During the Pandemic20-Jul-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates Losing a loved one is never easy and in the current circumstances is especially difficult, as nothing is as it would usually be. Registering the death can only be done by telephone, funerals cannot be attended by all who would wish to, and financial institutions are often running on reduced staff.Our Wills, Trusts & Estates team have been dealing with the administration of estates for many years and ar...

    Conveyancing Made Easy16-Jul-2020

    By Sarah Davies, Head of Residential Conveyancing Following on from our recently published Mortgages Made Easy article we are pleased to share Conveyancing Made Easy with you.  As with mortgages, conveyancing can be a daunting process, however once you have a handle on the terminology and a great team of conveyancers supporting you, it can be quite easy to understand. With this in mind we present to you our Conveyancing Jargon Buster. CONVEYANCING JARG...

    Commercial Property Considerations during COVID-1906-Jul-2020

    By John Arnold, Partner and Head of Commercial Law Landlords and tenants will be aware that the Government intervened in the field of commercial property in March to try to protect tenants whose income had been completely lost or reduced as a result of the restrictions imposed by the UK's lockdown.One of the steps was to prevent forfeiture of commercial leases for failure to pay any sums due under the lease.On 30 June, the Government increased these tenant ...

    Mortgages Made Easy02-Jul-2020

    By Philip H Yates, Consultant: Mortgages & Equity Release Mortgages can be daunting, however once you have a handle on the terminology they can be quite easy to understand. In this article we will break mortgages down for you with our Mortgage Jargon Buster. MORTGAGE JARGON BUSTERMortgage: A mortgage is a long-term loan (usually from 5 to 40 years depending on your circumstances and requirements) secured against a property for the purposes of purchasing that proper...

    The Conveyancing Coronacoaster29-Jun-2020

    By Stuart Hill, Solicitor, Residential Conveyancing The coronavirus pandemic swiftly curtailed what looked to be a promising year for the conveyancing sector, according to analysis of latest official data, however the mood post-lockdown is much improved.Market activity between January and March this year has been described as a ‘conveyancing coronacoaster’ by Search Acumen, a search provider, who analyse Land Registry data to examine competitive pressures.Its la...

    Would you let your ex…25-Jun-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates Would you let your ex:Decide how much to sell your house for and to whom?Control when and how your money is given to your children? Manage the proceeds of your life insurance?In short, would you want your ex to be the person who deals with the administration of your estate if you died?For many divorced or separated couples, the answer is a definitive NO and their ex is the last person they would want ...

    Welsh Property Market Reopens22-Jun-2020

    By Sarah Davies, Head of Residential Conveyancing Following Friday’s announcement by Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford the Welsh Property Market is taking steps towards moving once more, however there are still a number of restrictions in place.The Key changes outlined on Friday are:Unoccupied properties can now be viewed, however, viewings cannot take place at occupied properties.Properties which haven’t exchanged can now be completed, but there must either be 3 d...

    Co-habitation: The Common Law Myth18-Jun-2020

    By Brenda Spain, Head of Family Law teamThe number of men and women marrying each other has fallen to its lowest level on record.Between 1990 and 2015 the marriage rate in England and Wales fell from 13.1 marriages per 1,000 people to 8.3, while for the UK as a whole, there were 21 thousand fewer marriages in 2014 than there were in 2000.*This demonstrates that more people than ever are choosing to co-habit, so it is important that cohabiting couples know where they s...

    Avoiding Challenges against your Will15-Jun-2020

    By Phil Appleby, Associate Solicitor, Wills, Trusts & Estates teamUnlike many other countries, English and Welsh law has a tradition of ‘testamentary freedom’, which, broadly speaking, means you can leave your estate to anyone you wish when you die. While this freedom of choice is wonderful, it can lead to aggrieved relatives who may wish to challenge the validity of your will or make a claim against your estate.Those who have concerns about the validity of a will or f...

    Landlords must comply with latest energy standards 11-Jun-2020

    By Gillian Crump, Partner, Commercial Law teamLandlords of residential property could face high fines if they do not meet the latest energy efficiency standards.  In April of this year, the latest stage of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards was implemented, making it unlawful for landlords to continue domestic residential tenancies where the property has a rating of F or G on its Energy Performance Certificate – commonly known as an EPC.Two years ago, the first s...

    No Fault Divorce Moves a Step Closer09-Jun-2020

    By Brenda Spain, Head of Family Law teamThe second reading of the Divorce Dissolution and Resolution Bill took place yesterday moving no fault divorces a step closer.There is still some way to go but if introduced it will reform Divorce Law in England and Wales removing the element of blame and replacing it with irretrievable breakdown only.Where couples are in agreement that their marriage is at an end, they will be able to jointly petition the court.There will be a ...

    Relations between Residential Landlords and Tenants in the time of Coronavirus08-Jun-2020

    By John Arnold, Partner and Head of Commercial Law A ban on residential evictions was first introduced in March for a three-month period, this has now been extended by the Government for a further two months so that the suspension of new evictions will last until 23 August.This will not apply to the eviction of squatters or unlawful occupants, but it will apply to most residential tenancies including assured shorthold tenancies.The effect of the Government’s ban is...

    Will writing during Coronavirus04-Jun-2020

    By Philip Appleby, Associate Solicitor, Wills, Trusts & Estates NHS workers fighting Covid-19 on the front line, together with the elderly and vulnerable, lie behind a huge spike in demand for will writing during the lockdown, according to the professional body for solicitors. The Law Society says many firms have reported a 30% increase, as a result of worries about the coronavirus pandemic, but the lockdown and self-isolation are creating new challenges...

    Mortgage market responds to the easing of restrictions01-Jun-2020

    By Philip H Yates, Consultant: Mortgages & Equity Release With housing market restrictions lifted in England the mortgage market is responding, and we are receiving daily updates from lenders who are continually reviewing their mortgage products and their lending criteria, enabling them to lend to an increasing number of applicants. We are also experiencing an uplift in new clients wanting to purchase property or looking to re-mortgage at a better rate. In fact, n...

    A Taste of the Future?28-May-2020

    By Gareth Williams, Independent Financial Adviser As working from home becomes the new normal – at least until Lockdown restrictions are eased – this has given many of us a taste of what retirement potentially looks like. Alright, it’s slightly different as opposed to Conference Calls, being cooped up in the spare room with a laptop, monitor and a temperamental printer, the future will replace “work” with those DIY jobs that never seem to reach the top of th...

    Movement for Home-Movers25-May-2020

    By Lesley Stuart, Director and Solicitor, Residential Conveyancing team. What does the lifting of restrictions mean for my property move or purchase whilst measures to fight coronavirus apply? The lifting of restrictions in England is good news for the housing market and people wanting to move;viewings and valuationscan take place againas can actual home-moves, but precautions must still be taken and the process of finding and moving into a ne...

    Move My Will22-May-2020

    It’s so simple to transfer your Will You can also choose to move your Property Deeds to us Transfer if FREE and storage is FREE   We know from wide experience that clients appreciate ease of access to their Will and value the advice and guidance that is on hand locally. We know too, that circumstances can often change in the blink of an eye and how invaluable it is to be able to make a Codicil or more significant amendments should clients request this at sho...

    Family Mediation during lockdown21-May-2020

    By Susan Alexander, Consultant Solicitor, Family and Mediation How Mediation helps couples to sort out their childcare and financial agreements on separation or divorce during lockdown. Access to justice and the rule of law are two of the cornerstones of our British way of life. Due to corona virus lockdown, our normal lives have been changed and things we took for granted, like access to the courts to assert our rights, have been curtailed. Although court...

    The Pitfalls of DIY Probate and Estate Administration18-May-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates Advice if you are considering administering and estate yourself      Every now and again, we are contacted for advice on dealing with the property, possessions and finances of someone who died some considerable time ago; the executors (those who are responsible for administering the deceased’s estate) have found a problem and require our help to work out what steps to take to reso...

    Commercial Disputes in the time of Coronavirus14-May-2020

    By John Arnold, Partner and Head of Commercial Law The global pandemic that is affecting us is constantly creating uncertainties and issues that may cause division between people and companies in commercial relationships. At the same time, the Civil Courts in this country are struggling to cope with their existing workload and are functioning mainly on telephone hearings with matters being prioritised by the Courts themselves and not by the parties involv...

    Q&A session with Investment Guru Lothar Mentel 11-May-2020

    COVID-19 and your Pensions & Investments <br /> In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the financial markets, we are delighted to have secured this exclusive Q&A session with world-renowned investment and pensions expert Lothar Mentel, CEO & Chief Investment Officer at Tatton Investment Management. In a career spanning three decades, Lothar has held senior roles at NM Rothschild, Threadneedle and Commerzbank As...

    Getting Ready for Sale Checklist11-May-2020

    By Sarah Davies, Head of Residential Conveyancing With the UK looking towards a post-lockdown era the property market may soon be back in full swing. If you have been planning your next home move either prior to, or during the lockdown there is plenty you can do now to get yourself move-ready. Using your lockdown time wisely; doing those jobs that you’ve been putting off, speaking to an independent mortgage adviser (we have one of those so can help the...

    A five-part toolkit for those faced with family breakdown in the lockdown – Part Five08-May-2020

    By Brenda Spain, Head of Family Law team For those in the UK who were considering or had already started the process of divorce, many will still be living together, adding to the pressure of the current lockdown.  Over the course of this week I have shared a series of five articles covering various aspect of divorce, these will remain on our website should you either wish to revisit them or share them. In this my final post of the week I cover:  ...

    A five-part toolkit for those faced with family breakdown in the lockdown – Part Four07-May-2020

    By Brenda Spain, Head of Family Law team For couples who are struggling in their relationship, or trying to manage co-parenting, anxiety levels are likely to be heightened if it seem there is nowhere to turn. Over the course of this week I have been sharing a series of short articles covering various aspects of divorce. In this my fourth article of the week I address: Co-parenting Where parents are living in different households, the Government has cla...

    A five-part toolkit for those faced with family breakdown in the lockdown – Part Three06-May-2020

    By Brenda Spain, Head of Family Law team Couples should try talk to each other wherever possible, to try and reach agreement and face up to finances from the outset. This has become even more important in the current situation, if stand-offs are to be avoided. Over the course of this week I am sharing a series of five articles covering various aspects of divorce and separation as well as things to consider especially under the current lockdown. Today’s topic is...

    A five-part toolkit for those faced with family breakdown in the lockdown – Part Two05-May-2020

    By Brenda Spain, Head of Family Law team For me, and my colleagues across the country, being a family lawyer means being there for all the challenges, not just the day in court, and at this time we know it is more important than ever that we are available to advise, encourage and support. Over the course of this week I am sharing a five-part series of short articles covering various aspects of divorce and separation as well as things to consider especiall...

    A five-part toolkit for those faced with family breakdown in the lockdown – Part One04-May-2020

    By Brenda Spain, Head of Family Law team The coronavirus crisis is redefining lifestyles and the boundaries of our interactions; a situation that can challenge even the strongest bonds. Over the course of this week I will be sharing a series of five short articles covering various aspects of divorce and separation as well as things to consider especially under the current lockdown. In this first post, I look at: Deciding whether your relationship has run its ...

    Protecting yourself when Exiting a Relationship30-Apr-2020

    By Brenda Spain, Head of Family Law team If you are considering ending or exiting a relationship, whether that be a marriage or cohabitation, you should consult a solicitor to discuss the steps you need to take to ensure that your interests are well protected. Things you should consider include: 1. Joint accounts – ensuring you can access your money.  2. Your pension – have you protected your death in service benefits or nominated beneficiar...

    Why you need Expert Family Law Advice when Negotiating a Divorce Settlement23-Apr-2020

    By Susan Alexander,  Consultant Solicitor, Family and Mediation With the advent of online divorce, many people are trying to negotiate financial agreements between themselves to save money. Beware – this is a false economy. Any agreement reached between divorcing couples which has not been approved by the court is not binding and if you have not had legal advice, it is not worth the paper it is written on. The awards available on divorce include; lump s...

    Your Pensions and Investments during the COVID 19 crisis20-Apr-2020

    By Gareth Williams,  Independent Financial Adviser Many people are wondering if recent events have impacted on their long-term financial plans and considering if they should take any action. Independent Financial Adviser Gareth Williams shares some guidance: My key message would be Don’t Panic! For many people now would be the time to take stock, to review and to fully understand their pensions and investments. Ask yourself questions like: • ...

    Not Available in the High Street – April 202016-Apr-2020

    By Philip H Yates, Consultant: Mortgages & Equity Release ** DO NOT STOP YOUR MORTGAGE DIRECT DEBIT ** Worryingly, I have seen posts recently claiming that everyone is entitled to defer mortgage payments if Coronavirus has negatively affected their income, and that you can just stop your direct debit. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT THE CASE and doing so will cause future credit issues. If you feel that you need to suspend your mortgage payments most banks ...

    Family Law Embraces Technology14-Apr-2020

    By Susan Alexander , Consultant Solicitor, Family and Mediation This is a very challenging time for everyone, but it has been astonishing to watch how quickly the family justice system has adapted to virtual working. The Rule of Law and the right to a fair trial are fundamental to our British society and as key workers charged with supporting the administration of justice, it is our duty to ensure that people continue to have access to justice. Al...

    Your Guide to Your First Will and Why You Need One06-Apr-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant , Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates  Why it is in your best interests to write a WillThere are many advantages to having a Will, the main one being that when you die your Will will ensure that your money, property and possessions are shared out in accordance with your wishes. In addition, making a Will allows you to decide who will be responsible for administering your estate (your executors) after your death. Wit...

    Adapting our service to support our clients02-Apr-2020

    By Phil Wood, Marketing Manager Now that we are roughly two weeks into the Coronavirus lockdown, we wanted to share this brief update of how we have adapted our service, ensuring that we continue to help, support and advise our clients.  Our team have adjusted well to working remotely and can access our systems securely. We had made preparations in advance of the lockdown and our contingency plans were swiftly implemented, ensuring a s...

    Do you need to write or review your Will?30-Mar-2020

    By Adele Bebbington-Plant, Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates  Has the Coronavirus pandemic led you to consider writing or updating your Will? Here our Head of Wills, Trusts & Estates Adele Bebbington-Plant looks at why you need a Will and some common misconceptions: The UK Government’s guidance around social distancing and self-isolation is providing many with the opportunity to take stock and reassess their lives including getting th...

    How will social distancing affect co-parenting arrangements27-Mar-2020

    By Susan Alexander, Consultant Solicitor, Family and Mediation If parents are living apart, how is co-parenting possible when the government has declared a lockdown, instructed us all to stay at home and avoid face to face contact with anyone other than those you normally live with? It is a real conundrum, but fortunately we do have access to fantastic technology to allow children to continue to spend time with both parents, even if not face to face. It's import...

    Coronavirus – Business as Usual20-Mar-2020

    Coronavirus is now having a major impact on UK life, so we wanted to reassure you that:   We are still open for businessAll of our services remain available We have a small team based in the office The rest of our team are working remotely and are focusing on helping and supporting our clients If you need to speak with any of our team we would be delighted to arrange consultations through: FaceTime Skype WhatsApp Video calls, and The good old-fas...

    Coronavirus Statement – Staff Move to Home Working18-Mar-2020

    The health and well-being of our clients and staff remains our first priority, so following on from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement given on Monday 16 March, Cullimore Dutton has moved to stage two of its Business Continuity Plan and have instructed the majority of our staff to work from home. If you are a client, please be assured that we have your matter in hand. We have ensured that our staff have the ability to work from home and can remotely access our s...

    Coronavirus Statement – Our Precautions12-Mar-2020

    Coronavirus continues to dominate the news with major implications globally.  We wanted to take this opportunity to reassure our clients and partners that we have contingency plans in place should the situation deteriorate and to outline our key priorities, which are: 1. Ensuring the health and well-being of our clients and staff 2. Ensuring that we are able to continue to support and advise our clients 3. Ensuring the security and confidentialit...

    Not Available in the High Street – February 202018-Feb-2020

    By Philip H Yates , Consultant: Mortgages & Equity Release Age is just a number! Whether you are aged 18, 99 or anything in-between there are plenty of mortgage schemes available to fit all requirements. Not all lenders offer a wide range of mortgage products and walking up and down the high street may not help you find a lender who is able to offer you a suitable mortgage. Many people research mortgage schemes online, however, these borrowers...

    Under One Roof – A quick guide to making a Will13-Feb-2020

    By Sarah Gill, Paralegal, Wills, Trusts & Estates As part of our Under One Roof campaign, Paralegal, Sarah Gill looks at the six basic steps involved in making a Will and why it’s a good idea to seek professional legal assistance when doing so. Though it may be tempting to delay making a Will until a later date, it’s essential to have one in place if you want to ensure your estate is distributed among your beneficiaries without complications. ...

    Stepping up to the Challenge of the Sale Board03-Feb-2020

    By Stuart Hill, Solicitor, Residential Conveyancing As part of our Under One Roof campaign, Stuart Hill shares some top tips on preparing for the sale of your property. Sellers should get themselves well prepared before they put up the For Sale sign, as this can lead to a much smoother and swifter transaction. Our Under One Roof Home Buyers Package offers the ideal solution for those who a looking to move home as it includes: truly independent mort...

    Under One Roof Home Buyers Package – Q&A22-Jan-2020

    Conveyancing Solicitor Sarah Davies answers some key questions about our Under One Roof Home Buyers Package. Q. If you are considering your next home move how will the Under One Roof Home Buyers Package benefit you?  This package has been created with client convenience at its core. We are in the unique position of being able to offer all of these services Under One Roof. Through this package you will have access to s...

    Blame no longer required for divorce under proposed legislation09-Jan-2020

    By Susan Alexander, Consultant Solicitor, Family and Mediation The government has reintroduced the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill to Parliament. Once passed this new legislation will remove the current requirement of one party to blame the other for the breakdown of the marriage. Under the Bill, one or both of the spouses will be able to make a statement of the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and partners will no longer be a...

    Move My Will08-Jul-2019

    It’s so simple to transfer your Will You can also choose to move your Property Deeds to us Transfer if FREE and storage is FREE   We know from wide experience that clients appreciate ease of access to their Will and value the advice and guidance that is on hand locally. We know too, that circumstances can often change in the blink of an eye and how invaluable it is to be able to make a Codicil or more significant amendments should clients request this at short n...

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