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Will disputes hit the news - again

Dec 01, 2015

Many of you will have seen the brief feature on the BBC Breakfast News on 7th October, featuring a disappointed beneficiary.  The background was that his father had died, leaving all his estate to his second wife. It appears that the couple had ‘mirror wills’, i.e. wills which reflected each other in content. So each party left their estate to the survivor;…

Businessman sues ex-wife for Facebook libel damages

Dec 01, 2015

Everyone knows that the end of a marriage can be bitter, but few divorces can be more so than one in which a businessman has started legal  proceedings against his ex-wife, claiming £150,000 in libel damages after she bad-mouthed him on Facebook.  The businessman argued that his former partner had painted…

Charlotte Mckenty wins top cancer charity award

Nov 04, 2015

Barrett and Co is proud to announce that trainee solicitor Charlotte Mckenty carried off a top cancer charity award thanks to her ceaseless fundraising.

Barrett & Co Discuss Charity Work on Reading's Jack FM

Nov 01, 2015

These audio clips from autumn 2015 feature Charlotte McKenty speaking to Jack FM in recognition of her charity work, and a follow up interview with Hilary Buckle.

Charlotte Mckenty Nominated For Award

Oct 27, 2015

We are very pleased to be taking part in the Against Breast Cancer Achievement Awards in October 2015.

Firm News Summer 2015

Aug 14, 2015

Barrett & Co Solicitors has always taken its fundraising and corporate responsibility very seriously and this summer has been no exception.  In May, Barrett & Co Solicitors sponsored our Trainee Solicitor Charlotte Mckenty and her mother, Jan Mckenty, to complete the Breast Cancer Moonwalk. The Moonwalk is a full 26.2 mile walking marathon commencing…

Tax reliefs on goodwill transfers quashed

Aug 14, 2015

For unincorporated businesses, one of the more important elements of the Chancellor's statement of 3 December 2014 was the decision to abolish, with immediate effect, entrepreneur's relief for transfers of goodwill to companies owned by the transferor. Previously, such a transfer was treated as a disposal of a capital asset (goodwill) which qualified for entrepreneur's relief.

Consent Orders

Aug 14, 2015

The recent case of Wyatt v Vince [2015] has sharply focussed the need for parties to always try to deal with their financial matters when divorcing and for any agreements reached to be recorded into a binding Order appropriately considered and approved by the Court.  There…

Shared parental leave – a reminder

Aug 14, 2015

Employers are reminded that new regulations came into force on 1 December 2014 that make changes to the way in which eligible parents will take leave after the birth or adoption of a child. The new rules apply to couples with babies due on or after 5 April 2015 or children matched or placed for adoption on or after that date.   Shared parental leave…

Lasting Powers of Attorney – too complicated?

Aug 14, 2015

A recently-published Court of Protection (COP) case has shone a light on the extent of the powers of the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) to refuse registration of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). In XZ v Public Guardian [2015] the matter put before Senior Judge Lush was whether or not the Public Guardian had been correct in not allowing the registration of the LPA in question. As a…

Welcome to the Barrett and Co Articles Library, here you will find articles on many relevant and interesting topics. This section will be updated every few months so check back regularly. If you have any suggestions for articles please email [email protected] or use the Contact Form on the right.

Please note that whilst we make every effort to make sure that these articles reflect the law at the time they are written, they are not maintained as the law is constantly changing and affects each person or business in different ways. If you require specific advice on a matter please call our office or email the relevant solicitor and they will be happy to assist you.

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