Richard Ince joined Barrett and Co at the end of February as a Property Solicitor and is working in our Property and Commercial Department. He was previously working at a firm in Gosport Richard is primarily involved and experienced in residential conveyancing including sales and purchases of freehold, leasehold and newbuild properties. Outside of the office…

Hilary Buckle looks at the steps that need to be taken when a person subject to a Court of Protection a deputyship order, dies. Practical steps when a Court of Protection order ends due to death Deputy may be required to produce final report Security bond remains in force for two years unless court rules…

Despite its commonplace image, the conveyancing of residential property is, from a legal point of view, quite a complex task. Martin Reynolds explains why you should never accept the services of the conveyancer offering the lowest fees. On hearing that I have taken over the management of the firm’s residential conveyancing section (and hence have…

First-Tier Tribunal (FTT) considers the import duty status of straps to attach smart watches to users’ wrists. Manufacturer calls for zero-rated import duty on smart watch straps First-Tier Tribunal rejects claim, concluding that straps are just pieces of plastic, not technological gadgets The advance of modern technology creates product classes that could never have been envisaged…

12 years after their marriage came to an end, a judge decides if a couple who ran a successful business together had reached a “full and final settlement” at the time of their divorce. Couple built up multi-million-pound business during their marriage Divorce settlement was made in 2005 Court awarded larger sum to the wife…

Jane Whitfield explains the difference between joint tenants and tenants in common in the co-ownership of land. Imagine your house is like an apple.  If you own your house as joint tenants, then you both hold this red apple together as a whole. If one of you dies,then the apple passes in its entirety to…

Justin Sadler talks to Andrew Peach on BBC Radio Berkshire, March 16th 2017 Following a ruling by the Supreme Court, Probate expert Justin Sadler of Barrett & Co solicitors in Reading was interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire’s Andrew Peach. This case is “groundbreaking”, says Justin, because adult children who are financially independent of the deceased…

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