We are delighted to announce that Barrett and Co has once again been rated as one of the three best debt collection and service solicitors in Reading. Three Best Rated  gave Barrett and Co five stars and have rated us as one of the top in Reading. Three Best Rated is an independent website and…

A common misconception is that most civil disputes end up with a trial where both sides get to “tell their story” and have their day in court. But the reality is very different as recent statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”) confirm. The Data According to the MoJ, in 2019 there were a…

The Government has recently announced that there will be an extension of the amount of notice which must be given to tenants prior to the issue of the vast majority of possession claims.  Since the national lockdown was implemented in late March 2020, the notice period for virtually all new proceedings has been three months….

In court cases, bundles of documents are prepared in support of each party’s argument, and made available to the other side and to the court.  Questions may sometimes arise as to the validity of the documents and paperwork submitted.   Parties will generally produce digital documents, such as bank statements, to prove that what they are…

Discrimination is when a trader or service provider treats you differently and worse than someone else because of who you are. If you have been treated unfairly when you buy or receive goods or services from someone dealing with the public such as a shop, bank, energy provider or local authority and it is because…

Nick joined Barrett & Co as a Trainee Solicitor in January 2018. During his training contract he encountered a variety of contentious probate matters and developed a special interest in this area of law. Nick has now qualified into the contentious probate team. He works on a broad range of contentious probate matters in this…

At Barrett & Co we understand that parties will often need to consider the cost of Court representation. We will always try to give parties an idea of costs and we also appreciate that legal costs are an additional expense for which to budget. Due to the cuts to legal aid, we have found that…

An often-overlooked aspect of a County Court claim is that obtaining a judgment against a debtor does not automatically guarantee payment. Quite often Creditors will find that they are in possession of a Judgment, but the Debtor simply does not pay. In these circumstances, the Creditor must consider further enforcement action, which can often be…

If you have entered into and won in a Court case, then you will know how satisfying it can be if a judgement is obtained in your favour against your opponent. However, what happens when this victory is cut short when your opponent, the now debtor, does not pay? A judgement can be “enforced” to…

Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is something that is becoming increasingly common in dispute resolution procedures, whether via eBay or in formal court litigation procedures. Some contracts or areas of law require the parties to first attempt ADR, and it is general court policy to encourage parties to attempt ADR. There can be significant cost…

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Autumn Lockdown

Business as usual in unusual times. We are continuing with all legal work during Autumn Lockdown. We are still working hard on behalf of clients old and new. We are still conducting most meetings by telephone and/or via conferencing facilities. In particular we are pleased to continue to offer our fixed fee meetings of £95 inclusive of VAT for one hour, to enable clients to explore any new legal matter with which they are concerned.

We have reduced numbers of staff in our office as many employees are working from home where possible via email/video/telephone calls. (All data is secure.) Visitors to our offices can only come with an appointment for the physical witnessing of documents. This is arranged safely, with Covid precautions in place.

Thank you for your ongoing and loyal support and on behalf of everyone at Barrett and Co Solicitors we hope you remain safe and well. Please do email or call us for our virtual appointments on 0118 958 9711 or email [email protected] (or the direct email address of your Barrett & Co contact).