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…

Sympathy for the Devil, or, be sure you are clear about who you are giving references to, and what those references are intended to be used for. A rare moment of excitement in the usually grey world of Reynolds Towers (otherwise known as the Property & Commercial Department at Barrett & Co) was provided by…

We often get asked about care fees, the principle of deprivation of assets and generally how a local authority manages social care. The purpose of this article is to briefly explain these concepts and help you, the reader, understand their significance. It must be stated, however, that each case turns on its own facts and…

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…

Mr Justice Mann ruled that, ‘I find that Sir Cliff had privacy rights in respect of the police investigation and that the BBC infringed those rights without a legal justification. ‘It did so in a serious way and also in a somewhat sensationalist way. I have rejected the BBC’s case that it was justified in…

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