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A house purchase is probably one of the largest purchases we will ever make in our lives, but do you actually understand the process that happens when you buy a property? The first step in buying a house would be to instruct a solicitor; you will need a solicitor to complete the legal process of…

TOLATA is the abbreviation for the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (“the Act”). The Act was created to combine various provisions under different statutes into one. Sections 14 and 15 of the Act are triggered where there is a dispute relating to a trust of land. In other words, and as…

By acting as an Executor you take on a key responsibility to protect the estate of the deceased. In many cases the substantial asset of the deceased is the former family home so you must act quickly to protect the asset. What are the steps you should take if the property is unoccupied? You should…

The starting point is that there is no legal obligation on an employer to provide a reference for an employee or ex-employee. So when asked to provide a reference, an employer can refuse to provide one, unless they are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. Also, an employer must be…

For Property Law purposes nuisance is defined as an action (or failure to act) which is not otherwise authorised and which unduly interferes with the claimant’s enjoyment of his land. It has been famously said that whether or not something is a nuisance is a question to be determined not merely by an abstract consideration…

On leasehold properties where the lease has only eighty years to run, this may cause issues for lenders in granting mortgages. Each lender will have their own specific requirements and these are governed by the UK Finance Handbook. Prior to the Leasehold Reform, Housing & Urban Development Act 1993 (LRHUDA 1993), leaseholders/tenants with insufficient terms…

Good Morning Britain presenter and former I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here contestant, Kate Garraway, has this month spoken out about the financial struggles she and her family have faced whilst her husband has been in hospital battling Covid-19; purely because he did not have a Power of Attorney in place. Derek Garraway,…

One of the difficulties with understanding court procedure is the technicalities involved and the baffling language used! This article explains one such technicality and summarises it briefly. The Tracks The Civil Courts allocate cases to different “tracks” once proceedings have been issued. This is for case management purposes. There are three tracks: the small claims…

Charity Fraud Awareness Week is an award-winning campaign which ran from 19-23 October 2020. Now in its fifth year, it is run jointly by the Charity Commission and the Fraud Advisory Panel, and is led by a coalition of over 40 charities, regulators, law enforcers, representative bodies and other not-for-profit stakeholders from across the world….

The Reynolds Report – October 2020 Feeling a bit like the bar hostess in the film The Blues Brothers who proudly announces, “We have both kinds of music here, Country and Western…,”  I can confirm that we do both kinds of work in the Property and Commercial Department at Barrett & Co – Property and…

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Lockdown 2021

Business as usual in unusual times. We are continuing with all legal work during Lockdown 2021. 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.) Please do not come into our offices without an appointment. 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).