We are delighted to announce that Jane Whitfield, solicitor in our Private Client department, has now received her certificate confirming that she is a full member of Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP). STEP’s vision is to be the pre-eminent worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations. It has grown dramatically from…

At the end of October two members of our Private Client team, Hilary Buckle and Charlotte Fox featured on ‘That’s Thames Valley’ to promote Will Aid and the importance of making a Will. On 27th October 2017 ‘That’s Thames Valley’ came to our office to film Hilary and Charlotte. The segment was filmed at our…

Senior Solicitor Jane Whitfield appears on BBC News to discuss a new proposal from The Law Commission that could make Wills recorded on voicemail or text message legally binding if deemed so by a judge. This would be the first change to the Victorian law, unchanged since 1837, and could pave the way for the…

In November, Jane Whitfield contributed an article for professional financial advisers on the subject USING TRUSTS TO CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF ASSETS: The use of trusts has been receiving a mixed press recently, but establishing a trust to control the direction of assets continues to offer financial security, reduced tax liabilities find peace of mind…

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…

Barrett & Co Private Client solicitor Jane Whitfield shares her legal expertise with Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4’s PM and BBC Radio Berkshire’s Sarah Walker. BBC Radio 4 – PM – Eddie Mair Interviews Jane Whitfield 7th Feb 2017 Listeners to BBC Radio 4’s PM programme have been following Steve Hewlett’s open, honest and…

When someone dies, the usual main asset is a property. And the rise in property prices means that the value of a typical estate is higher than ever. Because of the more complicated family structures around today – people remarrying, people having children without getting married – you have more potential beneficiaries and the way…

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 was interviewed by Reading’s Jack FM in October 2015 when she was shortlisted for Employee of the year at the Against Breast Cancer Achievement Awards in…

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