When Jane Whitfield, our Head of Trusts & Charities, saw Linda Magistris, the CEO of The Good Grief Trust, on BBC Breakfast earlier in June talking about The Good Grief Trust charity, and in particular their new COVID-19 National Bereavement Support Helpline, she was so impressed that she contacted the charity the minute the programme…

Despite the world recently being captivated by watching Captain Tom Moore raise more than £32,000,000 for the National Health Service, charities across the country are now bracing themselves for extreme financial hardship following the Covid-19 pandemic. In the final quarter of last year predictions were looking healthy for legacy donations to UK charities due to…

Charlotte is one of our Solicitors in the ever-expanding Private Client Team. She joined the firm in 2013, where she started as a legal support assistant before progressing to trainee solicitor and then solicitor. She is heavily involved in the marketing of the firm and took on the role of Marketing Manager at the beginning…

Jane is Head of Trusts & Charities at Barrett & Co and is also President of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Law Society for 2019-2021. In this article, she describes both her work and the things that get her up in the morning. I qualified as a solicitor in 2000, when Tony Blair was the…

As challenges to wills become more common, the public have become increasingly aware of the risk of these challenges, whilst also seeing the potential rewards that a successful challenge may bring. Most challenges to wills which become headline news follow the theme of children who have been left less than they expected by their parent(s),…

Megan (affectionately known as Megs) is a senior legal support assistant and assists the private client team and the firm at large.  Megan is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and in 1992 she embarked on a ‘working holiday’ to the UK, where she met her English husband and they then both travelled and worked in the…

In May 2020 the law surrounding organ donation changed so that all adults in England will now be considered to have given consent to donate their organs when they die, unless they have formally ‘opted-out’ and their decision has been registered on the NHS Organ Donor Register.  Prior to this change in law, adults in…

The recent Covid-19 pandemic has brought about monumental changes in our usual habits and behaviours and whilst the social distancing and self-isolation shielding may have helped to reduce the spread of the virus, it has also resulted in some people struggling to manage day to day tasks.  Going to the shops to buy groceries, visiting…

The Covid-19 pandemic is changing life as we know it for us as a nation, and across the globe; and the legal world is no exception at having to adapt to the new way of life.  The legal environment is renowned for being steeped in historic processes and procedures that in some cases date back…

As we continue through these uncertain times many people have started to think about their future and getting their affairs in order, so much so that new instructions for Wills have apparently risen by 30%! However, Coronavirus places some obstacles in the process of completing a new will.  The Will Act 1837 states that in…

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