Barrett & Co has been awarded the top legal prize from the Law Society. Here is the press release: Local legal firm Barrett and Co Solicitors LLP has been awarded the top prize at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards – the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales. The event – held virtually…

Did you know Reading is a City of Sanctuary? No, we didn’t either, until Vanessa Ruparel, our Private Client specialist, partnered with the Reading Refugee Support Group to help them raise legacy funds. One of our clients was so inspired by this partnership that he created a short film explaining why he felt it was…

Buying your first home or even moving into your dream property is often seen as one of life’s greatest milestones, and with the introduction of the Government’s Stamp Duty Land Tax Holiday, the residential property market appears to be strengthening, as people take advantage of the tax relief.  Following the property market slump in April…

On 3rd September 2020, the Law Commission launched a consultation on proposals to modernise and improve the law governing weddings. This consultation will run until 3rd December 2020.  The current position Currently, the law on weddings dates back to the Marriage Act 1836 which regulates how couples can legally get married. Under this law it…

Jane Whitfield considers if a charity is allowed to provide financial support to its trading company if the company is struggling and, if so, whether a charity should go down that path. One of the effects of COVID19 has been the dramatic fall in income for almost every company in the country that relies on…

At the start of September 2020, the Private Client department expanded with Charlotte Corcoran qualifying from Trainee Solicitor to Solicitor. Having qualified, Charlotte joined the Private Client team to work alongside Hilary Buckle, Jane Whitfield, Vanessa Ruparel and Juliette Spanner on various matters including Wills, Probates, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Charlotte has a…

(Thoughts on the judgment in Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Limited and others – [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm)) Several years ago now, before embarking on my personal yellow-brick-road of a career in Commercial Law, I studied Philosophy at a reasonably well-known local university.  The greater part of my teaching programme consisted of a…

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 moratorium on possession proceedings, which was introduced by the Government in late March, has been lifted. However, for those proceedings that now take place, they will feel very different to those that took place in the pre-COVID era. The first major change is to the pre-action notice period, which for new cases is now…

Barrett and Co Solicitors are finalists in the Law Society Excellence awards for Private Client work. We are extremely proud of our Private Client legal team which has been officially shortlisted for the prestigious Law Society Excellence Award, the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales! If you would like to see our…

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