In our December 2019 article we discussed the possibilities of beneficiaries bringing a claim against an invalid Will. Although this is possible, it can be incredibly difficult for a person to prove that a Will is invalid. Therefore, to save time and costs, a potential beneficiary can choose to accept the final Will of the…

You may well be wondering if you have read the title correctly … are Barrett & Co really a department store rather than a firm of solicitors? Many solicitors’ firms are situated close to shopping areas and this juxtaposition caused me to reflect upon the similarities between the services which solicitors provide; and the items…

Anybody who is currently in the process of selling or buying a property might recall on the Property Information Form that is provided at the outset of the process the following question: “Is the property affected by Japanese Knotweed?” When compared to some of the other questions presented on the Property Information Form, it might…

Prospective purchasers sometimes question the needs for searches in the conveyancing process. In day to day conveyancing, all parties are under time pressure to complete the transaction and therefore it is not uncommon for purchasers to look at what option they may have to shorten the process in order to “get the deal done”. Practitioners…

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…

Rebecca has been working within our Private Client department as a Legal Support Assistant and has now progressed to Trainee Solicitor where she will assist Hilary Buckle, Jane Whitfield, Charlotte Fox and Vanessa Ruparel in a variety of different matters including Wills, Powers of Attorney and the administration of estates. Prior to starting her training…

Since 2018, Litigants in Person (people who do not have legal representation) and 100 law firms have been able to complete their divorce applications online. This was part of a pilot scheme that was launched. HMCTS has now extended the pilot scheme so that all legal practitioners are now able to complete the divorce process…

The new decade has ushered in a plethora of proposed new law that could have huge implications for couples and families. A total of 84 private members’ bills are currently making their way through parliament. This article highlights those that are likely to have the largest impact in relation to Private Client matters. Increase in…

Each year at Barrett & Co Solicitors LLP we close our doors for an afternoon in December for our Christmas party which, this year, was a team Treasure Hunt which took our Teams across Reading and the surrounding areas. The firm was split into two teams with each team having two sub-teams; one of which…

Independent review website Three Best Rated has once again rated Paul as one of the top three family solicitors in Reading. Paul has been a Partner for many years at Barrett and Co Solicitors LLP and has been advising on family disputes and divorce as his speciality. Family law is a wide-ranging term for the…

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