This month we witnessed National Grief Awareness Week from the 2nd-8th December and this year, perhaps more than any other year, highlights the importance of recognising grief, supporting those experiencing grief and becoming aware of the support systems available. Barrett and Co Solicitors are proud to support and work alongside the Good Grief Trust and…

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…

Who will pay for litigation and how much it will cost are two of the most frequently asked questions by clients. A common response is that “it depends”. Below I explore that answer. Before court proceedings commence Each party bears their own costs and generally you cannot recover your costs from the other party. The…

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…

For many separated or divorcing families, this Christmas period may be the first school holiday where everyone is living separately. Organising time with your family can become complicated and this can lead to tensions between parents and children alike, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. If this is the first separated Christmas it…

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,…

Richard Ince of Barrett and Co Solicitors in Reading maintains top three property conveyancing ranking according to independent website Three Best Rated. With conveyancing, the legal element of buying and selling property, under intense pressure because of the Stamp Duty Holiday until March 31st (on properties up to £500,000) it’s great to know that Barrett…

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…

For those who have had to undertake the task of obtaining a Grant of Probate recently, you may have noticed that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic seems to be affecting turnaround times on various key parts of the process, right from the start with the “Tell Us Once” government service, all the way through to the…

I hope that this article explains some of the work that we do as a Private Client Solicitors in the award-winning Barrett & Co team. It is a rainy Wednesday in November and in the main I am working from home. As a Will writer I have been given ‘key worker’ status, so I go…

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