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…

As family lawyers we do appreciate that many parties are concerned about the potential of having to apply to Court where they may feel that is the only real option to them if they are in conflict with the other party (and this can apply to all cases including where parties are married, were former…

Please note, this page, published in December 2020, will not be updated to reflect changing legislation. Keep up to date with government furlough regulations on our Furloughed Workers page. The Government announced on 5 November 2020 a further significant extension to the CJRS, which will now remain in place until 31 March 2021. There will…

“Is that a multi-storey residential dwelling where your barn used to be?”  Every commercial property lawyer is fascinated by the alchemy performed by land promoters and planning specialists.  The Midas touch of an acceptable planning permission transforms even the muddiest agricultural field into a pile of gold for the owner – or so the legend…

It is no secret that the property market is currently booming with assistance from the Government’s temporary reduction in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) from the 8th July 2020 to the 31st March 2021 – but how has it impacted those working within the sector? In these unusual times, property solicitors are seeing a significant…

In response to increasing demand for our Private Client services, Barrett & Co is delighted to make a new partner announcement. Senior Solicitor, Jane Whitfield, has stepped up as the firm seeks to develop further the specialist area in which Jane practises. Senior Partner, Hilary Buckle, said of Jane’s promotion: “In this incredibly unsettling and…

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