The short answer to that question is . . . not yet. In November’s newsletter, I wrote an article warning that the Government was about to bring in a massive increase to the fees charged to obtain probate. The proposed changes will increase probate court fees from the current cost of £215 (or £155 if…

Barrett and Co has an experienced Conveyancing team…here’s the latest article on Searches…. When purchasing a property, searches are an important part of the transaction. Searches give the purchaser and lender, if appropriate, further information about that property and the surrounding area.  There are three main searches that conveyancers tend to obtain on a purchase,…

We are pleased to introduce Vanessa Ruparel into our Private Client team here at Barrett & Co in Reading. She will be working alongside Hilary Buckle, Jane Whitfield, Charlotte Fox and Charlotte Corcoran. Vanessa has joined the team as a newly qualified solicitor working in particular on the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney…

Piers Galton-Becque Piers joined Barrett & Co in August 2018 as the Commercial department’s Legal Support Assistant before becoming a trainee solicitor in December 2018. He studied Law at Reading University graduating in 2017 before completing the LPC along with a Master’s in Law & Business, where he obtained a Commendation. Piers has worked for…

Ah golf.  That sport (? – pastime) much beloved of aspiring professionals. Capable of taking up infinite amounts of two things which for any working person are in short supply: time and money.  And for what? For what indeed. Few things can compare to the pleasure of standing over a stationary golf ball on a…

Nick Buckle has been given the chance to run for the London Legal Support Trust at the Big Half Marathon on 10 March 2019. The half marathon, also know as the Vitality Half, is held in London and is in its second year. It was heavily publicised at its conception and as such, it has…

The Government have recently announced a draft bill which would stop alleged abusive ex-partners from cross examining their victims. This practice, which had been banned in the Criminal Courts, but not in the family Courts, occurred when the defendant did not have legal representation. The Criminal Courts could however make Orders which would prevent the…

When an owner of commercial business premises agrees to grant permission for those premises to be occupied by a third party, it is important to consider whether the occupation should be on the basis of a lease, a licence or a tenancy at will, as each option has its own advantages and disadvantages. Firstly, we…

To get into the Christmas spirit in the final week before Christmas we held our own bake off. The rules were simple, to bake something with a Christmassy theme. This year we had eight entrants including 2017’s winner, our Senior Partner, Hilary Buckle. Throughout the week there was an array of delicious bakes, including coconut…

2018 has been a successful year for Barrett & Co and a year of great change with office moves, new starters, Trainee Solicitors qualifying and numerous new clients coming through our doors. We have been extremely grateful to all of our clients that have shared their views about us on social media and websites providing…

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