Central list of work

Here is information on the work that the firm will/will not undertake.

Private Client Department

Work undertaken:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Affairs of the Eldering including Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection
  • Some Land Registration work and Declarations of Trust
  • Inheritance Tax Planning

Work not undertaken:

  • International tax planning
Family Department

Work undertaken:

  • Divorce
  • Financial claims
  • Trusts of Land/cohabitee claims
  • Children Act matters including public and private law (subject to the exception below)
  • Inheritance Act Claims
  • Family mediation
  • Separation agreements
  • Pre-Nuptial agreements
  • Family injunctions

Work not undertaken:

  • International child abduction
  • Work on behalf of Fathers for Justice
  • Dealing with Appeals to Child Maintenance Service
Residential Conveyancing

Work undertaken:

  • Freehold Sale and Purchase
  • Leasehold Sale and Purchase
  • Auction Sales and Purchases
  • New Build Freehold/Leasehold Purchase
  • Shared Equity Sale and Purchase
  • Help to Buy Sale and Purchase
  • Remortgage
  • Mortgage
  • Lease Extensions  (NB – need to be reviewed with Helen Porter if Statutory Notices required)
  • Deed of Easement
  • Deed of Variation
  • Deed of Grant
  • Transfer of Equity
  • Transfer of part
  • First Registrations
  • Equity Release Sale and Purchase
  • Purchasing Mobile Homes

Work not undertaken:

  • Advising on or witnessing signatures to a Mortgage Deed where we are not acting for the client or the lender
  • ID forms where we are not acting for the client or they are not existing clients
Injury

Work undertaken:

  • Accidents at work
  • Serious injury claims including brain, spinal and amputation claims
  • Public liability and highways claims
  • Trips, slips and falls
  • Accidents in the home
  • Occupier’s liability/defective premises claims
  • Accidents on holiday
  • Product defects
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Industrial disease including:
    • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
    • Industrial deafness
    • Vibration white finger (VWF)
    • Work related upper limb disorder
    • Stress or anxiety
    • Mesothelioma
    • Lung cancer
    • Non-malignant lung and pleural disorders, including
    • Asbestosis
    • Pleural thickening
    • Pleural effusions
    • Respiratory diseases
    • Asthma
  • Other types of injury including -
    • Animal related injuries
    • Needlestick injuries
    • Sport injuries
    • Accident at nursery, school, college or university
    • Accidents in the home (e.g rented properties)
    • Occupiers liability claims/Defective Premises Act claims
    • Public liability
    • Highways claims
    • Diseases – other industrial respiratory diseases including asthma

Work not undertaken

We do not accept instructions in Clinical Negligence/Medical Negligence cases or in any other matters not listed above.

Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Work undertaken:

  • Commercial disputes and property and land related disputes – commercial and residential, including:
    • Landlord and tenant
    • Forfeiture/repossession and breach of tenancy
    • Rent arrears
    • Boundary disputes
    • Rights of way
    • Village greens
    • Trees
    • Dilapidations
    • Service charge and ground rents
    • Mortgage repossession
  • Restrictive covenants and easements
  • Professional negligence
  • Commercial disputes, including contracts, intellectual property, companies, partnerships
  • Applications for restoration of companies and other procedural applications under the Companies Act
  • Shareholders disputes
  • Defamation and passing off
  • Debt collection for corporate and individual clients, including creditor bankruptcy and winding up proceedings
  • Setting aside judgments
  • Enforcement of judgments
  • Agency work
  • Creation of assured shorthold tenancy agreements
  • Residential right to manage, collective enfranchisement, lease extensions (statutory)
  • Sale and supply of goods and services, including small building projects
  • Employment – enforcement of post termination restrictive covenants

Work not undertaken:

  • Planning and environmental law
  • JCT Constructions disputes
  • Education
  • Local Government
  • Immigration
  • Debtor corporate bankruptcy/insolvency
  • Legal Aid
Company Commercial

Work undertaken:

  • Business sales and purchases
  • Share sales and purchases
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Articles of association
  • LLP and partnership agreements
  • Business contracts - reviewing and creating and in particular:
    • Technology
    • IT and ecommerce
    • Franchising
    • Facilities management
    • Foreign
    • Intellectual Property (trademarks, patents, designs)
    • Self employed or service company consultancy
  • Terms and conditions of business
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Websites
  • Data protection
  • New businesses
  • Licensing (including alcohol and other forms of regulated entertainment)
  • Bank documents
  • Investment agreements
  • Joint ventures and collaboration agreements

Work not undertaken:

  • Public listings
  • Regulated loan agreements
  • Financial Services regulatory advice
  • Construction contracts
  • Corporate insolvency advice
  • Tax Planning
Commercial Property

Work undertaken:

  • All aspects of commercial property transactions including freehold or leasehold disposals and acquisitions (i.e shops, offices, cafes, warehouses, industrial units, hotels, pubs, hairdressers etc)
  • Commercial non contentious landlord and tenant matters acting for both landlords and tenants and including portfolio management (licences to assign, underlet and alter, deeds of surrender etc)
  • All aspect of commercial development work including advising on and negotiating S106 agreements and unilateral undertakings; Joint venture agreements; site assembly; option and overage agreements and pre-emption agreements acting for both developers and landowners.
  • All aspects of secured lending including commercial re-mortgages, separate representation of Banks, security over residential property to secure business debts; providing separate legal representation to borrowers and/or banks to re-mortgages. Acting for high street lenders (where we are on the panel) or private lending, secured over residential or commercial property.  
  • Production of documentation packs for sale by auction and acting on the purchase of property at auction.
  • Lease extensions and Enfranchisement.
  • We have a particular specialism in Retail Property; the leisure industry including Pubs and Hotels; Petrol Stations. We also provide advice to parties purchasing property for personal pension schemes and manage portfolios on behalf of such clients.
  • Acquisitions of development sites (built or unbuilt), setting up estates and plot sales
  • Non contentious landlord and tenant work including the grant or renewal of new leases, acting for landlord or tenant.
  • Buying or selling freehold or leasehold/portfolios.
  • Charities and Church related work (redevelopment of redundant churches and acting for church bodies e.g PCC’s)

Work not undertaken:

  • Creation of Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreements
  • Advice on Personal Guarantees other than for existing clients or where referred by a work referrer
  • Advice regarding TUPE in relation to property sales
  • Dealing with right to manage
  • Planning Advice
  • Tax advice including VAT and SDLT (save straight forward SDLT return forms completed as agent for the client)
  • Acting on complex residential sales and purchases or those for established clients
  • Acting on routine conveyancing transactions i.e. sale and purchase of houses, remortgages and transfers of equity
  • High value residential transactions including sales and purchases
  • Dealing with basic trust documentation.
Employment

Work Undertaken:

  • Employee advice
    • Employee claims
    • Unfair dismissal
    • Discrimination
    • Breach of contract
    • Breach of covenants
    • Contract disputes
    • Settlement agreements
  • Employer advice
    • Defending ET claims:
      • Unfair dismissal
      • Breach of contract
      • Equal pay (private sector)
      • Unlawful deduction from wages
      • Discrimination:
        • Gender
        • Age
        • Race
        • Disability
    • Peace of Mind support service with health & safety
    • Human Resources disciplinary and capability investigations
    • Contracts
    • Directors' service agreements
    • Consultancy agreements
    • Staff handbooks and employers policies
  • Training Workshops
    • HR Training Services
    • In house
    • External

Work not undertaken:

  • Public Sector equal pay
  • Armed Forces personnel
  • Police Officer disputes
  • Taxation advice
  • Immigration (any such work in this field is referred to a third party firm)
  • Publicly funded work
Financial Services

Work undertaken:

  • Lump sum investments
  • Investment advice to Trustees/Attorneys/Deputy
  • Advising on clients going into both residential/nursing care
  • Inheritance tax planning
  • General financial reviews
  • General Insurance:
    • Life Assurance for individuals
    • Keyman Business protection
    • Critical Illness plans
    • Income Protection plans
  • Retirement planning both post and pre retirement

Work not undertaken:

  • Mortgages – both residential and buy to let
  • Equity Release Schemes
  • Transferring of company pension schemes
  • Selling/buying of shares
  • Immediate care annuities

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