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
  • 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
  • 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
    • 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:

    • Property and Land related disputes – Commercial and Residential i.e Landlord and Tenant, forfeiture/repossession and breach of tenancy, rent arrears, boundary disputes, rights of way, village greens, trees, dilapidations, service charges and ground rents, mortgage repossession.
    • Restrictive Covenants and Easements
    • Professional Negligence
    • Commercial Disputes – Contracts, the infringement of Intellectual Property rights, companies, partnerships
    • Applications for restoration of Companies and other procedural applications under the Companies Act
    • Shareholders disputes and misfeasance claims
    • Defamation and passing off
    • Debt collection for corporate and individual clients – 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 – High Court 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 outside of basic advice related to an existing property transaction.
    • Tax advice including VAT (other than on whether VAT is payable on a transaction purchase price of rent), CGT and Capital Allowances (save for advice on and the completion of SDLT return forms completed as agents 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
    • HR Consultancy
      • Recruitment and selection in-house support
      • Management of all levels of grievance and disciplinary meetings; investigation, grievance/disciplinary, appeal
      • Management of employee relations issues
      • HR support and consultancy on TUPE/restructure/change of contract
      • Full management of redundancy processes
      • Appraisal and 1-2-1 process development and training
      • Peripatetic HR support/cover

    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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