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
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 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

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
    • 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
  • Intellectual property registrations
  • 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 sales and purchases of freehold and leasehold property
  • 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 agreements and pre-emption agreements acting for both developers and landowners
  • All aspects of secured lending including commercial remortgages, separate representation of banks, security over residential property to secure business debts; providing separate legal representation to borrowers and/or banks to remortgage
  • 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, and 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 (i.e. shops, cafes, warehouses, hotels, pubs, hairdressers etc)
  • 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 TUP 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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