Dealing with Social Media Estates and Digital Assets

Dealing with a social media estates and digital assets Dealing with a deceased person’s estate involves gathering in their assets and distributing them in accordance with their will. If there is no will the ‘rules of intestacy’ apply. Finding out what assets a person had used to…


Probate Fee Increases – are they really just a sneaky stealth tax?

The government’s recent announcement to increase probate fees has drawn significant criticism from many parties. Andrew Milburn, Head of our Probate and Estate Administration department discusses why. What are Probate Fees? Probate Fees are fees payable to the Probate Registry when an application…


The ten steps to buying a home

Unless you are lucky enough to have won or been given money to buy a house outright. You will need to save for a deposit and borrow money. Saving for a deposit Buyers are usually required to provide a deposit of 5% of the price of the property being purchased. If you are saving for a deposit it is…


How can you plan to make things easier for your family and loved ones

If you are no longer able to make life decisions for yourself a Lasting Power of Attorney makes life easier for your family or loved ones. There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney: Lasting Power of Attorney – Property and financial affairs This type of Lasting Power of Attorney deals…


New head of Dispute Resolution: Paul Sykes

Last month, we welcomed Paul Sykes as the new head of Dispute Resolution. Paul was previously a valued member of our Dispute Resolution team for over 20 years, and re-joins after a period of working at two other leading Yorkshire firms. He has over 32 years’ experience in commercial and civil…


Paying for litigation cases

Litigation can often be an expensive and lengthy process. People are often not aware that paying for litigation costs out of your own pocket is not your only option. A fundamental principle to be aware of in litigation is that ‘the loser pays the winners costs’. This means that should you be…


Joining insurers into court proceedings: case update

The Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 (“the Act”) came into force in August 2016. It has proven to be of undoubted significance insurers and those bringing claims against insured parties. The aim of the Act was to streamline the process of third parties enforcing rights against…


With friends like these… Professional negligence and free advice

The Court of Appeal’s recent judgment in Lejonvarn v Burgess and Another [2017] EWCA Civ 254 decided that the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) had correctly found that a professional consultant owed a duty of care in tort for services that she performed (without charge) for her friends.…


Rectification of Contracts by the Court

As a general rule, a Court will not intervene in the terms of a contract. This means that the Court will not allow you to escape a deal that you later regret. The Court does, however, have limited powers of rectification. These allow the Court to intervene in a written contract to correct it.…