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Your Guide to Conveyancing Costs

Every year, around 4-5% of people move house in the UK. Moving homes comes with extra costs such as conveyancing, insurance, mortgage fees and estate agency fees. We’re here today to let you know what to expect when it comes to conveyancing costs, wh...

How much is my injury claim worth?

From time to time we all hear news headlines about a claimant being awarded hundreds of thousands and, occasionally, millions of pounds in compensation. Sometimes those stories involve fantastically large sums paid to celebrities after media intrusio...

The role of social media in divorce

Social media usage is growing by the day, and so is it’s impact on our relationships. Since social media’s launch in the early 2000s, it has gone from strength to strength and changed the way in which we interact with the world....

Are Smart Motorways Safe?

At present, there are 500 miles of smart motorways in the UK, with a further 300 miles planned by 2025. Smart motorways are sections of the motorway that use technology to reduce congestion, though they have received a lot of negative press....

Road safety tips to teach your kids at home

No matter how old your children are, it’s always a good idea to keep their knowledge fresh. Whether they’ve just started nursery or they’re in their last year of school, there’s always something about road safety you can teach your kids – even...

Can you sue your employer for workplace stress?

Now that lockdown is coming to an end, many of us are expected to come back into the office, at least as part of a hybrid work-from-home/in-office arrangement. The last official statistics have revealed that 595,000 people have suffered from work-rel...

Should I make a prenuptial agreement?

Although prenuptial agreements may sound like an unromantic topic to talk about, they are arguably the best way to ensure there is as little conflict as possible over property and financial assets should your marriage come to an end. What is a prenup...

Can I sue if I am hit by an e-scooter?

The simple answer to whether you can make a compensation claim for an e-scooter collision is ‘yes’ if your injuries are caused solely or in part by the negligence of the rider. However, the law surrounding the use of e-scooters is unclear and many e-...

Pro Packing Tips for Moving House

Did you know? The average distance moved by homeowners is 10 miles, according to research from Really Moving. No matter how far you’re moving house, it will inevitably mean lots of packing – and lots of packing means lots of planning....

What happens to cryptocurrency when we die?

Presently, there are over 1,600 different cryptocurrencies in the world. Bitcoin is by far the most popular cryptocurrency at the moment, with 32 million Bitcoin wallets set and 7.1 million active Bitcoin users.  What happens to a person’s cryptocurr...

Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday extended to end of June

The Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday has been extended until 30th June 2021, announced Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak while delivering the spring Budget.  Properties with a value of up to £500,000 won’t be subject to SDLT costs until after...

11 ways you can add value to your property

The average house price in the UK is £250,772, according to the latest available data from the official UK House Price Index – a year-on-year increase of 8.9%.   However, if you’re looking to maximise the value of your property, there are...

What are the grounds for divorce?

If you believe your marriage has broken down and you’re looking into divorce, it is important to know what the grounds for divorce actually are. In the United Kingdom, there is only one legal ground for divorce, which is the ‘irretrievable breakdown...

Eye Injury Claims: How much could you get?

During 2019/2020 there were around 13.4 million NHS eye tests conducted in England. Even though we’re facing a global pandemic, eye tests are still being carried out. The public are strongly encouraged to attend their regular eye tests. Opticians all...

Amputation compensation and clinical negligence

The number of amputations performed in England and Wales each year due to an error or omission by a medical professional is very small, but they do happen and the consequences are physically and mentally devastating. If a person suspects that a medic...

Getting help for domestic violence and abuse

Trigger warning: domestic violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault Domestic violence and abuse has increased globally during the pandemic, according to a number of reports.  One of the reasons for leaving your home during lockdown is, rightly so, to...

Are will writing kits in shops any good?

The temptation to write your own will at home to save some money can be tempting. However, as wills are complex legal documents, they have to be written and executed in a certain way and trained professional solicitors will ensure they meet the stric...

Road Crash Victims Remembered

A virtual service to remember those who have died or been injured on our roads will be held in Liverpool this weekend on Sunday November 15, at 2pm. RoadPeace NorthWest has organised the remembrance as part of the charity’s World Day of Remembrance f...

Stamp Duty Land Tax cut to help the housing market

With immediate effect the Chancellor has announced a temporary cut to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on the first £500,000 for all property sales in England and Northern Ireland. The SDLT holiday will last until March 31 next year to help boost the prope...

Our Leyland office opens on Wednesday, July 1

We believe that our legal services are essential services, especially during periods of uncertainty and major change, which is why we have never stopped working since the Covid-19 lockdown began. We had to work a little differently, close our physica...

Do pedestrians always have right of way on roads?

The short answer to this question is no. Many of us are stepping outside once a day to make the most of our exercise regime during this difficult time. It is a good time to remind ourselves how to observe the law and keep safe when it comes to pedest...

Crackdown on drivers using mobile phones

Rob Jones, Associate Solicitor for our Serious & Catastrophic Injury team, discusses the nationwide campaign to encourage drivers not to use their mobile phones on the road. Last year the National Police Chiefs Council ran a national campaign to...

What happens during a divorce?

If your marriage has broken down and you’re thinking of divorce, it is important to understand what happens during the divorce process. ‘Divorce’ refers to the official ending of your marriage contract. There are several other matters that will need...

Why make a financial LPA?

You may have heard a lot about Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPA), but have you considered making a Financial one? There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorneys, Health and Welfare and Property and Financial affairs.   ...

What happens to your online life after you die?

Around 67% of the UK population are regular users of social media – that’s over 45 million people! The majority of us are active on our accounts every single day. Sometimes we can’t even go hours without checking it, posting on our timelines, s...

Moving to…Preston

As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food & drink, education, transport, culture & attractions and much more.  This month we head to the small...

Where should I keep my Will? 

A Will is a very important document – so where should you keep it?  There are plenty of options and no legal requirements as to where you keep your Will.  However, some options are better than others. When deciding where to keep your Will, you...

Be Safe: Firework Safety this Bonfire Night

‘Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot!’ Winter is on the horizon, the long nights are drawing in and toffee apples are springing up in supermarkets. There’s a lot of Autumn excitement around this time of year with Hallo...

What is Conveyancing?

Put simply, conveyancing is the act of transferring property from one person to another. It’s essentially the legal ‘legwork’ involved in home ownership; starting when an offer on the property is accepted and ending when the new owner receives the ke...

Moving to…Chorley

As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food and drink, education, transport, culture and attractions and much more.  This month we take a closer at look...

Preparing to sell your commercial property

Not only does commercial property account for 13% of the value of all buildings in the UK, the actual value itself was £883 million according to latest data.  So, the question is, what’s the best way to go about preparing for the sale of your commerc...

Moving to…Southport

As part of our new Moving to… series we take a look at some of the most popular areas to live in. We’ll cover the local property market, food and drink, education, transport, culture and attractions and much more.  This month we take a closer at look...

What to do when someone dies without a Will

Making a will has many advantages. However, many people die without leaving a valid will and this then poses two big questions: • “Who is entitled to deal with the estate?” and • “Who will inherit?” When someone dies without making a Will, it isn’t a...

Why might a Will be invalid?

Many people mistakenly believe if they write a Will, that’s all they need to do. However, as life goes on, personal and financial circumstances can change, which may affect the terms of your Will.   The law sets out the rules which govern the validit...

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