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Property price drop could tempt pre-Christmas buyers

Property prices coming to the market have dropped by an average of £2,044 or 0.6%, according to the latest data from Rightmove’s House Price Index.  Buyer demand is still high – the average time it took to secure a buyer for a property was 36 days in October this year,...

Road safety tips to teach kids of all ages

Photo credit: Ben Wicks, Unsplash.  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 wh...

Why were smart motorways created?

Our Serious Injury Solicitor, Rob Jones, explains how smart motorways came about, how to stay safe on smart motorways and what happens if someone has a collision… Smart motorways were first trialled in the UK in 2006. There are now approximately 500 miles of smart moto...

Can I sue if a dog bites me or my child?

In the last decade hospital admissions for dog attacks rose by 76%, according to figures released by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. RSPCA figures show that 37 people have been killed by dogs between 1991 and 2016, 28 of which were attacked by dogs that ar...

Do I need to update my Will if I get married?

True or False: “100% of your estate automatically goes to your spouse if you die” The average married couple seems to share everything – but if one of you were to die without a will, do you think your estate would automatically pass to the other? Common misunderstandings abo...

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 homeownership; starting when an offer on the property is accepted and ending when the new owner receives the keys to their new home. It m...

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 prenuptial agreement? Prenuptia...

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 intrusion – but on other oc...

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. Sites like Facebook and Instagram allow us a d...

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. There are major concerns about th...

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 strict legal guidelines in ord...

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-scooter riders are unlike...

North sees property market go from strength-to-strength

The extension of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday and the rising buyer demands has resulted in a property boom for the North West, North East and Yorkshire. Over two-thirds of properties for sale in these areas are listed for less than £250,000. Before the pandemic, fi...

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. Here are some of our favouri...

COVID update – Our legal services remain open

Our offices have reopened We are delighted to reopen our offices to visitors. The health and wellbeing of you and our staff is important to everyone and we will be doing what we can to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. Our Leyland, Chorley, Morecambe, Preston, Manche...

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 cryptocurrency when they die? We ta...

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 30th June. Home purchase...

Help to Buy deadline extended to 31st May 2021

The deadline for homebuyers to take advantage of the current Help to Buy scheme has been extended to the 31st May 2021.  The Help to Buy equity loan scheme enables people to buy a new-build home with a 5% deposit. The government tops the deposit up with a 20% loan, which rem...

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 several ways you can ach...

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 of a marriage’. You can o...

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 medical mistake or poor care m...

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 for Road Traffic Victims a...

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 physical high street offices and...

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 pedestrians and drivers.  When...

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 crackdown on drivers usin...

Do I need a divorce lawyer if we agree on everything?

It is not unheard of for a marriage to have broken down and for both parties to agree that divorce is the best choice. You may wonder if you need an expert divorce lawyer to assist you through the divorce process. Whilst it is not set in stone that you must instruct a lawyer...

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 to be dealt with when you...

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 if I don’t...

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, sharing pictures, and chat...

Conveyancing Process Steps for Buyers and Sellers

The conveyancing process differs from case to case, but generally there is an order to it. Here’s a rough breakdown of what you can expect from conveyancing, whether you’re a buyer or seller! The Conveyancing Process for the Seller You agree the sale price with the buyer and...

Civil Partnerships extended to opposite-sex couples

From this week, couples of the opposite sex will be able to register their intent for a civil partnership. After a hard-fought campaign and legal challenge spanning half a decade from the Equal Civil Partnership Campaign Group, with campaigners Dr Rebecca Steinfeld and Charl...

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 but mighty city of Prest...

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 need to make sure that yo...

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 at life in the community...

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 commercial property? There are m...

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 at life in the Merseysid...

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 always clear who can legal...

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 validity of Wills.   Why should...

6 reasons to go for a new-build house

From January to March this year 162,270 new houses were built by private developers, with plenty more on the way later this year. There are several reasons to opt for a new-build house, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Here are just a few of the best reasons to buy a...

5 best cities to move to for your career

Fanatical about finance tech? Crazy about the creative industry? No matter what career path you want to pursue (or are currently on!), there is a location for everyone in the UK. We’ve hand-picked five of the top twenty cities deemed some of the best places to further your c...

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Accommodation compensation change good news for injured

After a life changing injury, people often require a new home because their existing property can’t...

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Amputation compensation and clinical negligence

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