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11 ways you can add value to your property

The average house price in the UK is £299,249. according to the latest available data from the official UK House Price Index – a year-on-year increase of 11.9%.  However, if you’re looking to maximise the value of your property, there are...

Moving to…Leyland

We started our Moving to… blog series before the pandemic. We took a break but now we’re back! 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 attra...

What are the changes to divorce law in the UK?

In April this year, the way people can divorce changed in the UK. You don’t need to ‘blame’ a partner for anything and the only ground is that your marriage or civil partnership has irretrievably broken down. The old divorce law Before the change, yo...

Intestacy Rules in the UK: Dying Without a Will

Writing a Will seems like an upsetting task to tick off from your to-do list. However, it can save your loved ones a lot of pain and hassle if you have a Will in place. Not only can it bring you peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out afte...

Can I claim for a bicycle injury?

This year the Highway Code introduced a Hierarchy of Road Users. Pedestrians are at the top of the hierarchy, so they will have right of way. But cyclists are second on the hierarchy, meaning they have right of way over other vehicles such as cars an...

Ask the expert: What does a conveyancer do?

People regularly go through the process of buying a new house, but they are often unaware of how important the conveyancing process can be. In this blog, we answer some of your most frequently asked quickfire conveyancing questions: When do I need to...

Why is it important to make a Will?

According to the latest stats, 59% of UK adults haven’t yet made a Will. Of the entire population, a whopping 53% have never thought about making a Will. It just seems to be one of those things that we never think to tick off our to-do list…even thou...

What are the new Highway Code Rules?

New rules will be added to the UK’s Highway Code on Saturday 29th January 2022. The changes, including 49 amendments to existing rules, will depend on a final green light from parliament. The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will update t...

What is a typical e-scooter collision injury?

The number of e-scooters on our roads and pavements is increasing rapidly and it is not a surprise that the rise in the popularity of e-scooters is also fuelling a rise in related injuries. As the legal and medical professions try to catch up with th...

10 Road Safety Myths Busted

When it comes to the rules of the road, it can be tricky to figure out what’s true and what’s just a myth. Every 20 minutes, someone is killed or seriously injured in a road traffic collision, so it’s crucial that we keep ourselves updated with what...

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 y...

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 approximatel...

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...

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

What is a Lasting Powers of Attorney? The government website defines an LPA as: “a legal document that lets you (the ‘donor’) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on your behalf. This gives...

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? Com...

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 key...

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...

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. Sites like Facebook a...

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 ar...

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...

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. Her...

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, M...

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...

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 w...

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...

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...

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