Staff News – Director Appointment

We are pleased to announce that Kevin Grant has accepted an offer to become a Director at Harland & Co. Kevin has been with us since 2006 and has provided a wide range of Civil Litigation and Employment Law services to clients. Over the last 5 years Kevin has also developed a full Private Client […]

Privacy – Use of Surveillance Cameras

A case in the Oxford County Court highlighted the factual balance that often needs to be struck in deciding the lawfulness of surveillance activities when set against conflicting rights to privacy. A homeowner had placed several cameras about his property, ostensibly for surveillance reasons to protect his home and car. However, the range of view […]

IHT 205 forms

On 1 January 2022 the Inheritance Tax (Delivery of Accounts)(Excepted Estates)(Amendment) Regulations 2020 come into force. This regulation confirms that administrators for a person domiciled in the UK with an excepted estate, who dies on or after 1 January 2022, no longer needs to complete the IHT 205 or IHT 217 (where applicable). However, the process […]

Court fees increase – 30th September 2021

Court fees for civil cases have been increased from 30th September 2021. The latest increase comes after the Government’s response to consultation within the sector. As ever, the issue has been to permit the proper funding of the court system whilst seeking to maintain access to justice. For claims on the Fast Track (value between […]

Inheritance Tax, is it the one to watch?

By Dorothy Appleby At the beginning of this year I found myself reading article after article following the UK Government’s Office for Tax Simplification report about the failings of our convoluted inheritance tax system. They had proposed monumental, sweeping reforms including scrapping the nil rate band system altogether, along with all the extensive exemptions and […]

Personal Injury – Small Claims Track Increase

Changes to the Civil Procedure Rules are finally due to come into force in May 2021 in respect of damages for pain and suffering caused by whiplash arising out of certain Road Traffic Accidents. Under the new rules, a potential claimant will not be able to recover their legal costs if the value of the […]

Lasting Powers of Attorney – Health & Welfare

Since 1st October 2007, it has been possible for clients to create Powers of Attorney (LPAs) to allow their appointed attorney to manage their future health & welfare needs, at a time when the client is no longer able to make those decisions for themselves. This type of LPA only becomes valid once registered with the Office […]

National Lockdown – 2

The new national lockdown came into force in England at 12.01am on Thursday 5 November and will last until at least Wednesday 2 December. The government has now published the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions (England) No 4) Regulation 2020. Courts remain open to deal with matters and we are continuing to provide litigation services, including […]

Making a Will during Coronavirus

Despite Government restrictions following the Covid-19 outbreak we are still open for business and continue to progress with existing matters and take new instructions.  Naturally we have had to change the way we work and to protect both our clients’ and our own health our office is shut to visitors.  However, whilst traditional face to […]