The end of an era; insolvency exemption on funding provisions will end in April 2016

Thursfields Staff Member 101

In a ministerial statement published on 17 December 2015, the government announced that the reforms to litigation funding in relation to insolvency proceedings will come into force in April 2016. Proceedings brought by liquidators, administrators and trustees in bankruptcy to recover the assets of the insolvent estate will no longer be excluded from the effect…

Cake Bake in aid of the Hereford and Worcester Princes Trust

Christmas Cake Bake

Thursfields newly established Junior Lawyer Committee’s held it’s first charitable event on Friday 11 December 2015 which saw employees across all five offices, competing in a ‘Great British Bake Off”.  Directors within each office judged the wonderful baked creations and our very own Paul Hollywood, Managing Director, Nick O’Hara crowned the star baker, Lisa Meola,…

Bye Bye to Buy-to Let?

On November 25th, the Chancellor announced new changes to the Spending Review and Autumn Statement which revealed additional rates of SDLT that will apply to acquisitions of additional residential property with effect from 1 April 2016. The significant changes mean the SDLT payable on a typical £275,000.00 buy to let home or second home would…

Thursfields Celebrates Success of Young Entrepreneurs

Thursfields Staff Member 105

Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard, a solicitor at Thursfields, has judged this year’s Young Enterprise Scheme at Worcester Cathedral. Lauren is an accredited specialist in governance for the third sector and is responsible for Thursfields Education Sector offering. Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity. Company Programme, its flagship learning experience is a live…

Death Bed Gifts – the importance of an up to date Will

Thursfields Staff Member 104

The recent appeal case of King v Chiltern Dog Rescue & Redwings Horse Sanctuary reinforces the importance of having an up to date Will. This case concerned the gift of the deceased’s house to her nephew by way of handing over the Title Deeds to her property when she was nearing the end of her…

Personal Insolvency Update

Thursfields Staff Member 105

Can previous unsuccessful arguments be repeated at a hearing to set aside a second identical statutory demand? In the recent decision of Harvey v Dunbar Assets Plc [2015] EWHC 3355 (Ch) (26 November 2015) the high court held that a debtor who unsuccessfully raised an argument at an application to set aside a statutory demand…

Thursfields Offers Insight and Expertise to RGS Debating Society

Thursfields Staff Member 105

Thursfields are proud to be sponsoring the RGS Worcester Debating Society for a second year. Solicitor Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard who co-ordinates Thursfields education sector said, ‘Thursfields is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the RGS Worcester Debating Society, allowing us to enrich our existing links with the school.’ After a successful 2014-15 which saw the RGS…

Have you got a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Thursfields Staff Member 104

If the answer is no, you are not alone! Since being introduced in 2007, the take up on Lasting Powers of Attorney has been relatively low. There may be many reasons for this but most clients say it is due to not realising how important they can be and their fear that the process will…

Time for a break? Break clauses in commercial leases and apportioned rent

Thursfields Staff Member 105

The eagerly awaited Supreme Court judgement in Marks and Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd & another [2015] UKSC 72 was handed down today, and provides clarification on the right for a tenant to reclaim the apportioned rent (payable in advance) which covered the “expired” term of the rent period,…

When Is A Will Not A Will

dispute resolution team member Mark Pittaway

The law has long recognised that one is allowed to leave one’s property to whomsoever one wishes to leave it.  A Will is called a Will for a reason. It reflects the wishes of the maker.  In most cases that is indeed true and there are a number of other reasons why we all ought…

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