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Helen Martindale

Medical Negligence

We understand that pursuing a claim for Medical Negligence can be daunting. Client’s have many questions when they begin the process. The main questions we are asked are: How much will it cost?How long do I have to make a claim?How much compensation will I receive?How do I prove medical negligence? Below we look at each question in more detail: How much will it cost? No win, no fee funding can be available in medical negligence claims. This is also known as a conditional fee agreement [...]

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Ben Marsay

Negotiating a Commercial Lease – 5 Tips for a Tenant Negotiating a Lease:

Negotiating a new Lease with a Landlord can be a daunting task for any Tenant, particularly those starting a new business or being granted a Lease for the first time. Prior to the involvement of an Estate Agent or Solicitor, Tenants can often make mistakes when negotiating a commercial Lease and miss the opportunity to negotiate the inclusion of desirable clauses. Please see below five key considerations that a Tenant should think about when entering into the negotiation stage [...]

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A day in the life of a Paralegal

Hi, I’m Sam Mackrill and I work as a Paralegal in the Family Law team here at Pepperells Solicitors. I joined the company in November 2020 initially working in our Residential Business team. I subsequently moved to work in the Family team in March 2021. I hold a 2:1 Law degree from Keele University having graduated in July 2020. I was fortunate to be granted the opportunity to undertake work experience at Pepperells in our Scunthorpe office prior to my [...]

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Validation Orders – Pepperells Insolvency Department

When a company is served with a Winding Up Petition , they are then faced with the prospect of a winding up order being made by the Court, which forces them into compulsory liquidation (this is to forcibly shut them down). After winding up proceedings have commenced, a notice is typically posted in the Gazette alerting creditors of the ongoing insolvency proceedings. Once creditors become aware of the petition, banks will usually freeze the company’s bank account in order [...]

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The Debt Respite Scheme, known as “breathing space”.

The law around problem debt has changed. On Tuesday 4th May 2021, the government-led “Breathing Space” legislation came into force. What is this new legislation, and how does it affect you, or your business? Whether you owe money to a person or a company and are struggling to repay it, or whether you are an individual or business who is owed money by someone else, this new law is worth knowing about. So, what is ‘breathing space’? The Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing [...]

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Stuart Parker

How to deal with financial worries during divorce

Going through a divorce can be a difficult time that is often fraught with many uncertainties in particular those of a financial nature. It is frequently the case in relationships that one partner or spouse will be financially stronger than the other and sadly this superiority is often exploited. Where one spouse does not have sufficient ‘to make ends meet’ in terms of covering mortgage payments; household expenditure; servicing debt repayments and buying things for the children and no interim arrangements [...]

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A day in the life of a Trainee Solicitor

My name is Adam and I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Family Law Team at Pepperells Solicitors. I hold a First Class Degree in Law from the University of Lincoln along with an award for the Best Student in Family Law from my time at University. Being a Trainee Solicitor in the Family Team means that I am familiar with a contentious area of the law. This means that attending Court hearings is a regular feature of my [...]

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blue stephenson

Non-disclosure in financial remedy proceedings

Going through a separation can be a difficult time that is often fraught with many uncertainties as to what the future will look like. Divorce does not separate the financial ties between you and it is therefore important to ensure that you get a financial order put in place as part of your divorce. A financial order will record the terms of settlement and can, if necessary, ensure that all future financial claims are dismissed to achieve a clean break [...]

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Amy Fletcher

If I do not make a Will, what will happen to my assets – the Intestacy Rules

Intestacy occurs where a person dies, leaving no valid Will. There is also such a thing as partial intestacy which can occur for example, where all of your named beneficiaries have died or where gifts included in your Will fail for other reasons. Therefore, even if you make a Will and it becomes outdated or is poorly drafted, the rules of intestacy can still be relevant to your Estate. Please make sure that you regularly review your Will and [...]

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Amy Fletcher

Can someone inherit from me even if I do not include them in my Will?

In England and Wales, we have testamentary freedom which means that we can leave our assets, after our deaths, to anyone we like. But is this really the case in practise? The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (IPFDA) allows certain people such as close family members and those that have been financially dependent upon us during our lifetimes, to make a claim against our Estate after our death. Their claim is for “reasonable financial provision” and the [...]

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