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Wards Solicitors praised and recommended in Legal 500 Guide 2022

It’s celebration time at Wards Solicitors as we have once again been recommended as a leading firm in the South West in the 2022 edition of the Legal 500, an independent guide to the UK’s best... Read full article

Menopause and the workplace – the hidden discrimination

The number of older women in the workforce is higher than it has ever been. In many sectors of the UK labour market, women outnumber men in employment and women between the ages of 55-64 are the fast... Read full article

Winding-Up Petitions & Statutory Demands effective from 1 October 2021

Is your bad debtor list shielded by these updated restrictions? The Government has recently announced that restrictions on Statutory Demands and Winding-up Petitions under the Corporate Insolvency... Read full article

Families could be caught out by inheritance tax as HMRC collections rise, SFE warns

Jenny Pierce, Managing Partner at Wards Solicitors and Regional Director of SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) has warned that inheritance tax (IHT) could be a ticking time bomb for many families,... Read full article

The Furlough Scheme is ending. What happens next?

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government has provided financial support to employers in the form of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme. The Scheme was... Read full article

Why inheritance claims by adult children aren’t always successful

Two adult daughters who allegedly nick-named their millionaire dad ‘the chequebook’ have failed in their attempt to bring a claim against his £2.2 million estate. The High Court decided that... Read full article

Should cryptocurrency be included in a divorce settlement?

When it comes to the financial side of divorce, couples are under a legal obligation to fully and frankly disclose their income and assets – and increasingly, that includes cryptocurrencies like... Read full article

Trust registration service – do you need to register your trust?

Changes to the way trusts must be registered came into force in October 2020 – and it’s important you know what you need to do and when. This is where Wards Solicitors’ specialist Trust... Read full article

Farmer’s final Will declared invalid – despite doctor confirming he had mental capacity

A bitter inheritance dispute which has torn yet another farming family apart has finally ended with the High Court setting aside the third and final Will of 84-year-old Evan Hughes. In what the judge... Read full article

Had an accident involving a rental e-scooter? Here’s what to do next

As anyone who lives in Bristol and Bath will know, renting an e-scooter and zipping round the city is an increasingly popular way to get around. Trials approved by the Department of Transport began... Read full article

Commercial eviction ban extended to March 2022

The ban on commercial evictions due to end this month has been extended again until 25 March 2022, to the dismay of many commercial landlords. Whilst an extension of the current moratorium has been... Read full article

New survey shows client satisfaction levels hit all time high, despite lockdown

An increase in online services, zoom consultations and socially distanced meetings held in gardens to get crucial documents signed safely – just some of the ways everyone at Wards Solicitors has... Read full article

Is a cohabitation agreement legally binding?

The number of people living together, or cohabiting, has soared during recent lockdowns with many deciding to move in together sooner than planned. In these circumstances, a cohabitation agreement is... Read full article

Buying a home in a conservation area – what do I need to know?

Fancy a home full of age and character? Chances are you could be buying in a conservation area. A study by the London School of Economics found that while houses in conservation areas often sell for... Read full article

The rise of the ‘predatory marriage’ – why calls for law reform are growing

The number of vulnerable people, often elderly, falling prey to so-called ‘predatory marriages’ is rising – which is why an MP is calling for an urgent change in the law. Fabian Hamilton MP... Read full article

‘No fault’ divorce coming next year

A definite date has finally been set for the long-awaited introduction of the ‘no fault’ divorce bill. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will come into force on 6 April 2022, at last... Read full article

Should employers allow pets in the office?

Many employees are working from home at the moment, alongside their pets.  Being around animals has long been declared as a way to lower people’s anxiety and stress and there have been muted calls... Read full article

New era for Wards Solicitors as it announces a new Managing Partner

Wards Solicitors has appointed a new Managing Partner, effective from 1 June. Jenny Pierce, who is Head of the Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity practice at Wards and is one of the firm’s long... Read full article

Living together or planning to? Here’s why you need a cohabitation agreement

You’re in love, you’re buying a property, you’re not married – do you really need a cohabitation agreement? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’ – and here are the reasons why. What legal... Read full article

Did you have a cycling accident in lockdown? You’re not alone

The popularity of cycling soared during the pandemic – with, sadly, an increase in accidents and injuries on the road as a result. In fact, reports show that by the end of April 2020, just over a... Read full article
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