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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

Careless whisper or careless Will? George Michael’s ex wins pay-out

George Michael’s former lover has won a share of the pop star’s fortune after successfully claiming he was wrongly left out of the singer’s Will. After a long legal battle, Kenny Goss has... Read full article

Is there a time limit on bringing a sexual abuse claim?

In cases involving personal injury, including sexual abuse and sexual assault cases, court proceedings must be commenced within 3 years from the ‘date of knowledge’, or 3 years from the... Read full article

Why married couples need to make sure their wills are up to date – and cover all eventualities

The importance of making a will which covers ‘what if’ scenarios, like dying at the same time as your spouse or shortly after, has been highlighted by a recent court case. Alan Bailey died... Read full article

Paws for thought…. avoiding road accidents and injury with dogs and other pets

There’s no doubt that the UK is nation of animal lovers.  More than half of the adult population own a pet, according to the PDSA’s most recent Paw Report 2020, and it seems that dogs are the... Read full article

What is Contributory Negligence and what does it mean for personal injury claims?

Even when a claim is successful, a claimant can be found partially to blame for his or her own injuries and this is known by lawyers as ‘contributory negligence’.  If the Court makes a finding... Read full article

Mediation voucher scheme for separating parents

A new mediation scheme to help separating parents resolve their difficulties amicably and away from the courtroom has been welcomed by Wards Solicitors’ Family Law and Divorce team. The government... Read full article

New ‘Whiplash Reforms’ – what are they and how will they affect personal injury claims?

There are important new rules that will apply to personal injury claims arising from road accidents that occur on or after 31 May 2021. These are the so-called “Whiplash Reforms”. For an injured... Read full article

SIPP Mis-selling – Holding the SIPP provider accountable for failed investments

A landmark decision by the Court of Appeal could be a lifeline for the many investors who have lost money as a result of bad advice from unregulated firms. Lorry driver Russell Adams was left out of... Read full article
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