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Violently abusing a partner then inheriting their estate – why the law may soon stop this unfairness

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to look at a loophole in the law which allows convicted domestic abusers to inherit from their victims. It follows a meeting with Tom Guha whose mother Roma,... Read full article

Can employers reduce sick pay for their unvaccinated staff?

As two major companies in the South West announce a cut in sick pay for unvaccinated workers, employers considering a similar move are being urged to tread carefully. Wessex Water, which employs more... Read full article

Commercial property and asbestos – what you need to know

If you are thinking of buying or renting a commercial property built before 2000, it’s still vital to check for the presence of asbestos and determine who is responsible for managing it. This is... Read full article

Sacking of employee who raised safety concerns during lockdown was unlawful, Tribunal finds

A great result for Wards’ Employment Team, on behalf of a client who was sacked after raising safety concerns about working during lockdown.  The Tribunal concluded that our client’s dismissal... Read full article

Pension providers gain new powers to halt suspicious transfers

New rules aimed at stopping the rising number of pension transfer scams – in which people can lose their entire life savings – are now in force. Between 2017 and 2020, the Financial Conduct... Read full article

Ten tips for a smooth and amicable divorce

It’s never going to be easy but divorce doesn’t have to be a battlefield.  As part of Resolution’s Good Divorce Week 2021, we explain what you can do to ensure your break-up is as pain... Read full article

Had an accident at work? What to do and how to claim compensation

The number of accidents in the workplace looks set to rise as employees previously furloughed or working from home return to offices, factories, retail and hospitality outlets and construction sites... Read full article

Are you a silver splitter? Make sure you get the later life divorce settlement you want.

Bill and Melinda Gates decided to divorce after 27 years of marriage, actor Colin Firth and Livia Giuggilo lasted 22 years while entrepreneur Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott called it a day at 25... Read full article

Female same-sex parents and parental responsibility

The number of same-sex couples who jointly raise and parent a child together is rising. In 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics, there were 212,000 same-sex families in the UK, up by... Read full article

What happens to our family business if we divorce?

Getting divorced is hard enough but when there is a business involved, it can make the split even more complicated and painful. In England and Wales, businesses are considered as matrimonial assets... Read full article

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
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