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Historic divorce law changes – what you need to know

At long last, the ‘no fault’ divorce bill will come into on 6 April – a move welcomed by everyone here in Wards Solicitors’ Family Law and Divorce team. It is the biggest shake-up of divorce... Read full article

Are mirror Wills a good idea? A High Court probate battle with huge implications for the law suggests caution

When Angela and John Dunbabin decided to make mirror Wills leaving everything to their four sons in equal shares, the way forward in terms of inheritance appeared straightforward. However, when John... Read full article

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination – have you been treated unfairly at work?

As an increasing number of women begin returning to the post-pandemic workplace, it’s clear the issue of pregnancy and maternity discrimination has far from gone away. Research carried out before... Read full article

Free Wills and Probate advice sessions

Free Drop-in Wills and Probate Advice Service Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate, BS37 4AX 10am-12 noon on the first Thursday of each month. Come and see one of our experienced team to discuss your... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Managing a personal injury settlement – what to consider

At Wards, we put the needs of our client’s first and that includes safeguarding our clients’ best interests before and after settlement of a claim.  In most cases, once a claimant recovers... Read full article

Sports injuries claims – and the issue of consent

The risk of injury is a normal part of playing sport, particularly in contact sports.  Injuries happen but most of the time, these are relatively minor.   By taking part, players implicitly... Read full article

Supreme Court rules insurers must pay small businesses for Covid claims

Hundreds of thousands of businesses are expected to be able to recover losses caused by the pandemic from their insurers, following the Supreme Court ruling. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)... Read full article

Property law reform bringing new lease extension rights for millions of leaseholders is in sight

The government is to reform ancient leasehold laws in a bid to introduce a fairer system of home ownership in England and Wales. Legislation is planned which will allow both flat and house... Read full article

Covid vaccinations, capacity and consent in a care setting.

As the Covid-19 vaccination programme gets underway for care home residents, it is important to ensure that those residents who want the vaccine can receive it. It is also important to understand the... Read full article

How the parents of Caroline Flack, who died without a Will, are making sure her money goes to her favourite charities

Although TV presenter Caroline Flack did not make a Will, her grieving parents are doing their upmost to ensure the charities they know she cared about still benefit in the most tax efficient way... Read full article

Diagnosed with an illness caused by asbestos but I don’t remember being exposed to it – what do I do?

You may be surprised to know that many people diagnosed with an illness caused by asbestos such as mesothelioma do not know where their asbestos exposure may have come from. Most people now recognise... Read full article

Working from home: what are my rights as an employee?

As the UK continues its efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus, widespread working from home has become the new normal for many. So, what are your legal rights as a homeworker, even if it’s only... Read full article

Making a Will – why the value of a solicitor always beats an online bargain

In the middle of a pandemic, with many of us working from home or with more time on our hands than normal, it’s hard not to notice that TV and radio advertisements for online Wills seem to be at an... Read full article
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