27th December 2017
Residential conveyancing

‘Conveyancing factories’ cause delays

The government’s proposals to make the legal side of buying your own home easier could in fact have the opposite effect, according to a leading residential conveyancing solicitor. ‘Conveyancing factories’ use juniors or other unqualified staff to handle residential conveyancing, which can lead to delays, mistakes and poor communication to the client, particularly in more complex conveyancing transactions. Furthermore, clients may not always realise at the outset that a junior will be handling their case. Chris Setford, co-CEO of national law firm Setfords, said that clients should know who they will be dealing with so that they can make an […]
18th December 2017
Will & LPA coffee mornings

Join us for coffee, cake and free advice

Bruce Lance’s High Wycombe office hosts a monthly coffee morning that is proving an effective way for members of the public or existing clients to come along and ask questions about wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. The coffee mornings take place on the first Wednesday of every month between 10.30 and 11.30am and are a great way of introducing Bruce Lance to members of our community, who may wish to discuss their own circumstances or perhaps those of their elderly parents. The coffee mornings are hosted by wills and probate specialist Kalpana Curl. Although the main purpose of the […]
11th December 2017
Stalking

Prison for Britain’s most persistent stalker

David Brett has been jailed for 40 months after stalking Philomena Willetts for 21 years. The 43-year-old marketing executive became obsessed with Ms Willetts after a brief romance at Leeds University and made her life hell for the next 21 years. He poured paint thinner over her car, threw bricks through the windows of her mother’s house, attacked her boyfriends and told her colleagues that she was a sex offender and that her husband was a paedophile. His violent campaign continued even after he received a lifetime injunction ordering him to keep away from Ms Willetts but he managed to […]
4th December 2017
Personal injury

More is not merrier in group personal injury claims

A firm of solicitors representing 300 claimants has been prevented from joining a group claim for compensation in an industrial injury case being brought against Tata Steel UK Ltd. The existing solicitors involved in the claim (Irwin Mitchell and Hugh James) were ‘implacably opposed’ to Watford firm Collins Solicitors joining the group representing former steel workers. There were significant differences of opinion between the firms, as well as some ‘personal animosity’. Ruling on whether or not Collins could be included in the group claim, High Court judge Mr Justice Turner said, ‘The granting of this application would be more likely […]