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Kelly Mills joins Coole Bevis

Kelly Mills has joined Coole Bevis LLP as a Partner to head the firm’s Dispute Resolution team. Kelly has over 15 years’ commercial dispute resolution experience and is recognised by both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. She is highly experienced in resolving commercial disputes through mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, …

Does Legislation Meet the Needs of Modern Families?

Claire Carberry, Private Client Solicitor looks at the ever evolving family structure and whether legislation has kept pace with the changes to the way we live together. New research published by the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the global professional association for practitioners advising families across generations, has highlighted a significant increase in …

Conveyancing Fraud

Conveyancing Fraud is on the Rise – Are You Protected? Liz Cashinella, Residential Conveyancer at Coole Bevis discusses the rise in conveyancing fraud cases and looks at the steps house buyers and sellers can take to protect themselves. Fraudulent activity related to property sales and purchases is on the rise. The methods criminals are adopting …

Flexible Working Consultation – What Does it Mean for Employees?

Nigel Targett, Employment Partner at Coole Bevis looks at the Government’s proposals to reform flexible working regulations. The Government has launched a consultation seeking views on proposals to reform the rules around the right to request flexible working. The consultation closes on 1 December 2021. What are employees’ rights to flexible working currently? At present, …

Social Care Reforms – the Truth Behind the Headlines

Claire Carberry, Private Client Solicitor comments on the proposed reforms to the Social Care system. I don’t think anyone is in any doubt that the current care system needs to be reformed. In the grand scheme of things, its not that long since the ‘Welfare State’ was introduced to post-war Britain, bringing with it the …

What Next for Employees Following Furlough?

Nigel Targett, Employment Partner at Coole Bevis, comments on the ending of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will end on 1 October 2021, and it is expected that this will have a significant impact on both employers and employees as they adjust to life after furlough. From 1 October, …

No Fault Divorce – The Amicable Split

In 2022, the archaic divorce system, that has been place in this country since the 1970’s is going to be replaced with a new law fit for the 21st century. Under the current law those couples who have not been separated for 2 years or more have no choice but to blame or criticise the …

If We Divorce, Do We Have To Go To Court?

A divorce in the jurisdiction of England and Wales is a formal set of legal proceedings and involves an application to the Family court, in the form of a divorce petition. The vast majority of divorces proceed on what is known as an undefended basis. In essence, this means that it is agreed that the …

Why Pensions Are Important

In many divorces, pensions are often the most valuable asset that exists after the family home. For this reason it is extremely important to ensure that any proposed financial settlement reflects their significance. Whilst there a number of ways that pensions can be distributed as a part of a divorce settlement, the 2 most common …

How to Resolve Your Family Dispute – The Alternatives to Mediation

In last month’s article I considered the benefits of mediation. Whilst mediation is likely to be the swiftest and most cost effective way forwards in finding a resolution to your family dispute it is not always suitable or appropriate. If for whatever reason mediation is not possible, then there are a number of alternatives including: …

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