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Charity Alert - Be Aware of Insider Fraud Threats

New guidance has been issued by the Charity Commission surrounding charities and fraud.

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Update - Disqualification of Charity Trustees

An update on the change to the rules regarding the disqualifcaiton of charity trustees.

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Our team won the Relate golf competition

We are delighted that our team won the Relate golf competition

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Changes to rules about charity trustee disqualification

The rules about automatic disqualification for trustees of charities are changing from 1st August.

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Citizens Advice Eastbourne 10k Legal Walk

Lawson Lewis Blakers proudly took part in the recent Citizens Advice Eastbourne 10k Legal Walk.

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Business Lasting Powers of Attorney

We can assist with Business Lasting Powers of Attorneys

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So Are You a "Client" Or A "Commodity'?

Historically solicitors’ firms have attracted clients by “word of mouth” recommendation. Thirty years ago they weren’t allowed to advertise! The world has moved on and bringing many benefits for consumers.

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Employment Tribunal Fees

Employment Tribunal fees scrapped as access to justice prevails. In July 2013 cases sent to the Employment tribunal peaked at a little over seven thousand.

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Lewes Raft Race

In July we supported the Lewes Annual Raft race. A great event put on by Lewes Round Table and good fun for all the family.

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Civil litigation team are celebrating a week of successes

Robert Hamilton, Christos Christou and all of the Civil litigation team are celebrating a week of successes. They have won three multi track cases in Brighton and another in Central London County Court.

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Business Lasting Power of Attorney

If you own a business and lose mental capacity – perhaps because of a serious accident or physical or mental illness then in the absence of a Lasting Power of Attorney

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Probate fee update – the new “death tax” scrapped

Whatever your views on politics, the calling of the Election has meant that the proposed increase in the Probate Court fees has had to be scrapped by the Government.

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The Good, The bad and the ugly - Probate Update

We all know that every individual on death can pass an amount of £325,000 tax free to their beneficiaries. This is referred to as the Nil Rate Band.

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A new “Death Tax”?

When someone dies, quite often it is necessary for their executors or administrators to apply to the Probate Registry for a Grant of Probate to that person’s will

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Could 2017 be your year to move house?

After the over indulgences that Christmas often brings it’s sometimes hard to motivate yourself to get back into the swing of things in January, particularly if you are contemplating a major change like moving house

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Leaseholder prevented from letting her flat on holiday lets

With the growth of AirBnB and similar services there has been a large increase in the number of home owners letting out their properties to raise money from holiday lettings.

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New Eastbourne Law Society President

Christos Christou congratulates Richard Palmer on his new appointment as President of Eastbourne Law Society.

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‘PERSONS WITH SIGNFICANT CONTROL’ RULES

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 introduces a new (and complex) requirement for companies to maintain a register of their ‘persons with significant control’ (‘PSC’)

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Contesting Wills

The number of Wills which are being contested is ever increasing. There are a number of ways that a person may contest a Will.

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Sherlock Homes & the mystery of the missing shares ….

A very public row has engulfed the family company Sherlock Holmes International Society Ltd, which owns the Sherlock Homes museum, over disputed withdrawals of funds of more than £2m from the compnay

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New form replaces company’s Annual Return from 30.06.16

Until now, companies have been required to file an Annual Return every year which updates the Register of Companies with current information about Directors, shareholdings, registered office, etc

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Choice not chance - making a Lasting Power of Attorney

Last year the Ministry of Justice ran a ‘Choice not chance’ campaign, in an attempt to make people aware of the importance of planning for their future by making Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

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Lawson Lewis Blakers Pass Lexcel Audit

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Common Law Marriage - A common mistake

The cohabiting couple family is the fastest growing family type in the UK with over 3.2 million couples cohabiting as of 2015

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Village Green or School Playing Fields? – The Conundrum

Report on - Lancashire County Council (LCC) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2016

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Gary, you should have come to Lawson Lewis Blakers

Gary Lineker has complained that that division of resources upon divorce should be resolved by a “Mathematical equation” and that lawyers manipulate parties into avoidable disagreements.

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Why does moving house have to be so stressful?

I once heard that the whole process of selling, purchasing and actually moving house was third on the list of most stressful events a person can endure, being superseded only by bereavement and divorce!

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Expect the unexpected

Planning for the unexpected is what we do best at Lawson Lewis Blakers. We have discussed before the importance of preparing a Will

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Trainee Lawyer Profile - Joanna Fildes

I specialise in Wills, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney. I am still early on in my career and hope to develop new specialisms in other areas of law.

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Lawyer Profile - Nicola Davies

I am a residential conveyancer, acting for individuals buying and selling properties. I also prepare trust deeds for joint owners, deal with re-mortgages, new builds, lease extensions,

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Why Make a Will?

Making a Will provides you with an opportunity to choose who your beneficiaries will be. Of course there are some exceptions to this, but in general a Testator (person making a Will) is able to decide whom they

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Lawson Lewis Blakers appoints a new Director

Lawson Lewis Blakers are pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Palmer as director.

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New Commercial SDLT Rates Explained

Whilst conveyancing teams across the country have been gearing up to deal with the anticipated changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on buy to lets

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Lawson Lewis Blakers Solicitors Celebrated 140 years

Lawson Lewis Blakers solicitors celebrated 140 years in Eastbourne at the Town Hall, Eastbourne on 22nd October 2015.

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Law Society Family Law Advanced Specialist

We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Sogno and Rebecca Cole have each had their membership of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Specialist Panel renewed for the next five years.

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Does my holiday pay accumulate during a period of sickness?

When the Working Time Regulations were introduced in 1998 they required an employee to take annual leave within the leave year in which it was due.

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Landlords must check the immigration status of tenants

From 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property (right to rent).

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Lawyer Profile - Christos Christou

I am on the civil and litigation teams.In civil litigation I advise clients on their legal issues and make applications to the court on their behalf and attend hearings

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Disability And The Need To Make Adjustments

Everybody knows (or should know) that the Equality Act 2010 protects disabled employees. Disability is a protected characteristic.

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£9,500 Awarded To Zero Hours Worker

There has been much talk recently about the rise of zero hours contracts. On the one hand they provide flexibility to both the employer and the employee.

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Work Is Getting A Bit Much, Should I Just Retire?

Now that there is no statutory retirement age, many people work well into their 60’s and early 70’s and sometimes this creates difficulties.

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Lawyer Profile - Lucy Robinson

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Settlement Agreements

Do I have to pay tax when I am being made redundant/my employment is being ended?

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Is Going To Work Smelling Of Alcohol A Ground For Dismissal?

As solicitors are so fond of saying this will depend on the facts. In the recent case of McElroy - v - Cambridgeshire Community Services, Mr McElroy was dismissed for attending for work while “smelling of alcohol”.

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Inheritance Disputes

The Court of Appeal has now delivered judgment in the case of Ilott –v- Mitson – which concerns a dispute over a Will. A mother left her entire estate to the RSPCA and several other charities excluding her daughter

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Lawson Lewis Blakers Win Golf Tournament

We are very proud of our team who won the Relate Golf tournament at the Downs Golf Club on the 24th July 2015.Robin Comber and Christos Christou with Ryan Smith and Phillip Mann.

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Divorce Costs To Increase

Not content with indicating an intention to shut the Eastbourne Family Court, the Government are now “consulting” on increasing Court fees.

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Lawson Lewis Blakers Renew Conveyancing Accreditation

The Law Society has devised a quality scheme designed specifically to guarantee to clients standards of integrity, service and competence within the field of residential Conveyancing.

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Lawson Lewis Blakers Celebrates 140th Birthday

Lawson Lewis Blakers was established as a Solicitors practice in Eastbourne in 1875 meaning that this year we celebrate our 140th birthday!

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Lawson Lewis Blakers - Pass Quality Audit

Lawson Lewis Blakers are members of the Law Society backed “Lexcel” kitemark. The award of this quality mark is made after a rigorous audit of each member firm’s systems

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GET YOUR TENANT’S DEPOSITS REGISTERED BY 23 June 2015

As a result of recent case law, Parliament has changed the rules for landlords who let properties on Assured Shorthold Tenancies

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Lawson Lewis Blakers Raises £60,100!

Our Lewes Office has been continually supporting The Institute of Cancer Research through their Free Wills Scheme and this year have managed to raise in legacies the sum of £60,100!

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Lawson Lewis Raised £5,500 for St Peter & St James Hospice

We helped raised £5,500 for St Peter & St James Hospice in their Free Wills Scheme, well done and thank you to everyone who participated.

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Nadine Runs The Brighton Marathon

Well done to Nadine who raised £930 for SASBAH (Sussex Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus) by running the Brighton Marathon in 3 hours 40 minutes.

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Christou is the new president of Eastbourne Law Society

Our Christos Christou is the new president of Eastbourne Law Society, pictured here with the outgoing president, Robin Bates.

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Problems With Break Clauses In Commercial Leases

More and more commercial tenants nowadays, given the economic uncertainty of our times, ask the landlord to insert a break clause in their leases

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LEGAL UPDATE - TENANT STILL LIABLE FOR RENT

It is not uncommon for Tenants who want to sell or transfer (‘assign’) their Leases to someone else, to allow that third party to take over the premises before the legal formalities have been completed.

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Rights of Way Update – fresh warning for landlords

The High Court has recently decided the case of Ali v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which has provided fresh warning for Landlords who wish to ensure that Rights of Way

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The Somme 1870-71

We are delighted to announce that Quintin Barry, one of our Employment solicitors, has had his sixth book published

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Legal Update – Council land not held to be Village Green

Village greens have been in the local news a lot over the past year or two, the Newhaven beach case being particularly prominent.

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Lucy Robinson graduated

Our Lucy Robinson graduated at the annual graduation ceremony for new Chartered Legal Executives (Fellows)

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Rebecca Cole has achieved admission to the Children’s Panel

Rebecca Cole a Solicitor in our family department has achieved admission to the Children’s Panel. A rigorous qualification gained by examination and interview

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Free Wills Month 2014

We are running the Free Wills Month if you are over the age of 55 years we will be able to prepare a simple Will for you under this scheme.

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Rory McColl joins Lawson Lewis Blakers

Lawson Lewis Blakers are delighted to announce that Rory McColl, a solicitor, has joined the conveyancing team.

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Lewes Rotary Club Charity Dinner

Had a Fantastic evening and Peter James was an amazing speaker — at Pelham House Hotel

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Partners welcome Stuart Grace and Chris Christou to the firm

The partners of Lawson Lewis Blakers (left to right Nadine Ashford, Jeremy Sogno and Mark Barrett) welcome Stuart Grace and Chris Christou to the firm.

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Lawson Lewis Blakers joined forces with Stuart Grace Associates

We are pleased to announce that we have joined forces with Stuart Grace Associates, Solicitors

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Lawson Lewis Blakers raised over £100 for the WRAS

Lawson Lewis Blakers raised over £100 for the WRAS and the Salvation Army in lieu of Christmas Cards this year.

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3VA exhibition

Carole Gregory of Care for the Carers won the bottle of Prosecco at the 3VA exhibition at Lewes town hall yesterday.

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Charity Commission have named charities who have double defaulted

The Charity Commission has added another 12 charities who have double defaulted on their accounts.

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Remembrance Sunday parades and observances

Lawson Lewis Blakers joined the Lewes crowds to witness the Remembrance Sunday parades and observances.

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Chamber Of Commerce breakfast

Jeremy Sogno attended the chamber of commerce breakfast yesterday morning speaking about the legal revolution, he did brilliantly and got a rousing applause with lovely comments from people...

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Love in a Box

Well done to everyone we managed to get 34 shoe boxes for the "Love in a Box" Campaign for another great cause.

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WEAR IT PINK

Well done everyone. We raised £141.37p

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Lawson Lewis Blakers supports local business

Lawson Lewis Blakers supports local business and joined the campaign to “ Keep Albert Parade Special” in Old Town Eastbourne.

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Lexcel Kitemark has been awarded to the Lewes Office

Lawson Lewis Blakers are pleased to announce that the firm’s overall Lexcel accreditation has been successfully renewed and that the Lexcel Quality Kitemark has been awarded to the firm’s office in Lewes...

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Full Conveyancing service from the Lewes Office

Lawson Lewis Blakers are pleased to announce that the legal team based at the firm's Lewes office has been strengthened by the transfer of Nicola Davies Chartered Legal Executive from the office at Eastbourne...

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Lawson Lewis Blakers have joined a new Home-Start initiative

Eastbourne businesses Brufords and Lawson Lewis Blakers have joined a new Home-Start initiative

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Richard Palmer joins Lawson Lewis Blakers

Lawson Lewis Blakers are pleased to announce that they have been joined by Richard Palmer

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New Lewes Offices

Following the merger between Lawson Lewis & Co and Blaker Son & Young the newly merged firm moved into modern, purpose built offices at Sackville House, Lewes. The new offices offer free parking and easy access by lift.

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Nadine's Chestnut Charity Cycle

Whilst many of us may be planning a holiday in Britain this summer, not too many will be seeing quite as much of it as local solicitor Nadine Ashford of Lawson Lewis Blakers. On 23 July, Nadine will begin a ‘downhill'

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Lawson Lewis & Co gained the Conveyancing Quality Mark

Lawson Lewis & Co gained the Conveyancing Quality Mark. This is a quality mark established by the Law Society to recognise excellence in conveyancing services. Lawson Lewis & Co were amongst the first solicitor’s firms

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Lucy Robinson has passed CILEx

Lawson Lewis Blakers are very pleased to announce that Lucy Robinson has passed her final examination to qualify as a Member of the Institute of Legal Executives. Lucy works in the firm’s Charity Department and a

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We are pleased to welcome Robert Hamilton

We are pleased to welcome Robert Hamilton MA, a solicitor specialising in civil litigation. Robert has over 30 years experience as a solicitor practising in East Sussex. Robert will work alongside our existing civil

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Family Department gains recognition for its expertise

Lawson Lewis Blakers Family Department gains recognition for its expertise. Rebecca Cole and Jeremy Sogno have been appointed members of the Law Society Advanced Family Law Panel – in Rebecca’s case for her work in the

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