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Barcan Woodward and Kirby Sheppard set to merge

We’re delighted to announce our intention to merge with fellow Bristol solicitors, Kirby Sheppard, a firm that shares many of our core values including our commitment to providing outstanding client...

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Firm awarded Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation

We’re delighted to announce that Barcan+Kirby has been awarded the prestigious Law Society’s mark of excellence, Lexcel. Lexcel is a recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and shows that we’ve...

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HMRC considers splitting Inheritance Tax nil-rate band across trusts

It has come to light that HMRC has amended its proposal to split an individual’s inheritance tax (IHT) nil-rate band (NRB) across trusts. The revised plans, which could come into...

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How to choose the right conveyancing solicitor

Let’s be honest, buying a house is a pretty daunting prospect. It’s a huge financial commitment and will easily be the biggest purchase that most of us will make in...

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Can medical negligence lead to amputation?

Amputation is a life-changing injury and one that involves a considerable period of readjustment. There are several factors which can lead to the loss of a limb, one of which...

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Goodbye compromise agreements; hello settlement agreements

‘Compromise agreements’ are now known as ‘settlement agreements’, and are used to allow an employer and employee to terminate their employment relationship on agreed terms. What is a settlement agreement?...

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Buyer beware: the case against DIY Wills + estate planning

We’re often asked by clients whether they can write a Will themselves. The answer is yes, of course, as long as you’re aware of the risks involved in venturing down...

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Client awarded £83,000 following gallbladder surgery

Keyhole surgery to remove your gallbladder – known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy – is one of the UK’s most commonly performed operations. Many people who undergo this surgery do so because...

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Case Studies

Case study: £100k award for nerve damage

Whilst a hand injury may seem like a relatively minor complaint, the sensitivity and movement in our hands is so important to our everyday lives that a serious hand injury can...

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Couples to consider family mediation before court

Couples now have to consider family mediation before they are able to legally separate, under new laws announced in April 2014. The reforms have come as a result of the...

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Case study: dad denied contact with his child

This Thursday marks World Child Contact Day, an annual event which highlights the difficulties faced by the many families who are affected by child residence and contact issues. When parents...

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Beware the myth of common law spouse

Contrary to popular belief, there’s no such thing as common law marriage. In fact, the legal status of common law spouse – or the belief that couples who live together...

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