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The rise in inheritance disputes

Inheritance disputes have increased by 37% since 2019. Whether this is because a global pandemic focused people’s minds on the need to have financial affairs in order or due to...

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Equality Act 2010: what’s changing?

The Equality Act 2010 will be amended after the Government published draft legislation that will affect those in England, Wales and Scotland. The proposed change, taking effect from 1st January...

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The law on surrogacy and parental responsibility

In the UK, if a couple or person wants to start a family using a surrogate, they should be aware of the legal way to become parent(s). What is surrogacy?...

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Menopause in the workplace: an employee’s guide

In a recent case, a woman sued her employer for menopause discrimination; a legal first. Maria Rooney, who was a social worker, claimed that her employer did not support her...

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Breastfeeding and returning to work: what are my rights?

With Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) covering 39 weeks (nine months), many mothers go back to work before their child turns one, and some of those will return to work whilst...

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Case study: inheritance dispute between brothers in administration of their father’s estate

Our inheritance disputes solicitors recently advised a beneficiary who was unhappy with how his brother was administering their late father’s estate. Tension within the family Our client’s (Mr O) parents...

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Case study: inheritance dispute after non-executor took money from estate funds

Our inheritance disputes solicitors advised an executor on the terms of his father’s Will and on securing his interest in an unregistered property. As the case developed, our team discovered...

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Births outside marriage on the rise – what are the legal implications?

In the UK, the number of marriages that take place each year is a fairly consistent figure, reflecting the fact that it remains an important tradition in modern society. However,...

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Martha’s Rule backed by UK Government: what this means for patients and families

In 2021, Martha Mills fell off her bike and suffered a laceration to her pancreas. She was admitted to King’s College Hospital, a specialist centre for children with pancreatic injuries....

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Barcan+Kirby welcomes four new Trainee Solicitors

We’re pleased to announce that we welcomed four new Trainee Solicitors to the Barcan+Kirby team in September 2023. Aishah, Clare, Harvey and Jamie will be taking their seats in various...

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Barcan+Kirby upholds Legal 500 top tier status whilst Contentious Trusts and Probate ranked under ‘Firms to Watch’

The firm has maintained its top-tier rankings in legal guide, The Legal 500, for the third year in a row.  The rankings, which were released on 4th October, include a...

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Fixed recoverable costs regime: what’s changing?

The Government has announced that from 1st October 2023, there will be new changes to the Fixed Recoverable Costs regime (FRC) in civil law cases. Before we explain what’s changing...

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