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Children in Need

Children in Need fundraising – Crazy hair day at the office! To raise money for Children in Need, staff at our offices in Prestwich and Bury have come into work today wearing crazy hair for the day. It’s business as usual, apart from the hair! Let’s hope that this years fundraising for this worthy charity... read more

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

A slight change of pace following our coverage of the Pistorius trial; this week’s blog reviews Ian McEwan’s latest novel ‘The Children Act’ that sees the author grapple with highly contentious tenets of family law: The Children Act follows feared and revered High Court judge Fiona Maye as she deals with her personal and professional... read more

Murder Trials: Coming Live to a Television Near You? Part Two

Last week, President of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger came out in support of the decision to stream the trial of paralympian Oscar Pistorius live from the courtroom in Pretoria. In our first blog, we explored the controversy his Lordship’s sentiments created in light of the OJ Simpson murder trial and the ability of the... read more

Murder Trials: Coming Live to a Television Near You? Part One

Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, has come out in support of the South African High Court’s decision to stream the Oscar Pistorius trial live. “Open Justice” direct from Pretoria His Lordship has described the coverage as “impressive” and went as far to say that it was a good example of how the criminal... read more

Under Threat and Under Duress: Will Disputes

The drafting of wills ought to offer a prospective testator with peace of mind. The fact that their estate will be administered in accordance with their wishes after their passing is obviously reassuring. The finality of death prompts testators to place these wishes with appointed executors, whom they trust to obey their instructions, but what... read more

Entrusting your last will and testament… to your accountant?

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) will be able to grant alternative business structure (ABS) licences from September. In a month’s time, chartered accountants will therefore be able to conduct probate services, if they are in receipt of an ABS licence. For probate lawyers this decision defies all logic and common sense. An experienced... read more

Children’s Voices Will be Heard in the Family Court

The Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB) held a landmark conference in London last week, where Justice Minister Simon Hughes confirmed that the Government will ensure that children aged 10 and over will have a say in how their case is handled by the courts and the judiciary. This commitment will affect all family court... read more

Flat Pack Probate and DIY Executors

The grief surrounding bereavement intensifies when probate remains unresolved, but statistics released by the High Court have revealed that an unprecedented number of lay executors are breaching their fiduciary duties. Appointing family members or friends as trustees in lieu of instructing a probate solicitor can be reassuring when the emotional toll of losing a loved... read more

Families in Flux: The Children and Families Act 2014

remains at the heart of Latimer Lee’s practice as an unrivalled area of expertise; key to this is staying constantly updated with proposed law reform. The Children and Families Act 2014 received Royal Assent in April and has introduced three major changes to the law relating to family disputes; especially those disputes involving young children.... read more

Stroke Association Free Will Scheme

Support a Worthy Charity and Get a Free Will The Stroke Association is the UK’s leading charity changing the world for people affected by stroke. It provides high quality up-to-date stroke information for stroke patients, their families and carers. If you are 60 or over and wish to make a basic will, mirror wills for... read more