News

Welcome to our news section. Keep up to date with all the latest press releases and legal news from Trethowans.

Role of a Personal Representative

July 16, 2019

When a person dies, someone will need to deal with their affairs and administer their estate. That role is entrusted to a personal representative (more commonly referred to as an executor if the deceased left a valid Will).

New discount rate – what it means for Claimants in personal injury cases

July 15, 2019

The Lord Chancellor has today announced the new discount rate will be minus 0.25%, effective from 5 August 2019.

Pensions on Divorce

July 15, 2019

The Report from the Pension Advisory Group

Promotions at growing Trethowans

July 13, 2019

Trethowans has unveiled a string of promotions as it continues to develop its award-winning legal team.

Joe Glover Trust selected as charity of the year

July 12, 2019

The Joe Glover Trust has been selected as Trethowans’ charity of the year for its Southampton and Winchester offices.

“Same roof” rule abolished

July 10, 2019

A woman who was sexually abused for many years by her step-father won a landmark case in 2018 which overturned a rule, whereby victims who lived in the same home as their attacker could not claim compensation.

Southern Spinal Injuries Trust selected as charity of the year

July 9, 2019

The Southern Spinal Injuries Trust has been selected as Trethowans charity of the year for the Salisbury office.

Trethowans shows its support for military personnel by sponsoring forthcoming Armed Forces Day event in Salisbury

June 26, 2019

Trethowans is showing its support for servicemen and women across the region by sponsoring Salisbury’s forthcoming Armed Forces Day event.

Hope for Food selected as charity of the year

June 26, 2019

Hope for Food has been selected as Trethowans’ charity of the year in Bournemouth and Poole.

Home sellers beware: 6 traps to avoid – so choose your conveyancer carefully

June 21, 2019

“But I’m just selling; the buyer takes the risks with everything, right?” Wrong. If you are selling a house or flat, there are so many things a buyer can challenger you over, even after you have sold, and so you need to make sure you have the best conveyancer on your side, to guide you and shield you from that happening.

Making Gifts out of Surplus Income

June 21, 2019

If you have assets worth in excess of the Inheritance Tax allowance (currently £325,00) your estate will be liable to tax following your death at a rate of 40% on the value of your assets over the allowance (unless you leave your assets to an exempt person or body, such as your spouse or a charity).

Compensation in Divorce – What is it and can I get it?

June 20, 2019

The question of whether compensation can be sought in divorce proceedings is a question our family solicitors are often asked by clients.

Can you make a clinical negligence claim in cases of delayed surgery?

June 17, 2019

Is it possible to bring a claim for damages for clinical negligence if your surgery has been delayed and if, when it eventually occurs, you suffer a chance complication during that surgery which causes you to suffer serious injury?

Leaving Gifts to Charity in Your Will

June 15, 2019

Gifts in Wills are incredibly important to UK charities, currently amounting to 13% of all charitable donations (approximately £2 billon per year).

Tedworth House Recovery Centre – Home of Help for Heroes Support Hub

June 14, 2019

Tedworth House is a recovery centre in the South of England. It is also the home of Help for Heroes Support Hub.

Asbestos Still A Big Problem In Schools

June 13, 2019

According to the National Education Union (NEU), more than 200 teachers in the UK have died from mesothelioma since 2001.

The Potential Complications of Flat Ownership

June 11, 2019

Owning flats brings complications that are not found with other properties, some of which will be addressed in this article.

Abuse at Whorlton Hall – Time for Substantive Change?

June 5, 2019

Eight years after the BBC’s Panorama programme exposed the shocking abuse of vulnerable adults at the Winterbourne View private hospital run by Castlebeck (Care) (Teesdale) Limited, Panorama has again highlighted similar catastrophic failings in caring for vulnerable adults, this time at the Whorlton Hall private hospital in County Durham.

Common Misconceptions Private Client Solicitors Often Hear

June 5, 2019

Our private client solicitors constantly hear misconceptions regarding personal legal matters like Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

GP Closures and What They mean for The Future of Primary Care

June 2, 2019

Pulse draws attention to the 583 GP Practice closures over the period between 2013 and 2018, highlighting the considerable challenges faced by primary care.

Trethowans named law firm of the year

May 29, 2019

Trethowans has been named as Law Firm of the Year at the Solent Deals Awards 2019.

Civil partnership vs marriage – the right to choose

May 21, 2019

Following the recent announcement for divorce law reform in England and Wales, development with the law on civil partnerships also comes under the relationship spotlight.

Corporate Mediation achieves 89% success rate in 2018/2019

May 21, 2019

Mediation continues to be a strong option to resolve corporate disputes, with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution reporting an 89% success rate in its recent 2018/2019 survey.

Their rights and your obligations under the GDPR

May 20, 2019

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides individuals with certain rights when a business processes their personal data. Personal data includes information relating to natural persons who can be identified or who are identifiable, directly from the information in question or who can be indirectly identified from that information in combination with other information.

Clarification on defamation from social media comments

May 17, 2019

A recent Supreme Court case has provided helpful clarification on defamation from social media posts.

Experts come together to share divorce advice in Salisbury

May 17, 2019

Free, hands-on support is being offered to Salisbury families going through divorce or separation on June 13 at the Mercure White Hart Hotel.

Trethowans helps fellow business leaders live football dream

May 16, 2019

Members of Bournemouth’s business community swapped their suits for sports kit on Wednesday (May 15) as they took part in AFC Business’s Play on the Pitch Tournament.

Government Takes Steps to Widen Bereavement Damages in Fatal Injury Claims

May 15, 2019

This week the government have announced plans to increase the categories of people who can claim statutory bereavement damages in fatal injury claims.

Terms and conditions – win the battle

May 13, 2019

We invest our time and money perfecting terms and conditions to suit our business needs, but many then unknowingly accept their counterpart’s terms through a “battle of forms”. So how can you win the battle?

Trethowans kicks off Cherries partnership

May 8, 2019

Trethowans has become an official partner of AFC Bournemouth’s Community Sports Trust (CST).

Trethowans appoints specialist solicitor Guy Morgan as partner in Salisbury

May 1, 2019

Leading regional law firm, Trethowans, has appointed a new Partner in their Salisbury office, in the form of Guy Morgan.

Compensation lottery for bereaved families

April 29, 2019

The Northern Ireland Department of Justice has announced that it will increase the amount of statutory bereavement damages from £14,200 to £15,100 on 1 May 2019.

Accidents Abroad and Brexit Wrangles

April 28, 2019

At the time of writing it is still not clear whether the UK will leave the EU on 29 March, 12 April, 22 May, or indeed at all. Bearing in mind that Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union was triggered 2 years ago, it is perhaps surprising that with a week to go such uncertainty remains.

Dividing Company Assets on Divorce: Rolling in the Deep or Water under the Bridge?

April 24, 2019

Emilie Holland, family solicitor, reviews the approach, court orders available and top tips for parties when dealing with a divorce involving company assets.

Bournemouth’s high street is changing, says property expert

April 23, 2019

The high street isn’t dying – it’s changing. That’s the message from commercial property lawyers at Trethowans Solicitors in Bournemouth, who say shopping districts across the country are starting to adapt to new consumer habits.

Triple award nominations for leading South Coast law firm

April 18, 2019

Trethowans has been named one of the best law firms in the South Coast, after being shortlisted in three categories at the Solent Deals Awards.

Grandparents’ Rights

April 18, 2019

It is estimated that 1/3rd of adults aged over 50 are grandparents and there are 14 million grandparents in the UK.

Do I now need to plan for my probate fees?

April 15, 2019

Currently, the cost of obtaining probate is relatively nominal – it costs the deceased’s estate £155 for a professional application or £215 for a personal application – but now probate fees are planned to rocket to eye watering levels.

How do you know if a Will is valid? Here are some handy tips on ‘Disputed Wills’

April 14, 2019

Andrew Carswell is a partner specialising in Commercial Litigation and in particular Contentious Probate and Trust disputes. He provides an overview of some of the situations he encounters where families disagree over the Wills.

Are video hearings the future?

April 13, 2019

The first complete video hearing has taken place in the County Court. Could they become a regular occurrence in the future?

Daga v Bangur: The discretionary trust that successfully deflected a husband’s claim for a lump sum to meet his needs

April 12, 2019

An unusual example of the court’s approach to family wealth held in trust.

Confidence drives Trethowans’ recruitment push

April 11, 2019

Trethowans has offered permanent jobs to all of its current second year trainees qualifying in September 2019 as it works to create the next generation of legal experts.

The rise of vehicle autonomy in the UK: implications for road traffic accidents

April 11, 2019

Specialist Personal Injury solicitor at Trethowans, James Braund, explores the implications of the increasing shift towards autonomous vehicles in the UK.

No Fault Divorce – Reform is finally on its way

April 10, 2019

Divorce laws in England and Wales will at long last be reformed to simplify the process and hopefully reduce hostility between separating spouses.

Expanding the mesothelioma payment scheme

April 3, 2019

Implemented five years ago, the scheme currently only provides compensation for individuals with mesothelioma; this letter argues that the same help should also be extended to those living with other asbestos related diseases, such as asbestosis or pleural thickening.

South based family lawyer picks up prestigious UK award

April 2, 2019

Salisbury-based paralegal and Family Law specialist at Trethowans, Dawn Gore, has been honoured with a national legal award.

Health & Safety Executive Reveals the Latest UK Asbestos Statistics

March 29, 2019

John Hall, specialist asbestos solicitor at Trethowans, looks at the latest figures from the Health & Safety Executive – what can we learn?

Copley v Lawn – Revisited

March 28, 2019

For a self-insuring company or, an insurer whose driver has been involved in a road traffic accident, there are a number of things which need to be established quickly.

New senior appointment to meet demand for private client services in Salisbury

March 26, 2019

Experienced private client solicitor, Chris Pemberton, has been appointed as a Partner by leading regional law firm in Salisbury, Trethowans.

Experts come together to share divorce advice in Poole

March 25, 2019

Free, hands-on support is being offered to Dorset families going through divorce or separation.

When sorry seems to be the hardest word

March 25, 2019

Laura Rowe, specialist Clinical Negligence solicitor, reviews the first case in which an NHS Trust was fined for not apologising to a family in good time.

Trethowans joins Bournemouth Pavilion for 90th anniversary celebrations

March 20, 2019

Trethowans turned back the clock to the golden age of cinema last night as it joined Bournemouth Pavilion for its 90th anniversary celebrations.

Insurers backed by Court in Supreme Court Case

March 20, 2019

Bournemouth-based Insurance company LV= have recently been backed by the Supreme Court over when an unknown Defendant can be sued.

Workers need great places to work, not Ghost Towns

March 19, 2019

As well as offering attractive premises to work from, employers need to help their local town or city to be an attractive place to live and work in.

Trethowans turns back the clock for theatre celebrations

March 18, 2019

Trethowans is going back in time tommorow in support of Bournemouth Pavilion.

The Supreme Court Refuses Personal Injury Claim Against Unnamed Driver

March 15, 2019

James Braund, Personal Injury Solicitor, considers recent developments in personal injury claims against untraced drivers in Road Traffic Accidents.

The Personal Injury Discount Rate Review

March 13, 2019

James Braund, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Senior Associate Solicitor, considers the ongoing review of the personal injury discount rate.

Waiting Times at A&E – How long is too long?

March 11, 2019

Most of us will have had the misfortune of visiting a Hospital A&E department at some point in our lives, but waiting how long is too long for treatment?

What’s in a name?

March 7, 2019

It is a legal requirement that a child’s birth is registered within 42 days of his birth. You may well have already decided on your child’s first name before his birth, but what about surname and what if you subsequently want to change it?

Right to Rent checks – are they discriminatory?

March 6, 2019

The High Court certainly thinks so and said as much in a robust judgement last week.

Trethowans honoured at Dorset Legal Awards

March 4, 2019

Law firm Trethowans has added to its growing trophy cabinet after winning two awards at the Dorset Legal Awards last week.

Criminal Records Checks Trumped by Human Rights

February 28, 2019

Employers should be aware when they receive an Enhanced DBS check they may be given extremely sensitive information which shouldn’t have been released and which they shouldn’t use.

Court favours asbestos ‘overalls case’ claim for the first time

February 27, 2019

A Claimant was finally successful in running an ‘overalls case’ argument in the High Court, in the recently decided case, Carey -v- Vauxhall Motors Limited.

Right to Work Checks for EU Citizens – Common Sense Prevails

February 27, 2019

Employers are asking me if they’ll have to start making right to work checks for EU citizens after 29 March.

Did you know your conveyancer will want to see your original ID documents?

February 25, 2019

An increasing trend is for people to volunteer up photocopies, or a print-out of bank statements, or even email them to conveyancers. Sometimes with the commentary that ‘we bank/our utilities are all online, so we can only print off statements/bills’.

When it comes to ‘our‘ children, what does the terminology mean during separation?

February 25, 2019

Dawn Gore, a family law Paralegal here at Trethowans with over 30 years experience answers your questions on the terminology used whilst separating or post separation.

Deal or No Deal? Brexit and Accidents Abroad

February 6, 2019

How could Brexit affect how UK citizens handle accidents and injuries abroad? Experienced insurance solicitor, Kelvin Farmaner, explores the possibilities.

Trethowans takes another strong step to address gender balance

January 28, 2019

Trethowans has announced a trio of new female partners as it continues to tip the national trend when it comes to women in senior roles.

Good News for EU citizens in the UK

January 25, 2019

This has been a good week for EU citizens living in the UK and concerned about the quality of their welcome.

Confessions of a Family Mediator

January 24, 2019

There is no doubt that mediation can resolve conflict and foster a positive co-parenting relationship post separation in a way that adversarial court litigation will never achieve.

What is family mediation?

January 21, 2019

This week is National Family Mediation Week, raising awareness of mediation as a way to resolve family disputes without the need for court action.

Fresh eggs for breakfast? Don’t count your chickens until you’ve checked your deeds

January 18, 2019

You may think as you own your home you have the right to make alterations to the outside, to park a caravan or commercial vehicle, to work from home or even to keep chickens, but you could become liable for legal action if your deeds state otherwise.

Would Kim and Kanye be the legal parents of their surrogate baby if they lived in the UK?

January 16, 2019

As Kim Kardashian and Kanye West announce they are to have their 4th child, via a surrogate mother, social media has gone into a frenzy with well wishers congratulating the couple.

Calls for tougher measures to tackle late payment culture

January 15, 2019

A recent report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (“BEISC”) has recommended that the Government introduce, amongst other things, a statutory requirement that companies pay their supplier’s invoices within 30 days.

Where is your Will now?

January 14, 2019

If you made a Will or an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) with David Davies solicitors in Salisbury, there is a chance that we are now holding this for you.

Trethowans is listed in Headway’s Head Injury Solicitors Directory

January 11, 2019

Trethowans has been listed in the 2019 edition of Headway’s Head Injury Solicitors Directory.

Single parents can now apply for a parental order but depending on your circumstances you might need to act quickly

January 10, 2019

From 3 January 2019, single parents who have had a child born through surrogacy are able to apply for a parental order in the UK, finally providing them with legal parent status.

New Beginnings

January 4, 2019

Facing a breakdown in your relationship is a daunting prospect and is likely to impact all areas of life including your home, finances, children and the wider family.

Planning a Family Holiday?

January 3, 2019

With the excitement (and stresses) of Christmas over, we start to look forward to the lighter evenings and warmer days of summer. This is the time when we also start thinking about booking a holiday.

Brexit & Immigration for HR Professionals

January 2, 2019

On what basis will the UK leave the EU? How will the UK’s departure affect the remainder of the EU?

Trethowans law firm named among best in the region

December 5, 2018

Law firm Trethowans has been named as one of the best in Dorset, after being shortlisted in the Dorset Legal Awards.

Solicitors organise evening of fun in aid of Spinal Injuries Charity

December 4, 2018

Trethowans has raised £5,000 for the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) through its annual fundraising dinner.

Trethowans sponsor Bournemouth’s Santa’s Grotto

December 4, 2018

Leading law firm Trethowans got in to the Christmas spirit early, with a drinks party marking the opening of the glittering Christmas Market which runs until Christmas Eve.

National awareness raising week – Long term goals and aims

November 30, 2018

Our mini-series this week has focused on the arrangements you make in respect to your children on separation and what external support or advice you may need.

Significant business growth prompts law firm to invest in innovative software

November 29, 2018

Law firm Trethowans is revolutionising the way it stores and uses client and case information as part of a major IT upgrade that is taking place over the next few years.

National awareness raising week – Improving handover communication

November 29, 2018

We mentioned previously about the desire to avoid using handover to communicate about any issues.

National awareness raising week – Supporting children through separation

November 28, 2018

If you have decided with certainty that you are going to separate you need to plan how to tell the children and support them generally.

National awareness raising week – Choosing the right process

November 27, 2018

There are a number of different processes you could consider to resolve areas in dispute.

Trethowans bucks national gender trend

November 26, 2018

As the issue of gender imbalance in the workplace continues to create headlines, one law firm is bucking the trend.

National awareness raising week – Identifying your aims and goals in the short term

November 26, 2018

Resolution’s members are family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

Christmas Contact

November 23, 2018

As the festive season approaches, we start to turn our minds to the arrangements for Christmas Day.

Summer Holidays and Flight Delay claims

November 19, 2018

An article by Louise Boyle, Head of Debt Recovery at Trethowans, on advice about getting compensation back from delayed or cancelled flights as part of the Dispute Resolution Briefing autumn edition.

Residential possession claims – a cautionary tale

November 16, 2018

The Dispute Resolution Briefing is made up of different articles on the challenges when facing certain disputes in everyday life. Here, Linden Talbot describes a landlord and tenant scenario.

Can I Skype the Judge?

November 16, 2018

As part of the Dispute Resolution Briefing Autumn edition, Kelvin Farmaner looks at how cases in the court room could one day be a thing of the past.

Cohabitation law –The present position

November 16, 2018

Part of the Dispute Resolution Briefing Autumn edition, various Trethowans contributors have come together to provide insight into their specialist areas of Resolution.

A gaslighter in divorce: extinguishing the self-doubt and questioning

November 16, 2018

Emilie Holland and Nikki Emerton from BeU look at how to deal with a psychologically manipulative partner in separation or divorce.

Trethowans receives industry accolade as it continues to expand

November 14, 2018

Law firm Trethowans has received an impressive 43 mentions in one of the UK’s top legal directories.

Trethowans raises the curtain on community theatre partnership

November 6, 2018

Law firm Trethowans has raised the curtain on a new partnership with Bournemouth Pavilion.

Contemplating separation? Think of the children!

October 31, 2018

Article written by Amy Trench for Forum Publications. Amy answers some questions specifically about the impact on children when parents separate and/or divorce.

Legal 500 Recognition

October 30, 2018

The Family Team at Trethowans has again been acknowledged across the South of England for its expertise in dealing with complex high net worth financial provision; intricate private children cases as well as advising on surrogacy and fertility.

Divorce – The Reality

October 29, 2018

Tabloid headlines recently declared that TV personality Ant McPartlin’s infidelity was so intolerable that his wife could not continue to live with him and their marriage was dissolved in a matter of minutes.

No Fault Divorce

September 20, 2018

Earlier this month Justice Secretary David Gauke announced the Government’s intention to launch a consultation on the introduction of “no-fault” divorce after a sustained campaign from Resolution (whose membership comprises family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes in a non confrontational environment) and, in light of the high profile…

Challenges encountered with Cryptocurrencies in divorce settlements

August 28, 2018

It is fair to say that reaching a financial settlement in divorce cases can be a challenging journey for the parties involved. Regardless of which process the parties wish to embark on, most cases start with basic disclosure.

Trethowans Calls For Speed-Up In Law

August 8, 2018

Solicitors at Trethowans have backed calls to speed up legislation that will stop domestic abuse victims having to face their abusers in court.

Common Law Spouses

August 3, 2018

All too frequently we hear that phrase “common law spouse”. What many people do not appreciate is that legally, there is no such thing. The only way you will be considered a spouse, and therefore have full financial claims against the other on divorce, is to be legally married to or in a civil partnership with that person.

Grandparents’ Rights

August 2, 2018

A question that family lawyers are often asked is what rights do grandparents have to see their grandchildren?

High profile divorce case prompts calls for changes to the law

July 30, 2018

The Supreme Court has this week rejected an appeal by a woman who wants to divorce her husband of 40 years because she says their marriage is unhappy.

Mrs Owens Refused Divorce

July 30, 2018

In order to secure a Decree of divorce, the party issuing the Petition (“the Petitioner”) must satisfy the Court that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. To do so, the Petition must be based on one of five facts which are defined in legislation brought into effect 45 years ago.