Month: August 2020

Wills & Probate

SRA Closes Law Firm Following Misdemeanour

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have closed the doors on a large national firm for alleged wrongdoings. On 12th August, the SRA intervened into Kingly Solicitors Limited, trading as Giffen Couch & Archer due to suspected misconduct and misdemeanour by the owner. Kingly Solicitors also trade under Richard Herne Co, Hancock Quins, Austin Ray, Ray […]Read More

Wills & Probate

Read Our Blog On Video Wills

Kings Court Trust’s latest blog post comments on the upcoming temporary amendment to the Wills Act 1837 which will allow Will witnesses to be present either physically or virtually. Historically, Wills required two witnesses to be physically present when someone was creating a Will in order to witness their signature. Understandably, this was put to […]Read More

Firms & People Interest

Supporter In Focus: Dignity

In a series of Supporters in Focus pieces, we are thrilled to introduce our supporters of The British Wills & Probate Awards 2020. This year the awards will recognise a sector which has tackled the challenges presented by Covid-19 head on. Alongside headline sponsor Arken.Legal, we look forward to recognising achievement, highlighting progression and championing […]Read More

Professional Indemnity

Be Ready: PII Renewal Issues

With the next Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) renewal date looming on the 1 October, here at Today’s Wills and Probate, we wanted to look at the current market conditions and renewal issues, so solicitors are fully informed and prepared. With a global pandemic, which resulted in the UK being put into lockdown, speculation of a […]Read More


Pensions Bill To Progress Through House Of Commons

The Pensions Schemes Bill will progress through the House of Commons next month, despite the coronavirus pandemic seemingly taking over politics in the UK. What is the Pension Schemes Bill? The Pension Schemes Bill will enable the introduction of two reforms which have been collectively defined as contribution pensions and pensions dashboards. Additionally, there will […]Read More

Fraud Legal Cases

Suspended Sentence For Sister Who Attempted To Defraud Siblings Of

Susan Johnson forged her late mother’s signature on documents relating to her will, disinheriting her two siblings of their equal share in the estate. Nottinghamshire Police conducted an investigation after suspicions were raised by Ms Johnson’s two siblings. During the investigation, it was revealed that following her mother’s death in 2016, Ms Johnson supplied a […]Read More


Wills And Probate Teams Urged To Embrace “Smarter Working”

Management consultancy Journey4, has released guidance on how businesses can implement ‘Smarter Working’, following lessons learned by businesses in the wake of coronavirus. Director, Stuart Pearce, outlines some key research findings and what this could mean for Private Client practitioners. There is no doubt that the pandemic and lockdown restrictions caused companies and staff to […]Read More