Month: August 2021

Insight Wills & Probate

Inheritance disputes and mediation – key objectives for practitioners

Inheritance disputes are on the rise, and with them bring high price tags, often causing unnecessary distress to those involved. Many inheritance disputes involve challenges around the validity of the will itself, questions around the trustee’s authority but perhaps most prominently the biggest challenges arise in cases of intestacy. In the absence of proper arrangements […]Read More

Charitable Legacies Legal Cases Organisations

High Court sides with charities over nil-rate IHT will clause

A recent High Court decision in Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind v Beasant and Davies concerning will construction disputes and a group of charities, could influence the interpretation of nil-rate band clauses going forward. The case was brought by the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, which represented 20 other charities in a dispute […]Read More

Insight Interest

Archaeologists to digitise burial records following HS2 excavation

Archaeologists working on the HS2 rail link are looking for volunteers to help digitise the burial records of 57,639 Londoners who lived in the city in the 18th and 19th century. The information relates to St James’s Burial Ground near Euston station, where more than 31,000 burials were excavated as part of HS2’s archaeology work between 2018 and 2019. The […]Read More


Client feedback and reviews, what does it say about your

For most companies, client feedback is a crucial backbone of communication and understanding of what the client experience is really like. Consistently positive reviews are often a result of listening to your customer-base, providing the desired service, and never compromising on quality.  So how do you best avoid the rogue negative review, generate a stream […]Read More


New Deputy Vice President for Law Society

Nick Emmerson has been announced as the new Law Society of England and Wales 2021 deputy vice president (DVP), following the recent election.  He takes office as DVP on 14 October 2021 – becoming vice president in 2022 and president in 2023. Nick has been a Law Society council member since 2015 as the constituency […]Read More

Firms & People Insight Organisations Wills & Probate Market

50% fall in Sole Practitioners over the last 10 years

Solicitors operating as sole practitioners and partnerships are a dying breed, according to a new analysis from Arden Partners plc revealing the changing shape of the solicitor market. Arden’s analysis of Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) data reveals that the number of sole practitioners operating in England and Wales has decreased by 47% in the past […]Read More