Bell Lamb & Joynson Solicitors appoints new Head of Private Client

Bell Lamb & Joynson Solicitors

Liverpool-based Bell Lamb & Joynson has appointment a new Head of Private Client, Jessica Flaherty, who joined the firm on the 31st of October. Flaherty trained at Levins Solicitors in Liverpool and qualified in 2015. During her tenure with Levins, Flaherty progressed to head of department for both Residential Conveyancing and Private Client in 2018. […]

Legal sector continually abusing AML rules – report

legal sector AML rules

A campaign group has formed a report claiming that law firms are continually abusing and showing “significant levels of non-compliance” with anti-money laundering rules. Spotlight on Corruption are a campaign group who have published a report entitled “A privileged profession?” whereby they claim the legal sector receive special dispensation regarding anti-money laundering laws. The report […]

Research reveals millions are moving into “phased retirement”

"phased retirement"

Study shows over 55s are reducing their working hours, but cost of living prevents some from retiring completely New research has revealed that 34% of pre-retirees (those aged 55+ who are still in some form of work) have already started phasing into retirement – equating to 3.3 million employees. The study conducted by Legal & […]

ONS releases deaths recorded in September 2022

ONS deaths recorded in September 2022

Number of deaths in England and Wales for August revealed The monthly rates of death for England and Wales for August 2022 have been released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Figures show there were 45,393 deaths recorded in England and Wales, which is below the monthly average for 2022 which stands at 47,350. […]

Letters of Administration: To whom should they be issued?

In the recent case of Kelly-Lambo V Lambo [2022], the court had to determine who, out of two women both claiming to be the surviving spouse of the deceased who had died intestate, should be awarded the grant of letters of administration. Background Mr James Olayiwola Akanbi Lambo (“James”) died intestate in 2017. The claimant, Mrs Patricia […]

The Ombudsman’s Corner: 15th November 2022

Legal Ombudsman’s Scheme Rules April 2023 Aside from a couple of minor amendments and additions made back in 2012, our Scheme Rules have not changed from the date that I started my career at the Legal Ombudsman in January 2011. Last year, we decided to undertake a thorough review of them ahead of a two-stage […]

Properties and probate: What to do during the winter months

What to do during the winter months

With the winter period upon us and temperatures beginning to cool down, now is the time to consider what to do if you are dealing with an estate administration where the deceased has left an unoccupied property as part of their estate. Is the property secure? This may sound obvious, however, it is very important […]