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10/07/2019

Contested probate – how and why wills can be contested

Michael Webb

Distributing the estate of a deceased person is a challenge that often results in legal wrangles between family and friends, especially if they feel that they haven’t been included in the will or have been ‘short changed’ in some way. This can lead to family arguments and even a challenge to the will itself.... Read More


24/06/2019

School Sports Day – who’s responsible for that twisted ankle?

Adele Whitfield

As the summer term comes to an end and schools get ready for the holidays, it’s the ‘school sports day’ season once again. That special day when everyone takes part in a host of activities from serious competitions to fun-runs, egg and spoon races, and parents getting a little bit too competitive for their own... Read More


05/06/2019

Pride month – an update on LGBTQ+ rights at work

Hannah Strawbridge

June is Pride month, when the LGBTQ+ community celebrates with a series of events. It’s a joyful and fun time, but it’s also a protest - there are still battles to be fought, especially when it comes to discrimination in the workplace. Nobody should be made to feel uncomfortable because of their sexual... Read More


09/05/2019

Eaton Smith joins Game Republic

Chris Taylor

We are delighted to announce that Eaton Smith has become one of the latest members of Game Republic, the largest games industry network in the North of England. The membership demonstrates our commitment to working with and advising the video games sector on all legal matters.

Chris Taylor, Partner at Eaton... Read More


29/04/2019

Be sure of the ground rules before you start in the garden

Jane Gregory

Warmer weather draws our attention to the outdoors and a visit to the garden centre will be top of the to-do list for many as their thoughts turn to gardens after the slow start to spring.   But being sure of the ground rules is a good idea before you start.

Hitting headlines recently, have been several... Read More


11/04/2019

Happy snapping? Taking pictures without the owner’s consent

Chris Taylor

We’ve turned into a nation of photographers. Not only do we constantly have access to a camera these days, thanks to smartphones that come complete with highly advanced camera technology built in, but we love snapping away too. Whether it’s a still photograph of a sunset or a video of a pub fight, we’re... Read More


10/04/2019

Change in divorce law looks set to stop the blame game

Zahra Nawaz

No-fault divorce is likely to be introduced, but professionals say fair deal on asset sharing means mediation must remain top of the agenda.

The news that no-fault divorce is likely to become law has been welcomed, but while the legislation waits for its place in the parliamentary calendar, families must... Read More


28/03/2019

Drone wars – what’s the latest legislation on the use of drones?

Lewis Holroyd

In December, Gatwick Airport, the UK’s second major air hub, was brought to a complete standstill for several days. There was no bomb threat or unpronounceable Icelandic volcano eruption. This time, thousands of travellers and some of the world’s biggest airlines were stopped in their tracks… by a rather small... Read More


28/03/2019

When does a hug become unacceptable behaviour?

Hannah Strawbridge

Physical contact in the workplace is a very high-profile topic among bosses, workers, and HR departments at the moment. On the back of two very public controversies, where men in positions of power got a little bit too ‘touchy-feely’ with their staff, the current default position is one that appears to say that... Read More


28/03/2019

April rains for employers with raft of new legislation

Hannah Strawbridge

Gender pay gaps, itemised payslips and what to do about working rights for EU citizens – these are some of the issues looming large for employers over the coming weeks, with April ushering in many significant dates for new and amended employment legislation. 

“It’s hard work keeping up to speed with... Read More


26/02/2019

WARNING: Substantial increases to the cost of probate registry fees

Charlene Vilia

At Eaton Smith Solicitors we’re warning clients to be aware of potential cost changes in death certificates and probate fees, which are set to come in to force.

Probate fees are set to change in April and will work on a sliding scale rather than the current fixed cost. Currently, the charge is a flat rate... Read More


13/12/2018

Conveyancing: Shared ownership property purchase

Ruth Walker

First-time buyers who bought a shared ownership property in the last twelve months should check if they are due a refund on any stamp duty paid.  

That’s because when Chancellor Hammond extended the stamp duty relief available to first-time buyers of shared ownership property in his Autumn 2018 budget,... Read More