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Conveyancers Held Liable For Rogue Client

The Law Society has reported that both conveyancers acting on a single transaction are liable for the actions of a rogue seller who commits £470,000.00 of property fraud. This follows a ruling in the High Court. The extent of the ruling appears to suggest that solicitors are responsible to protect the purchasers money no matter…
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Vacancy – Legal Secretary

Legal Secretary to work in our busy residential conveyancing department. Salary up to £18,000 per annum (based on experience) Based at our Lancaster office. Hours of work 9am – 5.00pm Mon to Friday Apply with CV to jm@clarksonhirst.com Or for informal enquiries telephone 01524 387501

Additional Inheritance Tax Relief When Passing Your Residence To A Direct Descendant

Every individual person can pass £325,000.00 (known as the ‘nil rate band’) in the 7 years up to and including their death and such amount will not be liable to inheritance tax. Any amount over £325,000.00 will be taxed at 40% for example on an estate worth £425,000.00 with no gifts in the 7 years…
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Christina Estrada – Divorce Settlement

A former supermodel, Christina Estrada, was awarded a 53 million cash lump sum following a High Court battle with her ex-husband, a billionaire Saudi businessman. The businessman had already obtained a divorce, known as a Talaq, in Saudi Arabia. His former wife however managed to obtain leave under part III of the 1984 Matrimonial and…
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APIL launch campaign called ‘Can the Spam’

A leading lawyers’ association launches a national social media campaign today (June 1) to encourage victims of personal injury cold calling to ‘Can the Spam’. Not-for-profit campaign group the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) said cold calling exploits vulnerable people, and hopes its new cartoon will encourage people who are hounded by unwanted calls…
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Contact Centre Closure following Legal Aid cuts

Contact Centres often provide a safe environment for separated parents to spend time with their children and since the cuts brought about by LAPSO in 2012 a number of contact centres have been forced to close. A child contact centre known as Footprints in Bradford, West Yorkshire, established some 18 years ago has now found…
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Law Society lexcel accreditation

Clarkson Hirst have held the prestigious Law Society lexcel accreditation for many years now. We have successfully undertaken a compliance assessment. The assessor had the following comments to make concerning the firm’s quality procedures. “Having assessed how Clarkson Hirst operates over a number of years now, and seeing how the firm constantly develops the way…
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Client Feedback – The Fourth Emergency Service

Recent feedback from one of out clients. Maureen Fawcett is a criminal defence solicitor based at our Barrow in Furness office. Maureen is a duty solicitor and covers Barrow in Furness police station and Court Duty solicitor scheme. Maureen is dedicated to her clients and provides an excellent level of service. She is often working…
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Conveyancing Quality Scheme Reaccreditation

Clarkson Hirst Solicitors have successfully renewed their reaccreditation with the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme. The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices. Membership establishes a level of credibility for firms with stakeholders such as regulators, lenders and insurers as well as residential home buyers and sellers. The…
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Common Law Marriage – Do you actually have any legal rights?

Many couples who live together that are not married wrongly believe they have what is commonly known as a “Common Law Marriage”. However, the reality is that most co-habiting couples have very limited entitlements even if they have lived together with a partner for decades when it comes to separation. There are a number of…
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