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  • It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Business


    At last, Summer is nearly here after a chilly Spring and long Winter. On the domestic front homeowners are tending the garden, flocking to DIY Stores and going to the local tip; the Spring Clean is in full flow as …
  • Testamentary Capacity: The Causal Link


    With individuals living longer but with deteriorating mental faculties, it is perhaps unsurprising that Contentious Probate practitioners are seeing an increase in the amount of enquiries about the validity of a deceased person’s Will.  This is particularly the case when …
  • Care for the Elderly – Make sure you know ALL the facts


    Ann-Marie Aston, Partner at The Wilkes Partnership Solihull specialises in working with and on behalf of vulnerable clients including practising in the Court of Protection concerning decision-making for those lacking mental capacity to do so with respect to their health …
  • 2017 Set to Be The Best Year Yet For Corporate Team


      The corporate team at Birmingham and Solihull law firm The Wilkes Partnership has hit the ground running in 2017. The team have completed 19 significant deals since January across a range of sectors including, engineering, professional services, manufacturing, recycling …
  • Progressive Conditions – Is Diabetes a Disability?


    There are two types of diabetes: type 1 which is controlled by insulin and is usually defined as a disability under the Equality Act 2010 and type 2, which can be controlled by diet and/or medication. So does this mean …
  • Dress Codes & Discrimination in the Workplace


    The issue of discriminatory dress codes recently came to public attention when a petition calling for it to be made illegal for employers to require women to wear high heels at work received over 150,000 signatures. The petitioner was a …
  • Huge rise in probate ‘fees’ makes proper estate planning crucial


    A 9000% rise in probate fees, coming into effect from 1 May 2017, could cause a financial and administrative headache for people with assets of more than £50,000, and a rush for demand in estate planning advice. The existing flat fee …
  • Order restored? The final chapter after 10 years of Ilott v Mitson


    A long-running contentious probate case has seen the Supreme Court overturn a decision to increase the sum of money left to a woman by her estranged mother, who left her entire £500,000 estate to three animal charities. The case of …
  • Does the falling divorce rate mean a big happy ever after?


    The number of people divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 3.1 percent in 2014, the lowest rate for 40 years, according to the latest statistical data from the Office for National Statistics.  Sian Kenkre, a specialist divorce and family …
  • Tini Owens Divorce Refusal Prompts Court Appeal


    The extremely unusual case of Hugh and Tini Owens adds to the debate for whether we should have no fault divorce in this country.  Aaron Keene, Head of Family Law at The Wilkes Partnership discusses. Tini Owens is appealing against …