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Prenups - are they worth the paper they're written on?

Until fairly recent years, prenuptial agreements were seen as the preserve of wealthy Americans. Indeed, English law refused to recognise them, because they undermined the sanctity of marriage as a lifelong institution (“till death us do part”,...

Stop The Pressure!

Pressure ulcers are otherwise known as bedsores or pressure sores. These ulcers occur when there is prolonged pressure on the skin or soft tissue, causing the skin and underlying tissues to become damaged. They can affect anyone but commonly occur in those...

Goughs Solicitors named as finalists in the "Law Firm of the Year" and "CSR Firm of the Year" categories at the Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Law Society Legal Excellence Awards 2017

One of Wiltshire’s leading law firms, Goughs Solicitors is delighted to announce that it is a finalist in two categories of the Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Law Society (GWILS) Legal Excellence Awards 2017, namely “Law Firm of the Year”...

Overage payments and Affordable Housing sales

A recent Court of Appeal decision highlighted the need for very careful drafting when documenting “overage” (uplift) payments on development land. In the case of Burrows Investments Limited v Ward Homes Limited , the developer had agreed to pay...

The life and times of a CRPS victim

Just a quick note to introduce myself, my name is Paul Turner and I am a lawyer and chronic pain specialist at Goughs Solicitors. This year for National Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) awareness day, I thought the...

Why Should I use a High Street Firm for my Conveyancing?

Buying a house will most probably be the biggest investment you make in your lifetime, not to mention one of the most stressful times. You therefore want to ensure that you make the right decision when it comes to choosing a solicitor to represent you. Here...

Glow Day 2017 - Child Brain Injury Trust

Every 30 minutes a child or young person will acquire a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. A brain injury is an injury for life and can have a devastating and life long impact on both the child and their families. The Child Brain Injury...

HR and Employment Seminar - 'Time to say Goodbye'

How to manage the exiting employee, and Farewell Data Protection Act and welcome to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Thursday 23rd November 2017 5.00pm - 6.30pm Guyers House, Corsham, SN13 0PS Kevin Basnett, Managing Partner and Angela...

Community Infrastructure Levy update

It’s always important to check before sending legal notices by post.  Service by standard post is often fine, but it can lead to difficulties if you need to prove you have formally served a notice. The Planning Inspectorate recently heard an...

What to do after an accident: STOP

If you are involved in a road traffic accident then it can be difficult to remember what to do at the time.  Everything happens very quickly and you are likely to have adrenaline rushing through your body or be experiencing symptoms of shock.  This...

World Cerebral Palsy Day - 6th October 2017

World Cerebral Palsy day is a movement created by and for the Cerebral Palsy (CP) community. The vision is to ensure everyone with CP across the world has the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else. By individuals taking local action, a global...

BackCare Awareness Week: 2-6th October

Back pain is one of the most costly health issues in the country affecting over 80% of the UK population and costing the NHS billions of pounds every year. Musculoskeletal disorders are one of the leading causes of absence from the work place, costing the UK...

Living with your Partner? Know your legal rights.

Living with your partner? You can rely on their promises, can’t you? Don’t bet your house on it… Despite the enduring myth of the ‘common law wife’, cohabitees who are not married or in a civil partnership have very few...

What is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, how is it diagnosed and can it be treated?

To continue our campaign to raise awareness of chronic pain conditions we have set out what a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) means. CRPS is a chronic pain condition that develops after trauma to the body, causing severe and normally...

Goughs Solicitors shortlisted for the national Law Society Excellence in Law Management Award 2017

One of Wiltshire’s leading law firms, Goughs Solicitors is delighted to announce that it is one of only eight firms nationally to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Law Society Excellence Awards in the category of “Excellence in Law...

World Sepsis Day - 13th September 2017

The 13 th September marks World Sepsis Day organised by the Global Sepsis Alliance every year since 2012. Their aim is simple; to raise public awareness and provide an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against sepsis. Sepsis accounts for 8...

Leasehold Property - What exactly am I buying?

In England and Wales there are two types of property ownership; Freehold or Leasehold. Flats are leasehold properties as you do not own the land the flat is built on or the building your flat is in. Ownership of a flat usually relates to everything within...

Property developers and rights of way...

“In the end we had to pay the neighbour £50,000 and their legal costs just to allow us to access the site!”  No one wants to be this person.  And you definitely don’t want to be the developer who also has to pay all of...

We've all heard of the term 'No-Win-No-Fee', but what does it actually mean?

The correct term for a no-win-no-fee agreement is a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). It is a contract between you and your solicitor in relation to payment of your legal fees. Here are some of the most important things you need to know before signing an...

Unmarried Couples - Know Your Rights

It is increasingly common for couples to live together without getting married. Unmarried couples do not have the same rights as married couples to make financial claims against each other when separating, but they should be aware that they can sometimes...

When is the best time to start planning for later life?

Most of us can admit to effectively burying our heads in the sand when it comes to looking at what could befall us in later life. In a society where people are living longer, concerns surrounding dementia, strokes and loss of capacity are becoming more...

The Cycle of Chronic Pain

Pain is subjective; each person will experience and manage pain in their own way.  If the pain, following an acute injury or illness lasts longer than six months, it is then considered chronic. Chronic pain can have an all-pervasive effect on...

Dangerous Occupations

When faced with looking for a new career the mortality or injury rates are not the first factor normally considered, but some occupations can be surprisingly hazardous. When you think of dangerous occupations its easy to consider those such as; bomb disposal...

National Road Victims Month

If you think that most road traffic accidents occur in the winter months you may be surprised to hear it is actually August that sees the biggest increase in the number of fatalities on English roads.  It is for this reason (along with some notable...

Closure and staffing issues of maternity wards

Following Birth Trauma Awareness Week many news outlets are using the opportunity of raising awareness about birth trauma to also highlight the widespread temporary and permanent closures of maternity wards across the country.  Understandably this is...

Birth Trauma Awareness Week: A father's perspective

Yesterday we spoke to Domini Barry of Open Space in Bath about her work with postnatal mothers and the effects of birth trauma.  We must however also remember that there is often a partner involved at a birth and they can also suffer from the effects of...

Birth Trauma Awareness Week: Discovering you are not alone

To mark Birth Trauma Awareness Week we spoke with Domini Barry from Open Space* in Bath about her experiences working with mothers following a traumatic birth.  Domini works with postnatal mothers with the aim of bringing together small groups of...

Birth Trauma Awareness

Sadly many women each year experience trauma as a consequence of giving birth with many affected women and families living in silence.  The Birth Trauma Association* (BTA) offers support to women and their families so that they are not alone. ...

UK pensions ruling wins equal benefits for gay couple

The Supreme Court recently ruled that civil partners and gay married couples should benefit from the same pension arrangements in the event of the death of their partner as heterosexual couples. Prior to the landmark ruling, an exemption in the Equality Act...

Goughs Solicitors secures Lexcel Quality Mark for the sixth consecutive year

We are pleased to announce that we have recently secured the national Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel for the sixth consecutive year. Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is an optional, recognised...

Could a hastily written text or email become your last Will and testament?

Under proposed new rules from the Law Commission, individuals may be able to use voicemail messages, emails and texts to make their wills. This comes after the Law Commission branded the current legacy system as ‘outdated’ and recommends that the...

Is it time to review your Enduring Power of Attorney?

As many people may already be aware, Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPA) were replaced by Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) almost a decade ago in 2007. If you made your EPA before 1st October 2007 it is still valid, but you may wish to consider whether it...

Court of Appeal decision moves away from equal split of assets on divorce

For many years, the courts of England and Wales have ordered that divorcing couples should have an equal share of assets generated  during the marriage, provided both’s needs are met.  Tuesday’s Court of Appeal decision in the case of...

Repair obligations in a commercial lease

If you are a tenant entering into a new lease of commercial premise it is important that you understand what you are agreeing to with regards to repairs. An onerous repairing obligation could result in you being responsible for costly repairs during the term...

General Election 2017: Manifesto pledges on housing

Theresa May’s snap election call left the political parties scrambling to produce their manifestos in time for the General Election on 8 June.  Whatever your politics, housing is sure to be a key issue for the next government, with experts...

HR and Employment Seminar - The Top 10 Tricky Employment Issues

Top 10 Tricky Employment Issues: How to deal with them, what to do if it goes wrong and how to avoid disputes and claims Thursday 22nd June 2017 5.00pm - 6.30pm Guyers House, Corsham, SN13 0PS Kevin Basnett, Managing Partner and Angela Protheroe,...

Bankrupt Beneficiaries - how does it affect inheritance?

Unfortunately, bankrupt beneficiaries can be quite common, and for this reason executors need to be aware of how to deal with them as it is their responsibility to know if a beneficiary of an estate is bankrupt. It is therefore important for executors to be...

Action for Brain Injury Week 2017

This week marks Action for Brain Injury Week 2017 which culminates in Hats for Headway on Friday to raise funds for the brain injury charity Headway.  The theme for Headway this week is 'A New Me' which is focusing providing a platform for...

Here comes the sun: staying safe in the warmer weather

The sun is shining and we are all embracing the change in season. The rush to be outside, travel to far away places to revel in the long light evenings and make the most of it because in all honesty it does not happen for many months of the year! With...

When a break notice is not enough...

When agreeing a lease a tenant will be pleased to be allowed a right to break the term of the lease – this will allow the tenant to serve notice on his landlord to bring the lease to an end on a specified date or dates before the end of the agreed...

Q&A: The Residence Nil Rate Band

What is the Residence Nil Rate Band? The new Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) came into effect in April 2017 and will act as another tool for individuals to use in relation to inheritance tax planning. The RNRB has been introduced as a direct result of...

"A level playing field requires equality of arms"

Although we live in an age of greater gender equality than ever before, it remains the case that when couples separate and divorce, wives are often left in a financially vulnerable position.  This often arises because the couple have children and the...

Q&A: Considering making a will? Top tips for getting it right!

1. A Will is for everyone No matter what your estate consists of it is highly advisable that you prepare a will to ensure your wishes are met, and your estate can be dealt with in the swiftest and most cost-effective manner. 2. Consider using a...

The 'Bank of Mum and Dad'...

The Telegraph has recently advised that 34% of first time buyers receive money from their mum or dad or other family members towards their purchase. Legal and General has advised that last year over five billion was gifted or loaned by family members...

Fraud is on the increase, protect your property!

Fraud is on the increase; over the last few years fraudsters have become extremely clever, there is a rising number of incidences of fraudsters targeting properties. The Land Registry have stated that “ since 2009 they have successfully prevented...

How much does it really cost to buy?

Buying a house is probably one of, if not, the most expensive purchases you will make. However, have you considered all of the additional fees and expenses you will need to pay on top of the house price? We list below the additional fees and expenses you...

Increased Probate fees from May 2017

When someone dies holding assets in their own name over a certain limit, a Grant of Representation (known to some as “Probate”) in their estate is required.  This is obtained by making an application to the Probate Registry. The current fee...

Woman left "trapped in a loveless marriage" after being refused divorce by the Court of Appeal

On Friday, the Court of Appeal upheld a ruling that Tini Owens, a 66 year-old woman from Worcestershire, should not be allowed a divorce from her husband, 78 year old Hugh Owens. In 2015 Mrs Owens applied to divorce her husband on the grounds of his...

Digital Inheritance: What happens to your online assets when you pass away?

Online gambling appears to be more popular than ever and it is not the only thing we have all taken to doing online. If you took the time to think about all the places you visit where you have an account you could be surprised. Increasingly more and more of...

What is the new Residence Nil Rate Band and how will it affect me?

The new Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) comes into effect this April (2017) and will act as another tool for individuals to use in relation to inheritance tax planning. The RNRB has been introduced as a direct result of the ongoing rise of property prices in...
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