How will the changes in the Section 21 Notice affect you?

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

A Nation of Renters Britain is fast becoming a nation of renters. Recent changes to the rental market have been dominating the news and creating new implications for tenants and landlords alike. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that households in the private rented sector in the UK has risen to 63%. This equates […]

It’s my right of way isn’t it?

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

What should I do if a neighbour blocks my right of way? The first step is to check the title documents for your property to see if you have a clear right of way created by deed over your neighbour’s land. Sometimes this can be checked at the Land Registry online. If the right of […]

Boundaries – where actually are they?

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

Physical boundaries are not always legal boundaries Often with property transactions purchasers assume the boundaries shown on plans attached to the Deeds or Registered Title show the actual boundaries that they can see in front of them. However it is often not that straightforward. The legal boundary isn’t a visible line on the ground. Assumptions […]

Is a judgment worth getting?

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

When someone owes you money and your only option left is to issue court proceedings Catherine Green, Litigation Partner, explains what you should consider first; Before starting court proceedings it is always worth thinking about if you obtain a judgment how you are going to enforce it and actually get your money. Unless the person […]

Should I take action against defamation?

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

Catherine Green, Litigation Partner explains what you should consider when taking action against defamation. Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool but when someone starts spreading damaging untruths that affect the reputation and good name of your business, verbally or in writing, you need to move swiftly to protect your interests. Time is of […]

The Rise of Inheritance Act Claims

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

There has been an increase in recent years of claims under the Inheritance Act 1975. The recent well reported case of Ilott v Mitson is a good illustration of the type of claim that can be made under the Act. If you are involved in a dispute over a will or have suspicions over how a will was prepared it is important to contact a contentious probate expert.

Will Disputes – Specialist advice at a difficult time

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

In recent years there has been an increase in disputes over wills, which can be partly attributed to wills being drafted at home with ‘will packs’ or through unregulated companies offering will drafting services. In this post Stuart Geach discusses the formal requirements for creating a valid will and what actions can revoke a will.

Cohabitees and Death – Who Can Claim?

Ashley Wallace-Cook, Wills, Trusts and Probate Director at WSP Solicitors Gloucester

It may be a surprise to many that the often referred to status of ‘common law spouse’ does not exist in law. It is therefore important that people living together take steps to protect not only their partner’s position but also their own if something untoward should happen to the other.

The cost of litigating

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

Deliberately understating the value of a claim through inventive means in a bid to avoid high issuing fees, even if the avoidance was temporary and the correct fee would be paid later, risks you having the claim struck out. Read more here.

Don’t let debtors ruin your business – how to keep a rein on them

Catherine Green, Director and Civil and Commercial Disputes Solicitor at WSP Solicitors Stroud

In an ideal world, all debtors would pay either in advance or on time. However, in the current climate this concept is becoming more and more unlikely. Read some of our advice here about how to get the invoice paid first.