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Working Things Out with Noisy Neighbours

With all those Christmas and New Year celebrations going on, the neighbourhood can be a bit noisier than usual over the festive season. While the odd party isn’t normally much of a problem, living near persistently noisy neighbours can have a huge...

Raising money for Christmas Jumper Day!

Our Rowberry Morris team got into the festive spirit by taking part in this year's Christmas Jumper Day in aid of the fantastic Save The Children charity. Not only did we get to raise money for a great cause, we think we looked pretty sharp too! ...

Do You Have a Policy in Place for the Office Christmas Party?

As the clock ticks down to office party time, companies need to avoid the event becoming the wrong sort of cracker.  Any company-organised office party, whether in or out of working hours and on or off site, is an extension of the workplace which can...

The Benefits of a Cohabitation Agreement

According to the Office for National Statistics , cohabiting couple families are the second largest and fastest-growing family type, making up 18.4% of households. While the law offers protection to married couples and those in a civil partnership, these...

Rowberry Morris Advise LV Scientific on Calleva Park Expansion

LV Scientific Limited have expanded their offering at Calleva Park with its acquisition of Unit 2 Mercury House. Richard Tweed, a partner in our Commercial Property team, advised LV Scientific Ltd on its recent purchase.  This acquisition is one of a...

Make Your Will Fortnight in aid of Naomi House and Jacksplace

Once again, our Rowberry Morris teams in Reading and Tadley are proudly supporting Make Your Will Fortnight in aid of the Naomi House and Jacksplace hospice charity, who do such incredible work caring for children, young adults and their families across...

What Happens When You Die Without a Will?

We live in an age where family relationships are becoming increasingly complex. With the rise in stepfamilies and unmarried cohabiting partners, a well-drafted will has become an even more important document than ever before. Most of us want to know that...

Reading Older People's Day 2019

We really enjoyed being part of September’s successful Older People’s Day 2019 event at The Broad Street Mall, Reading. It was great to help raise awareness of amenities and services for older people in the area and to be able to give advice and...

Pride of Reading Awards Nomination

Congratulations to Margaret Mead for her well-deserved nomination for the Pride of Reading Awards! You can read more about the great contribution Margaret has made to our local community here ....

Planning for Every Eventuality with a Dispute Resolution Clause

Entering into a contract is hopefully the start of a positive business relationship, so it’s tempting to downplay the possibility of potential contractual disputes. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go to plan, so it pays to inject a healthy...

Well Done to our Reading Legal Walk Team!

A huge ‘well done’ to our Reading Legal Walk team - Sarah Filsell, Julie Gallimore, Sarah Moon and Victoria Frankel - for doing their bit in raising money for a fantastic cause. Our intrepid troop were one of 27 teams and 200 walkers who...

Supporting Remember a Charity Week

Making a will is the only way to ensure your exact wishes are fulfilled after you’ve gone. A properly drafted will gives you peace of mind that your loved ones are taken care of when the time comes.  But did you know it’s possible to...

The Dangers of Gifting Property to Avoid Care Fees

Paying for care fees in later life is something most of us worry about. With many people failing to qualify for state support under current means testing thresholds , an increasing number of us could be expected to contribute towards the cost of our...

Can My Employer Refuse My Holiday Leave Request?

It’s that time of year when the lucky ones amongst us jet off to sunnier climes for a well-earned break. Many people assume that, as they are entitled to their statutory 5.6 weeks off work, there aren’t any limitations on when they can take their...

Flexible Working is on the increase

There has been an increase in the number of casual staff, consultants and seasonal workers.  Employers also report that the number of people requesting the right to work flexibly has gone up on average by over 75% in the last three years. Employers...

12 months since GDPR

As we reflect on the first anniversary of the effective date of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we set out four key steps that employers should take to ensure GDPR compliance: 1. Audit and analyse your data Employers should work...

Freehold and Leasehold Property - Making the Right Choice

Recent reports of homeowners being stuck in a leasehold trap have highlighted the importance of understanding the difference between freehold and leasehold properties. With the Competition and Markets Authority announcing an investigation into possible...

Neurodiversity at Work - New Guidance from ACAS

Neurodiversity is a relatively new term that is used to refer to the different ways the brain can work and interpret information.  It is estimated that around 1 in 7 people are neurodivergent, this includes Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Autism,...

Art and tax by Roger Crouch

Recent years have seen a determined crackdown from the Government on legitimate forms of Inheritance tax (IHT) planning. Fortunately, there are still a variety of ways to mitigate IHT. One such route is to take advantage of heritage tax relief. Some 85,000...

The problem with DIY Wills by Roger Crouch

A client recently presented to me his relative’s homemade Will: there was one glaring problem. The Will, written in beautiful handwriting, had not been witnessed and, therefore, in law, was invalid. The relative died, therefore, intestate (without a...
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