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October 8, 2018

A record £44 million worth of healthcare mergers and acquisitions deals for Thursfields Solicitors


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Thursfields Solicitors has dealt with a record 16 mergers and acquisitions deals in the healthcare sector worth more than £44 million in the last 12 months.

The instructions were received by the company’s Healthcare sector team, with around 70 per cent being the acquisitions and disposals of care homes and the rest involving veterinary practice and dental laboratory deals.

Tim Edwards, a senior associate in Thursfields’ Corporate & Commercial department who leads the company’s Healthcare sector team, said: “The sector is extremely buoyant at the moment and we are very pleased to have been asked to provide our professional expertise in this area.

“Clients place their confidence in us because we can offer a seamless service, with colleagues such as Stewart Coles in our Birmingham office who advises on commercial property issues and Lisa Kemp in Worcester providing expert advice on all employment and HR matters.”

Thursfields is one of the region’s longest established and most reputable law firms, and with more than 150 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands it has the resources and expertise to provide across-the-board legal advice to company owners.

Thursfields’ commercial services team is increasingly recognised by its legal peers.

The company had a record number of accolades in the legal trade directory Legal 500 in 2017, including its corporate and commercial, commercial litigation, insolvency and corporate recovery, employment and personal injury specialists.

Other Thursfields’ areas of expertise recognised by Legal 500 were charities and not-for-profit, contentious trusts and probate, family, personal tax, trusts and probate, commercial property and property litigation.

Mr Edwards said: “Whether you are making an acquisition or seeking to make a disposal of a business, we are able to offer practical and pragmatic solutions to your legal issues.

“Our aim is the same as your aim – to achieve the outcome you are seeking by applying our sector knowledge and commercial focus. We also have the scale and resources to achieve the best possible result.”

He added: “The message is clear. If you are buying or selling businesses in the West Midlands, Thursfields is well placed to handle all related legal matters on your behalf, providing pragmatic and commercial advice and always with the end game in mind.”

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For further information, please contact:
Dani James, Business Development Manager, Thursfields Solicitors
Email: djames@thursfields.co.uk Tel: 01905 677066

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Steve Dyson, ASAP PR – 01789 490786, mobile 0781 8004575

www.thursfields.co.uk, Twitter – @Thursfields, LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields

Notes to Editors
Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 150 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



October 1, 2018

Leading Black Country lawyer promoted to director at Thursfields


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Jane Rudge, one of Thursfields Solicitors’ leading Black Country lawyers, has been promoted to the position of director with the company.

Mrs Rudge, originally from Edinburgh, started her professional life in the legal department of investment bank Morgan Stanley in Canary Wharf.

After a law degree at Birmingham University, she trained with George Green Solicitors, qualifying in 1999, and then worked for Wall James Chappell and later Higgs & Sons before joining Thursfields’ Halesowen office as a senior associate solicitor in 2016.

Nick O’Hara, managing director of Thursfields, said: “On behalf of the shareholders and directors of Thursfields, I’d like to congratulate Jane on her promotion to director.

“Jane has played an important part in our Corporate & Commercial department at the Halesowen office, taking on a leadership role in our business development strategy for the Black Country.

“Her background in corporate matters means she has real confidence dealing with all types of commercial contracts, and she is well-respected in the marketplace for her expertise.”

He added: “Jane fully deserves this promotion, having introduced many new clients to Thursfields.”

Mrs Rudge, who was recommended in last year’s The Legal 500 directory, said: “I’m very pleased and proud to become a director at Thursfields, a company where I’ve been given the opportunity to take the initiative and thrive.

“We have a great team in the Halesowen office and are going from strength to strength in the marketplace, with strong plans for our future development.”

She added: “I now look forward to helping lead the company as we continue to grow and provide our award-winning services to our clients across the Black Country.”

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For further information, please contact:

Dani James, Business Development Manager, Thursfields Solicitors
Email: djames@thursfields.co.uk Tel: 01905 677066

Or
Steve Dyson, ASAP PR – 01789 490786, mobile 0781 8004575

www.thursfields.co.uk, Twitter – @Thursfields, LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields

Notes to Editors
Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 150 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



May 8, 2018

New law on mobile phone masts to be explained at Birmingham property conference


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Thursfields Solicitors will explain how new regulations about mobile phone masts affect landowners at a regional property event in Birmingham later this month.

John McLean, a senior associate at Thursfields’ Birmingham office, is appearing at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) conference at Aston University on Thursday 24 May.

He will be discussing the details behind the new Electronic Communications Code, which came into force on 28 December 2017.

John McLean, who specialises in telecommunications law, said: “The reformed Electronic Communications Code has drastically changed the relationship between landowners and telecoms operators with regard to mobile phone masts.

“The new code seeks to substantially increase nationwide connectivity, making it more difficult for landowners to remove operators from their land, which can be particularly problematic if they are planning redevelopment projects.

“I will be explaining at this seminar how template agreements or leases that have previously been used will need to be amended to be fit for purpose for future use under the new code.”

Mr McLean is an experienced commercial property solicitor who joined Thursfields in 2016, having previously spent 11 years working at Eversheds LLP in Birmingham.

He has been acting for landowners for over 10 years in relation to agreements under the previous Electronic Communications Code, and has been explaining the new code at a number of RICS’ seminars this year.

He added: “The new Code includes various changes to assignment, upgrading and sharing, security of tenure, and valuations, all of which I will cover in detail.”

The RICS’ regional conference at Aston University on 24 May will be packed with the latest update for chartered surveyors on land, property and the built environment. For more details and to book spaces visit https://ww2.rics.org/uk/events/conferences-seminars/cpd-days/cpd-day-birmingham/

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For further information, please contact:

Dani James, Business Development Manager, Thursfields Solicitors
9-10 The Tything Worcester Worcestershire WR1 1HD
djames@thursfields.co.uk 01905 677066

Or

Steve Dyson, ASAP PR – 0781 8004575

www.thursfields.co.uk
Twitter - @Thursfields
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields
Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.


New law on mobile phone masts to be explained at Birmingham property conference


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Thursfields Solicitors will explain how new regulations about mobile phone masts affect landowners at a regional property event in Birmingham later this month.

John McLean, a senior associate at Thursfields’ Birmingham office, is appearing at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) conference at Aston University on Thursday 24 May.

He will be discussing the details behind the new Electronic Communications Code, which came into force on 28 December 2017.

John McLean, who specialises in telecommunications law, said: “The reformed Electronic Communications Code has drastically changed the relationship between landowners and telecoms operators with regard to mobile phone masts.

“The new code seeks to substantially increase nationwide connectivity, making it more difficult for landowners to remove operators from their land, which can be particularly problematic if they are planning redevelopment projects.

“I will be explaining at this seminar how template agreements or leases that have previously been used will need to be amended to be fit for purpose for future use under the new code.”

Mr McLean is an experienced commercial property solicitor who joined Thursfields in 2016, having previously spent 11 years working at Eversheds LLP in Birmingham.

He has been acting for landowners for over 10 years in relation to agreements under the previous Electronic Communications Code, and has been explaining the new code at a number of RICS’ seminars this year.

He added: “The new Code includes various changes to assignment, upgrading and sharing, security of tenure, and valuations, all of which I will cover in detail.”

The RICS’ regional conference at Aston University on 24 May will be packed with the latest update for chartered surveyors on land, property and the built environment. For more details and to book spaces visit https://ww2.rics.org/uk/events/conferences-seminars/cpd-days/cpd-day-birmingham/

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For further information, please contact:

Dani James, Business Development Manager, Thursfields Solicitors
9-10 The Tything Worcester Worcestershire WR1 1HD
djames@thursfields.co.uk 01905 677066

Or

Steve Dyson, ASAP PR – 0781 8004575

www.thursfields.co.uk
Twitter - @Thursfields
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields
Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with more than 140 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



May 2, 2018

Six staff tot up 212 years at long established law firm


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Pic cap: Ifor Hughes, Alison Styler, Jan Thompson, Penny Dunscombe, Mandy Lane and Stephen Priest have clocked up an amazing 212 years service at Kerwoods Solicitors



For an experienced eye on legal matters, you couldn’t do better than commissioning leading Midlands law firm Kerwoods Solicitors.

Because just six staff have worked a total of 212 years between them at the historic Redditch-based company, which was launched back in 1880.

The most experienced of all are secretary Alison Styler and partner Stephen Priest, who both who started work at Davis Pipe & Co back in 1977.

That firm’s name subsequently changed to Davis Priest & Co and then merged with Kerwoods in 2011, meaning Alison and Stephen have now worked at the same company for 41 years.

The next longest server is secretary Mandy Lane who joined Kerwoods straight from college in 1980, 38 years ago.

Meanwhile Penny Dunscombe, another secretary, joined Richard Caley & Co in 1986 who then merged with Powleson, Caley & Bell in 1991, that company merging with Kerwoods in 2001, meaning that she’s worked at the firm for 32 years.

The experience spreads all the way to the top, with partner Ifor Hughes joining Kerwoods 32 years ago in 1985, followed in 1990 by fellow partner Jan Thompson, who’s now clocked up 28 years.

Mrs Thompson said: “We pride ourselves on building strong, longstanding relationships with our clients, driven by the experience we have here at Kerwoods.

“Legal matters can be quite complex, but most situations have been dealt with many times by several of us here at Kerwoods, bringing many decades of knowledge and understanding to clients’ legal affairs.

“This means we take a pragmatic approach, taking an overall view of what’s in our clients’ best interests, achieving results and resolving matters in the most efficient and professional manner.”

There are around 25 staff at Kerwoods providing a comprehensive range of legal services to individuals and businesses, from house sales to wills and estates, and from matrimonial and family issues to company and commercial law.

Mrs Thompson added: “Kerwoods’ success and growth over the years has been due to a high level of care, maintenance of professional standards, and satisfied and loyal clients who have recommended us to families and friends.

“This respected reputation has a lot to do with having such a talented team of experienced secretaries handling the diaries and administration.

“Their experience means everything progresses like clockwork beneath the surface, enabling us lawyers to focus on the finer points of law, making sure we are always up to date on the latest changes.”

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For further information, please contact:
Jan Thompson, Partner,
Kerwoods Solicitors, 7 Church Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4AD
01527 584444

www.kerwoods.co.uk

Prepared and issued by Steve Dyson of ASAP PR, 0781 8004575.

Notes to Editors
Kerwoods Solicitors, established in 1880, provides a comprehensive service to both individuals and businesses in Redditch, Worcestershire and the wider West Midlands.



February 26, 2018

Thursfields warning about government’s far-reaching employment shake up


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Thursfields warning about government’s far-reaching employment shake up

The government’s shake up of working practices, particularly in the so-called “gig economy”, is not just about zero hours, sick pay and holiday entitlements, Thursfields Solicitors is warning.

The leading Midlands law firms says the practical impact of the Taylor Review will be much more far reaching.

James Monk, a senior associate in Thursfields’ employment team, said: “Last year an independent review, called the Taylor Review, was issued in relation to the gig economy and modern working practices.

“The Government has announced its response to the Taylor Review and claims that it will be acting on all but one of the 53 recommendations made by the Taylor Review as part of its plan to promote ‘Good Work’.

“The key proposals that are to be implemented by the Government can be broken down into three key areas,” he said.

Workers’ rights will be further protected by ensuring unpaid interns are not doing the job of a worker. A new “naming and shaming” scheme will identify employers who fail to pay employment tribunal awards.

Fines for employers who show malice, spite or gross oversight will be quadrupled to £20,000, and the Government is considering increasing penalties for employers who have previously lost similar cases.

The Government is also acting to ensure workers are paid fairly through a series of measures, including providing all agency workers with a clear breakdown of who pays them and any costs or charges deducted from their wages.

Also under consideration is a proposal to ask the Low Pay Commission to consider the impact of higher minimum wage rates for workers on zero hour contracts, and a repeal of laws allowing agencies to employ workers on cheaper rates.

The Government is also seeking to increase transparency in the business environment by defining “working time” for flexible workers who find jobs through apps or online, so they know when they should be being paid.

A task force is proposed to promote awareness and the take-up of the right to request flexible working introduced in 2014. There will also be a drive to ensure new and expectant mothers know their workplace rights, and to raise awareness among employers of their obligations.

And a new campaign will be launched to encourage more working parents to share childcare through Shared Parental Leave.

However, warned James Monk, the “devil is in the detail”.

“Until we see the detail of the changes in practice, it is difficult to judge the exact impact of these changes,” he said.

“Already both sides of the debate are lining up in opposition with the Trade Unions saying the announcement is a ‘baby step’ and what was needed was a ‘giant leap’.”

In contrast however, Stephen Martin, the Director General of the Institute of Directors, has commented that “this could be the biggest shake-up of employment law in generations” and it is therefore right “that the Government proceeds cautiously”.

Mr Monk added: “We will await further details to see just how this will impact organisations in practice, but businesses that are currently sitting down with their legal advisers to review issues such as their contracts and working practices, should do so in the light of these proposed changes.”

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For further information, please contact:
James Monk, Senior Associate, Thursfields Solicitors
Tel: 0121 227 3850 Email: jmonk@thursfields.co.uk

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Website: www.thursfields.co.uk Twitter: @Thursfields LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields

Notes to Editors
Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with around 140 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



February 12, 2018

Thursfields helps former rugby star to expand coffee shop brand into Birmingham


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Thursfields helps former rugby star to expand coffee shop brand into Birmingham

A former professional rugby player is expanding his Worcester-based speciality coffee shop into Birmingham, with help from Thursfields Solicitors.

Sam Smith, the ex-Worcester Warriors and England under-20s winger, launched Wayland’s Yard in Foregate Street, Worcester in October 2016 after an injury forced his early retirement from rugby.

The leading Midlands law firm has now helped him with the acquisition and lease of premises in Bull Street, Birmingham city centre where the second Wayland’s Yard is due to open in March.

The commercial property team, led by Katie Williams, and senior associate Tim Edwards, from the corporate and commercial team, both based at Thursfields’ Worcester office, assisted on the deal.

Mr Smith said: “The support from Thursfields in the last six to eight months has been invaluable, and I’d recommend their services without hesitation.

“Tim’s always on hand to give sound and pragmatic advice on business-related matters, and the commercial property team were fantastic in helping us to secure the new premises in the centre of Birmingham’s business district.”

Recalling his launch into business, Mr Smith added: “Having to stop playing rugby was devastating as I hoped to play for another nine or 10 years, but I’m really pleased with how Wayland’s has progressed this year.

“My dream was to create a venue that champions speciality coffee, supports local suppliers and serves up great food in a unique and exciting space.

“We’ve become established in Worcester since opening in October 2016 and we saw a real opportunity to continue to share our passion for proper coffee and food by launching into the busy city centre of Birmingham.”

Mr Edwards of Thursfields said: “When a business is growing, it can be a challenging moment to sign a lease in a new city, so we were delighted to make this as easy as possible for Sam and Wayland’s Yard.”

Katie Williams of Thursfields added: “Wayland’s Yard has quickly become a popular and well-known coffee shop in Worcester, and it’s been a pleasure for the team to help Sam find a great venue for his second branch in Birmingham.”

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For further information, please contact:

Tim Edwards, Senior Associate, Thursfields Solicitors
Tel: 01905 677059 Email: tedwards@thursfields.co.uk


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Notes to Editors
Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with around 140 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



February 6, 2018

Thursfields highlights end of ‘double recovery’ care costs dispute


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Local councils should no longer take personal injury settlements into account when deciding whether to pay for the care of severely disabled people, according to a leading Midlands law firm.

The comments from Thursfields Solicitors come after the High Court threw out a local authority’s appeal that a woman’s damages should be included in its assessment of her finances.

Tracy Ashby, a senior associate at Thursfields Solicitors, explained the decision had clarified the law around care payments, ending councils’ protests at so-called “double recovery” where they had argued a person shouldn’t receive money for the same injury twice.

Ms Ashby said: “Local councils should now disregard any personal injury settlements in future financial assessments of vulnerable people’s care needs.

“This is a major step forward for severely disabled people and their family and carers who until now were constantly fighting for the right to keep compensation separate from ongoing care needs.”

The decision relates to the Care Act 2014 which says that while councils can expect people with capital over £23,250 to pay for their own care, some forms of capital – such as an award of damages for personal injury – must be disregarded.

The High Court appeal involved a woman who had received a personal injury award of almost £1.3m in 1998 for medical negligence dating back to 1975, money that Wokingham Borough Council took into account when assessing her finances.

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found that the council was at fault and ordered backdated payments for her care, a decision the council had appealed.

This appeal was dismissed by the Honourable Mr Justice Fraser, sitting in the administrative High Court, who said it was “totally without merit”, and the Ombudsman said all future cases would now be considered in the same way.

Ms Ashby, who specialises in long-term care cases for Thursfields, added: “Compensation for medical negligence should be used to enhance the lives of vulnerable people, for example to buy a house and vehicle that can be specially adapted for their needs.

“To drain such compensation to pay for day-to-day care would effectively mean the individual has had no real compensation, which the judge has now confirmed is wrong.”

A full report on the High Court decision can be read here.

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For further information, please contact:

Tracy Ashby, Senior Associate Solicitor, Thursfields Solicitors
9 The Courtyard, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3DA
TAshby@thursfields.co.uk 0121 6475269

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Steve Dyson, ASAP PR – 0781 8004575
www.thursfields.co.uk Twitter - @Thursfields
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields

Notes to Editors
Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms, with around 140 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



November 20, 2017

Thursfields shortlisted for ‘Best Team’ award


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Thursfields Solicitors is a finalist in this week’s 2017 Excellence Awards organised by Solihull Business Improvement District (BID).
The Solihull office of the Midland law firm has been nominated in the ‘Best Team’ category of the awards, which will take place in a sell-out ceremony on Thursday [November 23] at the town’s St Johns Hotel.
The shortlisting comes just months after Thursfields nearly doubled the size of its Solihull office by moving into a 3,000 sq ft space at 9 The Courtyard, on the Warwick Road.
Rob Pettigrew, the commercial property director at Thursfields’ Solihull office, said: “We are delighted to be up for this award so soon after our expansion, as it reflects the growing strength of our reputation in the area.”
The winners will be decided by a prestigious judging panel that includes David Bradnock MBE, HM Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands, and ITV Central newsreader Sameena Ali-Khan will host the awards.
Melanie Palmer, director of Solihull BID, said: “This is the third year of the Excellence Awards and we’ve had the biggest response to date.
“The high standard of entries is a perfect reflection of the brilliant businesses and workers we have in the town centre.”

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For further information, please contact:

Robert Pettigrew, Commercial Property Director, Thursfields Solicitors
9 The Courtyard, Warwick Road, Solihull B91 3DA
Tel 0121 624 4000

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www.thursfields.co.uk
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Notes to Editors
Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms. With 140 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands, Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



October 25, 2017

Thursfields advises DRP Holdings on purchase of Penguins Events


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Midlands law firm Thursfields has helped Worcestershire-based communications agency DRP Holdings in its purchase of Penguins, the Windsor-based events company.
Thursfields advised on the corporate, employment and property aspects of the deal.
The purchase means that DRP has increased its team to more than 220 staff across the Midlands, London, Leeds and Windsor.
The team from Thursfields Solicitors included corporate director Gareth Burge, commercial property director Nick O’Hara and commercial director Michelle O’Hara.
They were joined by Tim Edwards, senior associate in Thursfields’ corporate division, and trainee solicitor Joe Rollins.
Mr Burge said: “Thursfields has growing experience in the creative and events sector and Penguins is an excellent match for DRP’s ongoing expansion.
“We were delighted to play a part in helping to make this happen and now look forward to seeing further success from the DRP group.”
Dale Parmenter, group chief executive of DRP, said: “We were very pleased with wide-ranging and expert advice from Thursfields which helped us to seal this exciting deal.
“Penguins is a well-established, innovative and active agency and we are now looking forward to expanding our capacity and capabilities across the UK.”
Penguins is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the industry and employs 22 people. It works on live events and incentive travel solutions, with clients including Honda, GSK, British Airways, and Unilever.
Black Country accountancy firm Price Pearson advised on the tax and accounting aspects of the deal.

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For further information, please contact:

Gareth Burge, Director
Thursfields, 9-10 The Tything Worcester Worcestershire WR1 1HD
01905 677043
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Steve Dyson, ASAP PR, mobile 0781 8004575.

www.thursfields.co.uk
Twitter - @Thursfields
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields

Notes to Editors
Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms. With 140 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands, Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



September 10, 2017

Getting to the Hart of divorce cash split just became more difficult


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The splitting of assets in divorce cases is now very much in flux following a high-profile Court of Appeal hearing, a leading lawyer has warned.

Stephen Priest, partner and family law expert at Redditch firm Kerwoods, cautioned that more such challenges could now be expected.

Karen Hart had been in a relationship with John Hart, a wealthy Midlands property developer for 23 years when they first separated in 2006.

The case hit the headlines because on the one hand the former wife received £3.5 million out of total resources of just under £9.4 million despite living with another man, yet on the other hand the Court of Appeal dismissed her bid for an equal share of her and her ex-husband's assets.

Some family lawyers now predict a rise in the number of couples seeking prenuptial agreements.

Mr Priest said: “The decision was based on the pre-marriage wealth built up by Mr Hart, nevertheless it is considered unusual given this was such a long marriage.

“The courts draw a clear distinction between wealth built up during the course of a partnership and that generated prior to the marriage, and this is what has happened in this case. In most circumstances, the party that brings a significant amount of wealth to the marriage will be entitled to retain it.

“In Hart v Hart the former wife clearly felt aggrieved at her failure to receive half the assets yet some pundits have suggested that the award was generous given her new relationship.

“It will be very interesting to see where in subsequent cases the balance is struck. But clearly there are big implications for anyone getting divorced.”

Mr Priest said he agreed that this would likely encourage the further growth of pre-nuptial agreements.

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For further information, please contact:

Stephen Priest, Partner,
Kerwoods Solicitors, 7 Church Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4AD

01527 584444

www.kerwoods.co.uk

Prepared and issued by Andy Skinner of ASAP PR, 01789 490786, mobile, 07990 978257.

Notes to Editors

Kerwoods Solicitors, established in 1880, provides a comprehensive service to both individuals and businesses in Redditch, Worcestershire and the wider West Midlands.



July 27, 2017

Thursfields warns of surge in employment tribunal claims after Government loses fees decision


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The Supreme Court’s decision to rule the Employment Tribunal fees regime unlawful will have a massive impact, a Midlands lawyer has warned.

Jayne Holliday, an employment law specialist at Thursfields Solicitors, said the decision will have a “big effect” on both employers and employees alike.

However, she believes, some sort of fee system is likely to be reintroduced.

The union Unison had been fighting a judicial review of the system since the fees were introduced in July 2013,

Fees started at around £160 and increased to between £230 and £950 for further hearings. For certain claims, they could go as high as £1,200.

It all resulted in a 70 per cent-plus reduction in cases.

The Government will now have to refund more than £27 million to the thousands of people charged for taking claims to tribunals over the last four years.

Ms Holliday said: “The Supreme Court’s rationale for granting Unison’s appeal was the disparity between the fees that are payable in the County Court for claims of a similar monetary value and those issued in an Employment Tribunal.

“There were also arguments that there is a social importance of being able to enforce employment rights which are being hindered by the fees regime.

“This is big news for employers and employees alike. While it is unlikely that fees will be abolished altogether, they will be reduced to a level that is seen to be more affordable for claimants. It is also possible that employers will be required to pay a fee when they enter their defence.

“This will undoubtedly lead to a rise in the number of claims issued and will see employers once again having to deal with claims on a more regular basis.

“While the next steps are not clear it seems most likely that the Government will start an immediate consultation on the fees level and, for the time being, fees will be suspended when claims are issued.”

Ms Holliday said the Government’s problems appeared to stem from not bringing an Act before Parliament requiring Employment Tribunals to charge a fee.

By using secondary legislation, they had laid themselves open to challenge.

She added: “The judges were in particular irked by the unfairness in having to pay a large Employment Tribunal fee to pursue a very small claim and in effect preventing access to justice as a result.”

The Supreme Court also held that the fees imposed unjustified limitations on the ability to enforce EU rights and was thus unlawful under EU law.

Ends (417 words)

For further information, please contact:

Jayne Holliday, Senior Associate Solicitor,
Hyefields House, 36 Hagley Road, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 4RH

jholliday@thursfields.co.uk and 0121 227 3887.

Or

Andy Skinner, ASAP PR, 01789 490786, mobile 07990 978257, Andy@asap-pr.com

www.thursfields.co.uk
Twitter - @Thursfields
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields

Notes to Editors
Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms. With 140 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands, Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



June 13, 2017

Thursfields launches focused agricultural division under Sarah Denney-Richards


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Fast growing Midlands law firm Thursfields Solicitors is launching a new division under the leadership of new arrival Sarah Denney-Richards.
Mrs Denney-Richards joins as a director to head up the new agricultural department which will provide focused legal advice to the agricultural and rural business sector.
She is recognised in Legal 500 as an agricultural and estates specialist.
Her background lies in all aspects of rural property including the buying and selling of farms, estate management and diversification projects ranging from renewable energy schemes to strategic land development.
She has a particular expertise in agricultural tenancies and her remit extends to agricultural business advice including partnerships, succession and inheritance planning and business reorganisation.
She was admitted as a solicitor in 2001 and moved to Worcestershire in 2006. She began specialising in agricultural law at Burges Salmon in Bristol and has since developed her expertise, employed as a partner at mfg solicitors, Knights and latterly Wright Hassall.
Her decision to join Thursfields Solicitors was driven by the firm’s ambition to grow in the region.
“Thursfields has grown rapidly in recent years and I was impressed by the vision of the firm’s directors to create a full service legal firm for the Midlands and beyond.
“The new agricultural and rural business division will reach out to farmers and landowners throughout the wider Midlands region, offering expert legal advice across all aspects of their business and personal lives,” she said.
Thursfields managing director Nick O’Hara said: “Sarah’s decision to join us is a welcome reflection on the progress we have made in recent years in building a truly regional law firm.
“Her expertise will enable us to offer our services in a much more focused way to rural business owners and landed estates.
“This summer we will also be expanding our Solihull operation and announcing further key appointments as we continue to recruit quality lawyers who share our vision.”
Ends (316 words)
For further information, please contact:
Sarah Denney-Richards, Director and Head of Agricultural Services
Thursfields Solicitors, 14 Church Street, Kidderminster, Worcestershire DY10 2AH
01562 512428/01562 512442
Or
Andy Skinner - 07990 978257
www.thursfields.co.uk
Twitter - @Thursfields
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields

Notes to Editors
Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms. With 140 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands, Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



June 8, 2017

Kerwoods recruit from Birmingham law firm


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Pic cap: Veronica Du'Quesnay welcomes new arrival Sikay Chan

A Redditch law firm has recruited a new member of staff from a solicitors’ practice in Birmingham city centre.
Sikay Chan joins Kerwoods as a residential and commercial property conveyancer, moving from T A Khoo Solicitors, where she worked as a paralegal.
Ms Chan, from Solihull, is a graduate in Communication and Media Studies from Loughborough University, and worked at T A Khoo for nearly four years.
She said: “After I graduated I worked as a receptionist and administration assistant at my sister’s workplace – Christine Lee & Co. Solicitors – and this exposure to the legal sector really interested me, particularly the conveyancing aspect as it’s so relevant to everyday life.
“After some good experience at T A Khoo, I wanted to progress professionally in the legal field of conveyancing and hopefully become qualified as a solicitor in the near future.
“Kerwoods is a long-established firm and pride themselves on excellent customer care, so I wanted to be part of a team I could learn from and help contribute to their success.”
Sarah Rao, head of commercial property at Kerwoods, said: “We were really impressed with Sikay’s application and are delighted to have her working with us here at Kerwoods.”
Veronica Du'Quesnay, head of residential conveyancing at Kerwoods, said: “It’s great to see new talent from the local area, and I’m sure Sikay will quickly develop her career with us.”

Ends (229 words)

For further information, please contact:

Ashley Gurr, Employment Partner,
Kerwoods Solicitors, 7 Church Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4AD
01527 584444

www.kerwoods.co.uk

Twitter: @kerwoodsLLP
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/kerwoods-solicitors-llp

Prepared and issued by Andy Skinner of ASAP PR, 01789 490786, mobile, 07990 978257.

Notes to Editors
Kerwoods Solicitors, established in 1880, provides a comprehensive service to both individuals and businesses in Redditch, Worcestershire and the wider West Midlands.



March 27, 2017

Thursfields advises on major CloudThing contract


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Pictured (left to right) are Jane Rudge of Thursfields Solicitors with Fran Thomas and Jay Neale of CloudThing

Midlands law firm Thursfields has advised software and mobile applications company CloudThing on a technology transformation deal with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

CloudThing has negotiated a long-term contract to develop a new customer relationship manager system.

Thursfields commercial contracts expert Jane Rudge, who specialises in the technology sector, has assisted CloudThing on a number of their commercial transactions in the past.

She said: “We have consequently developed a first-hand working knowledge of CloudThing’s business operation.

“Key to the client on this occasion was to ensure the contract was future proofed.”

Based at Galtons Mill in Belbroughton, where around 20 staff are located, CloudThing will be supplying on-going support services to the ICAEW.

CloudThing managing director Jay Neale said: “The business is going from strength to strength.

“Thursfields’ experience in the IT sector and Jane Rudge’s practical commercial advice has helped us to agree a well-balanced contract that works for both parties on a long-term basis.

“As a growing business, it is important for us to work with advisers who understand us and offer practical relevant advice. Thursfields fits the bill.”

CloudThing has operations in both the UK and India.

Ends (194 words)

For further information, please contact:

Jane Rudge, Senior Associate Solicitor, Corporate and Commercial,
Thursfields Solicitors, Hyefield House, 36 Hagley Road, Halesowen, B63 4RH

0121 227 3850

Or

Andy Skinner, ASAP PR, 01789 490786, mobile 07990 978257.

www.thursfields.co.uk
Twitter - @Thursfields
LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/thursfields

Notes to Editors

Thursfields Solicitors is one of the region’s longest established and reputable law firms. With 137 staff in eight offices across Worcestershire and the West Midlands, Thursfields Solicitors provides a full range of legal services to business and the private individual, including property, family, employment and commercial law as well as probate and litigation. The firm has offices in Worcester, Kidderminster, Halesowen, Sedgley, Stourport-on-Severn, Solihull and Birmingham.



January 24, 2017

Departing partners accelerated ultimate demise of KWM


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The administrators of Quantuma have acted quickly to achieve the best possible returns for creditors of law firm KWM which collapsed early in 2017.
An interim report to creditors by joint administrators Andrew Hosking and Sean Bucknall reveals that administration was the only resort left to the firm which saw an accelerating rate of partner and staff departures during 2016 as the extent of the firm’s financial difficulties became apparent.
Hosking and Bucknall were appointed on 17 January 2017 and immediately set about renegotiating terms of the sale of parts of the business to other law firms.
Prior to the administration, seven partners, their work in progress (WIP) and accounts receivable had transferred to Goodwin Proctor on 10 January.
Sales completed by the administrators on appointment included:
- Six partners, WIP and accounts receivable to Greenberg Taurig
- Eight partners, WIP and accounts receivable to DLA Piper
- 11 partners, WIP and accounts receivable to KWM China
- 12 partners, WIP and accounts receivable to Reed Smith
- The sale of King & Wood Mallesons in Spain to the partners
On an individual basis, KWM has entered into agreements with approximately 40 partners for their departure, agreed to by the administrators.
The report paints a picture of KWM as a global law firm consisting of KWM China, Mallesons Stephen Jacques in Australia and SJ Berwin in Europe.
At 30 April 2016, KWM comprised of 163 partners and over 900 staff, generating revenues of approximately £177 million to that date, with the majority of revenue and profit deriving from the UK, France and Germany.
Andrew Hosking said: “Since we were formally engaged on 17 January we have taken active steps to progress negotiations and agree commercial terms with interested parties who had already expressed interest in acquiring parts of the business.
“We have engaged with Samantha Palmer of Ashfords to manage communications with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to ensure it was fully updated as to the intentions of KWM.
“This was intended to reduce the risks of regulatory action, including an intervention, to benefit the interests of all creditors.”
He said it was too early to present a full picture of the reasons for the collapse of KWM but it was clear that, despite attempts to restructure to reduce overheads in early 2016, it had proved impossible to reach agreements on funding and the way forward with partners.
As part of the earliest restructure attempts, 20 partners left KWM and a number followed of their own volition.
He said that extensive and detailed negotiations on a rescue package continued throughout 2016 but ultimately a proposal for a revised support package was not supported by a sufficient number of partners of KWM.
A number of key partners left KWM in the latter part of 2016, further impairing its viability through loss of revenue and repayment of partner capital.
Mr Hosking said: “By 22 December 2016, it had become apparent that KWM required funding above the level available to it and that it would not be in a position to meet salary costs beyond early January 2017 and to meet the partners’ Schedule D1 tax liability due on 31 January 2017.”
As a result, KWM filed a notice of intention to appoint AlixPartners as administrators on 22 December 2016 to provide protection for KWM and to enable a number of sales to be negotiated and completed.
On 9 January AlixPartners informed KWM that it would not be able to taken an administration appointment due to lack of funding.
On 10 January a further Notice of Intention to appoint administrators was filed with Andrew Hosking and Sean Bucknall of Quantuma as the nominated administrators, a process that was completed with their appointment on 17 January 2017.
Ends (623 words)
For further information, please contact:
Andy Skinner, Managing Director, ASAP PR – 07990 978257
or
Marie Wadeson, Head of Marketing,
Quantuma LLP, Vernon House, 23 Sicilian Avenue, London, WC1A 2QS
Tel: 07464 545678
www.quantuma.com
Notes to Editors
Quantuma LLP is a leading restructuring and insolvency practice delivering partner-led solutions to businesses and individuals facing financial distress with offices in London, Southampton, Marlow, Watford, Brighton and Bristol.


Elderly being targeted by clever scammers


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The elderly remain highly vulnerable to scammers, a West Midlands lawyer has warned.

Emma Beddows, of Redditch-based Kerwoods, said older people were all too often viewed as easy targets and the problem appeared to be getting worse.

She said: “Cold calling is a big worry, particularly for those whose faculties may be deteriorating.

“Cruel scammers care nothing for the individuals concerned – they are utterly ruthless.”

And she cited two examples which had come to her attention.

“One client after visiting a bank had a call minutes later asking for a copy of their will from an organisation that wanted to ‘check it’. In the second instance a lady was sold ‘an asset trust’ that cost £3,000 to set up by someone who called at her door. It is absolutely shocking.”

Cold calls on the doorstep and phone scams can be quite frightening. Victims may feel highly pressurised. But there are many types of scams – an estimated £1.2 billion is lost to investment fraud each year while criminals send thousands of emails to people in the hope they will disclose private information which can then be used to fleece their bank accounts of money.

According to the Consumers’ Association, more than three million people a year in the UK are caught out, and, as only five per cent of scams are reported, the actual number could be far higher. Recent research from the Financial Ombudsman showed that 80 per cent of phone scam victims were over 55.

Ms Beddows said: “If you live alone, are at home during the day, and have savings or valuables, then you are at risk.

“Our senior citizens are sometimes not as sharp as they once were while the lonely are more prone to talk to people on the door or on the phone. Too many fall prey to heartless rogues.”

She urged the elderly to put their trust in reputable advisers.

Ms Beddows is a partner with Kerwoods and a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners specialising in all aspects of private client matters including advising on and preparing wills, administration of estates, inheritance tax planning, trusts, powers of attorney, Court of Protection issues and care fee advice.

Her colleague Jan Thompson, who also specialises in elderly client matters, is managing partner of Kerwoods and has been a lawyer for more than 30 years.

The elderly can call Kerwoods if they are concerned.

Ms Beddows added: “Some scam victims feel embarrassed or guilty, but they should always report what has happened to them.

“Report cases to Action Fraud. You can do so online or by calling 0300 123 2040.”

Ends (438 words)

For further information, please contact:

Emma Beddows, Partner,
Kerwoods Solicitors, 7 Church Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4AD

01527 584444

www.kerwoods.co.uk

Prepared and issued by Andy Skinner of ASAP PR, 01789 490786, mobile, 07990 978257.

Notes to Editors
Kerwoods Solicitors, established in 1880, provides a comprehensive service to both individuals and businesses in Redditch, Worcestershire and the wider West Midlands.



December 1, 2016

Make sure ‘festive fun’ does not get out of hand


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The festive season is here and common sense can all too easily go out of the window, Ashley Gurr, employment partner at Redditch law firm Kerwoods, has warned.

And it is not just the well-known dangers of the office party, although that still catches out many, but social media faux-pas and rows over holiday entitlement.

He said: “Getting out of control at the office party can lead to claims for sexual harassment, and worse.

“The warnings go out every year but are often ignored. No-one wants to play Scrooge and plenty of people have later ended up as spouses after first breaking the ice at the Christmas party. But there must be limits.

“And such dangers are these days compounded by social media.

“Casual uploading of embarrassing photos can be greatly upsetting, while tweeting dubious comments while the worse for wear may prove actionable.

“Revellers need to be reminded well beforehand of the behaviour expected of them, and not to do anything which might bring the company into disrepute.”

Holiday entitlement, cautioned Mr Gurr, was another area which all too frequently sparked rows.

He noted: “You see people who always get in first and book the same period to the dismay of others who might want a chance.

“You get others who deliberately allow taking their holidays to drift so they can demand to take the time at what can be the busiest period of the year for the company.

“You get those whose noses are put out of joint when they are turned down and then absent themselves anyway by taking sickies.

“All these are tricky areas for companies to manage and require careful handling at the risk of causing upset and damaging morale. So, clear rules should be in place.”

He added: “Companies need to turn to their adviser if unfortunate situations arise where they are not sure how best to proceed.

“Fingers crossed none of this happens and a very happy Christmas to all.”

Ends (332 words)

For further information, please contact:

Ashley Gurr, Employment Partner,
Kerwoods Solicitors, 7 Church Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4AD
01527 584444
www.kerwoods.co.uk
Prepared and issued by Andy Skinner of ASAP PR, 01789 490786, mobile, 07990 978257.

Notes to Editors
Kerwoods Solicitors, established in 1880, provides a comprehensive service to both individuals and businesses in Redditch, Worcestershire and the wider West Midlands.



November 16, 2016

Equity release not all bad as pensions crisis deepens


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Equity release may be one of the solutions to the pensions crisis, says a leading lawyer.

Emma Beddows, a partner in Redditch-based Kerwoods, insists it should not be ruled out when so few have a decent pension put away to live on.

A problem for equity release is its history.

Early versions ended in disaster, leaving some with debts greater than the value of the properties on which they were secured.

The resulting bad press nearly buried equity release, but it has slowly been mounting a comeback.

Ms Beddows admitted: “Equity release had a really bad reputation when launched in 90s, but now it has matured somewhat.

“For someone with no dependants it may be a valid way of enhancing lifestyle and paying the bills in later life. There is no one hard and fast rule, and it depends on personal circumstances. But it is worth considering.”

The origins of equity release were in addressing the “property rich, cash poor”.

The advantages are that it provides a cash sum or regular income to elderly homeowners when they need it while allowing them to remain in their house. Money released can be used in all sorts of ways – gifts to children and grandchildren, paying down debt or funding adaptions to the home such as stairlifts.

The disadvantages are that there may not be much left to hand down to the family on death, though a side benefit is a possible reduction in inheritance tax liability.

Interest is charged on a compound rate, meaning it increases daily and homeowners borrowing just £45,000 over 25 years end up paying just over £150,000. There are charges involved in setting up equity release schemes, any benefits you receive will probably be lost and falling into negative equity remains a danger.

Ms Beddows said: “For those with family it is often a more complex decision.

“But for someone with no dependants it is a means of spending money to provide a higher standard of living in their lifetime.

“Take your time, refuse to be rushed, and consult your advisor, all the time bearing in mind that average life expectancy at state retirement age means the typical pensioner will live for another 20 years or so.”

Ends (369 words)

For further information, please contact:

Emma Beddows, Partner,
Kerwoods Solicitors, 7 Church Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4AD

01527 584444

www.kerwoods.co.uk

Prepared and issued by Andy Skinner of ASAP PR, 01789 490786, mobile, 07990 978257.

Notes to Editors
Kerwoods Solicitors, established in 1880, provides a comprehensive service to both individuals and businesses in Redditch, Worcestershire and the wider West Midlands.



November 9, 2016

Leap in IHT take triggers estate planning reminder


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A jump in the Government’s inheritance tax take to £4.7 billion should be a reminder to all of the importance of estate planning, according to CBTC Millichips.

Passing as much wealth down the family as possible, while eliminating or minimising the tax authorities’ share, was only sensible, said Andrew Plimmer, private client lawyer at the West Bromwich and Stratford-upon-Avon law firm.

His comments followed the latest figures from HM Revenue and Customs with data for 2015/16 showing that the Government took nearly £4.7 billion in IHT, a 22 per cent leap in revenue compared to the £3.8 billion the year before.

IHT receipts last reached a peak in 2007/08 at £3.82 billion before slumping to £2.4 billion by 2009/10 as property values tumbled during the recession.

Since then a return to property price increases has been dragging many middle class working families into the net.

"Basically, more families are paying more in tax,” said Mr Plimmer.

But, he noted, it was encouraging that they appeared to be doing something about it – a study by insurer Prudential found a third of UK advisers reporting an increase in enquiries about IHT planning, with 52 per cent adding that they expected demand for advice to increase over the next 12 months.

Two years ago the Office for Budget Responsibility calculated that 4.8 per cent of the population currently pays IHT. By 2018-19, it estimated that would have more than doubled, to ten per cent.

However, Mr Plimmer points to tax concessions on family homes, the so-called freeing up of the first £1 million from IHT, plus pension changes as “very significant” ways in which to fight back.

In addition to the frozen standard nil-rate band of £325,000, £650,000 for a married couple, a new dedicated residential nil-rate band is to be introduced next year. It will be phased in gradually between April 6, 2017, and April 6, 2020 – £100,000 for the tax year 2017/18, £125,000 for 2018/19, £150,000 for 2019/20 and £175,000 for 2020/21, increasing in line with the Consumer Price Index in subsequent years. Which when doubled up for a married couple and added to the £650,000 produces the much trumpeted £1 million figure.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that a condition of a person qualifying for the new residential nil-rate band is that the property has to be inherited by a “direct descendant” – i.e. their children. So married couples that don’t have children won’t qualify for it.

Meanwhile, rising numbers are changing their retirement plans to exploit more flexible death benefit rules, introduced as part of the pension freedoms in April last year. It lifted restrictions on passing on wealth to non-dependents, enabling retirees to nominate adult children alongside dependent spouses.

Mr Plimmer said: “Drawdown schemes are no longer included in your final estate valuation, and therefore will avoid inheritance tax.

“Giving gifts is another way to reduce your final estate value. Each year you can give away £3,000 with these gifts falling outside your estate immediately. You can also gift larger sums of money but these will stay within your estate valuation for seven years before falling out.

“Certain investments in AIM shares are clear of death duties after two years.

“So there are plenty of ways to address IHT issues and people need to make the most of them.

“Don’t be lazy and by default give a chunk to HMRC, plan ahead now.”

Ends (566 words)

For further information, please contact:

Andrew Plimmer, Private Client Lawyer,
CBTC Millichips, 3rd Floor, Guardian House, Cronehills Linkway, West Bromwich, B70 8GS

0121 553 2576

Notes to Editors

CBTC Millichips is the result of mergers of long established and well respected Black Country law firms. With a new head office in Guardian House, West Bromwich and an office in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CBTC Millichips and CBTC Rawstorne provide essential legal services and advice private clients and businesses across the Midlands.

Prepared and issued by Andy Skinner of ASAP – 01789 490786 or 07990 978257.


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