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April 2017

Recently announced changes to probate fees scrapped ahead of the general election.

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Rise in Speeding Fines from April 2017

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Father loses his legal challenge against a fine for taking his daughter on an unauthorised term-time holiday.

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March 2017

Changes in probate fees that will affect millions of people in England and Wales have been confirmed by the government.

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January 2017

Disability rights campaigners have hailed a recent ruling by the Supreme Court that bus drivers must try to persuade other passengers to make room for wheelchair users.

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December 2016

Landlords and agents hit as chancellor aims to shift charges away from tenants

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Regardless of age or health, everyone should consider a Lasting Power of Attorney.

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MPs Under Pressure To Introduce “No Fault” Divorce

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November 2016

Tribunals accept that employers may reject requests for flexible working following maternity leave.

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October 2016

Judges rule that patients must have all options explained to them

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September 2016

Tall Trees and High Hedges – Your Rights and Responsibilities

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August 2016

An Employers Guide to Tackling Bullying and Harassment at Work

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July 2016

How Restrictive Covenants Can Affect Homebuyers

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Parents and Charities Campaign for Safer Roads and Tougher Sentences

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June 2016

Overtime and Holiday Pay

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Flight Delay Compensation

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May 2016

Holiday Ruined By Illness or Injury?

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Blacklisted Construction Workers Win Compensation

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April 2016

Divorce and Autism

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The Facts About Inheritance Tax Planning

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March 2016

Executors can become liable to pay deceased's income tax themselves

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February 2016

Landlords Now Required To Check Tenants' Immigration Status

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January 2016

Close Thornton secures top accolade from national Law Society

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Darlington solicitors strengthen corporate and commercial team with new appointment.

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December 2015

Chancellor's Autumn Statement 2015 – Increase in stamp duty for buy-to-let landlords

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Grandparents to share parental leave

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Landmark Judgement For Divorce Settlements

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November 2015

Fit For Work SchemeThe Government's Fit For Work Scheme now available across the UK.

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New Obligations for Residential Landlords

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October 2015

New Consumer Rights Legislation Comes Into Force In The UK

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The Volkswagen Emissions Test Scandal Affects UK Owners

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September 2015

Close Thornton: Results of Diversity Survey 2015

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European Court Rules That Travelling To Work Can Also Be Work

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August 2015

A Hertfordshire woman cut out of her mother's will has been awarded a £164,000 inheritance in what could prove to be a landmark ruling.

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Landlords and tenants - Close Thornton launches new lettings service

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June 2015

Coming full circle - Malcolm Woolfe returns to Close Thornton Solicitors as Practice Manager

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May 2015

Kathleen Wyatt Case

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Does your business comply with the Bribery Act 2010?

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April 2015

Holiday Pay

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Flight delay compensation

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March 2015

A change in the Law regarding Deposits taken by Landlords and provision of the Prescribed Information to Tenants

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New compensation limits coming into force

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February 2015

Zero hour contracts

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Update on new employment legislation relating to shared parental leave

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January 2015

Inheritance Law Changes

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Coming home: Joanne Coleman returns to the North East and joins law firm Close Thornton Solicitors

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November 2014

Employment law changes from 1st October 2014

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National Minimum Wage Increases

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October 2014

Mediation is the way forward to avoid family disputes. Katie-lee Pearson, head of Family Law at Close Thornton Solicitors, explains the process.

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New challenges ahead - property expert, and keen runner, joins Darlington law firm

Richard Swinbank has joined Close Thornton Solicitors

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September 2014

Disputed Wills and dementia

Recent cases involving disputed Wills highlight the important of making a Will when your mental capacity is not in doubt. Iain Robson, head of Wills and Probate at Close Thornton Solicitors, examines the issues - Please click here to read the full article

Thinking of becoming a residential landlord? 

If you are thinking of becoming a residential landlord, there are risks as well as rewards, as a recent case highlights - Please click here to read the full article

August 2014

Thinking of buying a franchise business? 

Chris Wiper, Senior Partner at Close Thornton Solicitors outlines the risks as well as the potential rewards of buying a franchise business - Please click here to read the full article

June 2014

Flexible working rights extended to all. Chris Wiper, Senior Partner at Close Thornton Solicitors examines the implications.

From 30 June 2014, every employee has the right to request flexible working hours after the government extended the right which was previously reserved for those looking after children and carers - Please click here to read the full article

Most Britons have no will, but should act fast, warns Law Society.

The Law Society has warned that almost two out of three Britons have not made a will and risk leaving a financial nightmare for family members when they die - Please click here to read the full article

May 2014

Timetable of changes to employment law

Employers take note: several new changes to employment law will affect many businesses and their employees. Chris Wiper, Senior Partner and employment law specialist at Close Thornton Solicitors, outlines the timetable for 2014 - Please click here to read the full article

Hazardous Substances

If substances spill onto someone else’s land and cause damage, you could be held liable even if it is not your fault. Shaun Burke, partner at Close Thornton Solicitors highlights the issues - Please click here to read the full article

April 2014

New employment compensation limits come into force

Since April this year, the limits on certain employment tribunal awards and other amounts payable under employment legislation have increased - Please click here to read the full article

Sickness and holiday

Sickness and holiday additional statutory holiday need not be carried over - Please click here to read the full article

March 2014

Something keeping you awake at night?

In the last of his three articles, Chris Elliot, commercial property specialist at Close Thornton Solicitors in Darlington, tackles the thorny issue of unfinished rent reviews - Please click here to read the full article

Experience that counts in a tough property market

John Chipchase, the newly appointed manager of the Close Thornton Property Shop, shows experience counts in today’s tough property market - Please click here to read the full article

February 2014

‘Easy in, easy out’ - Is there such a lease?

Chris Elliott, commercial property law specialist at Close Thornton Solicitors, examines the issues to be considered, in the second of a series of three articles aimed at landlords and tenants of business premises - Please click here to read the full article

Settlement Agreements

The Government is keen to encourage ‘off the record’ conversations between employers and employees about their workplace grievances. Chris Wiper, Senior Partner at Close Thornton Solicitors, looks at the new rules - Please click here to read the full article

Forty years on and still smiling!

This month Christine McLay, a Legal Assistant at Close Thornton Solicitors, celebrated forty years as an employee at the firm - Please click here to read the full article

January 2014

New Commercial Debt Rules

How do the changes affect your business? Kelly Henderson, a solicitor at Close Thornton specialising in debt recovery, explores the issues - Please click here to read the full article

Facing a lease renewal

Chris Elliott, commercial property law specialist at Close Thornton Solicitors, examines the issues to be considered, in the first of a series of three articles aimed at landlords and tenants of business premises - Please click here to read the full article

December 2013

DIY divorce kits

One size does not fit all - Katie-lee Pearson, family law solicitor at Close Thornton, warns of the risks of using DIY divorce kits - Please click here to read the full article

In dire need of improvement

The latest survey of civil court users reveals dissatisfaction with court services - Please click here to read the full article

November 2013

Legal kicks? Commercial property expert – and Tae Kwon Do black stripe - joins Darlington law firm

Chris Elliott, a commercial property law specialist, has joined Close Thornton Solicitors - Please click here to read the full article

Overriding interests

October 13th 2013 wasn’t the end for ‘overriding interests’ writes Chris Elliott, newly appointed Solicitor at Close Thornton - Please click here to read the full article

There’s never been a better time to arrange a Power of Attorney

There’s never been a better time to arrange a Power of Attorney argues Iain Robson, Partner at Close Thornton Solicitors - Please click here to read the full article

New workplace liability law – a charter for rogue bosses?

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has attacked a change in the law on liability for workplace accidents saying that it will tilt the balance of power away from injured workers in favour of employers and become a ‘charter for rogue bosses' - Please click here to read the full article

September 2013

Chair of the Legal Ombudsman calls for a new vision to meet future challenges

As the Chair of the Legal Ombudsman calls for a new vision to meet future challenges, one law firm continues to lead the way in excellence in client care for personal injury claims - Please click here to read the full article

What do the new tribunal rules mean for employers?

Following Mr Justice Underhill’s review of the current rules, new employment tribunal rules were introduced on 29 July 2013. Chris Wiper, Senior Partner at Close Thornton Solicitors, explains. Please Click here to read the full article

August 2013

Discharge of a tenant's guarantor

A recent case highlights why commercial landlords need to be wary of contract variations which risk the discharge of a tenant's guarantor.
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Legal eagles soar to golfing success

A team from Close Thornton Solicitors, based in Duke Street Darlington, has won the Tom Black Rotary Cup at a charity golfing event.
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June 2013

Good news for tenants: Landlord told to repay rent after break date.

A recent High Court judgment ruled that a tenant, who had terminated a lease, was entitled to a refund of rent paid for the period after the break date even though there was no express provision in the lease entitling that tenant to a refund - Please click here to read the full article

‘Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations’ amended

In March 2013 the ‘Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations’ were amended. Chris Wiper, Senior Partner, at Close Thornton explains more - Please click here to read the full article

Cycling for charity

Senior Partner at Close Thornton Solicitors dons the Lycra and braves the inclement spring weather for a good cause - Please click here to read the full article . .

May 2013

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal - what is it and how it could help you?

Patrick Saunders, newly appointed to the legal team at Close Thornton Solicitors, explains the process - Please click here to read the full article . . .

How to get your business exit strategy right

David Hogg, commercial law partner at Close Thornton Solicitors looks at more creative ways to sell your business - Please click here to read the full article . . .

April 2013

A taste of the future? New appointment announced at Close Thornton Solicitors.

Close Thornton is pleased to announce that law graduate Patrick Saunders has joined the firm  - Please click here to read the full article . . .

Close Thornton solicitors bare their soles for a good cause

While most of us were wearing our thickest socks last weekend, two solicitors from the Darlington law firm, Close Thornton, joined around seventy others for a barefoot walk across hot coals in aid of charity at the Baltic Quays in Newcastle - Please click here to read the full article . . .

March 2013

Protecting the Consumer – some basic marketing rules for your businesses

The recent payment Protection Insurance (PPI) mis-selling scandal and the subsequent barrage of unwanted texts sent by some unscrupulous claims companies has highlighted the problem of consumer protection and unsolicited marketing activity in the UK - Please click here to read the full article . . .

Free Wills Month: protect your loved ones and support charity in March.

For the 3rd year, Close Thornton is taking part in the Free Wills Month which runs during March 2013.

If you are over 55, you can have a basic Will drawn up by our specialist solicitors free of charge. You may incur some costs if in our opinion the type of Will you require is more than just a basic one. A Will accurately reflects your wishes whether you are an individual or a couple. Those taking up the offer are under no obligation to leave a gift to one of the Free Wills Month charities; however, the charities earnestly hope that participants will see this as a chance to help their favourite cause.

The charities supporting Free Wills Month are Arthritis Research UK, Asthma UK, Carers UK, Scope, Stroke Association, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, BHF, Blue Cross, RNLI and WWF. Their vital services protect and enrich the day to day lives of many thousands, if not millions of people every day.

Most UK charities depend on legacies for up to half their income. By taking part in the Free Wills Month campaign you can help one or more worthy causes.

To take part, you need to request an appointment during March 2013. On completion of your Will, the solicitor will ask for a confidential declaration form to be completed which will then be forwarded to the Free Wills Month organisation.

To make an appointment or for more information, please contact Iain Robson on 0132 466461 or email him iain.robson@close-thornton.co.uk 

18 March 2013 - now closed to new applications.

12th December 2012

Commercial landlords beware! High Court highlights the importance of keeping an eye on alterations made by tenants.

A recent High Court case, Hannon v Hillingdon Homes Limited (2012), concerned the landlord’s liability under the Defective Premises Act 1972 (DPA). Under the DPA a landlord owes a duty of care to anyone who might be affected by defects in the state of the premises if the lease contains either of the following provisions: Please click here to read the full article . . .

Are you in a new relationship? Do you have children from a previous relationship? If so, have you protected your children’s interests in your Will? Iain Robson, Partner at Close Thornton looks at this difficult, but increasingly common, issue.

If you have re-married or are in a new relationship, it is important to think about how you wish to make provision for any children from a previous marriage or relationship after your death. In addition, the needs and expectations of a second partner or spouse need to be carefully considered - Please click here to read the full article . . .

A ban of referral fees in Scotland produces UK’s lowest rate of whiplash claims. Shaun Burke, Partner at Close Thornton, reviews the issue.

Road Traffic Accident (RTA) claims are on the decline in the UK because cars are becoming ever safer. However, insurance claims for whiplash injuries continue to show a year on year increase. This is largely due to an un-regulated market where high levels of referral fees are being paid. The number of unscrupulous organisations now trading in personal injury is now reaching saturation point and many of these companies work only to make a ‘fast buck’ rather than to act in the interests of the claimant. Please click here to read the full article . . .

From strength to strength: once again Close Thornton’s clients give the firm a ‘thumbs up’ for excellent customer service.

Every year the law firm Close Thornton produces a report based on questionnaires returned by clients after their legal matter is completed. This year, around 450 clients responded and, as last year, 99% of them rated the firm’s client service as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ across all departments. 80% rated client service as ‘excellent’, a 2% increase on the previous year. Please click here to read the full article . . .

Monitoring employees: how can employers legitimately protect their business from malicious acts by employees?

A recent report in the Financial Times highlighted the threat posed by ‘malicious insiders’ who commit electronic crimes against their employers. For example, an employee, who is about the leave the business, downloads confidential information and uses it in their future employment at a competitor business; or a disgruntled employee decides to sabotage their employer’s IT or telephone systems. The question for employers is when is it legitimate to ‘snoop’ on your employees to try to reduce the risks to the business? Please click here to read the full article . . .

Clear communication: the Family Law department at Close Thornton Solicitors launches new Factsheets

The Family Law department at Close Thornton Solicitors has launched a series of factsheets to help clients to better understand the legal process. The long established Darlington law firm is continuing its drive to improve transparency and clarity of communication for their clients. Please click here to read the full article . . .

08 May 2012

Thinking about Divorce? Close Thornton Family Law Department now offer a fixed fee service to make life easier at a time of stress.

Government Cuts to Legal Aid next year mean many people may have to pay the legal costs of their divorce themselves. While there are many emotional costs in a divorce, Close Thornton is determined to keep the financial costs to a minimum for their clients. The firm is the first law firm in Darlington to offer divorce for a fixed fee, payable in monthly instalments, including Court fees. Clients will be able to finance their divorce through a series of monthly payments, giving them one less thing to worry about. Prices for the Respondent start at only £125 + VAT and prices for the Petitioner start at £650 +VAT, which include the Court fees of £385. Please click here to read the full article . . .

Love thy Neighbour . . . . or at least show some consideration. Chris Wiper, Senior Partner at Close Thornton, tells a cautionary tale about a dispute between neighbours that ended up in the Court to Appeal.

Dealing with a nuisance neighbour can be costly and complex for both parties. As a recent case reveals, ignoring complaints from your neighbours can end up costing a small fortune.

In 2002, Mr and Mrs Ruth began converting a two storey house in Nottingham into a three story house. Ms Jones and Ms Lovegrove owned the house next door and soon began complaining about the effect the renovations where having on their lives and their property. The renovations were completed in 2007. Please click here to read the full article . . .

Commercial property sellers beware! New Capital Allowance rules highlight the importance of keeping thorough records. David Hogg, Partner at Close Thornton, discusses the issue.

From 06 April 2012 new rules come into effect requiring you to deal with Capital Allowances in a specific manner. This means you now have to assemble the history of your property, its fixtures and your business going back as far as 1996.

There have been questions raised in Commercial Enquiries Before Contract on Capital Allowances for some years, but now it is even more important that you answer these questions accurately.Please click here to read the full article . . .  

Is your business struggling to recover debts? Close Thornton specialises in the recovery of both commercial and consumer debts on behalf of a wide range of clients and has produced a Debt Recovery Fact Sheet to guide clients through the process.

Close Thornton prides itself in progressing proceedings quickly and efficiently from the stage of demand letters through to Court action and enforcement.

Fees are generally fixed for each step, enabling you to keep track of costs. With commercial debt we will seek to recover statutory compensation and interest for late payment on your behalf. Please click here to read the full article . . .

A recent case in the Court of Appeal has highlighted the huge divide between the elite of professional sportsmen and the rest of us mere mortals. Shaun Burke, Partner at Close Thornton, reflects on the issues raised . . . 

Professional footballers are synonymous with money, fast cars and lavish lifestyles – but is this true? ‘Oh yes!’ to quote that annoying head nodding little bulldog who, quite aptly, is the symbol of a major motor insurance company.

Consider Darren Bent (28): he is currently a premiership player with Aston Villa, having moved there in 2011 from Sunderland for £18m. A striker, Bent has also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Charlton Athletic and Ipswich as well as representing his country in 12 international appearances for England, scoring 4 goals. Please click here to read the full article . . .

Maximising the available Inheritance Tax (IHT) reliefs: Iain Robson looks at how to use three inheritance tax Nil Rate Bands.

For many people, the arrival of the transferable Nil Rate Band in 2007 meant that IHT planning using Wills no longer required a Discretionary Trust for the first of a married couple to die. However, the situation changes if one or both parties to the marriage have previously been widowed. In these cases, using an IHT band Discretionary Trust may help to maximise the available IHT Nil Rate Bands. Please click here to read the full article . . .

From 06 April 2012, important changes in Employment law have come into force. Chris Wiper, Senior Partner at Close Thornton, outlines some of the key issues for employers.

06 April 2012 saw many pre-announced changes in employment law come into force.  Click here for a checklist of some of the most important ones


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