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01603 510904

Email

enquire.norwich@nortonpeskett.co.uk

Address

23 Cathedral Street
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 1LU

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Our Norwich Team

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Access to justice

Back in the early years of the 19th century the English legal system had reached crisis. The court edifice was positively creaking. There were three common law courts, the Court of Exchequer, of King’s Bench and the Court of Common Pleas. In addition, if your case concerned equity, i.e. it was about trusts or you wanted an equitable remedy, such as an injunction, then you had to start separate proceedings in the Court of Chancery.

This was all very expensive. However, getting through any reform was very difficult. Around the country were various local courts which supposedly provided access to justice for the ordinary man. However, these were inefficient and in some cases the clerks that ran them were plain corrupt. Attempts to change this landscape and introduce a universal civil court were met with strong objections from those who had a lot to loose. Such courts would, they said, dilute the majesty of the common law. The truth of course was that if they worked they would take business from the Common Law courts and from the barristers who had exclusive rights of audience in those courts.

Actions against the police

The police perform a very challenging role in society. For the most part, they undertake this role extremely professionally. When they don’t, Norton Peskett can help you decide what to do and how to pursue a negligence claim.

Norton Peskett can advise anyone who feels the police have somehow acted unprofessionally or negligently. You may have reason to claim for wrongful arrest or police mistreatment. It may be that excessive force was used or your rights have been violated, such as excessive ‘stop and search’ procedures. Whatever the cause, if the consequence was distress or injury, you need to understand what your rights are, and what options you have to seek compensation or damages.

Our expert lawyers can advise you on what to do and how to do it. Norton Peskett has some of the best lawyers in the UK who successfully deal with negligence claims. They will support you throughout your case, explaining information simply so that you understand. We make sure you are kept up-to-date so that any decisions you take are made knowing what options you have, and the likely consequences of each.

Find your local Norton Peskett office to discuss police negligence or any other claim against the police.

Adoption

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Adrian Buck

Adrian Buck

Adrian Buck
Accounts Manager

Alex Stephenson

Alex Stephenson

Alex Stephenson
Partner

Andrew Wardle

Andrew Wardle

Andrew Wardle
FCILEx

Annette Hall

Annette Hall

Annette Hall
Assistant Solicitor

Arrangements for children

Whatever the reason for the breakdown of your relationship you will want to make your children central to your decisions and protect them as much as possible from the effects of your separation. As hard as you might try however sometimes problems arise that you and your partner simply cannot agree on. Perhaps you cannot agree who the children should live with or how contact arrangements should work. Perhaps one of you wants to take the children out of the country or you cannot agree on schooling or other important issues.

These problems can arise at any time even long after you have separated. We aim to help you sort out these difficult issues by offering sensible, practical advice and support. Where necessary we can correspond with your partner or their Solicitors. We will advise you about Mediation and Collaborative Law if these are an option.

Where despite all of your best efforts you still cannot reach agreement you may have to ask a Judge to make a decision for you. We can help you through this process dealing with Courts and preparing all of the paperwork that you need. We can represent you in Court and advise you on your options.

Problems over your children can be amongst the most upsetting things to deal with on your own. We are here to support you.

Contact us to arrange an appointment.

Arrest and prosecution

If you are suspected of a criminal offence, having the right support and advice is where Norton Peskett can help. Making certain you are properly represented is what we do – from motoring offences to more serious and complex criminal offences.

Being properly represented when you are accused of committing a crime means you are treated lawfully. From public order offences to serious crimes – you need legal support when attending interviews, answering questions or providing the authorities, such as the police, with any evidence or information. If you are under caution, it is important to know what this means. And if the matter proceeds to a formal charge and possible sanctions, expert legal advice becomes vitally important.

Norton Peskett have specialist lawyers who can advise and represent you - at the police station, at the magistrates’ court or at the crown court. They explain the situation and use plain and simple English so you fully understand what is happening – and what he consequences might be. They successfully handle a wide range of cases providing you with a professional and skilled defence. If your case goes to court, our lawyers are thorough and diligent. We aim to provide you with the best possible defence – from the doors of the police station to those at the courthouse.

Contact us today on 01502 533000 and let us help you with your case.

Beccles

Phone

01502 718700

Email

enquire.beccles@nortonpeskett.co.uk

Address

Exchange Square
Beccles
Suffolk
NR34 9HP

Bob Bryant

Bob Bryant

Bob Bryant
Chief Executive

Business Sales and Acquisitions

The sale or acquisition of a business as a going concern can be a complex process.  We will assist with every aspect of the transaction providing sensible and commercial advice relevant to the specific nature of the business, and to assist the smooth progress of the transaction.  We will draft contract documentation, deal with due diligence enquiries, consideration and inclusion of appropriate warranties and indemnities,  advising in  relation to the transfer of employees, and any property to be transferred.

Business Services

In providing advice and assistance to you and your business we always consider your circumstances and tailor our advice to your business, offering practical solutions and explanations. Our experienced lawyers are able to provide you with prompt practical and straightforward help and assistance to all legal issues relating to your business.

 

Business Transfer

The decision to transfer a business is often straightforward. Ensuring the relevant legislation is not forgotten is where Norton Peskett can help.

There are certain legal requirements that have to be observed when a business is transferred. Failure to do so can cause problems and be costly.

Employees are protected and you need to know what this means. What you can do in a transfer, and what you cannot. If you are being transferred, it helps if you know what should happen.

Norton Peskett helps many businesses to plan and mange a transfer. Employee rights are paramount in avoiding litigation. Our expert lawyers can meet with you to listen to what your plans are. We explain what you need to do, and help make it happen. We always explain your options and the issues using plain English. And we clearly say what the likely timescales and costs are. And if a problem should occur, we are always on hand to help find you a solution.

If you're involved in a business transfer, contact us today on 01493 849200 to see for yourself how we can help.

Buying and selling houses

There are many reasons for moving house but the one thing that everyone buying or selling a property has in common is that they want the process to be as smooth and as hassle-free as possible.

One of the most important factors in the success of your sale or purchase is having the right lawyer. Although conveyancing fees can be very similar from one firm to another, the service you receive can vary greatly. It’s therefore important to choose a lawyer who has your best interests at heart - you have a choice about which lawyer you use and don’t have to employ the one recommended by your mortgage provider or estate agent.

At Norton Peskett we make buying and selling property straightforward. We’ll keep the process on track, giving you clear timescales, eliminating delays and keeping you posted at every step. Our conveyancing fees are easy to understand and cover any necessary legal checks and searches. Our ‘no hidden costs’ promise means that when you receive conveyancing costs from us you’ll know exactly what they cover and won’t be billed for any unexpected extras.

We’ll ensure that all your property documentation is checked and explained thoroughly and we can liaise with your lender, estate agent and other parties to ensure that there is clear and prompt communication between everyone at all times.

Whether you’re buying a property or selling a house, there are lots of things to think about. By trusting Norton Peskett to handle your conveyancing, you can relax safe in the knowledge that all the legal details are taken care of.

That's why our clients recommend us to their friends and family. So whether you are buying a home or selling a property, for fast, friendly, local advice contact us today.

Buying at auction

Buying property at auction can be an exciting experience and is often a great way to get a good deal. However, it can also be a step into the unknown - particularly if it’s your first time. By talking to a legal expert before buying at auction you can approach the process with confidence and avoid costly mistakes.

Norton Peskett can advise you on all the important aspects to consider before bidding at auction, helping to ensure that any property you do bid on will be a sound investment. We can also take care of all the legal practicalities of the purchase, from checking property ownership to arranging surveys and searches. Our friendly and knowledgeable lawyers will give you all the guidance you need to be able to enter the purchase with confidence.
With our help, buying a property at auction can be very rewarding. Call us to speak to a property lawyer.

Buying or Selling Property

We can assist and guide you through the process of buying and selling freehold or existing leasehold property including:

  • Preparing and considering contract documentation and ensuring provisions relevant to the property and the transaction are included.
  • Preparing or considering enquiries and where appropriate replies to enquiries relevant to the property and the proposed transaction.
  • Acting on behalf of lenders or dealing with enquiries raised from Solicitors instructed by lenders.
  • Advising on title issues and offering practical solutions to issues which are identified.
  • Submission of Stamp Duty Land Transaction Returns to HMRC.
  • Preparing documentation for transfer of parts of registered titles or plots in development of land and considering and including all relevant rights covenants and provisions required.

Calvin Saker

Calvin Saker

Calvin Saker
Assistant Solicitor

Careers


We have no vacancies at the moment but we are always on the look out for talented individuals who are able to complement our teams and who are committed to delivering legal excellence to our clients.

We welcome speculative applications. Please send a covering letter and CV to Lesley Waters, HR Manager, Norton Peskett Solicitors l-waters@nortonpeskett.co.uk

Norton Peskett is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

 

 

Christine Stephenson

Christine Stephenson

Christine Stephenson
Assistant

Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Claire Fox
FCILEx

Client Survey Form

Client Survey Form

How did we do?

Norton Peskett Solicitors has a reputation for providing high quality legal advice and excellent client care. We are committed to maintaining the highest level of service and improving it where possible. One way we monitor our service is by asking our clients to complete this survey form. We would be grateful if you could help us by taking a couple of minutes to complete the form as fully as possible.

Please click here to complete our questionnaire

Client Testimonials

 

Client Testimonials

The best way to know whether we do what we say we will, is to hear from previous clients. After all, what better way is there to help you decide which law firm to choose?

Below is a sample of the many individuals that take the time to share their client feedback with us.

Regardless of who you are, you will enjoy the high level of care throughout your legal matter. 99% of clients would recommend us and over 95% think we are good or excellent. But don't just take our word for it.

"We have instructed Norton Peskett before with regard to house conveyance and deliberately returned to the same solicitor on this occasion. We have at all times been extremely impressed by the efficiency, competence and sound advice we have been given. Norton Peskett have gone out of their way to be helpful, to ascertain our wishes and to be friendly and pleasant and we thank all members of the practice for that. We had asked for a slightly longer period between Exchange of Contracts and Completion, but appreciate that this is not always possible to accommodate all wishes when so many considerations are involved and, we managed in the end! We have recommended the practice, and Mrs Sampson in particular, to friends in the warmest terms in the past and would not hesitate to do so again. Many thanks".

MAW September 2015 (Property sale)

"All staff were fantastic and so helpful in the process of us buying our first home which made it stress free and easy".

POR November 2015 (Property purchase)

"Fantastic knowledge. Always responded to queries quickly. Dealt with the whole transaction promptly and made things very easy. Thank you".

FID May 2015 (Property purchase)

"Thank you all for a sensitive and very professional service".

NEW September 2015 (Making a Will)

"We felt the whole thing was dealt with very professionally and quickly".

SHO July 2015 (Prosecution)

"Old fashion values with a modern approach".

EDW October 2015 (Making a Will)

"We were helped to understand everything and everyone was realistic, with no false hope".

MIZ April 2015 (Prosecution)

"The advice we were given and the actions taken were totally sound".

POS September 2015 (Property dispute)

 

Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

The Lowestoft office are holding a Coffee Morning on Thursday 11 February 2016.

Please come and join us for a cuppa and a slice of something delicious. We are hoping our staff will have their own bake off and there will be lots of home made cakes and bakes. With any luck there will be plenty of layers and not a soggy bottom in sight!

Cohabiting Couples

Did you know that no matter how long you have lived together as a couple the law will not give you the same financial and maintenance rights as a husband and wife? There is no such thing as a common law husband and wife and your separation cannot be dealt with in the same way as a divorcing couple.

You may need help around property ownership and trusts. Some of the law on this dates back hundreds of years. If you have children together this may affect the way financial matters can be dealt with too. In the same way if your partner has died without a Will you may find that you are left with little or nothing because of your unmarried status and that you need advice on the difficult issues around challenging a Will or claiming against an estate.

Happily we can probably make this complicated law a little more straight forward and guide you through to the best solution that we can.

If you are unmarried and have concerns about issues regarding your children it makes very little difference whether you were married or unmarried when it comes to children matters. If you would like to know more about dealing with problems concerning children click here (INTERNAL LINK TO CHILDREN’S PAGE).

If you would like to find out more about help for unmarried couples please contact us (LINK TO DETAILS ON CONTACT PAGE).

Collaborative Law

What is Collaborative Law?

Collaborative Law is an innovative and relatively new way for separating couples to resolve their differences by removing from the Court room and shifting them into an environment of openness and cooperation. As part of the process you and your partner would each instruct a Collaborative Lawyer and the four of us would then work together to find solutions of the matters that need to be addressed whether these concern money, children or any number of other issues.

What is the process?

All parties (including Lawyers) sign a Participation Agreement committing us to the process. This records commitments to deal with each other openly, honestly and with respect to insulate your children from dispute and to lock out the Court until the process have been exhausted.

We then follow a series of meetings until agreement is reached on the matters that concern you.

One of the advantages of Collaborative Law is its flexibility. This means that there is no set procedure and it is open to the participants to agree the procedure they wish to use and the timescale within which they wish matters to be resolved.

Does it work?

The Collaborative Law process is extremely successful. The aim by using it is not only to achieve a settlement of issues that you wish us to address but also to rebuild and maintain the relationships between you and your partner in the future despite your separation. This is particularly important when you are continuing to co-parent. Both you and your partner will have invested considerable time and effort in reaching the agreement and so our experience is that Collaborative Law settlements are more enduring.

More information

You can find out more information about the Collaborative Law process at the Resolution Collaborative Law page here.

Collaborative Lawyers must undertake specialist training and accreditation. We practice in regional groups known as PODs. You can find out about our POD the Good Divorce Group here. Not all cases are suitable for Collaborative Law but we are always happy to discuss the suitability with you. We would generally do this at the out set of the case. If you would like to find out more about Collaborative Law please contact us.

Combating the Cyber thieves

High Profile hacking attacks on telephone and broadband providers have put cyber security into the public eye with Law firms in the front line of the growing threat. Over the past year 62% of law firms say that they have suffered a security incident, according to the latest figures from PwC. Steve Wilmott, director of intelligence at the SRA revealed that cyber criminals have caused substantial losses to 50 law firms this year ranging from £50,000 to £2 million. Government figures estimate cybercrime costs £27 billion a year.

Law firms are honey pots, targeted due to the amount of sensitive client data they hold. Heydrick Bond Gunning, CEO of Salamanca Risk Management warns that it is only a matter of time before a law firm suffers from a TalkTalk scale breach. Targeted scams can originate through e-mails containing attachments or links to websites infected with malware (malicious software that disrupts the firms computer operations) or servers giving hackers access to sensitive information.

To read the full report from Raconteur click here

Commercial Property

There are many types of commercial property and a wide range of legal transactions involving property which relates to a business.  Each property and transaction has its own unique considerations and requirements.

Our specialist commercial property team will work with you to understand your particular needs and to identify the issues arising in your transaction.  This allows us to provide tailored and relevant advice specific to your needs, the property and the circumstances arising.  Advice will be clear and succinct and offering practical solutions to issues arising allowing transactions to proceed smoothly.

Property forms a crucial part in almost every type of business, whether the property is a base for operations, land to be developed, office space or forms part of a rental portfolio.  At Norton Peskett we will explore and understand your business and aims and work with you to achieve your goals.

Company formation

When you launch a new company, it is the most exciting of times. Making sure the company is properly formed, or incorporated, is an important first step. At Norton Peskett, we have helped many people take this first step with confidence.

It  is important is that you form your company in the way that you intend. There are many different company structures in the UK – from a community interest company to a public limited company. Our lawyers help you decide what is best for you.

Norton Peskett, aims to help get you ready to set up your company as quickly and as efficiently as possible. To start a company, you will need to have certain information ready such as the company name and address, details of the company officers through to share capital and shareholder details. We can assist you with every step.

There are different ways to start a company. We help you decide which process is best for you depending upon the complexity of your business structure. If you want us to manage this process for you, our experienced lawyers can do this. All you need to do is wait for our regular updates.

We make the process of turning your idea in to a business as simple as possible. At Norton Peskett,we know that you want to run as quickly as you can, so we take the baby steps for you. If you'd like to talk to us about how we can help you please call us on 01493 849200.

Considering buying a flat?

The Law Society has recently published "Top tips for buying a flat" and "Questions to ask your solicitor" which are both aimed at consumers considering buying a leasehold property.

To read these helpful guides click here The Law Society - Consumer Guide to Buying a Flat

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Contracts and agreements

When you enter in to an agreement, you hope that everything runs smoothly. Having legal documents that ensure this is the case provides you with peace of mind. We are experts in drafting contracts and other agreements and can ensure that your interests are protected no matter what.

Norton Peskett knows the importance of a well-drafted contract. It sets out how your business works with another. Someone makes a promise. A promise to do something in return for consideration, as it is called. The law of contracts is at the heart of most business dealings so it is important to get it right.

There are many types of contracts ranging from the simple to the more complex. Contracts can be a series of documents. What you want to ensure is that the other party does what they promise. If there is a problem along the way, you want to be sure that the necessary safeguards are in place. Safeguards that help protect you, your business and your reputation.

In years gone by, a handshake sealed the deal. Today, Norton Peskett provides the same assurance to business owners everywhere. To ensure your interests are covered, contact us on 01493 849200 today.

Court of Protection

If a family member has become mentally unable to manage their own affairs for example, by sudden illness or accident or through gradual deterioration in their mental health and they have not signed an Enduring Power of Attorney or a Lasting Power of Attorney an application will need to be made to the Court of Protection.

The Court of Protection is a court specifically responsible for making decisions on behalf of individuals who lack the mental capacity to do this themselves. The Court will decide, based on the application, who is the best person to be appointed as deputy (the person legally entitled to manage the affairs of the person lacking capacity) and what level of supervision they need.

The deputy will be supervised by the court and will be required to submit accounts on a yearly basis.
 
The application can take some time to complete as a large amount of information needs to be included although the Court of Protection can make some restricted orders more quickly for certain urgent matters.

We can help you with

  • How and what you need to do to enable you to make an application to manage someone’s affairs through the Court of Protection.
  • What to do if you are concerned about someone and whether they are managing.
  • What to do if there is a dispute between family members or with the local authority (social services) regarding a person’s care or financial affairs.
  • How you can apply to make gifts or plan for future inheritance tax liabilities.
  • How you can apply to make a statutory Will for the person who lacks capacity of they don’t have one.

We are conscious of the often sensitive nature of our work. We offer a highly individual and efficient service and a member of our Private Client Team will be pleased to discuss with you how we can help you with the application and give you any advice that you require.

Craig Gosling

Craig Gosling

 Craig Gosling
 GCILEx

Criminal Defence

Our Partner led Criminal, Regulatory and Motoring Department covers all aspects of criminal law from the least serious motoring cases to the most serious criminal offences. We cover all aspects of criminal defence including representation at the police station, appearances at Court, claims against the police and appeal work.

With over 100 years of combined case management experience, we have been involved in many of the highest profile cases in our area.  Our skilled and experienced teams ensure that you are always represented appropriately with the right level of support for your needs.

Whether you have been accused of committing a crime, a regulatory offence or simply a minor motoring transgression, you need to know what will happen, the strength of the evidence against you, the time it will take, the options you have, the cost of looking after you (including whether you are eligible for legal aid) and how best to ensure you receive the best possible result at Court. Our Teams are here to help you through your time in the system.

Norton Peskett’s Team are able to help you at the police station, at the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court. Our expert and experienced lawyers successfully handle a wide range and large number of cases annually providing professional, skilled and experienced representation. We will only ever speak to you in simple, plain English, making sure you understand what can be legally and technically complex and make sure you are kept up to date throughout your case. We are thorough and diligent with our ultimate objective being to ensure that you have been provided with the best possible representation whatever the stage of your case.

Motoring offences have become a particular area of specialism for us. Losing your driving licence can have a serious impact on both your family and work life. We are here to help you. The use of modern technology by the police on our roads means that more people are finding themselves in trouble, facing offences that can result in points, disqualification, fines and even imprisonment in some cases. Defending yourself is difficult when you are worried, fearful and anxious about the potential consequences of your case. We can help you with representation at Court ensuring you get the best possible result from your appearance.

Contact us today on 01502 533020 (Lowestoft), 01493 849206 (Gt Yarmouth) or 01603 510905 (Norwich) and let us help you to help yourself with your case.

Team Members   

James Hartley
Robert Barley
Annette Hall
Rebecca Utton
Calvin Saker
Don Wiggington

Data protection

In today’s world, information is everywhere. It is more available and accessible than it has ever been. How you manage other people’s information, or data, is subject to certain legal obligations. Norton Peskett  protects you by ensuring you protect your data properly.

The law requires you to protect other people’s personal information or data. Knowing what counts as personal data is important, as is how you manage or process this data, how you store it and what you need to do when you receive a ‘subject access request’. Showing that you are a responsible business is important.

Data protection legislation can seem complicated. The language is unusual, confusing even. We understand that you just want to run your business. However, not knowing is not an excuse. Part-and-parcel of what we do at Norton Peskett  is to make this simple for you. We provide easy to understand advice on what you need to do, and how best to do it.

To protect your business, contact one of our friendly, expert solicitors today on 01493 849200.

David Rose

David Rose

 David Rose
 Assistant Solicitor

David Watson

David Watson

David Watson
Assistant Solicitor

Debbie Leech

Debbie Leech

Debbie Leech
Paralegal

Development Land

Our specialist commercial lawyers can advise in respect of development land and are experienced with acting for both landlords and developers including:

  • Contracts for the sale or purchase of land conditional on planning consent being obtained, or other conditions being satisfied.
  • Acquiring land for development.
  • Option Agreements for land including transactions imposing positive obligations upon developers to seek planning consent for development prior to exercising the option to purchase.
  • Overage Agreements – ensuring that landowners are entitled to receive further consideration in the future and sometimes many years after the sale has completed  if planning consent is obtained for development or other conditions arise which result  in an increased value of the land in the future.

Discrimination at work

Being treated unfairly is unpleasant and upsetting. If that is because of a prejudice someone holds, Norton Peskett will support you to gain fair treatment or make a claim.

Discrimination is illegal, more than that it is abhorrent. Being treated differently because of your gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation or because you are pregnant or have a disability is totally unacceptable. When it occurs, there are procedures to challenge it. Any business or individual can be challenged as to why they allowed discriminatory behaviour to occur. And ultimately, they can be asked to explain this to a court called an Employment Tribunal.

Discrimination is upsetting. Dealing with the fallout can be tough. Our expert lawyers can help you make a claim or resolve a disagreement. Before proceeding to court, there are other procedures to explore with you. Norton Peskett can explain what discrimination is, how the law protects you and what options you have. We are clear about the likely costs, timescales and what outcomes may be achievable. Everything is explained without legal jargon.

To discuss your situation call us today on 01493 849200.

Dispute

Disputes are not pleasant. When two parties have a disagreement, it can often result in damaging behavior and allegations. No one enjoys falling out but sadly, it happens. At Norton Peskett, we work with you to find the best outcome - a resolution that avoids undue unpleasantness, unnecessary costs and prolonged anxiety and worry.

Disputes can arise for any number of reasons. You may have a boundary dispute with your new neighbour; a disagreement with family members over the terms of a will or perhaps it is the quality of workmanship carried out on your property by a builder. Whatever the reason, you want to trust your solicitor to achieve the best possible result for you. At Norton Peskett you will have access to some of the best lawyers in the UK.

Disputes are often seen as expensive and lengthy. At the outset, we advise you on what the costs may be of pursuing your matter. We promise to keep you updated on costs throughout so that there are no nasty surprises when your dispute is resolved. Our lawyers will negotiate on your behalf and try and resolve your disagreement as promptly as we can.

We may also be able to mediate with the other side. Mediation is a formal process which can often reach a speedier conclusion and may avoid taking matters to court. Your lawyer will discuss the best approach with you and you can then decide which approach is best for you.

Norton Peskett also offers Free first advice, which means that you can discuss your situation and options with us before deciding which approach is best for you. Once we know what your dispute is, our aim is a quick and successful resolution for you.

Disputes

Disputes are not pleasant. When two parties have a disagreement, it can often result in damaging behavior and allegations. No one enjoys falling out but sadly, it happens. At Norton Peskett, we work with you to find the best outcome - a resolution that avoids undue unpleasantness, unnecessary costs and prolonged anxiety and worry.

Disputes can arise for any number of reasons. You may have a boundary dispute with your new neighbour; a disagreement with family members over the terms of a will or perhaps it is the quality of workmanship carried out on your property by a builder. Whatever the reason, you want to trust your solicitor to achieve the best possible result for you. At Norton Peskett you will have access to some of the best lawyers in the UK.

Disputes are often seen as expensive and lengthy. At the outset, we advise you on what the costs may be of pursuing your matter. We promise to keep you updated on costs throughout so that there are no nasty surprises when your dispute is resolved. Our lawyers will negotiate on your behalf and try and resolve your disagreement as promptly as we can.

We may also be able to mediate with the other side. Mediation is a formal process which can often reach a speedier conclusion and may avoid taking matters to court. Your lawyer will discuss the best approach with you and you can then decide which approach is best for you.

Norton Peskett also offers Free first advice, which means that you can discuss your situation and options with us before deciding which approach is best for you. Once we know what your dispute is, our aim is a quick and successful resolution for you.

Divorce

Divorce is the legal procedure by which you bring your marriage to an end. Divorce is never automatic no matter how long you have lived apart. You will always need to apply to the Court for a divorce and to show reasons why you are divorcing. The most common reasons are your partner’s unreasonable behaviour or adultery. You may also be able to divorce on the grounds of separation if you have lived apart for at least two years. In most cases you will not need to go to Court and your divorce will be dealt with on paper.

We understand that the decision to divorce can often be difficult. It can be hard to accept that your marriage has broken down beyond repair and dealing with the Courts can be a daunting challenge. Let us help you with it.

We can take the weight off your shoulders. We will discuss how the divorce process works and the grounds which you might wish to use. We will arrange all of the paperwork and deal with the Court for you. We will guide you through the process and warn you of any problems and find a way around them.

We are able to deal with most straight forward undefended divorces for a fixed fee.

In short we hope to make your divorce as painless as possible.

Remember that your divorce does not result automatically in the settlement of financial issues between you and your spouse and there are other steps that you need to take to ensure your future financial security. Take a look at our Divorce Finances.

Divorce Finances

Dealing with the financial consequences of a family breakdown can often seem the most bewildering part of divorce or separation. What do you do about your home? How do pensions affect the situation? Should you be paying or receiving maintenance? How do you deal with business assets? What about inheritances or money that you had before your marriage? It can be hard to know where to begin.

Don’t panic

What you need is straight forward advice in understandable English and that is what we aim to give you. We cannot always promise to have a solution to what can often be a complicated financial situation the first time we meet but we can almost always tell you what we need to do to get a situation where we can!

We will explore what options to sort out your finances best suit your circumstances. We will look at Mediation and Collaborative Law if your case is suitable. We can talk about approaches to negotiation and how we can get to the bottom of your financial position where it is in unclear. We can tell you how to protect your assets.

We hope that in most cases it will result in an agreement being reached on financial matters but where that is not possible it can be necessary to ask a Judge to decide the issues for you. If that is necessary we will work with you to present the best possible case and to try to demystify the process for you.

But we are agreed on our finances

That is excellent news. Where you and your spouse agree on financial matters arising from your divorce you still need financial security. This is best achieved by asking the Court to record the financial settlement in a Consent Order. This document ensures that there is no misunderstanding about what has been agreed and in most cases guarantees that further claims cannot be made in the future.

In the case of Wyatt and Vince (2015) a wife was allowed to bring a financial claim against her husband 22 years after divorce even though the husband’s wealth had been created long after the separation. Had there been a Consent Order this would have been almost impossible.

We can arrange a Consent Order for you where agreement has been reached.

We will discuss our fees with you when we meet and in some cases may be able to agree a fixed fee.

Domestic Violence

If you’re in a relationship that isn't working for you, either because you feel threatened or are with a violent or abusive partner, it can be difficult to know where to turn to for help - but it’s important not to suffer in silence. Asking for help is the first step to resolving the situation.

We’ve got people you can talk to in complete confidence. We understand the feelings and concerns you have and make it our priority to support and help you through this difficult time.

Domestic abuse, whether physical or psychological, is unacceptable in any relationship and no one should ever be made to feel scared or threatened in their own home. But we know that simply walking away from a violent partner isn’t always an option - particularly if children are involved or you don’t have access to your own finances. That’s why it’s vital to talk to someone you trust - a legal expert who can provide sympathetic but practical advice; explaining your options and helping you put an end to domestic abuse.

We work quickly to understand your unique situation and make your safety our priority. If you are in immediate danger we can take swift action and, where necessary, we obtain court orders to protect you and your family from the abusive partner.

You can talk to us in complete confidence. We’ll discuss your options and what outcome you would like as well as clearly explaining the ways in which the law can protect you from domestic violence. As well as providing legal advice, we can put you in touch with a range of organisations who can provide additional help and support. We keep you informed at every stage, explaining everything in straightforward terms and taking the right legal steps to protect you and your family.

Domestic violence can take many different forms but in whatever way you are experiencing it, it’s important to ask for help as soon as possible. In these cases, you may be entitled to legal aid, as your partner’s income is not taken into account.

If you feel that you are in an abusive relationship, pick up the phone and talk to us. It’s the first step to taking control of your situation so call us for a free and confidential chat.

Don Wigginton

Don Wigginton

Don Wigginton
Police Station Accredited Representative

E-commerce and IT agreements

Technology is now part of life - and business. It is hard to remember a time when businesses operated without the internet, emails or the use of other technologies including social media. A new and somewhat uncharted area of law Norton Peskett  can help you operate your IT and e-commerce solutions safely.

Much of business life is now carried out virtually. If your company sells a product or service more than likely you will sell using the internet. Legal documents are often shared electronically - sometimes only in this way. You need to know that however you operate your company’s legal rights are cared for. It may be setting up your web-based trading activities such as terms and conditions or an issue with a domain name, such as a dispute over ownership or use. You may need support with escrow arrangements or more complex matters such as software licensing and support arrangements.

Whether you’re an internet entrepreneur, web developer, IT business or you simply use the internet to buy and sell, Norton Peskett’s specialist lawyers can guide you safely. You will receive advice specific to your matter - no matter how unique it is. You will receive down-to-earth pragmatic advice that is commercially focused. A complex and constantly evolving area of law it may be - but you can trust Norton Peskett  to understand your challenge and help you to know the right things to do.

Norton Peskett  is the choice of business owners across the UK. For whatever their business life brings, they trust our advice. We promise to explain complex legal matters in plain and simple English. And it doesn’t get more complicated than IT and e-commerce law. You will know what to budget as we explain our costs upfront, so no nasty surprises. And we respond to every query the same day as we know your time is precious.

Find out for yourself why business owners trust us to help them by calling us 01493 849200.

Emma Boyce

Emma Boyce

Emma Boyce
FCILEx

Emma King

Emma King

Emma King
GCILEx

Emma Sampson

Emma Sampson

Emma Sampson
FCILEx

Employment documentation and policies

Every business needs basic policies and procedures. Having basic rules in the workplace makes certain everyone knows what to do. Norton Peskett can ensure your employment documentation is taken care of.

Good administration makes running business more straightforward. Having written terms of employment, an employee handbook, proper policies and procedures - like ones that take care of discipline and grievance – ensures  employees know what’s expected of them. And it makes sure you treat people fairly, consistently every time.

Norton Peskett helps you get the basics in place. We draft documentation that is bespoke to you. Everything we do is tailored - our employment lawyers make sure they understand your business to best support your needs. All prepared in plain, simple English - not legal jargon. Before we start work we explain likely timescales and costs. If your administration is out of date, we can update as we go. And we can help you train in new policies and procedures too.

To make certain your administration is sound, contact one of our expert employment solicitors on 01493 849200.

Employment Law

Everyone deserves to be treated fairly at work. But from time to time, things can go wrong. Workplace relationships may break down or perhaps you face the risk of losing your job. If you’re involved in a disagreement at work, it’s good to know there is someone you can turn to for advice.

Our employment law solicitors are here to help you deal with a wide range of employment issues and provide advice on everything from employment contracts to unfair dismissal. You can talk to us in complete confidence and gain reassurance from speaking to someone who understands your situation.

When you’re facing difficulties at work, it’s natural to have lots of questions and to be concerned about your job security but with our in-depth knowledge of employment law; we will describe all of your options clearly and simply. We’ll explain what rights you have as an employee and help you plan the best route forward to manage your particular situation.

If you’re worried about the cost of using an employment solicitor, or are concerned about the consequences of seeking advice, don’t be! You can talk to us in complete confidence and we offer free, initial over-the-phone advice - so you’ll know from the start what your options are.

If you have an employment query contact us today for fast advice that's friendly and local.

Employment Law

Whether you’re newly established, expanding, or restructuring; having access to first-class employment law advice can really make a difference to the success of your business.

At Norton Peskett we understand that when running a business you need the peace of mind that you are fulfilling all your legal obligations as an employer. You also need the right processes in place to maintain a happy, motivated and productive workforce. And we know that you don’t want employment law issues to take up more time than they need to.

That’s why our employment law solicitors provide a comprehensive service that lets you get on with running your business. We can help with day-to-day tasks such as managing contracts and employment checks, or if you need one-off advice when something’s gone wrong, we’re here for you too.

We make employment law easy to understand and straightforward to implement. We know that every business is different and our employment solicitors will work hard to address the particular challenges you face. We won’t baffle you with legal jargon but will always be on hand to provide help and support when you need it, keeping you informed every step of the way.

So if you're looking for friendly, local employment law advice, give us a call. We offer a same-day response and with our free, initial, over-the-phone advice, you can talk to us in complete confidence and find out what your options are.

Employment tribunals

Workplace disputes can often feel like a drain on management time. Norton Peskett helps you to deal with them correctly, fairly and in a timely manner.

In almost every workplace, disputes between employers and employees can occur from time to time. As an employer, you’ll want to ensure that disputes don’t impact negatively on your business and wherever possible, it’s best to resolve differences directly with your employees. However, when disputes cannot be resolved internally, you may need to attend an employment tribunal.

Employment tribunals usually comprise a panel that includes an employment judge and two non-legal people who have experience in the world of business. Witnesses may be put forward for both the employer and the employee and after hearing the case, the panel will reach a legally-binding decision.
At Norton Peskett, our knowledgeable employment solicitors are here to guide you through the entire process. We’ll help you avoid a tribunal where possible by finding alternative ways to deal with disputes. And if you do need to attend a hearing, we will ensure you are fully prepared – supporting you with everything from documentation to obtaining witness statements. We’ll clearly outline all of your options and responsibilities from the start so that together we can plan the best course of action. We’ll make sure you and your business are represented fairly and will ensure you are informed and in control throughout the process.

Employment law changes regularly and can sometimes seem complex but at Norton Peskett we explain everything in straightforward terms, clearly addressing any concerns you may have. If you’d like to have an informal conversation to find out what your options are, we offer a free, initial over-the-phone chat. So for confidential and friendly advice, contact us today on 01493 849200.

Entertainment licensing

Managing a bar, a club, a shop or a restaurant means you need to know about entertainment licenses. Norton Peskett  can help you whether you are applying for or varying one - or there is a problem connected with your business’ license.

Licensing can relate to a wide variety of different businesses and situations. Are you a shop or retail outlet that plays music for the public to enjoy whilst they browse? Or you run a bar or restaurant that offers beers, wines and spirits - maybe the occasional live band? Perhaps your café invites diners to sit on pavement tables to drink their coffee? Or you run a casino? Maybe you need a temporary license for a one-off event. Do you know about personal and premises licensing?

If you need a license or want to review an existing one - or you have a problem - you need expert advice to deal with an appeal or a complaint. Our specialist lawyers offer clear, practical advice and our aim is for you to achieve the best possible result. We make sure we understand your situation - then we discuss options, costs and agree what actions to take.

Legal matters can be complicated, we know. That’s why everything we explain is done using plain and simple language, not legal jargon. As we work on your matter, we will keep in regular contact with you to keep you up to date. And we encourage you to pick up the phone if you have any queries - for us, it's never an inconvenience to talk to you.

Call us today to see how we can help you. We'll explain our free first advice service and get the ball rolling.

Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity

We are committed to eliminating discrimination and to promoting equality and diversity within our policies, practices and procedures. This applies to our professional dealings with clients, all staff, other solicitors, barristers, experts and third parties.

We monitor diversity on an annual basis using ‘Survey Monkey’. Whilst staff are encouraged to take part in this survey it is not compulsory to answer all or any of the questions. The results are submitted to the SRA on an annual basis.

Our Chief Executive is responsible for implementing and monitoring our Equality & Diversity policy. He undertakes a review of this policy annually to verify it is in effective operation and ensures that appropriate action is taken in relation to any non-compliance identified under this policy.

We treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect regardless of:

  • sex (including marital status, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity and paternity);
  • sexual orientation (including civil partnership status);
  • race or racial group (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins);
  • religion or belief;
  • age;
  • caring responsibility; or
  • Disability.

Wherever possible, we take steps to promote equal opportunity in relation to access to the legal services that we provide, taking account of the diversity of the communities that we serve, in order to ensure that, subject to funding constraints, our services are accessible to all clients.  

We are committed to meeting the diverse needs of clients ensuring the services which we provide are accessible to all. We will take account, in particular, the needs of clients with a disability and clients who are unable to communicate effectively in English. We will consider whether particular groups are predominant within our client base and, where possible, will ensure that their needs are met.

We do not unlawfully discriminate in dealings with experts and third parties.

We treat all job applicants equally and fairly and do not unlawfully discriminate against them. We do this by ensuring that we operate an open and fair recruitment process, using selection criteria which do not discriminate, and making decisions based on individual qualities and personal merit. Promotion within the firm (including into the partnership) is made solely on merit.

We consider all employees to be equal and create a working environment which is free from unlawful discrimination. This applies equally to voluntary positions and anyone undertaking work experience with us. This will, for example, include arrangements for recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment, access to training opportunities, access to promotion and transfers, grievance and disciplinary processes, dress code, work allocation and any other employment related activities.

Information will be provided to all managers and supervisors on equality in relation to employees and recruitment including:

  • Recruitment selections;
  • Training promotion;
  • Disciplinary matters;
  • Dismissal.

All staff are informed of this policy as part of their induction and during annual equality & diversity update training. All staff are expected to pay due regard to the provisions of this policy and are responsible for ensuring compliance with it when undertaking their jobs or representing our firm.

We treat seriously all complaints of unlawful discrimination made by any of our staff, clients, barristers, experts or other third parties and will take action where appropriate. All complaints are investigated in accordance with our grievance or complaints procedure and the complainant will be informed of the outcome. We also monitor the number and outcome of complaints of discrimination.

Where acts of unlawful discrimination, harassment or victimisation and/or failure to comply with this policy by any member of staff are identified, we will ensure that our Disciplinary Procedure is followed and this may result in disciplinary proceedings being instigated.

We monitor, at least annually:

  • recruitment and selection (applicants, existing staff and partners);
  • promotion and transfer;
  • training;
  • terms and conditions of employment;
  • take up of benefits;
  • grievance and disciplinary procedures; and
  • Resignations, redundancies, and dismissals.

We provide equality & diversity information to the Legal Aid Agency as part of the application and billing process which is required in relation to staff and clients under the terms of the LSC Contracts. Note this is voluntary only.

We identify equality and diversity training needs as and when appropriate, and address them as part of our overall training plan. This includes the provision of annual update equality & diversity training. Our Equality & Diversity training and communication objectives are reviewed at least annually.

Please click here to read our latest Equality and Diversity report.

 

 

 

 

Equity Release

Equity Release can be an important part of retirement planning allowing an increasing number of people to utilise capital tied up in their home to make their retirement more comfortable, to fulfil some of their dreams or to help their children or grandchildren when they need it most.

Historically Equity Release has a bad reputation following families being left with an inherited debt due to the mortgage on the property exceeding the value of the property. All Equity Release providers are now regulated and must provide a “no negative equity” guarantee meaning that these inherited debts can no longer occur.

Equity Release will allow you to release money from your property without having to downsize or make monthly payments. The actual amount you can release will depend on your age and property value (you have to be over 55 to be eligible).

There are two types of Equity Release schemes

Lifetime Mortgages    
The loan is secured against your property. You do not make any repayments, instead interest is rolled up to be paid when the scheme ends. You continue to live in your own home.

Home Reversion Plans    
You sell all or part of your home to the lender but continue to live in your own home. After your death or move into permanent residential care your home will be sold and the proceeds split between the lender and your estate

Equity Release schemes are not right for everybody and it is important to discuss your individual needs with an Independent Financial Advisor who will be able to advise you on all your investment and income needs and discuss all your options with you. If following your discussion, you decide that Equity Release is the best option for you they will be able to discuss the two types of Equity Release and advise you on the best lender for your particular needs. We cannot give you financial advice but we can recommend trusted experts in this area and assist you with the legal process.

Please contact

Emma Boyce (Gorleston office)
David Watson (Lowestoft Office)
Tracey Jordan (Great Yarmouth Office)
Andrew Wardle (Beccles Office)
Emma Sampson (Halesworth Office)

www.equityreleasecouncil.com

Estate administration

Information coming soon...

Family Law

If you are unlucky enough to find yourself in a relationship breakdown remember you are not alone. In 2013 the Office for National Statistics reported that 34% of marriages were expected to end in divorce.

It is quite normal to feel bewildered, confused and frightened at the challenges that face you and to wonder how you will deal with your and your partner’s relationship with your children, house yourself and deal with money and property in both the short and long term.

That’s where we come in.

Norton Peskett has one of the largest most experienced family departments in North Suffolk and South Norfolk area. Come to us to discuss your relationship breakdown and begin to take your future into your own hands again. We cannot promise to take away all of your worries with the wave of a magic wand but what we can promise is to give you sensible, practical advice and to make a plan to help you regain your confidence and rebuild your life. The chances are that however strange or difficult you think your situation is we have seen something similar. However baffled and confused you feel we like to think we can start you on your road back to your and your family’s recovery.

We can help you with any and all of the problems listed.

Fatal injury claims

Norton Peskett can advise you how to seek compensation when a fatal injury has been caused by the negligence of another person or company.

A wrongful death is a fatal injury that results directly from the negligence of another. That could be an individual or an entity, such as a company or business or a local authority or hospital. Making a claim for the death of a relative or loved one can be complex. It can involve court hearings and inquests and they can be long and drawn out. However if you relied upon that person financially, you have the right to seek financial compensation. You also have the right to seek justice for a death that should have been avoided.

Norton Peskett can offer advice and their experience will make your claim as straightforward as it possibly can be. Inquests can seem complicated, the law filled with legal and medical jargon. We explain everything to you in simple language. We keep you involved throughout and we we will answer any questions you have as promptly as we can. Costs and timescales are made clear at the outset – if anything changes, again, we will explain these to you.

Achieving the best possible outcome means seeking the financial compensation you deserve.

Fees

We will always talk to you about fees at our first meeting. This is not because we are greedy but because we are open and honest about our fee arrangements and do not believe that these should be a “nasty surprise”.

Sometimes we can work for a fixed fee and we are always happy to give you a fixed fee quote if we can. Unfortunately not all work is suitable for a fixed fee. This is because we often cannot tell when we first meet whether your case will be completed in just a few weeks with a small amount of work or whether it will still be going on a year later and heading towards a lengthy Court hearing. In these cases we will work on an hourly rate which we sometimes call “pay as you go”. In these cases we will try to give you an estimate of the likely costs. Usually this will be a “best case” and “worst case” guidance.

In some cases we can offer you the choice of a fixed fee or “pay as you go”. We will look at both options with you in an honest and open way so that you can choose for yourself which approach best meets your needs.

We can offer monthly payment plans and in suitable cases we can even access loan facilities to allow you to pursue particular applications to the Court you might not otherwise be able to fund. We are Panel Solicitors for one of the main Litigation Loan companies, Novitas Loans. The company provide loans for family law proceedings in cases where the client owns a property against which the loan can be secured by a Legal Charge. These loans are best suited to a client who fully expects that at the end of their case the matrimonial home will be sold and they will be receiving sufficient funds from the sale to discharge the loan. The loan is not repayable until the end of the case. More information about Novitas is available on their website http://www.novitasloans.co.uk/novitas.html

Legal Aid is still available for cases where you have been the victim of domestic violence or if Social Services have been involved because your children are considered to be at risk.

We have set out below some of our typical fixed fees. We would need to agree a fixed fee quote with you before undertaking any work on a fixed fee basis so these might change because of your circumstances.

Divorce (with you starting proceedings): £400.00 plus VAT = £480.00

Divorce (your partner issuing proceedings): £250.00 plus VAT = £300.00

Mediation referral: £120.00 plus VAT = £144.00

Post Mediation advice: £300.00 plus VAT = £360.00

Financial Consent Orders: £750.00 plus VAT = £900.00

http://www.novitasloans.co.uk/novitas.html

Financing

From time to time a business may need to raise finance or make new finance arrangements which involve a legal charge being granted over property in favour of a  lender as security. 

This situation can arise whether borrowing is a commercial mortgage, bridging finance, overdraft facilities or other lending requiring security.  The property may be owned by the borrower or may be in the ownership of  a third party such, as a director or personal guarantor to the loan.  We are approved by a number of commercial lenders to act on their behalf allowing the firm to act on behalf of both you and your lender where no conflict of interest arises.  We can also assist where the lender instructs their own solicitor and assist with dealing with the enquiries and requirements of the lender.

Gorleston

Phone

01493 652204

Email

enquire.gorleston@nortonpeskett.co.uk

Address

Old Bank House
66a Bells Road
Gorleston
Norfolk
NR31 6AF

Grants

Our aim is simply – to give something back

Our grants are modest in size (the maximum amount that you can apply for is £100 but we will consider applications up to £250 in certain circumstances). Grants are available to clubs, groups or organisations to support the local community and for specific purposes only. Most grants are made under the headings of:-

  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Buildings/Community Facilities
  • The Environment/Conservation
  • Health and Social Welfare
  • The Arts

To be considered for a grant, applicants must

  • be based in or working with beneficiaries in the postcode areas NR or IP (or within 25 miles of Lowestoft)
  • the applicant or project must have been in existence for at least 2 years

All applications must be on our standard form which can be accessed here.

The form is in Adobe PDF format. Please ensure that you have a version of Adobe that allows you to save a copy of the form with the information completed so that you do not lose any of your application. The completed application form should be sent, preferably by email to enquire@nortonpeskett.co.uk. Alternatively, the application form can be printed and sent to Mr Robert Bryant, Chief Executive, Norton Peskett, 148 London Road North, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1HF. All applications will receive an acknowlegment of receipt.

To apply for a grant you must fill in this form as fully as possible. Without accurate and complete information we may not be able to process your form.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Yarmouth

Phone

01493 849200

Email

enquire.yarmouth@nortonpeskett.co.uk

Address

141 King Street
Great Yarmouth
NR30 2PQ

Guides

Information coming soon...

Halesworth

Phone

01986 872513

Email

enquire.halesworth@nortonpeskett.co.uk

Address

52 Thoroughfare
Halesworth
Suffolk
IP19 8AR

Harriet Ransome

Harriet Ransome

Harriet Ransome
Office Administrator

Holiday Disputes

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Holiday Disputes

If your holiday doesn’t go as planned and it is someone else’s fault, Norton Peskett can help you claim compensation or damages.

Holidays don't always turn out to be the relaxing break you've been looking forward to. Flight delays, lost luggage, poor quality or misrepresented accommodation, accidents and food poisoning can ruin a break. After the holiday, knowing if you have a claim, if a breach of contract has occurred, who should be held responsible and what steps you should take may seem as though it is more trouble than it is worth.

Norton Peskett ensure you complain effectively. We explain what procedures you need to follow. We ask lots of questions to make sure we understand all the facts - what was promised and what fell short of the required standard. We understand what you have done so far and plan with you what to do next.

Your options will be explained, as will likely timescales and costs. Once we start work on your claim, we promise to keep in regular contact and to answer any questions you have promptly.

To start the process of claiming for a ruined holiday call us on 01502 533 000.

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As a highly regarded commercial and individual client law firm, our objective is to deliver clear legal solutions which precisely match your needs. Our business is based upon providing excellent service to our clients.

Norton Peskett has enjoyed significant growth in recent years, both in terms of size and reputation and has provided legal services to the people and businesses in East Anglia for over 180 years. The practice continues to build on traditional core values of professionalism and integrity.

Since its foundation Norton Peskett as a firm has always prided itself on being part of the community. With its various offices throughout the area many Partners and staff have been members of voluntary organisations such as Roundtable, Rotary, Lions and Governors of local schools, giving back to the community their time and expertise in fund raising and charitable work.

Read our client reviews of Norton Peskett Solicitors.


Norwich office

As from April 1 2017, we are pleased to announce that our new Norwich office situated at 23 Cathedral St, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1LU is open following the award of a contract with the Legal Aid Agency to provide criminal and regulatory defence services in the Norwich city and surrounding areas. The office is permanently staffed and will be available for pre-arranged appointments in all work types for our clients from the greater Norwich area.


New office in Great Yarmouth

We are delighted to acquire a new office in Church Plain, Great Yarmouth. Our relocation from King Street will take place in early 2017.

Yarmouth office

Housing disputes

Your home is important - a place where you should feel safe and secure. But when housing disputes arise your home can become a cause of anxiety. It’s therefore important to try and resolve housing disputes as quickly as possible and sometimes you may need legal help to tackle the issues you are facing.

At Norton Peskett we have successfully helped many people resolve a wide range of housing disputes from problems with neighbours or landlords to dealing with tenancy issues or planning disputes.

When you talk to our expert lawyers, we will explain your rights and support you through the next steps. Together we’ll tackle any concerns you may have and act quickly to reduce the anxieties you are facing.

Our property lawyers are here to provide the help and guidance you need. Our free first advice promise means you can chat to us about your own particular case with no obligations, so call us today so we can help you.

Inheritance and tax planning

Inheritance Tax is charged at 40% on the value of anyone’s estate above the nil rate band threshold (your tax free allowance) which, for the 2015/2016  tax year, stands at £325,000.00.

Historically, money passing between married couples or between civil partners has always been tax free however the effect of this “tax free allowance” is to postpone the payment of tax until the second spouse’s death. What this means, for example, for a couple with an estate worth £650,000 is that on the husband’s death where he leaves all his estate to his wife there is no tax payable. On the wife’s death the money in her estate would be taxed at 40% above the nil rate band threshold (£325,000) which would result in a tax bill of £130,000.

New rules, which took effect from the 9th October 2007 have changed the tax legislation to allow married couples or civil partners to transfer their element of Inheritance Tax free allowance unused on the first death to their spouse when they die. Accordingly married couples and those in civil partnerships now receive a combined tax free allowance of £650,000.00.

The new rules do not impose a time limit on these provisions so all widows and widowers will benefit from these arrangements no matter how long ago their spouse died. However, these new rules do not cover co-habiting couples or single people.

We made Wills with nil rate band Discretionary Trusts in to make the most of our IHT allowances, what should we do now?

If you made these simply to use your and your spouse’s nil rate band for tax saving purposes then these may now be obsolete and you should have new Wills made without these trusts included. However it may not be as simple as this as other factors may have to be taken into account.

When might I want to keep the trust I have set up?

Despite the changes in the law trusts can still have an important role to play in many people’s estate planning. For example, you may wish to ensure that money is passed on to children or grandchildren from a previous marriage. Or you may need a trust structure to ensure that assets are managed for minors until they have come of age. Or you may wish to have a large estate managed on behalf of your spouse. These can also be effective for protecting assets from being taken into account for care home fee assessment.

In all these instances we would advise that you discuss this with a member of our Private Client Team who will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your individual needs.

What can we do if our estate is worth over £650,000?

  1. Each year you can give away £3,000 free of Inheritance Tax or £6,000 if you did not make a gift in the previous tax year. A married couple giving a gift for the first time would therefore hand over £12,000.00 to their children in one year.

  2. If a gift is made on a regular basis out of your normal income and this does not affect your standard of living any amount can be given away Inheritance Tax free.
     
  3. It is possible to make further tax free gifts provided you survive for seven years after making the gift. If you die within those seven years and the gifts are valued at more than the nil rate band threshold they are taxable on a sliding scale.

 

Injury Claims

What you need to know about our Personal Injury Claims and Conditional Fee (No Win, No Fee) Agreements.

If you are injured in an accident which has been caused by the negligence of another party you may be entitled to compensation. The accident may have occurred on the road, at work, upon the property of another or in a public open space. In order to be successful in a claim for compensation we have to prove that:-

  • Your accident occurred within the last three years (different limits apply to children).
  • The responsible party owed you a duty of care.
  • The responsible party were in breach of that duty.
  • That the breach of duty caused your injury and subsequent loss.

If successful in proving these elements Norton Peskett can seek compensation for you. There are two types of compensation, the first being known as General Damages which are for the injury itself and the second called Special Damages which are the losses that you have incurred as a direct result of the accident. These can include loss of earnings, medication/treatment expenses, travel expenses incurred and any other related expense. We may also be able to help with rehabilitation should this be required.

Your injury may have left you unable to work and you may be worried about funding a claim. Norton Peskett understand this and we can offer advice acting on a Conditional Fee (No Win, No Fee) basis. What this means is that Norton Peskett will not charge for the work whilst your claim is on-going, but when your claim successfully concludes we will receive a success fee which will not exceed 25% of the compensation you are awarded inclusive of any VAT, meaning you are guaranteed to receive at least 75% of any compensation awarded to you. Providing we assess your claim as having prospects of success at 50% + and can continue to do so throughout the claim then we are happy to continue your claim on that basis. If during the course of the claim we consider that the prospects of success fall below 50% and on our advice the claim is discontinued we will not charge you for the work carried out. This means that there is no financial risk to you.

There are no hidden charges, as we will recover the main part of our fees from the Defendant when the claim is successful. We may, however ask you to take out a policy of After the Event Insurance which will offer protection from potential risks to you in certain circumstances and will ensure we can fund the disbursements incurred in bringing your claim. The premiums for such insurance are in the region of £200 and again are only payable upon successful conclusion of your claim and as such would be deducted from any compensation awarded to you. As the premiums are "self insured" they are covered in the event of an unsuccessful claim and therefore again there is no financial risk to you.

Norton Peskett have experience in a wide range of claims and can offer advice for personal injury, psychological injury and disease claims.

Norton Peskett offers free first advice, if you think you may be entitled to compensation or if you would simply like to discuss a potential claim then please contact our Personal Injury Department on 01502 533000.

Insolvency

Running your business is tough. There may be times when you hit a difficult period. Insolvency is not something any business owner wants to think about. The sooner you contact Norton Peskett  though, the sooner you can take positive steps to getting your business back on track.

Insolvency can happen for any number of reasons and can happen to any business too. Business insolvency can happen due to problems paying off debts as and when they fall due. Or it could be that your balance sheet is insolvent. Your liabilities exceed your assets. Whatever your situation, it doesn’t mean it is the end of the road.

Norton Peskett  will help you think about the best action to take. We make sure you know what your legal duties are when insolvency occurs. Once we understand what it is you are trying to achieve, we work with you to achieve that goal. In simple terms, we explain your options and look at ways to rescue the company or, at the very least, its business.

If insolvency is a risk for your business, please call one of our legal experts today on 01493 849200 The sooner we work with you, the quicker you can think about the future.

Investment and buy to let properties

More and more people are enjoying the rewards of investing in property. And buying-to-let is a great way to ensure that your property provides a regular income and strong return on your investment. The key to successful property investment is to do your homework and seek expert legal advice before investing in a property.

At Norton Peskett we can help you with every stage of the property investment journey from choosing the right property to finding suitable tenants. We’ll also help ensure that your investment is sound and take care of all the legal aspects from arranging searches and surveys to drafting a tenancy agreement.
When buying-to-let there are different legal requirements to buying your own home so it’s always worth speaking with a lawyer that specializes in this area.

Our property lawyers provide friendly, common-sense advice for all aspects of property investment and are experts in landlord and tenant law. We’ll explain what rights you have as a landlord and help you understand the responsibilities you have to your tenants. For first-time landlords, our advice is invaluable, providing the peace of mind that everything is in place.

For advice about investment and buy to let properties, call one of our lawyers. We offer a free, initial over-the-phone chat, so you can find out about the process, timescales and costs with no obligations.

James Hartley

James Hartley

James Hartley
Senior Partner

Jo Bagshaw

Jo Bagshaw

Jo Bagshaw
FCILEx

Jon Wharry

Jon Wharry

Jon Wharry
Paralegal

Julian Gibbons

Julian Gibbons

Julian Gibbons
Consultant

Kelly Church

Kelly Church

Kelly Church
Assistant Solicitor

Kevin Dobson

Kevin Dobson

Kevin Dobson
Partner

Lasting Power of Attorney

Have you ever thought about who would look after your financial affairs or make decisions about your personal welfare or health care if you are unable to do so either due to mental or physical incapacity?

As of 1st October 2007 The Mental Capacity Act 2005 revoked the Enduring Powers of Attorney Act 1985. It is now no longer possible to create an Enduring Power of Attorney or make changes to an existing Enduring Power of Attorney however if you have a valid  Enduring Power of Attorney it will still be recognised and enforceable. Your Attorneys will still need to register the Enduring Power of Attorney with the Office of the Public Guardian if they have reason to believe you are, or are becoming, mentally incapable.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 introduces a new type of Power of Attorney called a Lasting Power of Attorney. In addition to making decisions about your finances you can appoint your Attorney to make important decisions about your medical treatment and long term health care.

Everyone over the age of 18 can make a Lasting Power of Attorney provided that they are capable of understanding how to make it, the choices that they can make and the power that it gives. It is very important that everyone involved understands the implications of a Lasting Power of Attorney and we can discuss this with you in detail.

As you will appreciate the person (s) that you choose to be your Attorneys is crucial. The person that you choose could be a member of your family, a trusted friend or a legal advisor and you can nominate different attorney’s to assume different responsibilities i.e. a legal advisor to deal with you financial affairs and a family member to deal with decisions relating to your personal welfare.

Lasting Powers of Attorney – Property and Affairs

The powers granted to Attorneys are similar to those under the former Enduring Powers of Attorney such as operating a bank account and selling your property.

Lasting Power’s of Attorney – Personal Welfare

This is a new power introduced under The Mental Capacity Act 2005 allowing you to choose a person who will have the power to make decisions about your health care and medical treatment e.g. where you should live, consenting to or refusing medical treatment and examination.

You can, if you wish, add restrictions and conditions to both types of Lasting Powers of Attorney where you would not wish the Attorney to have powers to act.

The new legislation states that all Lasting Powers of Attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used and an unregistered Lasting Power of Attorney does not give your attorneys any legal powers. You can register the Lasting Power of Attorney while you are still capable or the Attorney can apply to register the Lasting Power of Attorney at any time.

We can advise you on setting up Lasting Powers of Attorney and on the application for registration. Please contact a member of our Private Client Team who will be pleased to help you.

Leanne Griffen

Leanne Griffen

Leanne Griffen
FCILEx

Leases

We are experienced with dealing with commercial leases, whether relating to offices, industrial units, retail premises, land or any other property.

We advise both landlords in respect of the drafting of lease agreements and also tenants upon the content of lease documentation and negotiation and perfection of the terms.

A lease is a complex legal document which governs the  occupation of a premises, and can impose a considerable burden on the tenant.  We will explain these obligations and requirements in clear and simple terms allowing clients to make commercial and reasoned decisions in relation to a leasehold transaction. We can provide a tailored service to suit your needs ranging from drafting lease documentation for landlords or considering and reporting to a tenant on the terms of a lease, through to dealing with the entire transaction on behalf of either party including the drafting of documentation, negotiating terms, dealing with enquiries and completion and registration where appropriate of the lease at Land Registry.

Legal Aid and litigants in person

I realised quite recently that I had not done any “networking” or marketing for a while. All lawyers need to be seen from time to time to remind friends, colleagues and clients that they still exist. This coincided with an invitation to a business lunch with our local MP and Chris Grayling. Mr. Grayling is well known to lawyers, as he is both Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.

In a sudden rush of blood to the head I booked myself onto the lunch and immediately prepared a number of questions for Mr. Grayling around access to justice, something any Lord Chancellor, traditionally a largely non-political role, should be fighting to protect and promote. A raft of measure over the last five years have seen huge reductions in legal aid, big increases in court fees and a massive rise in litigants in person in the courts. Those that financially qualify for either the limited legal aid which exists or for a reduction in the court fees payable have such a rigid means assessment process to go through that many give up or loose out because they are unable to provide the wads of documents demanded to prove that they qualify.

Legal health check for businesses

Norton Peskett can help you take some time to check the health of your business. Do you have the appropriate paperwork in place?  Where are you at risk and what needs an update are all questions we help you to answer.

Every business is aware they have certain legal obligations. Taking time to review your business and the law in a proactive way can be helpful. Is your business structure still right for you? Would a limited liability partnership be more apt? What happens in the event of a retirement or worse still, the death of a director or shareholder? Is your business lease due for review soon? What if key employees were to leave, what legal safeguards do you have to protect your business and to prevent them taking your customers or ideas?

Conducting a legal health check can help you step back from your business. It can help you think how well protected it is. Norton Peskett can help you conduct a legal health check. You will be asked to share your documents with one of our expert lawyers. Options will be discussed, advice offered in simple terms without any legal jargon. If you decide to take action, likely costs, timescales and actions will be confirmed. And if no action is required, you can rest assure your business is in a healthy condition.

To find out about the Norton Peskett legal health check, please get in touch on 01493 849200.

Lesley Waters

Lesley Waters

Lesley Waters
HR Manager

Life-changing injuries

Seeking compensation for an injury that has life changing consequences is where Norton Peskett can help.

Simple accidents can sometimes result in serious injury. If that accident could – and should – have been avoided, it is all the more distressing. A permanent disability or major condition can impact upon a person’s quality of life. It can also result in financial hardship and emotional trauma. Legal advice can help you or a loved one seek compensation for your losses - whatever they may be.

Norton Peskett can offer advice and our experience will ensure that you understand what needs to happen to make your complaint, the likely costs and timescales. We explain information simply – no technical or legal jargon. We will gather the facts and work out what happened and who is responsible. We promise to keep in regular contact and answer your questions as promptly as we can.

Lina Virgin

Lina Virgin

Lina Virgin
FCILEx

Linda Ward

Linda Ward

Linda Ward
Personal Assistant

Lisa Oxborough

Lisa Oxborough

Lisa Oxborough
FCILEx

Lisa Simonsen

Lisa Simonsen

Lisa Simonsen
Partner

Litigants in Person

We know that not everyone can afford to pay for a Lawyer and that some people prefer not to do so. If you are acting for yourself in a family case you may feel as though you have fallen through the looking glass and into a strange world of Court hearings, complex forms and a whole new language. We would not be surprised if you felt completely overwhelmed by the complexity of the whole situation.

Perhaps you feel that you might just need a little help now and again to be able to understand what is going on better and to get the best results for you and your family.

We can help. We can give you advice to clear some of the myths and to help you with key points in the proceedings. We can offer a tailored “one off” service.

You can ask us to give you advice on a particular issue, prepare or check a document such as a Witness Statement, Financial Form or Consent Order. You might want us to help you prepare for a final trial or Court hearing. You might wish us to represent you at Court on a “one off” basis. We can do any of these things for you often on a fixed price. Once we have finished the work that we have agreed our commitment to each other ends and you are free to continue with no further fees from us.

Find out more about how we can help you help yourself click here.

Living Wills (Advance Decisions)

The Mental Capacity Act, when it came into force in 2005, provided the legal framework and put the law on Living Wills (now known as advance decisions and advance statements) on a clear statutory basis for the first time. This has helped empower people to make their own decisions and to make clear what actions carers and families can take. The rules relate, in particular, to Advance Decisions to refuse treatment, including the refusal of life sustaining treatment.  The act does not extend to provisions to take active steps to end a life or to force doctors to act against their professional judgement.

There are two types of “Living Will”, Advance Decisions and Advance Statements.
An Advance Statement is a general statement of your wishes and views. It can be used to reflect your religious or other beliefs (i.e. the refusal of blood transfusions) and can also include anything non-medical such as food preferences etc as well as any aspects of life that you particularly value. It should be used to help those involved in your care to know more about what is important to you. They should have regard to your advance statement but they are not legally bound by it. This is something that you can write yourself without legal assistance as it is merely a guide to those treating you and has no legal effect.

An Advance Decision is the only type of “Living Will” that is legally binding. All adults with
mental capacity can refuse treatment for any reason, even if such refusal may lead to their death.
An Advance Decision is used when you no longer have the ability to make your own decisions regarding your treatment, or in legal terminology, you “lack mental capacity” i.e. if you have a car accident or develop dementia. If you lack mental capacity then doctors have a legal and ethical obligation to act in your best interests. However, if you have made an Advance Decision and such decision is valid and applicable to the circumstances then doctors are bound to follow this even if they think it may not be in your best interests. An Advance Decision to refuse treatment must indicate what treatment you wish to refuse and the circumstances under which this refusal would apply in as much detail as possible.

An Advance Decision can only be legally binding if, when the document was made:-

  • The person making the Advance Decision had mental capacity to make the decision to refuse treatment and was over the age of 18.
  • The statement of intentions concerning future treatment is clear.
  • There was no undue influence or harassment from another person.

It is also important that:-

  • Your refusal was intended to apply in the kind of situation that later arose.
  • You understood fully the consequences of such decision in that kind of situation.

The general principle is that an Advance Decision is to be given to protect people who act in good faith providing guidance to both the medical profession and family as to their wishes as to what should happen in a certain set of circumstances.

An Advance Decision cannot be used to:-

  • Ask for anything that is illegal such as euthanasia or help to commit suicide.
  • Demand care that the health care team considers to be inappropriate in your case.
  • Refuse the offer of food and drink by mouth
  • Refuse the use of measures solely designed to maintain your comfort such as providing appropriate pain relief, warmth or shelter.
  • Refuse basic nursing care that is essential to keep you comfortable such as washing, bathing and mouth care.

You may wish to make an Advanced Decision if you have strong feelings about a particular situation that could arise in the future. You may wish to prepare an Advanced Decision indicating the type of treatment you would not want to receive in the future.

Making an Advanced Decision can also give you peace of mind knowing that your wishes should not be ignored if you are unable to take part in the decision making process at the relevant time. However, as you will appreciate this is an extremely delicate area and in some instances can cause upset and extreme distress to family members and friends. We would therefore recommend that if you wish to make an Advance Decision you discuss this with your family and friends so that they are aware of your decision. It is also advisable to discuss this with your G.P. and we will, on request, provide you with copies of your Advance Decision to give to your family, friends and G.P. to ensure that in the event of any of the circumstances arising there will be no confusion as to your wishes.

If you wish to make an Advance Decisions or you wish to discuss this further please contact a member of our Private Client Team who will be happy to assist you.

Lowestoft

Phone

01502 533000

Email

enquire.lowestoft@nortonpeskett.co.uk

Address

148 London Road North
Lowestoft
Suffolk
NR32 1HF

Magistrates’ Court Closure

The government announced in July this year that it was consulting on plans to close 91 courts and tribunals in England and Wales which were “underused” to save money. The Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Family Court in Old Nelson Street was listed as one of the courts affected. The proposals have caused concern amongst those living in Waveney as the proposed closures will leave just one court in Suffolk. The consultation ran for 12 weeks until 8 October.

Norton Peskett partners Rob Barley and James Hartley based in Lowestoft have submitted their own counter proposal to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). They are asking the MoJ to carry out a separate consultation looking at Court provision on the east coast.

http://www.lowestoftjournal.co.uk/news/last_chance_to_save_lowestoft_magistrates_court_from_closure_1_4256215

Making a will

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Making a will

It’s easy to put off making a Will, however, you should never underestimate the importance of doing so. This apparently insignificant document can have enormous bearing on your family after you’re not here to look after them.

If you die without a Will your assets are distributed according to the law rather than how you may like them to be and this could mean that your partner receives less, or that your assets may go to family members whom you may not wish to benefit.  

There are many good reasons for making a will:-

  • You can decide how your assets are shared out and ensure those family members, friends or even charities that you want to benefit do.
  • If you are not married or in a civil partnership your partner will not inherit automatically – by making a Will you can ensure that your partner is provided for.
  • If you have children you can appoint a guardian so that arrangements such as where and with whom they will live can be made
  • You can appoint your own executor who you know and trust to deal with your affairs after your death.
  • You can minimise any tax liabilities that your estate may incur.
  • You can plan for any care home fees that you may need to pay in the future and which may eat away a substantial part of your estate.
  • A Will is also a final indication of your wishes and takes away any uncertainty about what you want to happen, in many ways this takes away some of the stress of dealing with a persons estate as your executors know they are carrying out your  last wishes

What happens if you don’t have a Will?

If you do not have a Will you die Intestate (this is a technical term used in Law for someone who dies without a Will). There are rules for deciding who inherits your assets depending on your financial circumstances. The following provisions apply only in England and Wales, the law differs in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

If you are married or in a civil partnership and your estate is worth £250,000.00 or less

Everything goes to your husband, wife or civil partner.

If you are married or in a civil partnership and your estate is worth over £250,000.00

Your husband, wife or civil partner will not automatically receive everything, although they will receive

  • Personal items, such as household items and cars but nothing used for business purposes.
  • £250,000 free of tax or £450,000 free of tax if you have no children.
  • A life interest in half of the rest of the estate (on his or her death this will pass to your children or as detailed below)

The remainder of your estate will be shared by the following:-

  • Children (or if none, grandchildren) will each get an equal share.
  • If there are no children or grandchildren, your surviving parents will get equal shares.
  • If there are no children, grandchildren or surviving parents, any brothers and sisters (who shared the same two parents as you) will get equal shares (or their children if they died while you were still alive)
  • If you have none of the above your  husband, wife or registered civil partner will inherit your whole estate.

If you are partners but are not married or in a civil partnership

If you are not married or in a registered civil partnership your partner will not automatically get a share your estate if you die without making a Will.

If your partner hasn’t been provided for in some other way their only option is to make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. However, this is a complex and costly process which can be avoided by making a Will.

If there is no surviving spouse or civil partner

Your estate will be distributed like this:

  • To your surviving children in equal shares (or to their children if they died while you were still alive)
  • If you have  no children, to your parents (equally, if both are alive)
  • If your parents are no longer alive then  to your brothers and sisters (who share the same two parents as you) or to their children if any of your brothers and sisters died while you were still alive.
  • If you have no brother and sisters then to any half brothers or sisters (or to their children if they died while you were still alive)
  • If you have none of the above then to your grandparents (equally if more than one)
  • If your grandparents have already died then to your aunts and uncles (or to their children if they died while you were still alive)
  • If there are none of the above, then to any other half uncles and aunts (or their children if they died while you were still alive)
  • To the crown if there are none of the above.

It will take longer to sort out your affairs if you don’t have a Will. This could mean that your partner or children are unable to access any of your money for sometime after your death.

What you should consider

Each individual’s circumstances are unique and a member of our Private Client Team will discuss your needs in detail with you however it would assist us if you were to give some thought to the following:-

  • You will need someone to be your executor. This person, usually with the solicitor’s help, gathers in assets, pays off debts and distributes the estate in accordance with the Will. This is an important and often stressful role and careful thought should be given before deciding who you wish to appoint. We will need their full name and address and we would advise that you discuss this with the people that you propose to appoint prior to doing so. We would highly recommend that you appoint at least two executors (maximum of four). All executors should be over the age of 18 at the time of making the Will. You may, if you wish, appoint Norton Peskett to be your executors.
  • You will need someone to be guardian of any infant children. We will need their full names and addresses. As this is a significant thing for someone to agree to do  we would advise that you discuss this with the people that you propose to nominate prior to completing your Will. We would also advise that you discuss this with close family members (such as grandparents) to ensure that they are aware of the arrangements you have made for your children in the event of your death.
  • You may wish to specify funeral directions in your Will. Many people find discussing their wishes for their funeral particularly difficult and writing them down is sometimes easier. It also means that it will be easier, at a very emotional time, for your funeral to be organised.
  • You may wish to consider giving a specific sum of money to someone prior to distributing your estate (i.e. a friend or relative or to charity) If you wish to do this we will need their full names and address.
  • If you own a business you may wish to consider what you would like to happen to your business assets or the shares in your company?
  • Do you want to give a child or other relative a right to remain living in your property?
  • You should also consider what you are worth as it is probably more than you think. Take time to do this as some tax planning possibilities may arise. The things you should consider are the following:-
    • Your house (please remember that a mortgage is usually paid off by a life policy upon death)
    • Your Bank or Building Society Accounts
    • Your insurance policies
    • Your shares or other investments
    • Your business interests (as a shareholder or partner is any)
    • Any inheritance that you may receive
    • Any lump sum that you may receive from a private pension in the future.
  • Details of any property that you own with anyone else or any property that you own abroad.
  • Do you wish to give specific items to friends or relatives (i.e. jewellery, antiques, pictures etc) if these items are not specifically given to anyone they will go to the residuary beneficiaries.
  • The full names and addresses of the people to whom you wish to leave your residuary estate. The residuary estate is what is left after all debts and any other monetary gifts have been paid.

What we will do

You can see that dying intestate can lead to very complex problems which can easily be avoided by making a Will.

We take pride in providing an efficient, helpful and cost effective Will making service. We are able to advise you on the contents of your Will and to prepare a draft for your approval. We can come to your home if this is more convenient for you or you can give us instruction by telephone, letter or email. For further information please contact a member of our Private Client Team.

Reviewing an existing Will

Reviewing your Will every few years is as important as making one in the first place. You may wish to change how your assets are to be distributed, or your family circumstances may have changed. We would recommend that you at least look at your Will every couple of years to check that it is still an accurate reflection of your wishes.

SINCE IT HAS BEEN NECESSARY TO SIMPLIFY GREATLY MANY OF THE POINTS ON THIS WEB PAGE, THIS SHOULD NOT BE REGARDED AS A COMPLETE STATEMENT OF THE LAW. A MEMBER OF OUR PRIVATE CLIENT TEAM WOULD BE PLEASED TO CLARIFY ANY OF THE POINTS REFERRED TO ON THE WEB PAGE AND PROVIDE YOU WITH ANY FURTHER ADVICE THAT YOU REQUIRE.

Frequently asked questions

Can I appoint my spouse/civil partner to be Executor?

Yes. Often married couples or civil partners leave everything to each other and appoint each other to be executors of their respective Wills.

You will need to consider alternative executors (we advise at least two) to act on the second death (i.e. when you are both gone).

How long will it take to prepare my Will?

We can prepare a draft Will for your approval within a few days of receiving full instructions from you.

Do I have to come into the office to give instructions?

No although a face to face meeting is usually better. You can give telephone or written instructions or email us. We can, if it is more convenient for you, visit you in your own home. We will need to see you at some stage to confirm your identity.

What happens next?

We will prepare a draft of your Will in accordance with your instructions and send his to you for your approval. If you have any questions we can happily deal with these – if necessary we can meet with you again to clarify any points. We will then need to see you in the office or at your home to obtain your signature to your Will.

Where should I keep the original Will

If you keep your Will at home you may lose it, accidentally throw it away or it could be destroyed in a fire so we like to keep original Wills for our clients and supply them with a photocopy. We make no charge for this service.

Managing your business

When you decide to run a business, there are times when you need a little help and support. Support with legal matters. Matters that help you take your business where you need it to go. Norton Peskett understands what this feels like.

That’s why Norton Peskett lawyers are specialists in their field. If you need advice on protecting your idea or design, our patent lawyers can help. If you are starting your own company, deciding on the detail of a contract, agreeing a joint venture or terms with a new shareholder, you can talk to our company commercial lawyers. Or if the business needs to restructure or has financial challenges, again, we can help.

Norton Peskett  is the choice of business owners . For whatever their business life brings, they trust us to help. We promise to explain complex legal matters in plain and simple English. You will know what to budget as we explain our costs upfront, so no nasty surprises. And we respond to every query the same day as we know your time is precious.

Our friendly, knowledgeable solicitors are here to provide all the help and advice you need, freeing you up to get on with running your business. So if you’re looking for legal advice to support your business, call us today on 01493 849200.

Mandy Sillett

Mandy Sillett

Mandy Sillett
Paralegal

Maria Waters

Maria Waters

Maria Waters
Paralegal

Matthew Breeze

Matthew Breeze

Matthew Breeze
FCILEx

Mediation

FAMILY MEDIATION

Family mediation is a process where an independent third party (the Mediator) assists couples to find options and reach proposals to resolve issues arising as a result of their separation, in particular children and finances.

Mediation can help married couples, unmarried couples and family members.

WHY MEDIATE?

  • Reduces hostility and tension
  • Helps you make informed decisions that are appropriate for your circumstances
  • Keeps communication open between you and your partner
  • Saves the cost of expensive court battles
  • Helps children by showing parents working together and resolving issues

WHAT HAPPENS IN MEDIATION?

The Mediator will provide a safe neutral setting for discussions and exploration of possible arrangements to suit you both.  Mediators can also give you information to help you decide the best way forward.

When you are both content with the decisions you have reached, your proposal is then approved by your Solicitor who completes the legal formalities.

The Courts now expect people to see a Mediator and consider mediation before taking a dispute to Court.

COSTS

Legal Aid is available.  They and any charges you may have to pay will be discussed at the first meeting.

MEDIATORS

Alexandra Stephenson is a qualified Mediator.  Mediators are trained to deal with emotional situations involving upset and anger.  Family Mediators understand that clients are dealing with complex financial issues and difficult emotional issues.

Mediation is available from all our offices.

If you would like to find our more please contact Alexandra Stephenson on 01986 835638.

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Motoring Offences

Losing your driving license can have a serious impact upon both work and family life. Norton Peskett help defend drivers charged with all types of motoring offences.

Motoring offences can vary from those that carry a fine or disqualification to those where a prison sentence is possible. Drink driving, speeding and the use of a mobile telephone are some of the more common offences. However serious the offence, the use of modern technology on our roads means that now, more people are finding themselves having to defend a motoring charge. It’s often very difficult to defend yourself along with being able to handle the fear, worry and stress that any type of prosecution could bring.

Working with Norton Peskett expert lawyers, we aim to guide you through every stage of your offence or prosecution. We will explain thoroughly what the allegation is, and the evidence against you. Everything we do is presented simply, using plain English. We consider any mitigating circumstances and put together the best possible technical defence. And if it goes to court, our lawyers are highly experienced at providing expert representation. Their aim is to secure the best possible outcome for you.

To get the support you need, call us today on 01502 533000.

Natalie Whitelock

Natalie Whitelock

Natalie Whitelock
Assistant Solicitor

Neighbour disputes

Having a disagreement with your Neighbour can seriously affect your home life – and the quality of it. Norton Peskett can help you tackle any Neighbour disputes promptly and effectively.

Falling out with a Neighbour can often relate to issues with noise, children or anything that is shared – boundaries, fences, rights of way and car parking. Sometimes this can become serious. Physical threats, abusive or intimidating behaviour, even physical assaults or property damage can be the outcome. Whatever has happened, you need to know what options you have and how the law can help you achieve the outcome you desire.

Norton Peskett deal successfully with all manner of disputes between neighbours. We work hard at the beginning to ensure we understand what the problem is. We discuss options – and what your desired outcome is. Likely timescales, costs and the chances of achieving the outcome you want are explained clearly at the outset. Throughout the process, we keep you informed making sure we use plain and simple English, not legal jargon. We look at alternative ways of resolving the dispute if appropriate - but if litigation is needed you can trust our expert lawyers.

Choosing Norton Peskett means you'll work with legal experts you can trust so call us to see how we can help you.

New Partner Announcement

Norton Peskett Solicitors are delighted to announce that Paul Gregory has been appointed a Partner from 1 July 2016.

Paul Gregory PartnerPaul joined the firm in September 2002 having previously worked for another local firm for 9 years. He will continue to manage and work from the Great Yarmouth office.

As a qualified Chartered Legal Executive, Paul will make history by becoming the first non Solicitor Partner to be appointed at Norton Peskett since the firm was founded in the early 1830's. Paul is married, has two young children and enjoys spending free time with his family. He also likes to swim and attends the occasional football match!

Paul was born in Great Yarmouth and has always lived locally. He specialises in residential property law and has a vast personal knowledge of the local area which is always of great benefit when dealing with property and associated matters.

NHS Continuing Healthcare

What is NHS Continuing Healthcare?

NHS Continuing Healthcare is a package of care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. A person may be eligible for this if their needs are primarily related to their health rather than their social needs. This could include if a person’s medical condition is unstable or unpredictable and means that they need constant round the clock specialist care.

What are the rules that govern NHS Continuing Healthcare?

There is a National framework based on best practice principals where a person’s needs are assessed over twelve different domains.

Who is assessed for Continuing Healthcare (CHC)?

Before being discharged from hospital everyone should have an assessment carried out by the hospital staff using a checklist. The checklist will determine whether a full CHC Assessment should be carried out or not. If a full CHC assessment is thought to be needed a Decision Support Tool Assessment will be undertaken assessing the person’s needs over the twelve different domains with input from people providing the person’s care and the family.

Am I entitled to see the decision?

A copy of the assessment together with the decision and the reasons for arriving at that decision should be made available to the person who is the subject of the decision and/or their legal representatives.

Can I appeal the decision of the Clinical Commissioning Group?

Yes, the person who needs the care or someone on their behalf at any stage can appeal the decision of the Clinical Commissioning Group. Here at Norton Peskett we have a specialist team who can assist you if you decide to appeal the decision of the Clinical Commissioning Group. You can challenge in the following circumstances:-

  • The person has been denied NHS Continuing Healthcare funding but you believe the decision is wrong and you wish to appeal this.
  • The person was receiving NHS Continuing Healthcare funding and has now been assessed as no longer being eligible.

All appeals must be submitted within 6 months of the date of non-eligibility.

What if the person should have been receiving NHS Continuing Care but was never assessed?

You can apply to the Clinical Commissioning Group for a retrospective review if someone has not been assessed for NHS CHC before. You can also do this if the person in question has since died. However, such a claim can now only be made back to 31 March 2012.

A specialist from Norton Peskett will meet with you as soon as possible to discuss the matter and offer their opinion on whether or not we believe the person should qualify for NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding. If you decide to proceed we can arrange for our own expert to visit the person requiring care to carry out a reassessment. Once this has been carried out our expert will prepare a full report on how to proceed. We can also arrange for our expert to represent you at any future independent review panel, if you wish.

How much will it cost?

In some cases, for example where the person or estate has suffered a loss because they were told that they were not eligible to CHC funding, we will be able to act for you on a no win no fee basis. In other cases where we might act for you on a recent appeal we would act for you on a fixed fee basis. We will discuss the fees with you before commencement as each case is dealt with individually.

Why use a solicitor?

We have a team of trained specialists dealing with these cases on a daily basis who have an in-depth knowledge of the process and the law in this area. We will be able to tell you, from the information that you give us initially whether you should proceed with an appeal or a retrospective review. If we agree to proceed we will guide you through the process and collate any necessary evidence to support our argument before sending this to the Clinical Commissioning Group. We will ensure that you are fully supported throughout the process.

If you would like to speak to one of our specialists please call Leanne Griffen at our Gt Yarmouth office (01493 849200) or Emma Boyce at our Gorleston office (01493 652204).

Nicholas Ambrose

Nicholas Ambrose

Nicholas Ambrose
Costs Draftsman

Nicola Mason

Nicola Mason

Nicola Mason
FCILEx

Norton Peskett are now a Norfolk Trusted Trader member!

Norton Peskett became an accredited provider and Norfolk Trusted Trader member on 31 December 2015. The scheme is operated by Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Service and is available throughout Norfolk. The aim is to assist consumers in Norfolk make informed choices. For further information go to Norfolk Trusted Traders.

Norton Peskett has once again retained Lexcel accreditation

Norton Peskett with its five offices in Halesworth, Beccles, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft has once again secured the national Law Society's law management quality mark, Lexcel version 6.

Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal departments which gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards.

To gain and retain Lexcel accreditation, the practice must undergo a rigorous initial then annual application and assessment process. This includes conducting background checks and an on-site visit from an experienced, trained Lexcel assessor.

President of the Law Society, Jonathan Smithers said: "Gaining and maintaining Lexcel is not an easy process. The application procedure is extremely rigorous. There are many facets of being a Lexcel accredited law firm, including excellence in client care. A commitment to customer service in an increasingly competitive legal services market is vital in order to stay competitive. Firms that make the grade should feel proud of their achievement.

"The scheme is a beacon of quality to clients and potential clients alike."

Norton Peskett show their support for Christmas Jumper Day

Staff showed their support for Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 18 December by raising funds for the national event, Text Santa. The event raises money for charities including Save the Children, Macmillan Cancer Support and Make-A-Wish UK.

Many staff wore their festive jumpers and did their bit in a Christmas knit. Cakes and sausage rolls were baked in aid of the event. The Yarmouth office alone raised £219 and sponsored Paul Gregory, Senior Residential Conveyancer and Office Manager to have his beard glittered! Thank you for being such a good sport Paul.

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Norton Peskett supports the Papworth Trust 2016 will campaign

A campaign aimed at encouraging more people to start a will – while raising funds for disabled and older people in their area – has been hailed a success.

The ‘Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way’ campaign was organised by Papworth Trust in conjunction with solicitors across the East of England.

The will-writing service was supported by Norton Peskett’s Halesworth branch which raised £495.

Gavin Chappell-Bates, the charity’s major donor and legacy fundraiser, said: "This is the second year Papworth Trust has run a will-writing campaign and we would like to thank everyone who supported it."

"We were delighted to work with so many solicitors across the East of England and the final total raised from the campaign will make such a difference to the lives of the disabled and older people we support on a daily basis."

Claire Fox, from Norton Peskett, said: "We were only too pleased to support this worthwhile campaign, which has both a fundraising and awareness-raising message at its heart."

Norton Peskett is among a group of generous solicitors who have donated their time and services to Papworth Trust to support the charity’s work with disabled and older people, as well as their families and carers.


Papworth Trust offers essential support and care to disabled and older people, their families and carers. They help people of all ages to live independently in their own homes, to learn new skills, and to find and keep jobs that are right for them. To find out more about the charity please go to www.papworthtrust.org.uk.

Norwich

Phone

01603 510904

Email

enquire.norwich@nortonpeskett.co.uk

Address

23 Cathedral Street
Norwich
Norfolk
NR1 1LU

Notarial Services

If you are carrying out any sort of business abroad, such as buying, selling, renting or leasing property or dealing with a will or inheritance, you will almost certainly have to present documentation to foreign authorities. For commercial transactions, perhaps involving companies, you will often need to prove the existence of a company, its articles and the identity of its directors as well as the fact that the directors are authorised to sign something on the company’s behalf. This is particularly important for companies setting up branch offices or agencies abroad, or wanting to open foreign bank accounts.

Almost all countries require these sorts of documents to be signed in front of a Notary Public in England.

A Notary’s job is not just to witness your signature. He must ensure that you understand the document and that it is in accordance with what you intend. He must confirm your identity. In the case where you are a director or secretary of a company, he must verify that you are duly appointed as a director or secretary and that you have authority to sign the document on the company’s behalf. This may require a check at Companies House and sight of a board resolution authorising the transaction. English law has particular rules as to how a company signs documents and the notary will ensure that these are complied with.

He will clearly explain all the requirements and answer any questions you may have. He can also arrange any necessary translations and will explain all the timescales and costs from the outset, keeping you up-to-date throughout every stage. Many documents also require legalisation at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and sometimes, depending on the country, at that country’s consulate.

The first step is to give us a call and if possible email us a copy of the documents which need notarising. You will have to have a face-to-face meeting with the Notary, when you will need to bring the document unsigned along with your identification.

Notarial services include:

  • Witnessing the signature and execution of documents
  • Authenticating contract documentation
  • Verifying company articles and certificate of incorporation
  • Authenticating documents for immigration or emigration purposes
  • Certifying documents relating to buying or selling a property abroad
  • Certifying identity documents, including changes of name, status, and good standing
  • Verifying and certifying copy education qualifications for work abroad
  • Legislation of documents through the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices or any other relevant embassy/consular office
  • Certifying the powers of directors
  • Declarations for marriage abroad
  • Powers of attorney
  • Bills of exchange and shipping protests
  • Taking oaths, declarations and statements for court and other proceedings abroad
  • Validating sponsorship declarations to support applications for visas or permanent residence
  • Arranging translations from foreign languages to English and vice versa

If you'd like more information about how we can help you, please call us and speak to our Notary Public.

Notarial services for business

When doing business abroad there will be times when you need to present documentation to foreign authorities. And because every country has its own legal system and unique requirements for official documents, it’s important to ensure your paperwork will be accepted in other countries. It may therefore be necessary to have the documents validated (notarised) by a Notary Public so that they will be accepted by a particular country’s authorities.

A Notary will witness your signature, confirm your identity and ensure that  you understand the contents of the documents. If acting on behalf of a company he will also verify that you have the necessary legal authority to sign.

If you have documents that need notarising for use aboard, the first step is to give us a call. The Notary will arrange a time to meet you face-to-face and will explain what documentation and identification you will need to bring with you so the process can start as quickly as possible. The Notary will explain all the requirements and answer any questions you may have. We can also arrange translations and provide support to make your overseas business dealings run more smoothly. You’ll receive a full explanation of all the processes, timescales and costs from the outset and will be kept up-to-date throughout every stage.

Notarial services for business include:

  • Witnessing and validating business and property documents
  • Authenticating and/or translating business documents (including intellectual property documents, tenders, contracts, bills of exchange and shipping protests)
  • Authenticating documents for use in foreign courts
  • Certifying educational and professional qualifications
  • Confirming the capacity of company directors
  • Validating documentation to open overseas bank accounts
  • Certifying identity documents (including changes of name, corporate status and good standing)
  • Legislation of documents through the Foreign and Commonwealth Offices, embassies or consular offices
  • Recording events or documents for use as evidence
  • Taking affidavits, declarations and depositions
  • Arranging translations from foreign languages into English and vice versa

If you would like to find out more, please call us on 01493 849200 or 07770 999690 to speak directly to our Notary Julian Gibbons.

November is Charity Will Month in our Halesworth Office

Our Halesworth office is showing it cares by donating its fees for Wills to charitable causes during the month of November 2016. The suggested donation level is £125 for a single basic Will and £200 for a pair of Wills. We are aiming to raise as much money as possible for 2 local charities.

Clients who wish to make a Will can choose for the costs of their Will to be passed to one of the following causes:

  • Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund which was set up in 1989 to support patients (registered with Cutlers Hill Surgery) at the end of their lives by providing extra nursing care, support and equipment to those who choose to die at home. The fund is also looking to build an Information & Support Centre based in Halesworth but will be open to everyone living in all the towns and villages within a 15 mile radius of Halesworth. It will offer support, counselling, benefits advice, holistic therapies etc. to people who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness, as well as their families, friends and carers. www.halesworthhealth.org
  • World Land Trust, an international conservation charity based in Halesworth which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats. Since its foundation in 1989, it has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife. Your donation would be to the Action Fund which will then be allocated to any one of their conservation projects across the world as most urgently needed. www.worldlandtrust.org  https://youtu.be/DLu0cs_jZtQ

Making a Will is one of the most thoughtful and important things we can do to protect those we love. Yet fewer than half of people have made one. Most say they simply haven't got around to it and yet it can take years to sort out someone's estate if they die without a Will, and can cause significant problems for their families. Norton Peskett will be offering readers the opportunity to have a simple Will, professionally drawn up and you will be asked to consider making a donation to one of the above charities that reflects the fee normally charged when making a Will.

Limited appointments are available so book now to avoid disappointment.

For further information or to make an appointment to make a Will please contact our Halesworth office on 01986 872513.

 

Our People

Adrian Buck

Adrian Buck
Accounts Manager

Alex Stephenson

Alex Stephenson
Partner

Andrew Wardle

Andrew Wardle
FCILEx

Annette Hall

Annette Hall
Assistant Solicitor

Bob Bryant

Bob Bryant
Chief Executive

Calvin Saker

Calvin Saker
Assistant Solicitor

Christine Stephenson

Christine Stephenson
Assistant

Claire Fox

Claire Fox
FCILEx

Craig Gosling

 Craig Gosling
 GCILEx

David Rose

 David Rose
 Assistant Solicitor

David Watson

David Watson
Assistant Solicitor

Debbie Leech

Debbie Leech
Paralegal

Don Wigginton

Don Wigginton
Police Station Accredited Representative

Emma Boyce

Emma Boyce
FCILEx

Emma King

Emma King
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Emma Sampson

Emma Sampson
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Harriet Ransome

Harriet Ransome
Office Administrator

James Hartley

James Hartley
Senior Partner

Jo Bagshaw

Jo Bagshaw
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Jon Wharry

Jon Wharry
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Julian Gibbons

Julian Gibbons
Consultant

Kelly Church

Kelly Church
Assistant Solicitor

Kevin Dobson

Kevin Dobson
Partner

Leanne Griffen

Leanne Griffen
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Lesley Waters

Lesley Waters
HR Manager

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Linda Ward
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Maria Waters

Maria Waters
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Matthew Breeze

Matthew Breeze
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Natalie Whitelock

Natalie Whitelock
Assistant Solicitor

Nicholas Ambrose

Nicholas Ambrose
Costs Draftsman

Nicola Mason

Nicola Mason
FCILEx

Pam Hugill

Pam Hugill
Assistant

Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory
Partner

Rebecca Utton

 Rebecca Utton
 Assistant Solicitor

Richard Stone

Richard Stone
IT/Facilities Manager

Robert Barley

Robert Barley
Partner

Sally Yaxley

Sally Yaxley
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Sophie Cooper

Sophie Cooper
Assistant Solicitor

Steven Knight

Steven Knight
Partner

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Teresa Poole
Assistant

Tracey Beare

Tracey Beare
Head Cashier/Credit Controller

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Tracey Jordan
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Pam Hugill

Pam Hugill
Assistant

Partnership and shareholders agreements

Setting up a business requires some thought on the most appropriate legal structure. Whatever the agreement, Norton Peskett  ensures the rights of those involved are properly taken care of.

There are several forms in which you can trade. Some are more complicated than others. Every business owner needs to consider which arrangement is the most appropriate for them. Partnership agreements are a popular way to form a business. There are different partnership agreements, so it helps to know the difference.

Shareholder agreements set out certain agreements made between the business owners. These can be used to regulate ownership and voting rights. They can make provision for how capital contributions are to be made or how disputes between shareholders are to be resolved.

At Norton Peskett, our knowledge of business agreements allows you to make the right choice. Our lawyers can be trusted to explain the benefits and risks of each. We explain matters in plain English, not legal jargon. Our aim is to make your decision the best one for your business.

So if you’re looking for expert legal advice for your business, call us today on 01493 849200.

Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory
Partner

Planning for your future

One of the greatest concerns we all have is our well being and the well being of our family as we grow older. We want to know that we will be well looked after. It is not always possible to personally provide all the care and support required and  families often have to seek the help needed from elsewhere. With fewer younger people out of work who are available to assist and with an increasingly ageing population, the task of caring for us as we get older often falls to someone outside the family. More and more people are now asking themselves whether they will need to consider long term residential care.

We recognise that there are many people who worry about this and loosing their independence but don’t know what they can do to be best prepared to deal with this and who will need advice on how to protect their assets and how to cope with both the practical and financial changes that they may face.

We have a specialist  team  who are committed wholly to advising on such issues.

  • How can we help you?
  • We can help you make a correctly drafted Will
  • We can appoint the right people to carry out your wishes under a Lasting Power of Attorney.
  • We can advise you how to best protect your assets and ensure they stay in the family.
  • We can inform and advise you on whether you will be liable to pay Inheritance Tax.
  • We can advise you on whether you are receiving all the benefits that you should be
  • We can advise you on what your rights are in terms of care in your home and how much you should be paying towards this. We can also help you with complaints regarding your care and challenging any funding arrangements for your care which you think may not be correct.
  • We can advise you about moving into residential care  from how to pick the best home for you or your family member, checking that the contract for care is correct, advising you on funding arrangements including Deferred Payment Agreements and First and Third Party Top Up Agreements
  • We can advise you regarding the process on discharge from hospital, what rights you have and what assessments should be completed before discharge
  • We can also advise you on whether you or your relative should be entitled to NHS Continuing Healthcare – see here for further details

If you are thinking about giving your house away, we can

  • Advise you properly and help you understand what the advantages and disadvantages are
  • Advise you on what can go wrong
  • Advise you on the implications (if any) for your children

If you are thinking about sharing accommodation with family either in a separate part of the property or as part of the household or considering making a joint purchase with other family members in order to provide shared accommodation there are legal and practical issues to consider. We are happy to discuss these with you and take any action necessary.

Retirement from work

If you are about to retire or have recently retired you will need to think about the financial changes and how you will fund your retirement.

We cannot give advice on your pension and investment arrangements but we can recommend trusted experts in this area.

Don’t leave it too late

We are often contacted by concerned family members following a sudden illness, accident or other event. We are often able to help but sometimes it is too late. We urge you to take early action to put your affairs in order. If necessary, we can refer you to other specialists, for example, accountants or independent financial advisers. We will work with those professionals to achieve your aims.

Home Visits

We recognise that our elderly clients may not be in a position to visit us at our offices. By prior arrangement, we can meet with our elderly clients at home or even in hospital.

Please contact a member of our Private Client Team who will be pleased to help you.

Prenuptial agreements

Planning a wedding is an exciting time - and also a time when you start thinking about your long-term future. You’re probably looking forward to a long and happy marriage but it’s also natural to wonder what unexpected twists and turns life might bring.

That’s why, when planning a wedding or civil partnership, it’s a good idea to prepare for every eventuality. After all, none of us can accurately predict where life may take us in 10 or 20 years’ time. With a prenuptial agreement in place, you and your partner can enter into marriage safe in the knowledge that you’ll both know where you stand if you do choose to end your marriage in the future.

Asking for a prenup certainly doesn’t mean that you expect your marriage to fail - and it doesn’t have to detract from the romance and excitement of your special day. With the help of our friendly and experienced solicitors, putting an agreement in place is a straightforward and sensible way to protect your future. And once it’s in place, you can get on with planning and enjoying your wedding day and your life together as a happily married couple.

Prenuptial agreements, sometimes called premarital agreements, set out in writing what should happen to each person’s assets and finances if the marriage breaks down. It gives you both the opportunity to agree in advance what is fair - rather than one of you losing a large chunk of your assets in the event of a divorce.

At Norton Peskett we’ve created agreements for many couples and our expertise provides the peace of mind that everything has been done correctly. With a proper agreement in place, your wishes are more likely to be accepted by the courts in the event of a divorce - which could save you thousands or even millions of pounds in the future.

It is best to draft the agreement well in advance of your wedding day. This gives plenty time to get the agreement right and it will be looked on more favorably by the courts than an agreement that has been put together at the last minute.

Creating a premarital agreement is straightforward and hassle-free. Our friendly solicitors will explain the process clearly and answer any questions you may have. We offer free, initial over-the-phone advice, so you can find out about the process, timescales and costs with no obligations. So for expert, confidential and friendly advice, contact us today.

Privacy Policy

Norton Peskett Privacy Policy

We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. This privacy policy explains how we use the information we collect about you, how you can instruct us if you prefer to limit the use of that information and procedures that we have in place to safeguard your privacy.

The information we may collect and how we use it

  • When you contact us you may need to give us your name, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number so that we can reply to you. We also need to know your credit card details when making an online payment to us so that we can process the payment.
  • The relevant information is then used by us to process your enquiry or payment and to communicate with you in general.
  • We may use aggregate information and statistics for the purposes of monitoring website usage in order to help us develop the website and our services. These statistics will not include information that can be used to identify any individual.
  • We, and our associated companies, may also wish to provide you with information about special features of our website or any other service or products we think may be of interest to you. We will only provide you with this information if you have confirmed that you are happy to receive it when sending your details to us. You will be given the option of receiving such further information when you contact us.

Our use of cookies and other information gathering technologies

  • We may use cookies from time to time on this site to monitor usage. We do not use cookies to collect any further personal information when you use this site.
  • It is possible to configure your web browser not to accept cookies. Please refer to your browser support for guidance on how to do this.

How we protect your information

  • The internet is not a secure medium. However we have put in place various security procedures as set out in this policy.
  • Our servers sit behind a firewall security system, are backup daily and held securely offsite. These hardware and software systems are monitored continuously.
  • The Company use encryption to protect the security of data transmitted to us. However if you supply information to us by other means such as email this is done at your own risk.
  • We keep your information confidential. Our internal procedures cover the storage, access and disclosure of your information. If you require any further information on these procedures please contact us

Sale of business

If our business is sold or integrated with another business your details may be disclosed to our advisers and any prospective purchasers and their advisers and will be passed on to the new owners of the business subject to terms of confidentiality no less onerous than those contained in this policy.

Updating your details

If any of the information that you have provided to us changes, for example if you change your e-mail address, name or payment details please let us know the correct details by sending an e-mail.

Your consent

  • By submitting personal information to us, including sensitive personal information, you consent to the use of that information as set out in this policy. If we change our privacy policy we will post the changes on this page so that you may be aware of the information we collect and how we use it at all times.
  • When you provide personal information about other individuals, you do so on the basis that the other individual has consented and agreed to the processing of the relevant personal data in accordance with this policy.
  • Owing to the global nature of the Internet infrastructure, the information you provide may be transferred in transit to countries outside the European Economic Area that do not have similar protections in place regarding your data and its use as set out in this policy. However, we have taken the steps outlined above to try to improve the security of your information. By submitting your information you consent to these transfers.

How to contact us

We welcome your views about our website and our privacy policy. If you would like to contact us with any queries or comments please send an e-mail.

 

Probate and Intestacy

The death of a loved one is always an emotional and distressing time. Unfortunately there are many things that have to be done.  We would be happy to assist you in sorting out the formalities relating to the administration of an estate, whether there is a will or not. We are also experienced in those cases where matters are not so straight forward and we can guide you through this.

When someone dies they leave assets in their name, for example,  a house, bank accounts, shares etc. Whoever holds the assets (Land Registry, Bank, Share Registrars) will usually (unless the estate is worth less than £5,000.00) want to see a Grant of Representation from the court prior to releasing the assets.

There are two main types of Grant of Representation

  1. Where there is a valid Will appointing an executor who is able and willing to prove the Will, then a Grant of Probate will be issued to them.
  2. Where there is not  a valid Will, then a Grant of Letters of Administration will be issued to the person entitled.

Grant of Probate

Probate is the legal procedure to decide whether a will is valid. When a person makes a Will they appoint an executor to administer the estate when they die. The executor must make an application to the Court through the local Probate Registry to prove the Will is valid and apply for the Grant of Probate. Generally (unless the estate is worth less than £5,000.00) assets will not be released to the executor without sight of a Grant of Probate.

Grant of Letters of Administration

This applies when the person who has died has not left a Will and has therefore not appointed an executor. The law tells us who is entitled to the apply to the Court for the Grant of Letters of Administration and this is as follows:.

  1. A spouse/civil partner
  2. Issue (children or grandchilden)
  3. Parents
  4. Brother or sisters (who share the same two parents as the Deceased) or their issue
  5. Half brother or sisters or their issue
  6. Grandparents
  7. Uncles or aunts or their issue
  8. Half uncles or aunts or their issue
  9. The Crown (Treasury Solicitor)

The Grant of Letters of Administration once issued by the court gives authority to the appropriate person to deal with the estate (known as the administrator). They then have the same responsibilities as an executor.

If you are an executor or an administrator then you are responsible for:-

  • Proving the Will is valid by obtaining a Grant of Probate from the Court or Obtaining Letters of Administration where there is no Will (on intestacy).
  • Establishing all the assets in the estate and collecting these in.
  • Completing any necessary tax returns and finalising the tax affairs of the person who has died.
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any  property owned by the person who has died.
  • Paying any bills the estate is liable for.
  • Distributing the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will
  • Keeping accounts and providing copies to the Beneficiaries of the Estate.

If you are appointed as an executor or you are the person to extract a Grant in an intestacy the thought of carrying out these tasks may sound daunting and time consuming but we are here to help. We have an experienced team who specialise in the administration of estates, ensuring the whole process is completed smoothly and promptly. We can arrange for the probate valuations of all the assets as at the date of death including instructing any agents to value property and stockbrokers to value shares. We can also assist with the completion of the Inland Revenue Accounts, preparing the documents for extracting the Grant, collecting in the assets of the estate after the Grant has been issued, instructing genealogists to trace missing beneficiaries, selling the deceased’s property, preparing Estate Accounts and finally paying the money to the beneficiaries.

We offer a range of services to suit your needs from dealing with everything on your behalf to just submitting the application to the court and are happy to work with you  to discuss the best way that we can support you.

Please feel free to contact a member of our Private Client Team for a free half an hour appointment  to discuss how we can help you.

Provision for a disabled child

Information coming soon...

Rebecca Utton

Rebecca Utton

 Rebecca Utton
 Assistant Solicitor

Redundancy

When faced with redundancy it’s natural to have lots of questions. You’ll want to know if your redundancy is fair, how much notice your employers have to give you, and whether you are entitled to redundancy pay. Most employers handle the process properly and support their employees through this difficult time. However, if your employer is making redundancies and you feel as though you need help to ensure that you’re fairly treated, we’re here for you.

If you feel that you have been made redundant unfairly, then you’ll want to take action as soon as possible. It’s important to act quickly as you only have three months from the end of your employment to claim for unfair dismissal.

Our redundancy solicitors have in-depth experience of dealing with redundancy cases and will provide all the help and advice you need to ensure the best possible outcome. We’ll chat to you about redundancy law in a way that’s clear and easy to understand so that you can start to plan your next steps. With our help, you’ll quickly understand what you are entitled to and how to achieve the best outcome for your future.

If your case cannot be resolved directly with your employer then it may progress to an employment tribunal. If this proves to be the best course of action, we will support you through the process, helping you to understand your rights and entitlements at every step.

We offer a same-day response and with our free, initial, over-the-phone advice, it doesn’t cost you a penny to see whether we can help. So for fast, friendly employment law advice, contact us today.

Regulatory compliance

Complying with the relevant laws is important. Every business needs to be aware of their statutory obligations. At Norton Peskett, we make sure you know what they are and how to fulfill them.

You need to know the rules and regulations that apply to your business. There may be industry bodies that are specific to you. General regulatory compliance could include how you handle data, or ensuring the safety of your employees and customers. Environmental considerations may also affect how you do business. It is also important that you have robust processes in place. Employees need to be trained and you need to demonstrate good management too.

Norton Peskett experts can guide you through the laws and regulations relevant to your business. We will explain them to you in a simple but practical way. We deal with every query promptly. You can be confident in the advice you receive. And as we explain our costs upfront - there are never any nasty surprises.

Regulatory compliance can be a headache for many businesses. Working with one of our expert local solicitors will help to ease your worry, so give us a call today on 01502 533000.

Remortgaging

As a homeowner, at some point, you may wish to consider re-mortgaging – either to take advantage of a better mortgage deal or to release money from your property. With different mortgage providers offering different deals, you may wish to consider changing to a new lender.

At Norton Peskett we make remortgaging as quick and simple as possible. We’ll guide you through the process, taking care of any paperwork and legal checks. We’ll also review the terms of your existing mortgage so that you don’t uncover any surprises further down the line.

Our friendly lawyers are experts in all areas of property law but will always speak your language – not legal jargon, giving you the confidence that you’re making the right decision at every stage.

With our free initial telephone conversation and no hidden costs policy, finding out more about your remortgaging options are straightforward. Call us today to arrange a chat with one of our lawyers.

Residential property

At Norton Peskett we understand that one of the most important things in anyone’s life is their home. Whether you own a property or rent, we know that your home means much more to you than just bricks and mortar.

Whether you’re buying, selling, investing, letting, or simply searching for your dream home, there will be times when you need a property lawyer to help everything run smoothly. Should you encounter problems with your property, having a knowledgeable property lawyer on your side is invaluable.

Our experienced property lawyers provide a wide range of services to help safeguard your home or property investments. From tenancy agreements to advice on buying property at auction, we’re here to provide guidance and support whatever your circumstances may be.

With no hidden costs, our friendly lawyers make property law straightforward and hassle free. We’ll explain all the processes clearly and answer any questions you may have.

If you’re facing a housing or property issue, contact us and we’ll arrange for you to have a free, initial chat with one of our specialist property lawyers.

Restructuring and redundancy

When your business needs to make changes it may result in redundancies. Norton Peskett can help you restructure professionally and fairly.

Restructuring may look to make your business more successful. Or it may be required, unavoidable. Whatever the reason, it is important that those affected are treated fairly and proper procedures are followed. Informing employees and involving them throughout is less likely to lead to litigation when you take the final decision.

If you think redundancies are likely or you’re planning some kind of reorganisation, Norton Peskett  expert lawyers can advise you on what you need to think about. Our advice is pragmatic and straightforward. We make certain we understand what you are hoping to achieve. We explain the likely outcomes, discuss options and make certain you know the relevant laws. Our advice is jargon free and we always say what our likely costs will be. Many other businesses have successfully worked with Norton Peskett to restructure.

Choosing Norton Peskett means you will have access to some of the best lawyers in the UK. Contact us to experience this for yourself.

Richard Stone

Richard Stone

Richard Stone
IT/Facilities Manager

Road traffic collisions

An accident whilst driving can have serious consequences. If another road user was careless, reckless or negligent, Norton Peskett can help with any claim.

Having a driving accident is an unpleasant experience. The aftermath of the accident can add to the anxiety. Trying to assign liability to a reckless or careless driver or one who was just being plain stupid can take time. If liability is contested, legal advice is required. If you are injured, this needs expert guidance to seek proper compensation.

Norton Peskett will make sure you understand the process and guide you throughout. Costs, timescales and likely outcomes will be explained using plain and simple English. You explain fully what happened, so that we understand every detail. We investigate the circumstances of the accident, use specialists if helpful and look to secure the best outcome possible.

Robert Barley

Robert Barley

Robert Barley
Partner

Sally Yaxley

Sally Yaxley

Sally Yaxley
FCILEx

Saturday Opening

We are open on Saturday mornings at our Lowestoft office from 9:00 to 12:30.

Call Lowestoft 533000 if you would like to make an appointment or just pop in. You can also drop off documents or pay a bill or arrange an appointment in person.

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Settlement Agreements

When your employment ends, it can sometimes involve a Settlement Agreement. Norton Peskett can explain what this is, help you agree one and make sure your rights are taken care of.

When the decision is taken to end an employment relationship, it can be a time of uncertainty. Disputes can arise over the decision to dismiss. Directors can fall out over future business strategy or investment decisions. You may feel your position is untenable or that your employer wants you to resign and is forcing you to do so. Alternatively, your employment may end due to restructuring of the company.

Settlement agreements are legally binding documents. Norton Peskett can explain what one is and what it means and more importantly whether you should you sign one. In return for an agreed financial amount, you are agreeing to waive any claims you may have. Your claim may have a higher potential value. We explain what your options are and if this is the best outcome. Terms need to be agreed and changed by us on your behalf. At every step, we use plain English, not legal jargon. If you sign, you know fully what you are agreeing to.

To help you resolve your dispute, and to talk about settlement agreements, call us today on 01493 849200.

Sophie Cooper

Sophie Cooper

Sophie Cooper
Assistant Solicitor

Steven Knight

Steven Knight

Steven Knight
Partner

Supporting the local economy

I have long been an advocate of supporting local business where possible. This is often easier to say than to put into practice. We can all be guilty of paying lip service to the idea; browsing in John Lewis or Waterstones and then ordering something on line (Amazon!) to save a few pounds.

If as I do you both live and work in a small town, in my case Great Yarmouth, then keeping your business local has a greater importance than if you lived in say London or even Norwich. You don’t need a degree in economics to recognise than towns such as ours struggle in the present economic climate. Not only have we to put up with the general recessionary headwinds, but the drop in the price of oil coupled with the north sea oil and gas resources running down has lead to numbers of off-shore companies both laying-off staff and switching their operations elsewhere, often to Aberdeen. These prospects for a revival look bleak, with the cost of oil extraction now being more than it costs to extract shale oil in the US.

Tanith Spray

Tanith Spray

Tanith Spray
FCILEx

Tenancy agreements and deposits

Whether you’re a landlord or a tenant, it makes good sense to have a legally binding tenancy agreement in place. Not only will this highlight your rights and responsibilities but it will also help maintain a positive relationship between you and your landlord or tenant.

A tenancy agreement is a contract between a tenant and a landlord. It should clearly explain what is expected of each party, providing everyone with the peace of mind that they know where they stand.

As well as asking a tenant to sign a tenancy agreement, landlords are also legally entitled to request a deposit before letting a property to a tenant. The deposit provides security to the landlord but should be returned to the tenant at the end of the letting, providing that the terms set out in the tenancy agreement have been met. Landlords are now legally required to place the deposit in one of three government-backed tenancy deposit schemes.

Norton Peskett offers expert advice regarding tenancy agreements and deposits for both tenants and landlords. So if you have a question or would like to find out how we can help, give us a call today.

Our friendly and knowledgeable property lawyers are here for you and our free first advice promise ensures that it won’t cost you a penny to see how we can help you. With no hidden costs you can get answers to your questions quickly and easily.

Teresa Poole

Teresa Poole

Teresa Poole
Assistant

Terms and conditions of business

When you carry out business with another company, it is important to be clear on what terms this is being done. Many companies leave terms and conditions out until it is too late - when a disagreement arises. Norton Peskett  will ensure you do business on terms that suit you.

Terms and conditions of business set out the contract between two parties. At the point a contract is agreed - when an offer is made and accepted - you should consider on what terms any work will be done. You should think about payment terms and how you would deal with a disagreement if a product or service is of an unacceptable standard. You also need to think about any implied terms too. Doing this at the right time allows terms to be incorporated into your contract.

Norton Peskett helps you understand how to protect your business. We help you agree terms of business that protect your rights, and limit your liabilities. We explain matters simply and in plain English. We ensure you understand what you are agreeing to. If that is not your intention, we advise you on what you need to do. You can trust our lawyers to give you expert advice on what terms to include, and how and when to incorporate them in to your contracts.
Our friendly, knowledgeable solicitors are here to provide all the help and advice you need so, if you’re looking for legal advice to support your business, please call us today on 01493 849200.

The Alexis Ruthven Trust

The Alexis Ruthven Trust have reached their target of £50,000!

 Alexis Ruthven Trust logo

In June 2015 The Alexis Ruthven Trust was created to raise £50,000 to fund building alterations to meet a little boy's basic living needs as well as further equipment he will need as his condition progresses. The discretionary trust was set up with assistance from David Watson at Norton Peskett Solicitors.

Alexis lives in Suffolk with his three younger sisters and has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle wasting condition for which there is currently no treatment and no cure. Sufferers lose the ability to walk before their teens, and have a life expectancy of mid-late 20's.

Alexis is now enjoying his new ground floor bedroom and a fully accessible wetroom which has allowed Alexis to have greater independence while he's able to.

If you would like to read more about Alexis or donate go to alexisappeal.co.uk

Tracey Beare

Tracey Beare

Tracey Beare
Head Cashier/Credit Controller

Tracey Jordan

Tracey Jordan

Tracey Jordan
FCILEx

Transfer of title

Are you looking to transfer the ownership of a property from one person to another? Although this is a fairly straightforward process, it’s important that it is completed correctly to ensure everything progresses smoothly and to avoid unexpected problems in the future.

Our expert property lawyers can help with every stage of a transfer of title, providing the support to complete your transfer efficiently and correctly. We’ll deal with the Land Registry and any mortgage providers on your behalf and ensure that all the necessary documentation is completed properly. We will also explain any factors that may arise from the transfer - giving you the peace of mind that all the legal details have been covered.

We’ll keep you informed throughout every stage to help ensure that your transfer process is swift and straightforward. So if you’d like to chat with our lawyers about a transfer of title, call us today.

Trusts

A Trust is a legal arrangement whereby one party holds money and property for the benefit of another. The setting up of a Trust within a Will or during your lifetime can assist with:

  • assets passing into the estate of a beneficiary and adding to their Inheritance Tax liability
  • money being frittered away by those who cannot control money well
  • money being taken into consideration in a divorce
  • money being taken into account in respect of means tested benefits
  • money being protected for minors until they reach an appropriate age
  • money being taken into account for care home fees

There are a number of different types of trust all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages in terms of how they work and the tax implications. Because of this it is important that we meet with you to discuss your specific needs.

Once a Trust has been set up, in order to be successful, it has to be managed and we are able to provide the necessary support to enable this to happen. We can advise on:

  • Trustees duties and powers and the requirements of the Trustee Act 2000
  • Putting you in contact with an IFA who we know can advise on Trust Investments
  • Advice on Tax affairs and completion of tax returns for the trust
  • Assisting with the preparation of trust accounts
  • Arranging meetings of the Trustees on a yearly basis and the completion of minutes of these meetings in order to comply with the Trustee Act 2000
  • Dealing with the distribution of income and capital together with the required Deeds of Assignment/Appointment
  • Dealing with the retirement of Trustees and the appointment of new Trustees.

Please contact a member of our Private Client Team who will be happy to advise you in more detail on these matters in accordance with your own individual needs.

 

Unfair treatment at work

If you feel that you’re being unfairly treated at work, it can be a stressful and confusing time. The good news is, you’re not alone. Our employment law solicitors have helped lots of people in similar situations and can provide the help and advice you need to resolve issues quickly.

It’s important to act fast if you’ve been treated unfairly at work, particularly if you have been unfairly dismissed as you have just three months from the last day of your employment to make a claim. Once we hear from you, we can get things moving quickly - so the best advice is to get in touch as soon as possible.

Unfair treatment can come in many forms from being bullied to simply being treated differently from your colleagues. Whatever your situation, it’s natural to feel worried or concerned about what action to take for the best. That’s why we offer confidential, sympathetic support with free, initial over-the-phone advice and will explain all of the costs and timescales involved. We’ll chat with you to see whether you have a valid case and if so, we’ll support you to ensure you receive the outcome you deserve.

Our employment solicitors have a great deal of experience in dealing with the problems you may be facing. We will provide friendly, straightforward advice - answering your questions, explaining your rights and suggesting the best course of action for you to take.

We can provide unrivalled employment law knowledge. So for a friendly and confidential chat, contact us today.

Who should pay?

When an elderly person is no longer able to be safely cared for in their own home oftentimes they will be placed into a residential or nursing home setting. The average cost of this has now risen to £30,000 per annum in the UK and upwards of £40,000 per annum if nursing care is required. With the average life expectancy in the UK increasing, the potential costs of long term care can be significant. Families are routinely wrongly advised that the placement of their relative will need to be funded by the relative themselves if they have the means to pay for their own care. In reality, if a person has intense, complex or unpredictable healthcare needs then they may well be eligible to receive NHS Continuing Healthcare funding, regardless of their assets or income and whether or not they own their own home.

NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is a package of care solely funded by the NHS. Funding should be made available to those people whose needs arise primarily for health as opposed to social care. There is no simple legal definition clearly explaining the difference between a ‘healthcare need’ and a ‘social care need’ and this has created ambiguity and somewhat of a postcode lottery.

Assessments for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding are carried out by Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG’s).  There are 211 CCG’s nationwide. The CCG responsible for assessing a person’s eligibility for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding will be determined by the GP surgery that the person is registered with.  In addition to considering a person’s current needs, CCG’s can also review retrospective eligibility to NHS Healthcare funding if a claimant has never been previously assessed; although retrospective eligibility can now only be backdated to 31st March 2012 and not before. Retrospective reviews can even be requested where the person has died.

There is a National Framework based upon best practice principals where a person’s needs are assessed over twelve different care domains. A copy of the assessment together with the decision and the reasons for arriving at that decision should be made available to the claimant who is the subject of the assessment and/or their legal representative. In the event that the decision is unfavourable then the claimant, or their representative, can appeal the outcome provided that they do so within a 6 month timeframe. Where the claimant is eligible, the NHS is responsible for providing for all of that individual’s assessed needs – including accommodation, if that is part of the overall need.

Once NHS Continuing Healthcare funding is in place it is considered best practice for eligibility to be reviewed at least annually. Funding can be withdrawn upon reassessment if the claimant’s healthcare needs are thought to have reduced or at least stabilised. Again, in this circumstance, the outcome can be appealed within a 6 month time frame. Historically, claimants have not always been advised of their right to appeal an unfavourable decision and the opportunity to do so has then been lost with the passage of time.

The NHS Continuing Healthcare funding process can be both complex and overwhelming. CCG’s appear to experience an unusually high turnover of staff and there is consequently a lack of continuity and experience. It is not uncommon for the wrong decision to be reached at the time an assessment is conducted and several appeals processes might be necessary to achieve the desired outcome. Significant delays at every stage of the process compound the existing difficulties. Claimants unfamiliar with the process might be deterred from continuing and ultimately the elderly person will be left funding their own care, the costs of which could be significant.

So, what can you do if you think a relative should be or should have been entitled to NHS Continuing Healthcare funding during their lifetime? It is advisable to contact a specialist Solicitor who will be able to advise you as to the merits of your case, identify the relevant CCG and guide you through the complicated process of assessment.

Norton Peskett is the only firm of Solicitors in East Anglian with a department dedicated to NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments. The department has been established for a number of years and is able to advise and assist claimants based upon a wealth of knowledge and experience. Should you wish to make an enquiry then please contact Leanne Griffen on 01493 849200 or you can email her at l-griffen@nortonpeskett.co.uk

Why make a Will?

A Will is a tool that gives you control over what happens to your money, possessions and property after you die.

Providing for loved ones

Many people assume their possessions will automatically pass to loved ones. The fact is the only certain way to ensure that your spouse, partner or relative inherits is by making a Will. If you die without making a Will the intestacy rules apply in an arbitrary manner.

The intestacy rules do not currently recognise co-habitees who are unmarried and not in a civil partnership. For example if you live with your partner and die without a Will your partner will not automatically inherit any of your estate. The estate will pass to your surviving family – children, parents, brothers and sisters - your partner will have to make a claim, obtain separate legal representation and potentially fight in order to obtain a share in the estate. This can be distressing and expensive and can be easily avoided by the preparation of a Will.

Will and inheritance disputes

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Wills and Probate

Life is full of twists and turns and none of us can be sure what the future holds. That’s why creating a will makes good sense. As more and more people realise the importance of making a will, it’s no longer seen as something just for the elderly or ill but simply part of sound financial planning for any family or individual.

With a will in place you can relax safe in the knowledge that your wishes will be carried out should anything happen to you. Making a will now also avoids legal problems arising for your family in the future. Often people assume that their money and possessions will automatically pass to their partners or children - but without a will, this isn’t always the case.

At Norton Peskett, we have in-depth knowledge in all areas of wills and can help you create a will that’s right for you and your family. Don’t worry if you’ve never discussed wills before - we will put you at ease, explaining everything clearly with no legal jargon.

So whether you’d like to create a will or would just like to find out more about our will writing service, call us today on 01502 533000.

Work place injuries and disease

Having an accident at work may show that your employer has failed to carry out their responsibilities properly. Norton Peskett can help you with a claim if health and safety laws have not been followed.

Accidents happen - when they occur in the workplace, the question is whether it could have easily been avoided? Making a claim against your employer can be worrying. It is their legal responsibility to keep you safe at work. Has proper training been carried out? Are risk assessments regularly undertaken? If you suffer an injury that results in time off work or loss of income, you need legal guidance with any claim you make.

Claiming compensation for an injury is how Norton Peskett can help. We ensure we understand what happened and how seriously your employer carries out health and safety activities. Injuries can sometimes be mental, not simply physical. We talk with you, free of legal jargon, and agree what actions to take, likely costs and timescales. You may require further medical examinations but we keep in contact with you throughout. Our aim is to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

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