The Wilkes Partnership Merges With Coley & Tilley

February 1, 2019

The Wilkes Partnership and Coley & Tilley, have announced a merger creating a 185 person strong firm with a turnover of £12 million a year. This expansion will significantly enhance our offering for corporate clients and expand our expertise in a range of areas including, commercial property, dispute resolution, corporate & commercial, employment, family, residential […]

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Sorting out Christmas contact with your children

October 12, 2018

You know that Christmas is coming when rumours of the John Lewis annual Christmas televised advert start gathering pace and you suddenly find yourself counting down the weeks left. For those parents who are recently separated from the other parent, it can also mean that they may not have got round to even considering Christmas […]

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Taking a child on holiday  – is consent needed?

July 11, 2018

As we rapidly approach the summer school holidays, family lawyers are often faced with the question of whether one parent needs to seek permission from the other parent when taking a child on holiday. The first question I ask is whether the other parent has parental responsibility for the child. If so, then consent is […]

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Spousal Maintenance – Court Continues Its Assault On Joint Lives Maintenance Orders.

May 9, 2018

A few weeks ago, the Court of Appeal ruled that Mrs Waggott’s maintenance payments shall end after three years thus ending her entitlement to maintenance on a joint lives basis. Lord justice Moylan stated that “this case raises issues about the application of, and the relationship between, the principles of need, sharing and compensation”. Dubbed […]

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Claim Your Lasting Power of Attorney Refund Now

February 8, 2018

The government has just announced a refund scheme for Lasting Powers of Attorney where the application for registration was made between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017. If you are either the person who made the Lasting Power of Attorney or the attorney appointed under a Lasting Power of Attorney where the application was […]

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Digital Inheritance – Protecting your online assets and memories

November 7, 2016

We are living more and more of our life online. Many people have internet banking, access investments over the internet and keep in touch with family and friends over Facebook or other social media channels. What we do with our digital life after our death is therefore becoming increasingly important. From a practical point of […]

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July 1, 2016

On the way into work on Wednesday it was raining. It was cold as well, considering it was June. As usual I had a busy day ahead; lots to do in so little time. Just the usual trivial worries that we have on a day to day basis. Then I received some shocking news. One […]

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Lifetime Giving – Wealth Management

April 12, 2016

With the Prime Minister, David Cameron, recently releasing his tax records and confirming lifetime gifts made to him by his mother, the question of Inheritance Tax has again stepped into the media spotlight. It has emerged that following the death of his father in 2010, Mr Cameron was left £300,000 from his father’s estate. His […]

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Women’s Aid’s latest contribution to the debate about domestic violence

March 4, 2016

There is an ongoing debate about where, and how, complaints about domestic violence should be dealt with. At the moment victims can receive redress in both the civil and criminal courts. Women’s Aid chief executive Polly Neate has been quoted in a recent article for The Law Society Gazette as suggesting that domestic violence victims […]

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Proposed Increase in Probate Fees

February 22, 2016

The government has announced proposals for reforming the fees payable for an application for a grant of probate. The increase could see some estates paying as much as £20,000.  The intention is to raise an additional £250 million per year to fund the running of the courts and tribunals. The proposed fees will remove some […]

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The Serious Crime Act 2015 – are you a victim of Controlling or Coercive Behaviour

January 25, 2016

 At the tail end of last year The Serious Crime Act 2015 came into force.  As was much publicised at the time the Act created a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships.  As the Home Office Statutory Guidance Framework entitled “Controlling or Coercive Behaviour in an Intimate of Family […]

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Separated parents with care of their children wanting to relocate in England or Wales beware

December 30, 2015 A judgement handed down before Christmas fundamentally changes the test to be applied for the carer of children of a separated couple wanting to relocate their children within England and Wales. The welfare of the child has always been the court’s paramount consideration. The evaluation of where a child’s interests lie continues to be […]

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Divorce – Fail to disclose assets at your peril.

October 15, 2015

The recent Judgments by the Supreme Court in favour of Alison Sharland and Varsha Gill make it abundantly clear that if one party deliberately fails to disclose their assets within divorce proceedings then any order made can be overturned and a new settlement reconsidered.  Such behaviour is regarded as fraudulent.   Family solicitors constantly advise clients […]

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Don’t miss out – review your Will today

September 15, 2015

Main Residence Nil Rate Band In my earlier blog on this topic I looked at the mechanics of the changes which will take effect for deaths from April 2017. In this latest blog we look at the impact the changes may have on home owners and the subsequent need to review your Will in light […]

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Accounts Assistant/Cashier Required

September 15, 2015

Start Date: ASAP Salary: TBC Location: Birmingham Level: Accounts Assistant/Cashier Deadline: 30/09/2015 23:59 Hours: 9am – 5.30pm Mon – Fri Job Type: Full Time  Coley & Tilley Solicitors is a leading regional firm with a fast growing team. Our staff are committed to providing the best possible standards of legal service to our clients, supported by our administration and accounts teams.   Our […]

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Conveyancing Solicitor Required

September 14, 2015

Start Date: ASAP Salary: TBC Location: Birmingham Level: Solicitor – 5 years + PQE Deadline: 30/09/2015 23:59 Hours: 9am – 5.30pm Mon – Fri Job Type: Full Time Coley & Tilley Solicitors is an established regional firm with a growing private client department. Our Solicitors are committed to providing the best possible standards of legal service to our clients. Our approach is built […]

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Can you still make the Will you want?

July 28, 2015

A landmark Court of Appeal ruling yesterday has serious implications on how Wills should be drawn up and the freedom to dispose of your assets as you wish. The Court of Appeal awarded Heather Ilott £164,000.00 from her mother’s estate despite the clear wishes of her mother being contained within her Will together with reasons […]

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Inheritance Tax – Main Residence additional nil rate band

July 8, 2015

The Chancellor has today announced many things in his summer budget including an increase in the nil rate band for inheritance tax.  The measure will see an additional nil rate band apply to the residence of a deceased which is passed to direct descendants.  The introduction will be staggered at £100,000.00 in tax year 2017-18, […]

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Digital Inheritance

June 23, 2015

We all live more and more of our life online with internet bank accounts and shareholdings, iTunes, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email accounts.  What we do with our digital life after our death is therefore becoming more and more important. From a practical point of view Executors may not be aware of the existence […]

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Care Act 2014

April 1, 2015

With just over 12 months until the “cap on care costs” comes into effect will it actually have any impact upon the funding issues surrounding long term care? Whilst there has been much publicity regarding the introduction of a cap on contributions other changes have also been introduced by the Care Act 2014 which have […]

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EU Succession – New Rules Ease Succession

March 25, 2015

EU Succession – New Rules Ease Succession More and more people are living and working abroad or have a holiday home which is located in a different jurisdiction. Currently if you own a property you are subject to the rules of succession in that country on your death. This has led to difficulty in dealing […]

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The case of Wyatt v Vince – a lesson for clients and solicitors!

March 12, 2015

The Supreme Court has this week considered the case of Wyatt v Vince and in particular whether an ex-spouse should be prohibited from pursuing a claim for financial orders many years after the parties had divorced. The facts of the case were that the parties had a short marriage and a low standard of living. […]

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ISA benefits transferable to surviving spouse – Time to review your will?

March 3, 2015

In his autumn statement the Chancellor announced a number of changes to ISAs which come into force in April 2015. One of the key changes include the ability to transfer ISA benefits to a surviving spouse or civil partner. Draft regulations to implement the changes have recently been published by HMRC. Broadly, this measure will […]

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New Recruit for Wills, Probate and Trusts Team, Coley & Tilley

February 26, 2015

We are delighted to announce the arrival of Lindsey Bohanna who joins the Wills Probate & Trusts team. Lindsey comes with 12 years’ experience in this speciality and she is a full member of STEP (Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners). Lindsey is well-equipped to deal with wills, probate, trust administration and Court of Protection […]

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Email Warning

November 19, 2014

It has come to our attention that an unknown person has been sending unsolicited emails to people all around the world claiming to be from Andrew Piddock or Bryan Poultney, both of whom are partners at Coley & Tilley. The email states that we wish to pass on funds from the estate of a dead […]

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Horses, Carriages and Wills!

October 8, 2014

This month, changes come into effect relating to the law of intestacy (where there is no will). The old intestacy rules often used to create a rather cumbersome trust. The new rules are much simpler. If a person dies leaving a spouse and children the spouse receives the first £250,000, all “personal chattels”, and half […]

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New Rules for Employment Tribunals

May 15, 2014

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 has introduced a conciliation scheme which makes it compulsory for employees wishing to lodge an Employment Tribunal claim to first notify ACAS. Whilst conciliation through ACAS has been available for some time, from 6 May 2014 the requirement to notify ACAS became compulsory for all employees. For the […]

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A Pre-Nup Update

March 4, 2014

The Law Commission has now released its report into the making of pre-nuptial agreements legally enforceable in UK law. The report – Matrimonial Property Needs and Agreements – recommends that legislation be enacted to introduce qualifying “nuptial agreements”. For the first time such pre-marriage agreements would be considered enforceable contracts in UK law and therefore […]

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Mediation 2 years on

February 27, 2014

It occurred to me recently that I qualified as a Family Mediator in March 2012 and I was fast approaching my second anniversary. I have reflected on those two years, the work that I have undertaken as a mediator, the changes that have occurred, and those that are about to occur. At the outset, I […]

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Pre-nuptial agreements – looking into the crystal ball.

February 10, 2014

The Law Commission will publish its report about pre-nuptial agreements on the 27th February 2014 and many commentators believe they will put their considerable weight behind making such agreements legally binding for the first time in UK law. The report is long awaited, the Law Commission beginning its work as long ago as 2009. In […]

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Coley & Tilley Solicitors secure record financial settlement

June 25, 2013

Legal experts at Coley & Tilley Solicitors have secured a record financial settlement for a west-Wales father who suffered catastrophic injuries in a 2009 road accident. Anthony Hutchinson, known as ‘Punk’, was giving his brother a lift from Cardigan to Haverfordwest when a cattle trailer towed by a Land Rover Defender collided with his car. […]

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Is your Will drafted by an unregulated Will-writer?

May 15, 2013

Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has today refused to accept the recommendation from super-regulator the Legal Services Board (LSB) that will-writing should be regulated. Desmond Hudson, Chief Executive of The Law Society said, “Consumers have been let down by this deeply disappointing decision.  We provided plenty of evidence to the LSB, demonstrating that consumers are at […]

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Mediating the Way Ahead

April 4, 2013

Following the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act coming into force on 1st April 2013 legal aid is no longer available for most family law cases unless there is evidence of domestic violence. The impact of this change is yet to be fully understood but it is expected by many that the Court […]

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Conflicting rights – What is an employer to do?

January 16, 2013

Employers and employees are well aware that certain characteristics are protected by anti-discrimination laws. These characteristics include preventing an employer treating a person less favourably on the grounds of their sex, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage, civil partnership and pregnancy. Some of these characteristics have been protected for a number […]

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Liability following assignment of a business tenancy and Authorised Guarantee Agreements

December 12, 2012

Generally, the position under the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 (the Act) is that any lease granted on or after 1 January 1996 creates a “new” tenancy. There are exceptions to this which are not discussed here. Where a lease is an “old” tenancy, the original tenant remains liable for its covenants under the […]

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Staying together at Christmas

December 10, 2012

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, the family all huddled round and glittering Christmas tree laden with presents whilst in the distance carol singers can be heard going door to door, trudging through fresh fallen snow. Whilst this may be the idyllic view of Christmas, for many, especially those involved in family difficulties, the reality […]

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Equal Pay Update

October 24, 2012

Judgement has today been given by the Supreme Court in the Equal Pay case of Birmingham City Council v Abdulla and Others . This appeal case arose out of a series of complaints to the employment tribunal that female employees were paid less than comparable male employees. Those earlier cases were successful but a number […]

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Coley & Tilley’s Family Department assure a Quality Service

October 4, 2012

In an ever changing legal environment where new challenges to the existing model of Law Firms appear and just as quickly disappear, providing clients with confidence that Law Firms still offer the best recourse to legal advice has never been more important. With this in mind Coley & Tilley are proud to announce that its […]

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Family law entering uncharted territory

September 18, 2012

On-going financial uncertainty coupled with changes in the way Legal Aid works has caused an increase in litigants representing themselves within family cases. In April next year, further changes to the legal aid system will mean most of those currently entitled to free legal advice will be unable to receive legal aid, and as such […]

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Commercial Leases – Break Options

September 17, 2012

Break options in commercial leases remains a hot topic this year.  Break clauses are interpreted strictly and so if a break option contains conditions precedent to be met tenants must ensure that they do so in order for the break to be effective.  Each case turns on its facts and there have been many cases […]

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Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS)

September 13, 2012

Coley & Tilley was one of the first firms in Birmingham to become an accredited member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS).  The CQS provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices. We meet the high standards the Law Society sets to ensure we give clients a professional and quality conveyancing service.  […]

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Email Warning

September 12, 2012

It has come to our attention that an unknown person has been sending unsolicited emails to people all around the world claiming to be from Andrew Piddock or Bryan Poultney, both of whom are partners at Coley & Tilley. The email states that we wish to pass on funds from the estate of a dead […]

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The 5 Biggest Myths about Law Firms

August 22, 2012

Why not take a moment to see if what you think about solicitors is actually true. Myth #1 – Everyone is qualified! Believe it or not, to make more profit, some law firms use staff that AREN’T qualified in law. As a dedicated Birmingham law firm, at Coley & Tilley we ONLY use fully qualified […]

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The Perfect Partnership: Coley & Tilley now offers Family Mediation

August 10, 2012

If you’re currently experiencing the anxiety and worry of a family breakdown, our Divorce, Separation & Family Law Expert, Chris Lloyd-Smith, is now able to offer mediation in family matters. As one of the few law firms in Birmingham to offer such a service, our clients have been impressed with the sensitivity and diplomacy that Chris […]

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Expert Legal Support on your Doorstep

July 22, 2012

As a dedicated Birmingham law firm, it’s natural that we’re based in the heart of the city centre. Being at the hub of the centre means that we’re conveniently on many of our clients’ doorsteps. This makes it easy and convenient for clients to see us if they need to sign or collect documents, for […]

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