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Mogers Drewett Platinum Jubilee winners are announced

To mark the historic occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee South-West based law firm Mogers Drewett Solicitors launched a special Jubilee competition. We asked all primary school aged children in our region to design some bunting for the Jubilee and we were delighted with the response. With over 400 entries our judges really struggled to…

No-fault Divorce is here, what is it and why does it matter?

No-fault divorce was introduced in England and Wales on 6 April 2022. The government’s Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 removes the longstanding fault-based facts on which you had to rely upon to end your marriage or civil partnership. What does this mean? Under the new law a statement that the marriage has irretrievably broken…

The importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney

A recent survey of 2,000 UK residents by Which found that while 85% of respondents knew what a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) was, only one in seven people had one in place. The survey goes on to summarise the reason for the low take up was a poor understanding of what an LPA is…

The divorce process: What farming families need to know

The farm can be one of the most treasured family assets. In many cases, the farming way of life will have been passed down through the generations and as such the farm often forms the hub of the family. However, when couples divorce after a long marriage, all assets are placed into one ‘matrimonial pot.’…

Is your business at risk from a cyber attack?

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Government Security Group (GSG) in the Cabinet Office have warned all UK organisations of the increased potential for cyber-attacks due to the current situation in Eastern Europe. You may have great cyber security systems in place, but you can never be 100% safe.   Everyone in your organisation…

Escape to the country

While remote hearings and working from home started as a response to the Covid pandemic it is clear that neither will become a distant memory as we move forward. In 2020 many family lawyers predicted that there will be a reduced domination of London as the English centre for divorce legal work. As more firms…

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!  

If you are newly engaged then you may wish to have a think about a prenuptial agreement, Elizabeth Dowler explains more: In England, there are still many misconceptions about prenuptial agreements. Many people assume that prenuptial agreements are reserved for the rich and famous or have limited legal validity. In reality, prenuptial agreements are becoming…

Are you looking to hire an apprentice?

This week is National Apprenticeship Week – a time to highlight the positive impact apprenticeships can have on individuals, businesses and the economy. If you are looking to hire a new member of your team, why not consider an apprenticeship? Some things to remember: Apprentices must be aged 16 or over, must be paid at…

What is mediation and is it an effective way to manage a divorce?

Victoria Cobham specialist family lawyer at Mogers Drewett explains Where proceedings involve finances or children there is a requirement to attend a Mediation session (unless you fall into one of the exemptions). Mediation is quite simply a way to try and resolve any issue you may have as a result of your relationship breaking down. …

Remote Will witnessing in England & Wales extended

For the last 183 years the legislation setting out how Wills should be signed has worked perfectly. The Wills Act 1837 provided that a Will must be: in writing, signed by the person making the Will (the testator) or a nominated person if they are unable to sign, in the presence of two witnesses and…