Never being ones to shirk away from the good and the bad in the legal world, we at Pindoria Solicitors have decided to talk about the darker characters who do their utmost to ruin the good name of our profession.
A raft of recent stories in the legal press about dishonest lawyers means that on behalf of the majority, who always set out to do the best job we can, we at Pindoria want to say our bit.
Thankfully, word or mouth remains the number one way that law firms acquire new clients – this despite living in an era where the phone, tablet or laptop is never far away. Trusted law firms in London, Lanarkshire or Lagos though must be aware of the power of online messages, and only those unaware of this may encounter problems.
Sadly though, whilst the internet has no doubt widened choice for all of us, we now have a situation where unregulated seller of legal services establishing themselves at the top of Google and other internet searches are leaving the public in potential jeopardy. Many law firms are still excluded from the first page of Google in response to basic legal questions. Continue reading
Sadly, there are more legal fights over deceased estates than in previous decades and the ensuing battles for all involved can be testing. One such example, which made the news over the summer, was the case of the Ball family from Wiltshire, which is notable due to the dark circumstances, which led to three of the youngsters being omitted from their family legacy.
The problem started 26 years ago, at the beginning of the 1990s when three siblings made allegations against their father and has ended with children losing out in a battle over the family’s estate. The siblings lost their challenge to the Will of their late mother, Barbara Ball’s legacy, which they fought on grounds of lack of mental capacity, and of undue influence by her husband. Continue reading
What has the death of a country and western singer in Middle America got to do with life in London?
Of course, on the face of it there seems very little connecting the passing of Glen Campbell with us in the South East of the UK. However, when the cause of death as Alzheimer’s is brought into the equation it then begins to make sense.
The law can sometimes be painfully slow to move with the times, so the case of a gay man who won a landmark ruling which will give his husband the same pension rights as a wife is welcomed by all progressive solicitors.
In recent weeks, the Supreme Court ruled that if John Walker, 66, dies, his husband is entitled to a spouse’s pension, as long as they stay together.
Welcoming the decision, ex-chemical company worker, Mr Walker said it would “drag” the government “into the 21st Century. Continue reading
It is welcoming news for all of us in legal services in London and elsewhere in the UK who have worked hard for many years to build a solid, professional legal practice that new research has shown reputation to be the most important factor when choosing solicitors.
A recently releasedsurvey by the Legal Services Consumer Panel is good reading for trusted solicitors the length and breadth of the land, demonstrating the importance of building a solid legal offering for our customers. Continue reading
In this post Brexit world, as individuals and businesses, many of us find ourselves wondering what steps we need to take to adapt to a changing landscape.
For those new to the UK, for businesses setting up a workforce here, and many others, the questions are even more pressing.
After all, as the UK extrapolates itself from Europe there are many businesses and individuals having to make key changes, all decisions which need expert legal advice. Continue reading
In an era where imitation is rife, the requirement for companies to protect the uniqueness of their goods has never been so needed.
It’s been the case for many centuries – traders have put symbols or marks on their products to indicate their origin, and it was not until the Trade Marks Registration Act 1875 that it was possible to register trade marks for any type of goods.
With the changing face of the commercial landscape it was still over 111 years later in 1986, before it was possible to register marks for services. Continue reading
As legal experts in London and the south east dealing with many facets of our complex legal system, we at Pindoria Solicitors believe no one should be barred from justice.
Therefore, it is with more than a passing interest that we have noted how the Justice Select Committee has recently condemned big rises in charges for divorce, employment or asylum cases as unjustified. Continue reading
Legal actions over intrusions into privacy are nowat record levels, with high-profile public figures playing a role.
Well known personalities are attempting to restrict publicity about their private lives with a recent survey showing privacy claims have more than doubled in the last five years, up from 28 in 2010 to 58 in 2015 – with about 20 per cent of those cases involving celebrities or high profile politicians. Moving alongside this increase is the decrease in defamation actions, with Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics showing in 2015 defamation cases taken to the high court fell by 40 per cent compared to 2014. Continue reading
News that the UK is to leave the EU has completely enveloped London and the South East, but after the initial shock, it’s time to take a step back and actually look at what it all means in legal terms.
As legal experts here in the south east, we at Pindoria Solicitors have been every bit as captivated as the rest of the nation and feel it only right to briefly talk about the legal road map of departure. Continue reading