Hills
10th March 2020

When a loved one dies it can seem very daunting having to deal with their affairs. “For many people it is a case of knowing who to turn to and what to do next. It can be very easy to feel overwhelmed,” says Ben Holden, Wills and ...

green field
5th February 2020

As society changes, the law naturally evolves and this is particularly highlighted in the case law surrounding the Equality Act and its prohibition of discrimination on the grounds of religious or philosophical belief. However, as ...

Stags
29th January 2020

Patrick Jenkins, Partner and Head of Litigation, considers some of the issues which can arise where no Will, or a Will that proves to be deficient, has been prepared and why it is important to have an up-to-date and properly executed ...

27th January 2020

The steady rise in life expectancy means it is more important than ever that people appoint someone to take control of their financial and healthcare decisions if they are no longer able to do so themselves through ill health. This is ...

13th January 2020

Never made a Will?  Made a Will but it is out of date?  Either way you could risk your nest egg passing to the wrong person and leaving your loved ones in the lurch.  Make 2020 the year you make a new Will. “The ...

Family Law
7th January 2020

It sounds flippant, but it is a fact that there are a lot of relationship breakdowns in January. “Black Monday” or “Divorce Day”, the supposed day of highest demand for Divorces, is something of a myth, but there is no doubt that ...

6th January 2020

We were pleased to support Denmead’s Glow Ride for 2019 on 27th December. We were lucky to have a crisp winter’s afternoon so that the children, and accompanying adults, could show off their brightly lit bikes before we set ...

House numbers
16th December 2019

Sarah Rowden, a residential conveyancing expert with MacDonald Oates LLP in Midhurst, offers some advice on selling your home in a flat market. Be informedSpeak to your estate agent about what sort of price you could realistically ...

28th November 2019

Whilst every transaction is different, there are a number of crucial steps in the legal process that are common to each sale and purchase transaction and we have outlined these below by way of a general guide. SELLING A PROPERTY Once ...

23rd September 2019

A recent case in the Employment Tribunal looked at whether vegetarianism was a belief for purposes of Equality Act 2010. Under the Equality Act (the Act) religion or belief is a protected characteristic and this means that employers ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
18th September 2019

We are delighted to welcome Graham Jewell to our Company and Commercial Department. Graham joins us as an Associate with a wealth of experience and is based at our Petersfield office. Kevin Smith, Partner and Head of Company and ...

House numbers
7th August 2019

Television programmes like Homes Under the Hammer have raised the profile of property auctions. Although auctions still only account for two per cent of all property sales, some experts believe this proportion will rise. In an ...

5th August 2019

When Aretha Franklin died in August 2018 her family initially believed she had not made a will.  Certainly nothing had been prepared by her lawyer. It was not until months later while clearing out her home that three handwritten ...

Key to success
13th June 2019

Matthew Archer, commercial property specialist in our commercial department, has recently helped his client, Liphook Day Centre, secure a much reduced rent allowing the centre to remain open for elderly members of the community. This ...

3rd June 2019

Hot on the heels of changes in relation to stamp duty land tax, from 1 June landlords face another set of new rules under the Tenant Fees Act 2019.  This includes obligations relating to deposits, charges and membership of client ...

2nd May 2019

Below we consider 10 points that should be considered prior to terminating someone’s employment. 1.      Reason. Although it appears obvious to consider at the outset what is the reason for the dismissal, it is ...

Track
29th April 2019

This month has seen judgment handed down in the High Court case of Andrew Guest v David Guest and Josephine Guest, which is the latest in a line of farming proprietary estoppel cases, following Gillet v Holt, Thorner v Major and ...

Family Law
24th April 2019

At MacDonald Oates we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best possible service. We seek feedback from our clients on a regular basis and following a review of all completed feedback forms returned in 2018 we are ...

disability concept - inscription on the desk
4th April 2019

Under the Equality Act an employer must take such steps as are reasonable where a provision, criterion or practice (PCP) puts a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with those who are not disabled. This ...

Stags
2nd April 2019

From the hire of company cars to the shipping of goods, the term ‘bailment’ encapsulates one of the most common forms of legal relationship for those operating a business. Patrick Jenkins, commercial dispute resolution expert in our ...

1st April 2019

Quick reference: Rates and Limits A guide to the current rates and limits. Most of the rates set out below are updated yearly. Maternity, paternity and adoption From 7 April 2019 Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay £148.68 ...

MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors
27th March 2019

MacDonald Oates LLP are delighted to announce that our Tim Melville-Walker, head of our family department, has been appointed a Deputy District Judge in the latest round of judicial appointments. A Deputy District Judge deals with ...