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Stamp Duty warning for buyers

Categories: Latest News | VP News | Residential Property Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

Be careful when assessing the contents of any property

The case of Gill Orsman –v- HMRC has dealt with the important question of apportionment of the money being paid by a buyer between the property itself and the contents.

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Help to Buy Scheme

Categories: Latest News | VP News | Residential Property Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

Alastair Dunnett of Veitch Penny gives his views on the Help to Buy Scheme and points that have not been mentioned in the publicity the Scheme has been given

Alastair Dunnett of Veitch Penny gives his views on some points that have not been mentioned in the publicity the scheme has been given.

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Moving house?

Categories: Latest News | VP News | Residential Property Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

Ever wondered what the process is of selling and buying your home?

Have you ever wondered what the process is when your solicitors take over the legal process of selling and buying your home? This article details the basic stages involved in moving house and will assist you in your move and remove some of the confusion that often surrounds the legal process. At Veitch Penny you can be ensured that you will receive a high quality service conducted by experienced and qualified conveyancers.

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Attacked by an animal?

Categories: Latest News | VP News | Personal Injury Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

For many people a dog is a trusted family pet and it is hard to imagine that it could cause harm to anyone.  However, when a dog or another animal lashes out at someone, the consequences may be devasting, and sometimes even tragic. 

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Make sure you're Insured

Categories: Latest News | Legal Updates | Author: Veitch Penny LLP | Print

We are encouraged to car share or indeed after a party you may become a passenger in your own car. But this sharing could become very costly if you let someone else drive your car...

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Are you a home owner or property developer?

Categories: Latest News | Residential Property Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

Warning for homeowners who can be viewed as property developers

The case of Niklas Zennstrom & another –v- Kevin Faggot & others serves as a warning to homeowners who undertake redevelopment work to a property and then sell it on at a profit.

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Is the Pedestrian always innocent?

Categories: Latest News | Personal Injury Updates | Author: Veitch Penny LLP | Print

Each case will be determined on it's facts

Veitch Penny have acted for many pedestrians who have hit by vehicles as they cross the road. More often than not, the pedestrian has been able to claim compensation from the insurers of the driver.

 

But that is not always the case... 

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Double Accreditation for Exeter Law Firm

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Press Release

Exeter-based law firm, Veitch Penny is celebrating having retained its Lexcel and Investor in People quality marks, which the firm has held for 16 and 15 years respectively.

In a simultaneous audit of both awards the assessor praised the firm for its use of plain language in its client care letters, commenting, “The letters are amongst the best examples I have seen” and noted that the firm’s significant investment in its IT infrastructure “should have beneficial effects on client care.”

The assessor concluded his report by saying: “I was impressed by what I saw in the firm.”

Lexcel is an optional accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal departments, whose client care and business management standards are subjected to a rigorous initial and then annual application and assessment process.

The national, Investor in People, quality standard sets levels of good practice for improving an organisation's performance through its people.

Charles Dowell, Managing Partner, said: “We are delighted to retain our accreditations. They provide our clients and prospective clients with the assurance that they will receive the highest level of service from us.”

Veitch Penny employs 34 staff and has offices in Exeter and Crediton.

Career Opportunities at Veitch Penny January 2014

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We're hiring!

At Veitch Penny we understand that having dedicated, professional staff is only one key to a successful law firm. We are committed to encourage all of our employees to develop their career, offering support and opportunities for advancement.

We want to employ people who are committed to providing the highest quality service both individually and as part of a team. 

Take a look at our current vacancies in the career opportunities section of our website, or jump straight to one of the opportunities we have at the moment: 

 

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Buying a Park Home?

Categories: Latest News | VP News | Residential Property Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

Make sure you get the right advice

While park home living is increasing in popularity in recent years it remains a new concept to many individuals just like with a traditional house it is recommended that the purchase of a park home is conducted via a Solicitor.

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Problems with your Park Home?

Categories: Latest News | VP News | Residential Property Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

Dealing with a dispute as a Park Home owner may not be as simple as it seems.  Veitch Penny are able to help you with the complex issues including planning, contracts and buying and selling of your mobile home.

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What happened to No Win No Fee?

Categories: Latest News | VP News | Personal Injury Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

You still can make a claim

We are sure you have seen the television adverts in the past advertising personal injury claims on a “no win no fee” and “100% compensation”. But, you may now be wondering why this has disappeared? What’s changed? Can you still claim?

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Is your child in the right seat?

Categories: Latest News | VP News | Personal Injury Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

Allow the use of wrong child car seat at your peril

A child’s injuries could have been entirely or virtually entirely avoided or less severe if she had been secured in the correct child seat.  As a result in this instance -  the mother was ordered to pay a contribution to the child’s claim.

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A Care Worker? You can sleep on the job!

Categories: Employment News | Latest News | VP News | Employment Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently held that even if the Claimant was not actually required to work she was still carrying out “work that is paid for under a worker’s contract” under the National Minimum Wage Regulations being entitled to be paid Minimum Wage for all the time spent on “sleepovers” even though on the facts never actually needed to help service users during these “sleepovers”.

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Good News! You can chose your own lawyer

Categories: Latest News | VP News | Employment Updates | Civil Litigation Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

Freedom to chose own lawyer

The European Court of Justice have ruled that legal expenses insurers are no longer to stipulate which lawyer acts on your behalf.  You have the right to freedom of choice. 

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New research shows less than half of Employment Tribunal Claimants paid in full

Categories: Latest News | Employment News | VP News | Employment Matters for Employees | Employment Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

Claimants in Employment Tribunals missing out?

The Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have recently published a report showing how many Employment Tribunal awards are actually paid to Claimants.

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‘Work for your Benefit’ Scheme does not breach of human rights

Categories: Employment News | Latest News | VP News | Employment Updates | Author: Catherine Rosewell | Print

Government back to the drawing board

The Government's Back to Work scheme has been found to be unlawful. 

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Unfair Dismissal: Is it fair?

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Can the Employment Tribunal reconsider your employment status?

Recent case considers whether an Employment Tribunal will find a dismissal is unfair. 

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Mobile Homes and Caravans

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Are you having problems with your site owner or other residents?

The Law in relation to Mobile Homes and Park Homes can be complex

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Government defers increases to small claims threshold

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A reprieve for access to justice

The Government has been taking steps to reduce not only the number, but the value of Personal Injury claims and as part of this had planned to increase the upper limit of small claims from £1,000 to £5,000, with a massive impact to compensation entitlements to those involved in road traffic accidents...

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Help to Buy Scheme

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The Government  has  announcement that it will bring forward Phase II of the "Help to buy" scheme so that you will be able to apply as early as next week.
Under the scheme, the Government will lend up to 20% of the purchase price of properties either to first time buyers or to people wanting to trade up.
Buyers who can put down a 5% deposit should be able to use this scheme to take a 75% mortgage from their Bank or Building Society and borrow the rest from the scheme.
There is only a limited amount of Government cash for the scheme, and so there is likely to be a rush to get on board quickly. This is bound to have an effect on house prices.
 
For more information on how the scheme works contact Charles Dowell on 01392 344800 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Free Wills Month 2013

Written by: Alastair Dunnett

Aged 55 or over? Have your will written for free!

The ‘Free Wills Month’ campaign brings together a group of well respected charities to offer members of the public aged 55 and over the opportunity to have their simple Wills written or updated free of charge.

Changes to No Win No Fee from April 1st 2013

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We are all are used to seeing solicitors offering ‘no win no fee’ arrangements.  Those arrangements will still be offered but the way in which they operate will change from 1 April 2013. 

All Solicitors and insurance companies have previously been working on the principle that if successful, the legal costs associated with the claim would be paid for by the other side and you keep 100% of your compensation.

However from April 2013 if you make a successful claim you may find that up to 25% of the damages awarded to you are used as payment for legal fees.

The Government is of the view that there are too many fraudulent personal injury claims being made and are making the changes to stop this. However, this means that people like you, who are involved in accident through no fault of your own, are being prevented from claiming the full amount of compensation you are entitled to as Solicitors are limited in those fees recovered from the other side and you are unable to recover any After the Event Insurance or solicitor’s success fee from the other side.   

Veitch Penny will be watching the developments very closely and will continue offering legal help and support in a range of areas. However we would suggest that you contact us before the law changes to speak to us about personal injury claims as our hands will be tied from 1 April 2013 as to those costs recoverable from the other side. 

Speak to a member of our team today – 01392 278381 

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