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86% in South West leave life-changing decisions in the hands of strangers

Written by: Lesley Austen

Alarming new report reveals people in the South West are leaving major decisions about housing, assets and care to chance

New report reveals people in the South West are leaving major decisions about housing, assets and care to chance.  Lesley Austen urges people to take action to safeguard thier wishes in the event of accidents or illness like dementia. 

Inheritance Ruling

Written by: Lesley Austen

A warning if you wish to disinherit your children in your Will

A recent Court of Appeal ruling means that if you wish to disinherit your children you will have to explain your reasons for doing so, to prevent the likelihood of a successful challenge.  Ideally you should provide your detailed reasons for the provisions in your will in a separate document.

Come and see us at the show

This summer Veitch Penny will be exhibiting at two of Devon’s key events - the Mid Devon Show on Saturday 25th July and the Okehampton Show on Thursday 13th August. At both events they will be running a free prize draw with the chance to win an Artisan Feast luxury hamper from Purely Devon Hampers.

Veitch Penny at the Pride of Devon Awards

Veitch Penny at the Pride of Devon Awards

The Pride of Devon Awards, now in their third year, celebrates Devon’s unsung heroes. Veitch Penny were pleased to sponsor the ‘Young Farmer of the Year’ award, which went to Caroline Trude of Clyst Hydon. Caroline is the chairman of the Devon Federation of Young Farmers Club.

Accreditation for Solicitor Specialising in Elderly Client Law

Written by: Lesley Austen

Crediton-based private client solicitor Lesley Austen has attained the Older Client Care in Practice award, awarded by the Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

Veitch Penny Solicitors Sponsor Crediton Art Centre’s ‘Operation Belinda’

The Crediton Arts Centre has almost met its fundraising target for its planned major production during the Crediton Festival thanks to lead sponsorship by Veitch Penny solicitors.

Veitch Penny Solicitors Bolsters Crediton Office

Veitch Penny is looking to the future and making plans to ensure the firm's continued presence in Crediton.  Civil Litigation Partner Catherine Rosewell has relocated to the Crediton office from Exeter and Phil Kay has completed his legal training and qualified as a solicitor.

Should I take out a flood report when buying a property?

Lydia Stuart-Banks comments on the importance of considering ordering a Flood Search when purchasing a property

Stamp Duty Land Tax: Breaking News

In a surprise announcement for the property industry and home buyers the "slab" rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax has been abolished with effect from midnight 3 December 2014. 

Time for a financial check up?

Following the loans written off by Wonga is your business suffering from debts owed?  Lydia Stuart-Banks provides some help guidance.

Andy Harris celebrates 35 years of service

Crediton born Andy joined Veitch Penny in 1979 after a chance meeting in Exeter with his childhood friend and ex next-door neighbour, Michael Penny and now celebrates 35 years with the firm. 

Road traffic collision on a country road?

A road traffic collision on a country road is not always the typical sharing of fault

Miriam Groombridge discusses the Court of Appeal case of Gray v Gibson, a road traffic collision in a country road where the typical 50/50 was not appropriate.

Injured by a dog attack?

Lydia Stuart-Banks explains the impact of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill has on owners of dogs.

What is Green Deal?

Written by: Lisa Wilcock

Green Deal Finance is to assist homeowners pay for energy saving home improvements.  Lisa Wilcock explains the loan and any pitfalls.

Free Legal Advice @ Fresha

Free and informal monthly drop-in legal surgery

Free Legal Advice @ Fresha

We're back at Fresha Cafe, serving up fresh legal advice in free 20-minute slices covering Property services, Wills, Trusts and Probate, Employment, Civil Disputes, Private Client or Personal Injury. Our legal surgery will be open on the 2nd Tuesday of every month between 7:30am and 4:30pm. Need advice? Drop in and see how Veitch Penny can help you!

Is Obesity the new disability?

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

The case of Kaltoft v Municipality of Billund is considered

Phil Kay discusses if obesity is the new disability following the ECJ decision.

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Workers entitled to commission within their holiday pay?

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

You are entitled to overtime in holiday pay but also commission?  Phil Kay offers some guidance.

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Breaking News: Restrictive Covenants

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

Recent Court decisions mean courts will not redraft restrictive covenant clauses for employers, highlighting the need to take specialist advice when drafting new employment contracts to make sure that any restrictive covenants will be enforceable for the particular employee.

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Scorching temperatures, a brand new gazebo and a winner of the iPad Mini

Veitch Penny exhibited at the 21st Mid Devon Show with temperatures topping 25 degrees and around 15,000 visitors to the show it was a hot and busy day!

Join us at the Show!

Veitch Penny will be exhibiting at Mid Devon and Honiton Show visit us and enter our draw to win a iPad mini.

Workers entitled to commission within their holiday pay?

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

Due to EU Court ruling you could be entitled to your commission whilst on holiday

A recent ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union could mean that many Devon businesses will be forced to pay out thousands in backdated commission to their employees warns Exeter-based litigation partner Catherine Rosewell of Veitch Penny LLP.

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Home Improvements? Adding a conservatory?

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

Thinking about adding a nice sun trap and some extra space to your home?

Lisa Wilcock provides guidances regarding the legal issues that you need to consider when adding a conservatory to your home.

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