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Mental Health Team Addition

Southerns are pleased to welcome Lynn Melia to their mental health team. Lyn has worked in the legal profession for 30 years and is a Mental Health Law specialist and has been a member of the Law Society Mental Health Tribunal Panel from its inception. Head of Department, Rachel Eastham said that the addition of…
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Private Client Expansion

Southerns are pleased to welcome Clare Rogers to the Private Client Department. Claire qualified as a Solicitor in 2010 and joined the existing team in July 2019. She will advise clients on wills; powers of attorney; deputyship (Court of Protection); tax planning and estate administration. Head of Department, Jeanette Berry was delighted with the addition…
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Law Society appointment for Rachel Eastham

The Law Society has appointed Rachel Eastham to the post of Assessor to the Mental Health Accreditation Scheme. This is in addition to a previous appointment as an Assessor for the Mental Capacity (welfare) Accreditation Scheme. Rachel will be one of a very limited number of Assessors who will conduct assessments across the two schemes.…
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Southerns completes buy back of shares

Southerns Solicitors has now completed a buy back of the shares acquired by Phoenix Sport and Media (PSM) in December 2017. As a result of the buy back, Ben Rees and Carly Barnes have stepped down from the board of Southerns to concentrate on a new dedicated legal practice focusing on the sports and media…
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Hot Property: Real Estate specialist joins leading Lancashire Law Firm

Leading Law firm, Southerns Solicitors has appointed a new Head of Department to its Property Team. Karen Piontek brings 20 years of experience to the Commercial and Residential Property team. Karen’s extensive background in real estate has given her a range of expertise including Property Investment, Acquisition & Disposal, Bank Finance, Pension Fund Acquisitions, Utility Agreements,…
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Do you really need a probate solicitor?

Why you really need a probate solicitor sometimes… Despite the fact that the Ministry of Justice are telling people that you don’t always need a solicitor to do Probate, there are some circumstances where you really do need to seek valued, independent advice that you can rely on. It is a difficult time after a…
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Congratulations Iram

We would like to congratulate our dedicated and hardworking private client fee earner Iram for winning our recent article submission competition. Iram is a dedicated and loyal member of our private client team, who has ambitions to qualify as a Solicitor in the near future. Chief Executive Carly Barnes said; “Congratulations to Iram. She is…
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Civil Litigation

Problems entering a neighbour’s land to repair property There are many reasons you might need access to your neighbour’s land to repair or maintain your property and it can be difficult to know what to do if your request for access is refused. The general rule is that to go onto someone else’s property you…
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INQUESTS NEWS 

INQUESTS NEWS Southerns Inquest team confirm that LEGAL AID FUNDING IS AVAILABLE to bereaved families for specialist representation at inquests, even though the Ministry of Justice has confirmed in its final report that it will not introduce automatic public funding where the state is represented.  For decades INQUEST and the families and lawyers they work…
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Probate Fees Increase Proposal – What You Need To Know

As it stands, obtaining a grant of probate will set you back a fixed fee of £155. This is all set to change as the government looks to introduce a banded fee scale based on the value of the estate, but capped at £20,000. The fundamental reasoning behind the proposals is to increase the funding…
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re-accreditation to the CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme)

The Firm are delighted to have received their re-accreditation to the CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices. Membership establishes a level of credibility for firms with stakeholders such as regulators, lenders and insurers as well as residential homebuyers and sellers. Since…
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Xmas Greetings and Opening Hour’s

Before we head off for 2019, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients, colleagues and associates a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Our office will close for Xmas from  the 24th of December and will re-open on 2nd January 2019 Although we are closed, Southerns will be providing services over the Xmas…
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Southerns Solicitors Commits to Burnley With Office Move

Southerns Solicitors Ltd, one of Lancashire’s oldest law firms, has announced its move to new premises in central Burnley. The firm, based at Bank Parade for many years, has relocated its wills and probate, residential and commercial property and operations teams to modern premises at Lodge House in the centre of Burnley. The firm’s existing…
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We recently introduced a new incentive scheme

We recently introduced a new incentive scheme which we hope will motivate and encourage teamwork, and provide recognition to the people who really go ‘above and beyond’ in their role . We will announce our ‘Employee of the Quarter’ winner every 3 months. Taking into account staff feedback, the Board of Directors has devised the…
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