Entries by Gareth Reynolds

Hannah Phillips Baby News

Those of you with long memories may remember the BGW baby boom of a few years ago. This now seems about to be repeated! Hannah Phillips, who is a Legal Executive at our Shepton Mallet Office specialising in conveyancing, has informed us of the safe arrival of her baby son Archie (pictured with Hannah) who […]

Happy New Year

First and foremost we wish all our clients, professional contacts and others a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. We look forward to continuing to provide high quality legal services to our clients both old and new during the coming year.We are hoping for a repeat of last year when the property market fired into […]

The Cheddar Office Has Moved!

We are delighted to report that after several months of planning the Cheddar Office move was finally completed yesterday and we shall open for business in our brand new premises on Monday (31st July). The move went smoothly although we had to close the Office for the day, The phones were diverted to the Shepton Mallet Office and […]

Scams Awareness Month

We have recently received a communication from the Land Registry which says that July is “Scams Awareness Month”.  Now, admittedly, this is not going to excite public interest in the way that other publicised causes do but it is worth spending a few moments reading this summary of the risks and the action which you […]

All Change At Cheddar

We are very pleased to announce that, finally, we are in a position to complete our move to our new premises in Cheddar. You may recall from a previous post that we have secured a large and fully refurbished suite of offices above and behind the Post Office in Cheddar. We have access at ground […]

Bath & West Report

Once again, the Royal Bath & West Show was very enjoyable and a great success. Apart from a few showers the weather was kind to us again. The newly-restored caravan in the Power Of The Past Arena looked very impressive and, this year, our tent was positioned right next to the main ring which made […]

Bath & West 2017

The unseasonably warm weather may have come to an end but there’s no denying that spring is here. We’re seeing more hours of daylight and we hope that you enjoyed the sunshine today (until the downpour!). The gardeners amongst us are able to get outside for a couple of hours in the evening. The Boat […]

Merry Christmas

By now our decorations will be up, the gift wrapping begins and our fridges are beginning to bulge with all sorts of festive treats. Amongst the mayhem of Christmas and New Year we hope that you are able to enjoy time spent with loved ones, which we are sure you’ll agree is what Christmas is […]

Vicky Scorse Graduation

We are delighted to announce that Vicky Scorse has recently been admitted as a Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX).  This follows the successful completion of her final examinations following several years of study. Vicky (pictured at her graduation ceremony in September next to fiancé Craig) is based at our Cheddar […]

Changes At The Castle Cary Office

Exciting changes are happening at our Castle Cary Office. At BGW part of our recruitment strategy is to take on Trainee Solicitors.  During the two-year training period our Trainees are carefully mentored and provided with the professional skills and experience that they need to perform as Solicitors in the current, highly demanding, environment.  They also […]

Conveyancing Feedback

Fears of a downturn in the property market post brexit seem to have been greatly exaggerated with most agents telling us that they have buyers knocking on their doors and that they can’t wait for bthe school holidays to finish because September is usually the month when more properties come to market. We at BGW […]

Recent Case highlights need for Cohabitation Agreements

This is a brief summary of an interesting court case decided recently concerning a claim by a former partner in relation to a dispute over a property following the breakdown of a relationship. What was the case about? The case hinged upon the extent to which the judge could infer the existence of an agreement […]

Bath And West Show

Once again the Bath and West Show proved to be thoroughly enjoyable and a great success. Apart from Wednesday the weather was good throughout. Large numbers of visitors came through the gates and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the various attractions. Our pitch had been moved slightly from last year so we enjoyed greater footfall and […]

Bath And West Show 2016

We are very pleased to announce that, this year, as in previous years, we shall be sponsoring the “Power of the Past” section of the Royal Bath and West Show.  This gives us a very welcome excuse to get out of the office to meet our clients and professional contacts in a relaxed and informal […]

DIY Probate-Not For The Faint Hearted

In recent years it has become increasingly common for executors appointed under a Will to obtain probate and administer the estate themselves to save Solicitors’ costs.  There is plenty of information available online and many people take the view that there is no point in paying a Solicitor to do something that they consider that […]

The Real Cost Of Not Making A Will

It really is staggering that so many people fail to keep their Wills updated. A recent case in the Central London County Court is yet another example of how much money can be spent on disputes between competing family members where somebody dies without having made proper provision. In this case a Mr  Williams lived […]

Civil Partnerships For All?

In an interesting case that came before the High Court recently, a heterosexual couple (Miss Steinfield and Mr Keidan) failed in an attempt to challenge the ban on heterosexual couples entering into a Civil Partnership. Their claim was founded on the basis that it breached their right to a family life under Article 8 of […]

Potential Increases in SDLT on Second Homes

  It is hard to believe that, already, we’re only six weeks away from Easter which falls very early this year.  In fact there was only just over a week between the end of what was for many “dry January” and the start of Lent! Traditionally, January is the quietest month of the year for […]

Christmas 2015

Christmas is here again and the BGW offices are looking very festive. All the staff are looking forward to a well deserved break after what has been a busy and productive year. It has been pleasing to see  the younger members of our professional team making their mark and establishing their own following. We remain […]

A promise is a promise!

A recent High Court case illustrates the potential problems that can arise where there is an unwritten agreement within the family over the distribution of someone’s estate. This is the latest in a long line of cases involving a family feud over the estate of a deceased relative after promises had been made verbally by […]

Tax On Rented Property

In this posting we want to draw your attention to problems that can arise when paying rent to a non-resident Landlord. Please see below a link to the relevant page of the Government website. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/paying-tax-on-rent-to-landlords-abroad The issue arises where a Landlord who lives abroad for more than six months of the year lets property in […]

BGW Babies

The BGW maternity unit is still in full swing. This time Kelly Charles has had a handsome first baby, Charlie, who seems to be glued to her hip, leaving her learning to do everything with her opposite hand. He is already known in the firm as Tarquin, but judging by his disapproving expression when he […]

Mid Somerset Show

Summer is always a busy time at BGW and this summer was no exception. It isn’t all work and no play though. On August 7th we held a Treasure Hunt around the picturesque town of Bruton with our staff and their families. Great fun was had by all (despite some of the questions being impossible) […]

Ilott v Mitson – Challenges to Wills

When high profile cases are reported in the popular press the facts are almost always sensationalised and the significance of the decision exaggerated. In many ways the recent Court of Appeal case of Ilott v Mitson is no exception although it does raise a number of issues that need to be considered seriously.. The facts […]

Mid Somerset Show – 16th August 2015

Just a reminder that we shall be at the Mid Somerset Show in Shepton Mallet on Sunday 16th August. The showground is off Cannards Grave Road and within walking distance from the residential areas of Shepton Mallet. The pedestrian entrance is Red Gate (off Compton Road).  Entry is free for pedestrians although there is a […]

Natalie Barker has been admitted as a member of CILEX

We are delighted to announce that Natalie Barker has recently been admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX).  This follows the successful completion of her final examinations last year and subsequent completion of a 12 month period of qualifying employment.  We congratulate Natalie upon this excellent achievement. Natalie is based […]

BATH AND WEST SHOW 2015

Once again the Bath and West Show proved to be thoroughly enjoyable and a great success. Apart from Friday morning the weather was fairly good throughout. Large numbers of visitors came through the gates and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the various attractions. Despite the Power of the Past Section that we sponsor having moved to […]

Royal Bath and West Show 2015

We are very pleased to announce that, as in previous years, we shall be sponsoring the “Power of the Past” section of the Royal Bath and West Show.  This gives us a very welcome excuse to get out of the office to meet our clients and professional contacts in a relaxed and informal setting. This […]