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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 […]


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 […]

Peter Moon’s Retirement

With mixed feelings we have to announce that Peter Moon retired at the end of February 2015.  We are all very pleased for Peter and wish he and his wife a long and happy retirement together but he will be greatly missed especially at the Shepton Mallet Office where he was based. We offer our thanks […]

Doing Your Own Divorce – A Cautionary Tale

Divorce is inevitably stressful and in these times of austerity people will often want to settle financial matters amicably and with the minimum of expense. Often they will try to save money by agreing how they are going to divide their assets without consulting a Solicitor. This presents many potential difficulties. What does the Law actually say […]

Bridget Cleaves Charity Abseil

We have had a busy summer at Bartlett Gooding and Weelen. We hardly had time to catch our breath after the Mid Somerset Show before enjoying our staff summer party in Bristol, on a barge of the River Severn. The weather was beautiful and it was a lovely occasion. Then immediately after that Bridget Cleaves from […]

Mid Somerset Show 17th August 2014

Just a reminder that we will be at the Mid Somerset Show this coming Sunday 17th August. We have a stand in the “Shepton in Business” section next to the main ring. The show is a great day out so if you’re going along please pay us a visit.

Summer Time and the living is easy…

The summer of 2014 is being kind so far with several weeks of warm, sometimes really hot, weather broken only by the traditional rain over the Glastonbury Festival weekend. Sadly, Andy Murray was unable to retain the men’s singles title at Wimbledon and the less said about the world cup the better but finally the […]

Natalie Duckett

We are pleased to announce that Natalie Duckett has graduated as a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). Natalie started her career straight from school with Gardner Jackson our predecessor firm in Cheddar and began her professional training four years ago.  Natalie’s caseload is conveyancing based and she is already attracting her own […]

Spring is on the Way

Despite the awful weather Spring is not far away. Those of us lucky enough to live close to the Office can get up in daylight and Saturday afternoon football matches are just about ending before dark. If only the sun would come out! Traditionally, Spring is the time when the property market bursts into life. […]

Client Satisfaction Survey Results

  We like so many businesses send out client satisfaction surveys at the end of a transaction. We too receive such surveys and are often tempted to ignore the request as completing the survey is time consuming and it will probably be ignored anyway.  However that is not true. Recently our Managing Partner Dervla Nash had […]

How should you choose a conveyancing solicitor?

We often receive enquiries from people who are “ringing round for quotes” on conveyancing work.  In many cases it soon becomes apparent they think conveyancing is very expensive and that all Solicitors will provide the same level of service so it’s just a matter of finding the cheapest price. What these people have overlooked is […]

Happy New Year

A very Happy New Year to one and all. Coming back to work after Christmas is never easy.  January can be a depressing month and the first Monday is apparently the most depressing day of the year. The wet, cloudy weather certainly doesn’t help. On a positive note it can only get better and the nights […]

Debbie Rylands joins Family Law Team

We are pleased to announce that Debbie Rylands has joined our family law team. Details of Debbie’s background and professional experience can be found under the “People” tab on this site. Since qualifying as a Legal Executive in 2004 Debbie has worked in the North Somerset and Bristol areas most recently with a large firm in Bristol. During […]

Bath and West Show

Congratulations to the organisers of the 150th Royal Bath and West Show which took place between 29th May – 1st June inclusive.  As in previous years we sponsored the “Power of the Past” section. The weather stayed fine and the Saturday was particularly busy. We very much enjoyed having the opportunity to meet those who […]

Lexcel Accreditation

We are very proud to announce that we have just secured the Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel. Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is an optional recognised accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal departments which gives assurance that a practice meets high client care and business management standards. To gain […]

Residential Property-The Green Deal

The Green Deal is a government initiative designed to reduce carbon emissions and save energy. The start date was 28th January this year. The idea is that, if residential properties can be more energy efficient then energy demands will be reduced. The Green Deal allows property owners to pay for the energy improvement measures they […]

Family Law – A few thoughts on Cohabitation

Increasingly these days we are asked to advise on issues between cohabiting couples. Until quite recently most couples who chose to live  together did so for a relatively short period of time as an “trial run” before taking the next step and getting married . Nowadays more and more couples are living together  on a […]

Guess Who?

Santa Claus made a surprise appearance at our Christmas Party last month but can you guess which of the our Partners donned the outfit?    

Happy New Year

As we come to the end of 2012 we wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2013. 2012 was an exciting year at Bartlett Gooding & Weelen. Whilst the staff were enjoying a well deserved Christmas break our IT consultant was working hard to get our new case management system up and running ready for implementation when […]