Marshall Hall Levy offers an initial appointment of up to 30 minutes at the cost of £79.00 inc VAT (payable at the outset) in respect of all family enquiries. You may be eligible for Legal Aid/Legal Help to cover this fee, which will be discussed during the initial meeting. However, you may check this yourself by going to https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid. If you are eligible for Legal Aid/Legal Help you will need to complete a Legal Aid/Legal Help Checklist. Upon making the appointment, this can be arranged to be sent out in the post or collected by you.
A straight forwarded undefended Divorce will be quoted at a fixed fee.
In addition, the firm offers a fixed fee for Conveyancing transactions and a quote can be obtained from our website using our quotation calculator.
The website also contains details of our charges for straight forward Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney.
The firm is prepared to take instructions by telephone or email subject to appropriate checks being carried out.
The firm provides the following services:
The importance of making a will cannot be emphasised enough. Each will is tailor made for you, taking into consideration your personal financial circumstances, family, commitments and the possible incidence of taxation and in particular Inheritance Tax.
After a death it is important to those who are left behind that the estate is administered with sympathy as well as with efficiency. It involves obtaining valuations of all the assets of the estate, agreeing the tax liability, applying for the Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration in the event that there is no will) and then with the benefit of the Grant gathering in the assets of the estate and administering them according to the will or according to law as the case may be. In some cases a trust may arise under the provisions of a will or an intestacy and that trust could last for many years. It will normally require the advice and assistance of a solicitor and in many cases a skilled financial adviser.
In dealing with the personal affairs of clients it is appropriate to mention Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection Orders. These are normally granted to enable relatives, friends or professional advisers to administer the affairs of elderly or infirm persons who, for whatever reason, are unwilling or unable to manage their own affairs.
Injuries caused by the deliberate or negligent acts of a person or corporate body or as a result of a breach of a statutory duty, for example employer’s liability, normally give rise to a claim for damages. The amount of those damages of course will vary depending upon the severity of the injuries, the actual financial losses sustained such as loss of earnings, and the degree of impairment of future earning capacity.
We can advise you as to whether your injuries are likely to give rise to a claim and if so the merits and possible value of that claim. Negotiations can then be commenced (usually with an insurance company) to achieve a satisfactory settlement. If this is not possible we can commence proceedings on your behalf which may ultimately result in the matter being decided in Court.
At Marshall Hall Levy we deal with accident & personal injury claims on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This is known as a conditional fee agreement.
For our business clients our services extend to the sale and purchase of business premises which would normally include offices, shops, factories, warehouses and so on. This may also involve granting to a tenant or taking from a landlord a lease of commercial premises and assistance in the very complex procedures concerning renewal, rent reviews, dilapidations and the many obligations normally taken on by a tenant of business premises.
In dealing with business premises we can also offer essential advice on related topics such as town and country planning and in the case of builder clients, the many features which must be considered before commencing a development, such as the closure and diverting of roads and rights of way, drainage rights, the making up of roads and agreements with the local authorities, ten year guarantee certificates to be issued by the N.H.B.C. and a number of other commercial and domestic considerations.
Civil litigation is the method of resolving disputes or claims between individuals, companies, local authorities and government departments.
Generally such matters fall into two categories. One is based on contract being an agreement between two or more parties and the other is based on a civil wrong caused by one party to another either deliberately or negligently. The range of disputes based on contract can vary from the relatively minor case of the purchase of defective items such as an electric kettle to a multi million pound claim arising as a result of penalty clauses in a building contract. Civil wrongs include cases of personal injury and damage to property and reputation.
If you are involved in a dispute with another individual or company we can advise you on your chances of success and the possible value of your claim. We can negotiate on your behalf and if necessary commence or defend proceedings which, according to the subject matter and the amount of the claim, will be dealt with in either the County Court or the High Court.
For our business clients we can offer advice and services on incorporating a company, the management and administration of the company’s affairs, service contracts and the liabilities of the company and its directors. We can handle takeovers and amalgamations and deal with the many complex issues arising from such transactions.
If incorporation as a company is not appropriate to your circumstances we can advise you on the alternative methods of trading which are either as a sole trader as the principal of the business or as a partner carrying on business together with others.
Whatever your business and its structure you will require advice on many topics including the negotiation and preparation of contracts for the supply of goods and services, employment contracts for your staff, methods of raising capital, improving monitoring of the accounts, protecting trade secrets, processes and inventions, the purchase or leasing of premises.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that not all marriages or relationships are successful. When a relationship breaks down it is not unusual for one or both parties to seek to dissolve the marriage or relationship and to obtain a formal decree of divorce or judicial separation.
If there are children of the family under 18 years of age the court must be satisfied that proper arrangements are being made for their welfare.
A fair division of the family assets, including the matrimonial home, must be worked out. In the majority of cases this is achieved by negotiation between solicitors and agreement between the parties. We emphasize negotiation and agreement rather than conflict and confrontation in the application of the principles of matrimonial law to the special circumstances of each individual case.
We can also advise you on family protection, domestic violence, injunctions, wardship, adoption, child and care proceedings.
Many clients wishing to take proceedings or oppose in matrimonial or child cases will be eligible for Legal Aid and assistance can be given in completing the necessary forms of application.
We are able to advise employers on a variety of topics relating to the conduct of their business in so far as it affects their work force including statutory requirements such as working conditions, contracts of employment, redundancy, dismissal, equal pay and discrimination.
Many of these matters apply equally to employees and we are able to advise and represent either party before Employment Tribunals particularly in cases relating to redundancy and unfair dismissal.
We can also advise on the rights of employees following the sale of a business and the employment implications of purchasing a business.
Discrimination is a common problem in the workplace. The main aim of the law is to prevent discrimination because of sex, race or disability. Part-time workers are included.
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