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Commercial property team expands

We are strengthening our services to local businesses and land owners with the appointment of an experienced commercial property specialist.

Richard Whiteley is joining the team based at our Arundel Gate headquarters to offer advice on complex and commercial property matters of all sizes.

Dronfield-based Richard has spent the last 15 years at Ellis-Fermor Negus, where he spearheaded the opening and growth of its Belper office.

Taylor&Emmet welcomes Rotherham family law expert

Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP is expanding the in-house services it offers from its new Rotherham office, with the appointment of a local family law specialist.

Dawn Lowry has joined the firm to provide advice on all aspects of family law, including domestic abuse, as well as Legal Aid funded mediation.

Having worked previously at GWB Harthills in Rotherham, Dawn brings a wealth of local knowledge and experience to Taylor&Emmet’s acclaimed family law team. She qualified as an ‘all issues’ mediator in 2012 and uses her skills to help separating couples resolve disputes without court intervention.

Taylor&Emmet invests in new Rotherham office

Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP is expanding its reach across the region by opening a new office in the heart of Rotherham.

The investment is part of the local solicitors’ ambitious growth plans and takes its number of offices in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire to five.

Based at 15 High Street in the town centre, Taylor&Emmet’s Rotherham premises are now open with the installation of residential conveyancing and family law teams, including mediation and childcare specialists. The firm’s full range of business and personal legal services will be accessible, however, as space is available for members of other departments to meet clients by appointment.

Extra grief ahead for bereaved warns Taylor&Emmet

From April this year, a stepped fee structure is being introduced for Grant of Probate applications, increasing the costs to executors of the largest estates from £155 to £6,000.

Hannah Montague, a specialist wills and probate solicitor at Taylor&Emmet, said: “The problem is, executors need to pay the court fee, before money can be reclaimed from an estate. This will be a huge burden under the new system if you have a wealthy relative, but little in the way of funds yourself. Borrowing money may be the only option available to some.”

Currently, a Grant of Probate is required to administer an estate of more than £5,000, costing executors £215, if they are handling it themselves, or £155 if they instruct a solicitor. From April, charges will only apply to estates of more than £50,000, but the new fee structure will mean dealing with a large inheritance, results in an equally large bill.

Taylor&Emmet recruitment reaches record high

New business is fuelling recruitment at Sheffield solicitors, Taylor&Emmet LLP, with rising staff numbers accounting for 60% of all appointments this year.

Of the 38 employees who joined the firm in 2018, 23 have filled new positions created to meet increasing demand for its personal and business legal services.

This record level of recruitment due to growth is double that experienced by Taylor&Emmet in 2017 and reflects the significant gains made across all departments, as part of its ambitious expansion plans. The trend is set to continue next year as the firm looks for new markets, most notably launching a Rotherham office in January.