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    From our City centre offices in Exeter, our expert Solicitors offer specialist legal advice to both the business and non-business client.

    Clearly our main purpose is to provide sound legal advice. However, as well as the legal aspects of a case, we will also take time to consider other non-legal matters which may be just as important. It is because you are put in direct contact with a Solicitor, who will see your case through from beginning to end and becuase we use plain English when speaking with you, that you can be confident that you are in control of things.

    So, no stuffy lawyers, no legal jargon, one main point of contact and a relaxed and informal atmosphere with a fabulous view of Exeter Cathedral. What are you waiting for? Choose Morgan & Pope for a comprehensive approach and advice you can rely upon.

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  • Who we are

    Morgan & Pope Solicitors was formed on 1st October 2011 when 208 years' worth of experience were combined following the merge of Stephen Morgan & Co and Popes Solicitors (previously J. & S. P. Pope).

    We are a medium sized law firm based in Cathedral Yard, Exeter and you can expect to receive, as standard, exceptionally high quality legal services at a price you can afford. However, it is our friendly, non-stuffy approach to the law that sets us apart from the rest of the lawyers in Exeter and makes us a must when deciding who to instruct to deal with your everyday legal needs.

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Although the most widely employed form of conflict resolution, it is arguable that mediation remains underrated in terms of its utility in resolving everyday disputes, as it is commonly linked with the resolution of family matters alone.

 

During mediation, parties to a dispute are encouraged, with the assistance of a neutral third party to resolve their issues and agree a mutually acceptable way forward. Successful mediation enables the parties to communicate their views and to formulate options instead of continually rehashing what have often become entrenched and hostile positions.

 

Indeed, although conflict resolution has traditionally been associated with an expensive, litigious court battle, following the implementation of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, even the Judiciary has begun to champion mediation as a viable and effective alternative to litigation.

 

During the recent Tory party Conference, David Cameron addressed the party’s concerns regarding the impact of the Human Rights Act on the Judiciary and consequently the British population by suggesting that a future Tory Government would abolish the Act and replace it with a new Bill of Rights. The idea being to give Britain more control over the laws implemented.

 

Mr Cameron stated it has long been his intention to ‘entrench’ a British Bill of Rights detailing ‘core values’ and responsibilities in British law, so it could not be overturned in the Commons. He went on to say, a ‘clear and codified’ bill would allow the European court to exercise a ‘margin of appreciation’ in its rulings where Judges are obliged to take into consideration the cultural, historical and philosophical differences between Strasbourg and Britain.

 

If your child has not been admitted to their first choice of primary School what can you do? Well, it may be possible to launch and appeal to the Local Authority against the decision. However, you only have fourteen days from the date of the decision to make such an appeal.

 In order to increase your chances of launching a successful appeal, consideration should be given to the following:

  1. The reasonableness of the Admissions Policy
  2. Whether the Admissions Policy has been applied properly

A recent survey has found that the cost of chasing late payments such as unpaid invoices and overdue accounts is an astounding 130 hours and even more for larger companies.

These valuable hours wasted means a loss in business productivity which can have serious adverse effects on the company’s cash-flow and overall profitability.

Businesses can keep on top of their unpaid invoices by following a simple approach:

  1. Ensure that you know your customer and their business and therefore the likelihood of getting paid
  2. Make sure payment terms are clearly visible on your invoices

Have you struggled to get your child into your preferred choice of school? Has he/she been unfairly excluded, or perhaps you have a dispute with your child’s school and don’t know where to begin? In an age where parents’ are keener than ever for their children to get ahead, competition for school places is tough.

Education has become somewhat of a hot topic and is often at the centre of one controversy or another, whether it’s yet another change to the National Curriculum, attitudes towards school discipline or teachers’ pensions. However, despite the enormity of the role education plays in shaping our children’s lives, parents often feel that the system does not afford them a say on how their children are educated and that decisions are imposed on them without consultation and without full explanation.

It is an inevitable that as a business, you will sometimes get the odd customer that does not pay. Here are 10 top tips to reduce those debtors.

 1)      Know who your customer is 

Have a checklist or a form that new customers complete. Get as much information from them as possible e.g whether they are a sole trader, partnership. It is essential you know who you’re dealing with.

 2)      Terms and conditions

It is very advisable to have clear terms and conditions within your contract. This will govern things like the right to charge interest

Unmasking the Veil of Deceit – Prest –v- Petrodel
The highest Court in the land has ordered oil tycoon Mike Prest to transfer to his former wife, Yasmin Prest, properties held by companies owned and controlled by him as part of a £17.5m divorce award. 

Michael Prest, founder of Nigerian energy company Petrodel Resources, separated from his wife after 15 years.  During the divorce he said that Petrodel’s assets did not belong to him but to a family trust and that he was in reality in debt to the order of £48m.

Yasmin Prest asserted that her husband was in control of all the companies which were 100% owned by him and he was worth millions (the Court estimated he was worth not less than £37.5m).

The Government has announced that from 1 October 2013 the minimum wage rates will be increased as follows:

  • For 21 year olds and over – £6.31 an hour
  • For 18 to 20 year olds – £5.03 an hour
  • For 16 and 17 year olds who are not apprentices – £3.72 an hour
  • For apprentices under the age of 19 or in their first year of their apprenticeship – £2.68 an hour

Contact Kate Baker or Terry Chetwood for more details

In order for solicitors for a prospective landlord and tenant to be instructed it is necessary for the parties to agree what are called Heads of Terms. 

 There is no such thing as a standard lease. 

When a client rings me and asks me to either draw up a lease or check one that has been drawn up, the first question I ask is “what have you agreed?”  

 The Heads of Terms are the blue print solicitors use to draw up and agree the lease.  Whilst generally they are not binding on the parties, once they have been agreed, it can be hard for either party’s solicitor to justify a radical departure from them without putting the deal at risk.

Employee Rights

With the recent collapse of Jessops, Comet, HMV and Blockbuster, employees are finding themselves in a situation where they are having to assess their rights and entitlement.

There is a difference between an employer being in liquidation and administration.  If your employer is in liquidation, there is no continuing business and you will have no job.  Where your employer is in administration, an administrator will be appointed and will be brought in to see if the business can be kept alive and whether a buyer can take over the whole of the business.

Administration