• What do we do?

    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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  • Why choose us?

    Our clients choose us because:

    • We provide sensible and comprehensive advice
    • We are friendly and approachable
    • We are efficient
    • We really do care

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Our experience has allowed us to deal in all kinds of commercial property transactions and provide a professional efficent legal service.

Generally a commercial property is one used for a business purpose, rather than as a home, though there can sometimes be an overlap with transactions classed as residential, e.g. the purchase of a residential property for letting out as a residence.

A commercial property may be one that is owner occupied or it may be one that has been acquired by an investor as an investment, either with an occupational lease in place or with a view to letting it out.

It may be bare land that has planning permission for development or that has development potential (either for residential or commercial purposes) that you are seeking to sell or acquire

We could go on………..

Our Commercial Property legal services:

We have the expertise to assist you in all commercial property transactions of which the following are examples:-

  • The buying and selling of both freehold and leasehold commercial properties, either with vacant possession or subject to an occupational lease or leases
  • The buying or selling of businesses. Generally such transactions involve a property from which the business is being run, though it need not do so.
  • Acting for landlords and tenants in connection with the grant/taking of leases – including advice on the terms agreed or to be agreed. Read our commercial lease top tips.
  • Advising on the termination or renewal of leases of commercial properties and putting relevant documentation in place
  • Acting in connection with the acquisition of commercial properties into pension funds
  • Buying and selling development land and following a purchase drawing up the paperwork for the individual sales off.
  • The grant or acquisition of easements for commercial property or development land.

Sometimes commercial property transactions involve other areas of law, for example employment law in relation to the employees working in a business that is being bought or sold. Our experienced commercial property lawyers can, when need be, involve their colleagues working in other specialist areas so that you get the best advice on all elements of your transaction.

Please ring our commercial property team who will be able to assist you more fully or email us today with any enquiries you might have regarding commercial property and the law. 


How to deal with Foreign Property in your Will

From the 17th August a new EU law, Brussels IV, comes into place affecting anybody who owns property in any EU member state.

The introduction of Brussels IV means that anyone making a Will can now choose the law of their nationality to govern their whole estate instead of having to create a separate will for overseas assets. This will unify succession laws and relieve a lot of the stress associated with carrying out probate after the loss of a loved one.

Those living in the UK with holiday homes in any EU countries that have opted in for Brussels IV (all apart from UK, Ireland or Denmark) can elect for UK succession laws to govern their overseas affairs. This avoids ‘forced heirship’ laws in European countries such as Italy, Spain and France and allows the individual the freedom to leave whatever they choose, to whoever they choose.

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Wyatt v Vince - If in doubt sort it out!

This case seems to allow anyone without a completed financial order or settlement to bring a claim against their ex-spouse regardless of how long ago they divorced.

Whilst lawyers always try to ensure that financial matters are finalised and that neither party can bring a claim against the other in the future it is vital that those couples who do not have financial orders in place review their situation because they may now face claims based on wealth subsequently acquired after their divorce.

In this case Dale Vince married Kathleen Wyatt in 1981 when they were penniless new age travellers.

They separated in 1984 and divorced in 1992. Three years later Vince founded Ecotricity which is now one of the largest green energy companies in the UK. He is said to be worth over £100m.

He ex-wife took him to court 22 years after they divorced seeking £2m claiming that he left her destitute while he grew his business.

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Why is a Lasting Power of Attorney so Important?

Lasting Powers of Attorney are very important whether you are young or old. It is a fact that we just don’t know what is around the corner and it may be that you find yourself unexpectedly in need of assistance due to an accident or illness.

There are two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:

(i) Property and Financial Affairs

(ii) Health and Welfare Issues

Each document will enable you to authorise someone or a number of people to make decisions on your behalf both when you have capacity (so perhaps you might just need some help to make certain arrangements) and also when you lack mental capacity (in which case your chosen Attorney/s will make the relevant decisions on your behalf).

It is important that you completely trust the person/people you have chosen to act as your Attorney/s. They will have access to all your personal information.

In addition to appointing main Attorneys, you can also choose to appoint replacement Attorneys. This allows you to extend the life of your Lasting Powers of Attorney to take account of a situation where your main Attorney’s may become unable to act on your behalf.

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What is mediation?

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.

 

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British Bill of Rights or Human Rights Act?

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.

 

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