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  • 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 specialist Solicitors offer legal advice to landlords, agents or tenants in all areas of landlord and tenant law. We can cater for all your needs including commercial and residential eviction, debt and rent recovery and guarantees.

We will not only help you solve your problems but try to protect you from things going wrong in the first place or happening again.

With over 35 years of experience, we have an excellent success rate

Residential Eviction

In residential tenancy eviction cases, we serve two notices at the same time:-

  1. Section 8 notice giving 14 days seeking possession for rent arrears, nuisance or breach of  tenancy terms.
  2. Section 21 notice is a two month notice ending the tenancy agreement and seeking possession

There are three Stages to Recovery in Possession

Stage 1 - Notices

We serve the tenant notice either under Section 8 and/or section 21 as the first stage of our eviction service. Sometimes the tenants realise you mean business and leave but sometimes they don’t

Fixed Fees – £90.00

Stage 2 - Court Proceedings and Hearing

To make the tenants leave we issue proceedings in the local County Court, arrange for service of the legal papers, advise you of the hearing date and attend Court to get a possession order.  Our fees include the Court Fees.  Having a possession order means the tenant must go but sometimes those that know system will remain and cause a nuisance.  If so………

Fixed Fee – £550.00

Stage 3 - Bailiff Instruction

Those tenants who are obstructive and who may have been told the housing authority to stay in the property until the bailiff turns up will wait until the last moment.  In these cases we will arrange for the Court bailiffs to remove the tenant and to obtain possession.  We can help with arranging locksmiths to change the locks and for the police to attend in severer cases.

Fixed Fee – £175.00

Commercial Eviction

Today’s commercial market means that to secure payment, landlords must act quickly.  Escalated arrears of rent make it harder for you to collect arrears and reduces the risk of the tenant doing a runner without paying.

Commercial landlords have many more remedies and the sooner you act, the better your chances.

Because the law relating to commercial landlord and tenant issues is more complex, you need to contact to enable us to tailor a fixed fee for your particular case.

To speak to one of our professionals about landlord and tenant legal advice please call us on 01392 274006 or email us and we will get back to you


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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How to appeal a school admissions decision

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
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