• 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. Our commercial and residential property (conveyancing) Solicitors can assist with all matters connected with buying and selling property or land, leasehold matters and any other issues connected to the ownership and use of property. Our Family law department will guide you through all areas of relationship breakdown, including divorce, the division of assets and finances in divorce and any issues concerning arrangements for the children of a relationship. Our dispute resolution department will provide practical advice in all areas of litigation. Our wills, trusts and probate department will provide the support and specialist advise you need in order to get you affairs in order (including inheritance tax planning where appropriate) and our Probate department will guide you through your duties and obligations as an Executor or Administrator in an Estate. Go to our Legal Services page to find out more about the services we offer.

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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?

    We understand that you come to see us either when you are going through a very distressing time or when you have a question that requires specialist knowledge. This is why we ensure that you are assigned a qualified lawyer who has the specialist skills you need and why that person will continue to be your main point of contact until the case has been completed. With Morgan & Pope Solicitors, you never need to worry that your case has been lost to a team of unqualified fee earners!

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Visitors may supply personally identifiable information (such as name, address or telephone numbers) for various purposes on this site. These purposes include registering to receive e-mail newsletters, requesting further information about our products, or simply asking a question about Popes Solicitors.

Popes Solicitors does not collect personal information from you unless you provide it to us. This means that you can visit our site without telling us who you are or revealing any personally identifiable information about yourself.

How is it used?

When you supply information about yourself for a specific purpose (registering, asking for advice, making an enquiry), we use the information for that purpose only.

Our primary goal in collecting other information from you (for example by way of cookies see below) is so that we can provide you with a smooth, efficient and customised experience. It allows us to provide services and features that most likely meet your needs, and helps us to customise our service and the Site to make your browsing experience easier.

From time to time we may also use your information to contact you for market research or to provide you with information we think would be of interest.

Changes of use of data

Should any material changes be made to the ways in which we use personally identifiable information, we’ll take commercially reasonable measures to obtain e-mail consent from you. We will also post the changes to our use of personally identifiable information on our site at least 30 days prior to a change.

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We have taken various steps to put in place security measures to protect this Site from loss, misuse and alteration of information. Our security measures meet or exceed all industry standards for the protection of personally identifiable information.

Personally identifiable information is only accessed by employees on a “need to know” basis. All employees must go through privacy training upon starting with Popes Solicitors.

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If you would like to verify the data we have received from you or to make corrections to it, you may contact us directly at the e-mail and postal addresses provided above.

What anonymous information is collected on this site?

Anonymous information is collected for every visitor viewing this site. This includes pages viewed, date and time, and browser type. IP numbers are not stored, but are temporarily used to determine domain type and in some cases, geographic region. We do not make any association between this information and a visitor’s identity.

How does this site use cookies and other data collection

We automatically track information based upon your behaviour on our Site using cookies and other devices. Cookies are small files placed on your hard drive that collects information (usually anonymous information as mentioned above) and assists us in providing you with a customised service. We also offer certain features that are only available through the use of a cookie (for example we use cookies to assist with the login procedure to our site).

You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on our Site.

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We use e-mail links located on this site to allow you to contact us directly via e-mail. We use the information provided in your e-mail to respond to your questions or comments. We may also store your comments for future reference. Your personal information is never shared with third parties.

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If required by Law agencies we may disclose personal information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the law or comply with legal process served on Popes Solicitors.


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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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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130 hrs per year wasted chasing payments

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
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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.

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10 Top Tips To Avoid Bad Debtors

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

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