• 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.



  • Who are we

    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.


  • 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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Stephen Morgan BA (Hons)

Partner – Commercial and Residential Property

Stephen qualified in 1975 and now mainly focuses on the areas of Commercial and Residential Conveyancing.

Stephen has been involved with many commercial property acquisitions and sales and can offer tailored advice to both the sole trader and the larger corporate client.

Secretary: Natalie Lawrence
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Terry Chetwood LL.B (Hons)

Partner – Family law, Landlord and Tenant, Civil litigation and Dispute resolution

Terry qualified in 1977 and has, for the most part of his career, represented clients at times of conflict. As a result, Terry can provide practical advice to clients in the areas of general litigation, family law and divorce, employment law and landlord and tenant matters.

Secretary:  Jackie McIntyre/Clare Pennell
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Richard Phillips LL.B (Hons)

Partner – Commercial and Residential Property

Richard qualified in 1987 and has strong links with the South Devon area.

Richard now specialises in the areas of both residential and commercial conveyancing and has developed a strong skills base in dealing with the legalities of Self Invested Pension Plans.

Secretary: Alison Key
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Charlotte McGregor (nee Beadel) LL.B(Hons)

Partner – Wills, Probate & trusts

Charlotte advises on the preparation of Wills, the administration of Estates (Probate), lifetime tax planning in relation to Inheritance Tax to include the creation and administration of trusts

Secretary:  Annette Higman
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Mark Shell LL.B(Hons)

Solicitor - Civil litigation and dispute resolution

Having originally qualified as a barrister, Mark re-qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and since that time has gained extensive experience in a vast range of legal disciplines ranging from criminal defence, to landlord and tenant, property and contractual disputes and divorce, the latter being a discipline where he has with experience dealing with high value cases and where there are businesses and farms involved. In addition, Mark enjoys Higher Rights of Audience in both the civil and criminal courts enabling him to appear in all Courts including the appeal courts.

Secretary:   Amanda Taylor
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Amanda Bonnick LL.B(Hons)

Solicitor - Commercial Property

Amanda specialises in commercial property and works with a wide range of businesses, individuals and institutions on all aspects of commercial real estate. This includes: advising buyers and sellers on the sale of commercial property, advising landlords and tenants in relation to commercial leases and also advising with secured commercial lending. Amanda also has specific specialist experience in the renewable energy sector and often advises developers and landowners in relation to renewable energy projects; primarily working with commercial roof-mounted solar installations.

Secretary:   Rebecca Smalley
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Daisy Otton

Paralegal - Residential Property

As a Paralegal, Daisy deals with a caseload comprising of both freehold and leasehold sales, purchases, mortgages and re-mortgages under the supervision of Stephen Morgan.

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Megan King

Megan King

Paralegal - Residential Property

As a Paralegal, Megan deals with a caseload comprising of both freehold and leasehold sales and purchases under the supervision of Stephen Morgan.

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Jill Groves

Accounts Manager

Alison Key

Alison Key

Secretary to Stephen Morgan

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Jackie McIntyre

Secretary to Terry Chetwood

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Natalie Lawrence

Secretary to Stephen Morgan and Richard Phillips

Rebecca Smalley

Rebecca Smalley

Secretary to Amanda Bonnick

Settlement Agreements




Settlement Agreements are legally binding agreements that set out the terms of a settlement between an employer and an employee (they used to be called compromise agreements).

Settlement Agreements came into force at the end of July 2013 as part of wider changes in employment laws.

The documents are usually given to employees when they are being made redundant or the business is being restructured.

However they are also offered to employees sometimes if an employer thinks he or she is performing badly in their job or where it might be best for both parties for the employment to end amicably.

Settlement Agreements tend to be used when employers are paying more than the statutory minimum entitlement. The benefit to the employer is that the Settlement Agreement gives the certainty of knowing there will be no dispute or claim afterwards.

You receive a sum of money in return for losing your job and employment rights and cannot bring a claim against your employer. The Settlement Agreement is the final clean break before you leave work.

Settlement Agreements vary but usually there are clauses that deal with:-

-       The claims to be settled.

-       The payment you would have received.

-       Tax issues.

-       Confidentiality.

-       An agreed reference from your employer.


Once you have signed the Settlement Agreement you are bound by it which is why the law insists that you take independent legal advice about the Settlement Agreement. Usually the employer will pay for this or make a significant contribution.

We can check if you are getting a fair deal and whether you may have any grounds for a claim against your employer (like discrimination or unfair dismissal).


An average to well negotiated settlement may be around 4 to 6 months salary including notice.

However inevitably it can be more or less as every situation is different.

We have set out below the typical types of payment you can expect to receive.

Salary and Benefits

You should receive your normal salary and benefits up to the termination date.

Some benefits may extend beyond the termination date, typically:-

-       You may agree additional health care cover.

-       A payment instead of notice.

-       Continued use of a company car.

Payment for untaken holidays

If you haven’t had all of your holiday before the end of your employment you should receive a payment for the unused days.

Holiday entitlement accrues on a monthly basis. For example if you leave half way through the holiday year you will have accrued only half your holiday. Deduct from this the holiday you have taken and you are left with the amount of days for which you should be paid when your employment ends.

Statutory redundancy payment

If you are being made redundant you will be entitled to redundancy payment. The amount depends on:-

-       Your length of service.

-       Your age.

-       Your rate of pay.

You can go online to calculate this.

Enhanced Redundancy payment

Some employers offer better redundancy terms.

Your employment contract and staff handbook should tell you whether you are entitled to this.

Payment instead of notice

If your employment is being terminated under a Settlement Agreement you may not have to work your notice period. Instead your employer may make a payment representing the amount you would have earned during your notice period.

Ex-gratia payment

This may be referred to as a compensation or termination payment. This represents an additional amount as an incentive for you to sign the Settlement Agreement.

The amount you should receive will vary depending on the circumstances and may be open to negotiation.

Ex-gratia payments are tax free up to £30,000.

Retention bonus

Sometimes your employer may want you to stay up until a certain date possibly to ensure there are enough staff to finish a project.

Legal costs

Your employer will usually contribute around £250 plus VAT towards you Settlement Agreement.

It is in the employer’s interest to make sure that you receive legal advice because a settlement agreement is only binding if you have taken legal advice on it.

Often the contribution will cover our fees which means there is no charge to you but if you want us to negotiate a higher settlement than your employer is offering you will probably have to pay us for this.

Can you negotiate how much you get

Sometimes you may be able to improve on the settlement proposal but typically your employer will have taken advice and will be offering either as much as or if not more than you would get by bringing a claim for redundancy or breach of contract/unfair dismissal. We will work this out for you and tell you how your legal rights compare with the package you have been offered.

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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