• 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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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.

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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:  Amanda Taylor/Jackie McIntyre
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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:   Helen Parsons
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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:  Helen Legg
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Kim Walker MA (Hons) Oxon

Consultant Solicitor – Commercial Property

Kim qualified in 1981 and after working in London for a number of years moved down to the West Country. She has lived and worked in Exeter since 1992, specialising in commercial property work. Kim prides herself on her approachability as well as her expertise. She likes to work with her clients to achieve their aims in a practical, straight forward way. As a result she has a strong and loyal following.

Secretary:  Alison Key
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Daisy Otton

Paralegal - Residential Property

Daisy is the newest member of our residential conveyancing team and, under the supervision of Stephen Morgan, deals with buying and selling both freehold and leasehold residential property.

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Helen Adshead

Accounts Manager

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Alison Key

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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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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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