• What do we do?

    From our City center 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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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:  Daisy Otton
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Terry Chetwood LL.B (Hons)

Partner – Dispute Resolution, Landlord & tenant, Employment and Family

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
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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 & tax planning

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

Secretary:  Annette Higman
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Amelia Sussex BA, F.C.Inst.L.EX

Chartered Legal Executive

Amelia joined the firm in August 2010 and specialises in Family law (to include divorce, financial remedies and child care matters) and also Education law.

Secretary:  Annette Higman
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Kate Baker LL.B (Hons)

Associate

Kate qualified in 2004 and joined the firm in July 2012. She was previously based in the North west with a legal 500 firm before relocating back home to Devon.Kate advises on a wide range of commercial and civil disputes and has acted for the blue chip company to the individual and sole trader.Kate provides practical and commercial advice to clients in the areas of contractual disputes, insolvency, debt recovery, professional negligence and Landlord and Tenant

Secretary:  Amanda Taylor
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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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Helen Adshead

Accounts Manager

 
 
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Annette Higman

Secretary

 
 
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Helen Parsons

Secretary

 
 
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Amanda Taylor

Secretary

 
 
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Daisy Otton

Secretary

 
 

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
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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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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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Prest v Petrodel

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The highest Court in the land has ordered oil tycoon Mike Prest to transfer to his former wife, Yasmin Prest, properties held by companies owned and controlled by him as part of a £17.5m divorce award. 

Michael Prest, founder of Nigerian energy company Petrodel Resources, separated from his wife after 15 years.  During the divorce he said that Petrodel’s assets did not belong to him but to a family trust and that he was in reality in debt to the order of £48m.

Yasmin Prest asserted that her husband was in control of all the companies which were 100% owned by him and he was worth millions (the Court estimated he was worth not less than £37.5m).

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