Agricultural Matters

Rutters have been dealing with rural land owners and farmers for generations and so have all the knowledge and experience required to assist with any agricultural matters. Our Solicitors will be able to assist you from small scale land transactions to the sale and purchase of large farms and estates. Our Solicitors will also be able to advise you on passing the family farm on to the next generation or deal with HMRC Capital Taxes Office with issues surrounding Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief on the death of a farming relative. We will work with all parties and agents to achieve your goal. Derek Rowntree 01747 825377 d.rowntree@rutterslaw.co.uk Catharine Morrison 01747 852377 c.morrison@rutterslaw.co.uk Duncan Weir 01747 852377 d.weir@rutterslaw.co.uk Charlotte Lilley 01747 852377...

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Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We can offer guidance, assistance and advice with regard to a whole range of claims and disputes such as: Debt Recovery Consumer matters Wills Trust and Probate disputes Cohabitation disputes Building disputes Construction disputes Possession of property Property disputes Landlord and Tenant issues Contract disputes Trespass Boundary disputes Commercial lease renewal Our approach in the first instance and where possible is to seek to resolve conflicts and disputes by negotiation or even mediation and arbitration.  Resolution of a dispute through negotiation has several benefits.  Firstly, it saves legal costs, maintains a commercial relationship between the parties and saves time.  However, in some cases disputes, with the best will in the world, cannot be resolved by negotiation or mediation and it is necessary to have recourse to the Court process. James Wood 01747 852377...

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Commercial Property

Whatever stage your business is at, Rutters has lawyers with long experience of advising commercial organisations. We have helped and supported over 3,000 businesses deal with a variety of legal issues and in many cases have made a significant contribution towards their overall success. This includes the commercial property transactions. Our commercial property team will be able to help you on any issues including: Sale and purchase of commercial businesses and assets Acquisition, disposal and leasing of all types of commercial property Option and conditional sale agreements s.106 agreements Landlord and tenant issues Derek Rowntree 01747 825377 d.rowntree@rutterslaw.co.uk Claire Coffin 01747 822005 c.coffin@rutterslaw.co.uk Catharine Morrison 01747 852377 c.morrison@rutterslaw.co.uk Charlotte Lilley 01747 852377...

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Employment

Employment Law can be a complex and difficult area with many potential pitfalls for the unwary.  We can assist you on a whole variety of issues and problems that can arise frequently in the workplace such as:- Handling redundancies Dismissals and settlement agreements Contract variations Introducing changes to employment terms We can also assist with the handling of grievances and tribunal claims, including unfair or constructive dismissal, discrimination, whistle blowing and all other breaches of regulations. We can also review your contracts and restrictive covenants in order to ensure that your business is properly protected.  We can draft tailor made policies and staff handbooks and contracts of employment. In addition we can assist you if you are thinking of making changes or just want to ensure that you are properly covered legally. James Wood 01747 852377...

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Family Matters

Going through a divorce or a separation is a distressing time, particularly as it often involves sorting children and financial issues. At Rutters solicitors, you will meet a caring and understanding family solicitor to talk to about your relationship issues. We don’t judge. We simply aim to help you but it is not just what we do – it’s the way we do it – patience and a friendly attitude, knowledge and a competitively priced service – which has proven to be essential for our clients. What sets our Family Law Team apart is: offering you a diverse range of support such as counsellors and experts to suit your individual needs; high quality legal advice you would expect; a competitively priced service; we value you and offer a personal, bespoke service If you have property or pensions or investments you will want to ensure that any agreement you make about how to divide them is fair and reasonable. We will advise you on how to meet your own financial needs and the needs of your children. You can be rest assured that your welfare is important to us at all times. The Family Team have experts who have the expertise to the following areas of your case: Divorce Civil Partnership Dissolution Separation for unmarried couples Pre-nuptial agreements Children arrangements Property issues Pensions Business Assets Shares and Investments Maintenance for you and your children Living Together Agreement Collaborative law Costs All clients are, of course, concerned about incurring legal fees. We can advise you fully about our hourly rates and the estimated cost of any work you wish to be carried out. We also offer a fixed fee service and a Pay as You Go Advice Service. Details of this will be discussed with you at your first appointment. For more information please call 01747 852377 or email enquiries@rutterslaw.co.uk James Wood 01747 852377 j.wood@rutterslaw.co.uk Genette Gale 01747 852377...

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Powers of Attorney & Elderly Clients Matters

Those people who have had the good foresight to make a Will to ensure their affairs are dealt with on their death often fail to ensure their affairs are dealt with in all eventualities during their lifetime. The population is living longer and more people than ever are suffering from mental illness such as dementia. It is important to prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney while you are mentally fit and healthy cover the possibility of losing your mental capacity in the future. Those who neglect to do this often leave their family unable to deal with their finances and welfare. This invariably results in a great deal of stress and expense in dealing with the Court of Protection resolve the issue. To avoid this, discuss Lasting Powers of Attorney with one of our private client team.   An elderly population has also resulted in a larger proportion of people living in residential homes. The costs of living in residential care can be extortionate. In certain circumstances there are simple ways to protect capital from potential nursing home fees. We can advise you on this.   We appreciate it can be difficult to visit the office from time to time and we can arrange a home visit at no extra cost. Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in dealing with a variety of elderly client issues including: Wills Trusts Applying for a Grant of Representation e.g. Probate Estate Administration Lifetime Inheritance Tax planning Protecting Capital from Nursing Home Fees Lasting Powers of Attorney Court of Protection Matthew Billingsley 01747 852377 m.billingsley@rutterslaw.co.uk Duncan Weir 01747 852377 d.weir@rutterslaw.co.uk Linda Hall 01747 822005...

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