1. Merging with another privately-owned company – By Laura Clarke at WBW Solicitors

    A merger occurs when two companies, which are often about the same size, agree to join together to form a new entity. Mergers are friendly, whereas acquisitions tend to be more hostile and occur when a target company realizes that they have no option but to ensure their survival by being bought by the other…

  2. Claiming compensation for antenatal injuries – by Jane Couch at WBW Solicitors

    Most pregnancies run smoothly with trained professionals successfully looking after you and your child through pregnancy and beyond. Sadly, medical professionals do sometimes make mistakes and if they do, you will understandably want to seek answers. Jane Couch, clinical negligence solicitor at WBW Solicitors in Newton Abbot, explains how antenatal (pre-birth) problems can arise and…

  3. How to get divorced: a guide to the legal process – By Fiona Yellowlees at WBW Solicitors

    Separating from a partner is always hard and the dissolution of a marriage perhaps even more so as couples have to work their way through the legal process involved in securing a divorce, as well as decide what arrangements to make for any children of the marriage and how to divide their assets. Fiona Yellowlees,…

  4. WBW’s Torquay Office Raising Money for Torbay Holiday Helpers Network

    Over the last 3 months, the staff members at our Torquay office, which is located at the top of the town centre, have been raising money for the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN). In December, they introduced an office ‘tuck box’ which contained a variety of sweets and chocolates which the staff could then purchase,…

  5. Why do we pay Stamp Duty? – by Matthew Scott-Tucker at WBW Solicitors

    Stamp Duty was first introduced in 1694 by an Act of Parliament during the reign of William and Mary. The new tax was raised against official documents written on vellum (calf skin), parchment (other hides) and paper, which were required to be presented for stamping and payment of the appropriate duty levied against them. The…

  6. Emma Thomas Tax and Trusts Assistant
    WBW Welcome Tax Expert

    WBW are pleased to welcome Emma Thomas who joins WBW’s Paignton Office. Emma has a wealth of experience in tax affairs having worked for HM Revenue & Customs for many years. More recently she has worked within the legal profession gaining extensive knowledge and experience within both sectors. Emma’s areas of expertise include:- Compliance o…

  7. Business and Uncertainty – Time to Futureproof Your Business

    As we move reluctantly into a period of uncertainty (let’s not mention the B word), where even largescale corporate companies face sale, closure, or restructuring, we worry also for small and medium-sized business. A talking point has been the recent high-profile news that Exeter-based airline Flybe (a company with 2,300 staff in the UK) is…

  8. The benefits of using local Solicitors and Estate Agents – by Ella Brennan at WBW Solicitors

    Most of us need to use a Solicitor at some point during the course of our lives.  This could be for several of reasons, including selling, buying or re-mortgaging your home.  Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful events you will face.  Choosing a local Solicitor, rather than an online lawyer,…

  9. The importance of being honest – by Conleth Fernandes at WBW Solicitors

    Have you ever wondered why Solicitors ask you for identification such as passports and utility bills? As a result of the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017, in addition to the job Solicitors are trained to do, we now have additional obligations almost akin to being private…

  10. Tracey Pearce, Partner at WBW, moves to Bovey Tracey

    Tracey Pearce, a Partner in the Property Department, has now moved from our Newton Abbot office to join our team in Bovey Tracey. Tracey joined WBW Solicitors in 1986 and was made a Partner in 1989, at the age of 27. She has extensive experience in both residential and commercial conveyancing which she combines with…

  11. How to choose a conveyancing lawyer – by Rod Lewis at WBW Solicitors

    It’s all about the money! Really?? It saddens me that so many people end up dissatisfied with the service they receive from their conveyancing solicitor. This usually results from a perceived lack of communication or a lack of action or both. The individual is upset and the reputation of the profession is damaged. So, how…

  12. How to get divorced: a guide to the legal process

    Separating from a partner is always hard and the dissolution of a marriage perhaps even more so as couples have to work their way through the legal process involved in securing a divorce, as well as decide what arrangements to make for any children of the marriage and how to divide their assets. Fiona Yellowlees…

  13. Key points to note when selling your property – by Marie Moore, Licensed Conveyancer

    In preparation for selling your property it is good idea to ensure that you have all your certificates and guarantees available for the buyers to inspect. Certainly, the buyers’ solicitors will request copies of these documents during the transaction. Replacement windows or doors The FENSA – Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme was set up to ensure that…

  14. My journey to becoming a Chartered Legal Executive with WBW Solicitors

    My name is Louise Crockford and I am a Chartered Legal Executive (qualified lawyer specialising in a particular area of law) specialising in residential conveyancing in the Launceston office of WBW Solicitors. Working in the law was something I fell into.  I had no ambition to become a lawyer but when I was 15 just before…