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Wollens Solicitors, South Devon

Wollens Solicitors, South Devon

The Torwood Street development, Torquay.  Adaptability, that’s the key message for any business at the moment in these difficult COVID times. For Wollens it’s always been the mantra by which it has been managed and we’re delighted to announce the next phase of the...
Don’t miss out on moving home incentives….

Don’t miss out on moving home incentives….

With 2020 being such an unprecedented year with the global pandemic, the results on the economy and life in general cannot be overstated. That is why some creative thinking has been needed to get life going again and to stimulate the already bustling property sector....
What next for Tourism & Hospitality?

What next for Tourism & Hospitality?

South Devon’s tourism and hospitality sector has re-opened after more than three months of Lockdown which has cost businesses and the local economy millions of pounds. The government is recognising the damage being done to communities like the English Riviera...
Marriage Discrimination

Marriage Discrimination

One of the least often claimed grounds of discrimination is marriage and civil partnership. Prejudice against married people is hardly widespread and there are few circumstances in which an employer might treat an employee less favourably because they were married....
Transfer of Undertakings – changing contracts

Transfer of Undertakings – changing contracts

The Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (known as TUPE) provide that an employee’s terms and conditions cannot be changed because of the transfer of their employment from one employer to another. It has been argued in the past that this provision only applies to...
Right to Work

Right to Work

An employer must be careful to avoid employing someone who does not have the right to work in the UK. Doing so knowingly is a criminal offence and inadvertently employing someone who is working illegally can lead to a civil penalty of up to £20,000 for an employer who...
Unfair dismissal – gross misconduct

Unfair dismissal – gross misconduct

In considering a wrongful dismissal claim, the Tribunal needs to decide whether or not the employee is guilty of gross misconduct. When it comes to unfair dismissal that is precisely what the Tribunal should not do – at least until it comes to assess compensation. It...
Wrongful dismissal

Wrongful dismissal

An employee dismissed without notice will often claim both unfair and wrongful dismissal. These are two distinct claims. Unfair dismissal is concerned with the reasonableness of the employer’s decision to dismiss the employee. Wrongful dismissal is a contractual claim...
Redundancy

Redundancy

It is now common practice for employers to select employees for redundancy based on their performance at an interview. Often this process appears to be similar to a recruitment exercise, with the employer selecting those who will be offered a place in the new...
Flexible Furlough Scheme

Flexible Furlough Scheme

From this month the new Flexible Furlough Scheme is in operation. Under the old scheme an employee had to be furloughed for at least 21 days and could perform no work in that time. The new scheme allows for a furlough of any period and for employees to work part-time....
Unfair dismissal – gross misconduct

Companies need to get it right to protect against competition

Companies looking to protect their business by relying on non-compete clauses for key employees should check that any post-termination restrictions are reasonable. When an employee leaves and there is a threat of commercially sensitive information about operations and...
Why should you consider having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place?

Why should you consider having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place?

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which allows you to appoint up to four people of your choice to make decisions on your behalf, should you ever become unable to do so yourself or would simply like to have help...
Business Insurance claim rejected?

Business Insurance claim rejected?

Many businesses carry insurance which covers them for losses which arise when they cannot carry out business as usual due to an event such as a natural disaster or disease outbreak. However, the response of insurers in many cases has been to decline insurance claims...
Moving home and Covid-19

Moving home and Covid-19

Everybody in the country is feeling uncertain during these unprecedented times, who would have thought that we would have to go into total lockdown during our lifetime. There has been concern that the property market will suffer the most, but at Wollens we have not...
Children matters during lockdown

Children matters during lockdown

Deborah Baker, Family law partner with Wollens Solicitors prepares a few short articles to look at how we deal with family issues during lockdown.  In part 3 Deborah looks at children matters during lockdown. Where parents are living in different households, the...
The truth about Trusts ….

The truth about Trusts ….

Trusts are a vehicle for protecting money and assets for a prolonged period of time and in some cases can afford flexibility as to how assets are used to benefit the intended recipient; known as the Beneficiary. Myth buster – Trusts are not the preserve of the...
Questions over securing a lease extension ?

Questions over securing a lease extension ?

Many of us understand that the principal difference between freehold and leasehold property is that with a lease it is only granted for a certain number of years (often referred to as the ‘Term’).  When buying a brand new property the length of the Term will seldom be...
Covid-19 business insurance claim rejected?  We can help you.

Covid-19 business insurance claim rejected? We can help you.

Businesses whose trade has been decimated by the Coronavirus pandemic are facing an uphill struggle with big insurance companies over claims for their huge losses. Many, especially in the tourism and hospitality sector, thought their business interruption cover would...
A partial release from lockdown?

A partial release from lockdown?

On Sunday Boris Johnson announced a partial return to work for some workers and on Monday a little more detailed was provided but what does this mean in practice? Well it is quite clear that people who can work from home should still do so for the foreseeable future....
Family issues during lockdown ?

Family issues during lockdown ?

Deborah Baker, Family law partner with Wollens Solicitors prepares a few short articles to look at how we deal with family issues during lockdown.  In part 2 Deborah looks at the separation process and progressing to maintenance payments.  What to think about before...
A toolkit for family breakdown in the lockdown

A toolkit for family breakdown in the lockdown

Deborah Baker, Family law partner with Wollens Solicitors prepares a few short articles to look at how we deal with family issues during lockdown.  The coronavirus crisis is redefining lifestyles and the boundaries of our interactions; a situation that can challenge...
Covid 19 Shareholder Protection – No Underwriting – One Premium

Covid 19 Shareholder Protection – No Underwriting – One Premium

The death of a shareholder is not something anyone wants to have to consider but extremely relevant in the current climate. It is also likely that whilst most companies will seek to take a pragmatic and realistic approach post COVID-19, it is an unfortunate...
Locking up the legalities when planning ahead in the virus crisis  

Locking up the legalities when planning ahead in the virus crisis  

NHS workers fighting Covid-19 on the front line, together with the elderly and vulnerable, lie behind a huge spike in demand for will writing over recent weeks, according to the professional body for solicitors. The Law Society says many firms have reported a 30%...
Right to Work

Employment Law update April 2020

It now seems almost certain that the online portal for furlough grant applications will open on 20th April with the first payments being made on 30th April so make sure you (or your accountant) are ready with your figures. There had also been an indication from HMRC...
Joint venture agreements

Joint venture agreements

Most joint venture agreements will contain default provisions which are triggered upon breach of one of the parties to the agreement. However, whilst a party’s failure to pay following a demand is often the focus of default provisions, default may also be...
Preparing your will, isolation and technology.

Preparing your will, isolation and technology.

Wollens Partner and private client specialist Charlotte McGregor shares thoughts and recent actions undertaken in the preparation of client wills. When you can’t conduct face-to-face meeting, how do you satisfy yourself that somebody isn’t being influenced to give you...
Coronavirus – The Employment Law Implications

Coronavirus – The Employment Law Implications

We are all reeling from the shock of the Coronavirus pandemic but what has changed and what do we know now? Sick Pay The Government has changed the rules on statutory sick pay (“SSP”) during the Coronavirus outbreak to entitle those who are self isolating...
Covid-19, moving in together ?

Covid-19, moving in together ?

Moving in together: Cohabitation Agreements It is likely that you have spent the last week or so wondering if you are living out the plot of a James Cameron movie (think Aliens or Terminator). Of course, I am referring to Coronavirus. On Monday evening, 23rd March in...
Joint venture agreements

Has my business contract been affected Coronavirus?

Basic contract law dictates that both parties to a contract must comply with the written obligations of that contract unless there is an express right not to do so.  However, the unprecedented nature of Coronavirus gives rise to two possibilities for non-performance...
Business announcement due to latest government guidelines

Business announcement due to latest government guidelines

Our office premises are closed to the general public currently due to the government guidelines released on the 23rd March. However our lawyers are working at home so will still be able to help you with your enquiry. Our telephone lines are open – please call...
Free Homeworking Policy

Free Homeworking Policy

All employers will be making plans to deal with the escalating threat caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, Wollens are making available a FREE homeworking policy template to protect the huge numbers of businesses and their employees who are, or will...
Business announcement due to latest government guidelines

Business continuity at Wollens (We are open for business).

The situation around Coronavirus is fast moving but we would like to reassure you on behalf of the staff and partners at Wollens that work for our clients is continuing whilst we follow the latest advice from the UK Government. Our utmost concern is for the health and...
Ashley helps to secure dream business deal.

Ashley helps to secure dream business deal.

From an oil rig off the African coast to a restaurant in the middle of Exeter. Benjamin Doyle certainly believes in the saying – variety is the spice of life. The 30-year-old has just opened the Margoux restaurant and bar in Mary Arches Street. He was helped...
Cars, tax and the legalities…..

Cars, tax and the legalities…..

Posh nosh and posh cars were the order of the day during a special business seminar in Exeter. The event was organised and hosted by Wollens, chartered accountants Thomas Westcott and Mercedes-Benz South West at the car dealer’s showrooms at Marsh Barton. The evening...
International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

SUNDAY 8th March 2020 is a very special day for women. It is a day of recognition. A day of celebrating success. A day of campaigning and the continuing battle for equality. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and...
Free Homeworking Policy

Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is grabbing the headlines as it spreads over the globe and more cases are diagnosed in the UK. The impact of the virus on employees and business is worrying for employers. Some guidance has been published recently which employers might find...
Disability discrimination

Disability discrimination

To satisfy the definition of ‘disabled’ under the Equality Act 2010, an employee must show that they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term effect on their ability to do day to day things. To be long term, the impairment...
Shared parental pay

Shared parental pay

You may remember the Court of Appeal decision in Chief Constable of Leicestershire v Hextall last year. The Court of Appeal decided that it was not discriminatory to pay men on shared parental leave less than women on maternity leave. The special treatment women...
Marriage Discrimination

Age discrimination – compulsory retirement

An employer must be able to justify any compulsory retirement age (CRA) by showing it is a proportionate way of achieving a legitimate business aim. An employment tribunal will look at why the CRA is necessary and appropriate, whether there is any alternative to the...
Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing

Workers are protected from being treated badly by their employer because they have made protected disclosures about malpractice. In Jesudason v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the Court of Appeal has looked at whether an employer’s attempts to...
Wrongful dismissal

Unfair dismissal – knowledge of employer

The Supreme Court decided last year that knowledge of a manager other than the dismissing officer can be attributed to the employer when establishing the reason for the dismissal (Royal Mail v Jhuti – where the real reason for dismissal, whistleblowing, was hidden...
Unfair dismissal – gross misconduct

Unfair dismissal – criminal charges

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has looked at whether it is fair to dismiss an employee who has been charged with a crime. In Lafferty v Nuffield Health, the employee was a porter at a charity. He had 20 years’ service and a clean disciplinary record. One of his...
Free Homeworking Policy

Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is grabbing the headlines as it spreads over the globe and more cases are diagnosed in the UK. The impact of the virus on employees and business is worrying for employers. Some guidance has been published recently which employers might find...
Employment & Business Club hits the road for 2020

Employment & Business Club hits the road for 2020

Expert advice in the ever-changing world of business is being offered by a specialist club organised by the team at Wollens solicitors. The Wollens Employment and Business Club has proved to be very popular with businesses of all sizes and is now back for 2020. It...
Victoria Harle strengthens Wollens Family Care Team

Victoria Harle strengthens Wollens Family Care Team

Family Law executive Victoria Harle is back where it all began. Victoria first joined the care team at Devon law firm Wollens in 2017 helping Childcare and Family team partner Rachel Carter. In 2019 she was promoted to Family Law Executive to focus on disputes...
Shattered pilot dream teenager wins compensation

Shattered pilot dream teenager wins compensation

A Devon teenager has been awarded ‘significant’ compensation after his dream to become an RAF pilot was shattered due to a hospital’s lack of proper treatment. The boy suffered a lifelong injury after the hospital failed to diagnose a fractured femoral head in his...
Whistleblowing in a public or private capacity?

Whistleblowing in a public or private capacity?

Section 47B of the Employment Rights Act 1996 says that an employer must not treat a worker badly (subject them to a detriment) if they have ‘blown the whistle’ on wrongdoing (made a ‘protected disclosure’). In Tiplady v City of Bradford...
Equal pay

Equal pay

The Equality Act 2010 sets out the law in relation to equal pay. Male and female workers should be paid the same for doing the same job (like work), work which is given the same rating under a job evaluation scheme (rated as equivalent) or work of equal value, unless...
National minimum wage increases

National minimum wage increases

You may remember that the Low Pay Commission reported to government back in Autumn 2019 and recommended increases to the national minimum wage and national living wage. The national living wage is the minimum pay required for workers who are aged 25 and older. It is a...
The Equality and Human Rights Commission guide to harassment

The Equality and Human Rights Commission guide to harassment

Employers must protect their workers from discrimination and harassment. An employer will be legally liable for harassment at work if they have not taken reasonable steps to prevent it. The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published some technical guidance on...
Unfair dismissal – suspension

Unfair dismissal – suspension

Many employers automatically suspend an employee accused of misconduct while they investigate the allegations. Many employees don’t object. The employee in Harrison v Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust did object and brought a claim in the High Court to stop...
No beards policy ruling

No beards policy ruling

An employment tribunal has recently looked at indirect discrimination and how it applies to dress codes. Indirect discrimination is where an employer applies a policy or practice to all employees, but which negatively affects a particular group who share a protected...
Parental bereavement leave

Parental bereavement leave

The government has announced that parents will be entitled to bereavement leave from 6 April 2020 (subject to parliamentary approval). Employees who lose a child under the age of 18, or who suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy, will be entitled to two...
Ethical veganism can be a protected characteristic

Ethical veganism can be a protected characteristic

Everyone’s talking about veganism, and not just because of Veganuary. In January, an employment tribunal found that a vegan was protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010. The employee’s ethical veganism met the legal test for a...
Receptionist

Receptionist

Wollens Solicitors have a vacancy for a full-time receptionist to work at our office in Torquay. This is a very exciting time to join us as we will be shortly be moving to our brand new, modern office which will enable us to offer the very best in client care. Our...
What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

What is a Prenuptial Agreement and what does it do? It is an arrangement between a couple before they marry. Its aim is to regulate what happens a marriage breaks down and ends in divorce. If you are getting married, and you or your future spouse’s family have a...
Unmarried couples disputes – A stark warning

Unmarried couples disputes – A stark warning

UNMARRIED couples faced with an end to their relationship have been given some sound advice – and warnings – from a solicitor at a leading Devon law firm. One of the most important messages from Terry Chetwood is that if they think they have the same right...
Sobering advice on drinks law in today’s modern world

Sobering advice on drinks law in today’s modern world

A night down at the local or on the town has changed in so many ways – especially with modern technology. The days of an “I’ll have a pint of your best” instruction to the landlord or landlady over the bar are becoming fewer and fewer, particularly with the presence...
2019 – what a year that was!

2019 – what a year that was!

Well what a year that was! From business mergers to a brand new name and modern look to gold-winning awards, marines-style charity challenges and, of course, Sidney the Kidney – 2019 will go down as one of busiest years in the illustrious history of Wollens. A lot of...
Giant crane comes down – giant moment for Torwood Street.

Giant crane comes down – giant moment for Torwood Street.

As we prepare to leave 2019 the £32million Torwood Street development in Torquay has reached a new milestone. A giant crane which has been dominating the harbour and waterfront area has been dismantled after almost 10 months on site. It was only in October last year...
58 Wollens staff with 1,300 years service between them!

58 Wollens staff with 1,300 years service between them!

Wollens have paid a special seasonal tribute to some of their longest-serving staff members. Champagne and flowers were presented during their Christmas party and celebrations at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter. More than one in three people at Wollens, 58 in total,...
Don’t let the festive fun end in divorce.

Don’t let the festive fun end in divorce.

That’s the special advice from legal experts as Christmas cheers can lead to tears for some couples and their families. Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but breakdowns continue to spike after the festive season, and professionals are...

Paralegal – Newton Abbot – Maternity Cover

Wollens are looking for a Paralegal to join them in their Private Client team in their Newton Abbot office. This is a temporary role to cover maternity leave. The role would be within the Wills team dealing with wills and lasting powers of attorney. Previous...
Be careful with your approach to Christmas gifts ….

Be careful with your approach to Christmas gifts ….

Christmas is the season to be jolly and spoil your business associates with a box of chocs and a bottle of wine. ……But you could be giving yourself a massive Christmas hangover if you’re not careful and it has nothing to do with the booze!  It is all about...
New Year New Start for couples and civil partnerships

New Year New Start for couples and civil partnerships

The New Year could herald in a new start for opposite-sex couples who want to legally seal their relationship without having to get married. Until now Civil Partnerships were only a legal union available to same-sex couples. But from December 31 that will change with...
Christmas Opening Times

Christmas Opening Times

Christmas opening times   Home » Category: "Uncategorized" We would like to wish all of our clients a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Our best wishes for 2020.   Our opening hours over the festive period are: Monday 23...
Quiz night raises vital Kidney Research funds

Quiz night raises vital Kidney Research funds

Thousands of pounds were raised for Kidney Research UK after a special fish and chips inspired quiz night.Rockfish’s newly-opened restaurant at Exeter was the venue for the event which was organised by Wollens solicitors with 16 teams competing.It was a special night...

Lawyer – Family Department

Wollens is a dynamic and successful Devon-based firm. We have shown exceptional growth over the past few years and is now one of the largest practices in the Devon and Somerset area. It has ambitious plans for the future, and this opportunity is perfect for a bright...
Q & A with Simon Bean, Partner, Wollens

Q & A with Simon Bean, Partner, Wollens

In the 2nd of our series of Q&A’s, we caught up with Simon Bean, Partner and Head of Department for Dispute Resolution at Wollens. Simon is based at our office in Torquay. Simon qualified in 2003 and joined Wollens in 2018,  Simon provides advice to business...
Wollens strike gold to land top UK award

Wollens strike gold to land top UK award

Wollens solicitors are celebrating after scooping a national, prestigious award. They stuck gold by winning the ‘Best Business Development and Marketing’ category at this year’s annual LawNet Awards. It was awarded after Wollens successfully delivered an extensive...
The spooky dos and don’ts of Halloween night

The spooky dos and don’ts of Halloween night

It’s the night when the ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties take to our streets – and it’s going to be either a Trick or Treat for most of us. Halloween Night is upon us, that annual phenomenon from the USA where being a little Devil is now part of our...
Meet our new partners Daniel and Ashley

Meet our new partners Daniel and Ashley

Devon law firm Wollens has added two new partners to its ranks. Daniel Gresswell specialises in the corporate and commercial side of the business with Ashley Bevans focussing on commercial property. Daniel was working with Toller Beattie when the Barnstaple-based...
Jon helps business as Brexit looms

Jon helps business as Brexit looms

Get Ready for Brexit. That’s the message to businesses as quitting the EU looms large. Firms of all sizes and in every sector could be facing significant change over the next weeks and months so being prepared is essential. Enter Brexit Ready Exeter, a collaboration...
Wollens in line for top award

Wollens in line for top award

Wollens have been shortlisted for a top industry award. They are one of three finalists in the Business Development/Marketing category of this year’s prestigious LawNet Awards. LawNet is one of the country’s leading law firm networks and has been supporting...
Harriet family’s special thanks to life-savers

Harriet family’s special thanks to life-savers

Picture above the best of friends – Harriet and Elsie, side by side The ‘Legends’ from yesteryear in Totnes took on the footballing stars of Plymouth Argyle in a special fund-raising match.The event was held to raise money and to say thank you to the Bristol...
Calling Young Professionals – this is just for you!

Calling Young Professionals – this is just for you!

A special business networking club is being started for Young Professionals. It is designed to be most suitable for people at the earlier stages of their career who might not usually get the opportunity to attend networking events. The club is the idea of Wollens...
There’s a value to early valuation

There’s a value to early valuation

An early valuation could be important if you are making a gift of land or property. The advice comes from Gillian Jones, a partner in the company and commercial department of Wollens solicitors. Gillian, who is based at Wollens’ Barnstaple office, says: “If you are...
Wollens join top legal network

Wollens join top legal network

Wollens have joined one of the country’s leading law firm networks. Membership to LawNet will provide a boost for the law firm, its staff and clients. LawNet has been supporting independent law firms for 30 years. With offices across Devon, Wollens employ almost 200...
Our Mission:Unbreakable team say ‘We loved it!’

Our Mission:Unbreakable team say ‘We loved it!’

They proved to be unbreakable! A five-strong team from Devon law firm Wollens were among 900 brave souls to survive one of toughest charity challenges of the year.They had to conquer mud, marsh, rivers, hills and obstacles as part of this weekend’s Mission:Unbreakable...
Women left financially vulnerable after divorce

Women left financially vulnerable after divorce

Women are leaving themselves financially vulnerable should their marriages fail.That is the verdict after a survey found women are vulnerable to financial troubles in the event of a divorce because they are failing to get to grips with the wealth of their...
There’s a value to early valuation

Don’t let your dream holiday become a nightmare

The collapse of Thomas Cook has sent shock waves through the holiday industry.More than 21,000 people have lost their jobs and holidays for thousands of people have been wrecked after a last-ditch rescue bid failed and the holiday giants went under.Could some people...
South West Family Law Team at Devon Law Firm Lead the Innovation Race

South West Family Law Team at Devon Law Firm Lead the Innovation Race

Hi-tech is the name of the game as Devon law firm Wollens add another string to their extensive bow of services for their clients.They are working in partnership with leading legal-tech company Settify to offer a modern and forward-thinking ‘real time’ service in its...
Annual Community Award given to Jim Parker

Annual Community Award given to Jim Parker

The Rotary Club of Preston(Torbay) recently presented their annual Community Award to Jim Parker. Jim was born in Hele, Torquay, went to Torquay Boys Grammar School, and has worked in the newspaper industry in London and locally for many years. He started in the...
Unmarried couples disputes – A stark warning

PENSIONS ON DIVORCE

After the family home, pensions are for many people the most substantial financial investment they will ever make. According to official data, from the Office of National Statistics, men approaching retirement aged 55 to 64 have an average pension worth £125,000,...
Wollens team take to the crease

Wollens team take to the crease

The Wollens cricket team gave the champions of South Devon Cricket Club a run for their money in the annual sponsors match. South Devon were celebrating one of their best seasons after both their first and second teams won promotion in the Devon League. But Chris...
Where do you stand on school uniforms ?

Where do you stand on school uniforms ?

It’s back to school time for thousands of children across Devon. And with that comes the expense – and pitfalls – of school uniforms. The majority of schools have some form of dress code or uniform, and most are pretty strict about enforcing compliance from pupils,...
Simply the best – the Storm battle their way to glory

Simply the best – the Storm battle their way to glory

(Picture above provided by Western Storm)Salute the champions of Western Storm.They landed the KLS Super League title for the second time in two years by beating the Southern Vipers by six wickets in a high-scoring game at Hove yesterday.And it was skipper and Devon’s...
Come on The Storm – you can do it!

Come on The Storm – you can do it!

All roads lead to Sussex County Cricket Club’s Ist Central County Ground at the Hove, Brighton, on Sunday as the cricketers of Western Storm go for super league glory – and thousands more will be watching the action live on Sky TV.The Storm booked their place in...
Finals day here we come!

Finals day here we come!

(Left to right – Wollens chief executive Chris Hart, Western Storm general manager Lisa Pagett, Wollens partner Chris Linton, Western Storm captain Heather Knight, Wollens HR director Gary Brenton, Wollens practice director Clive Meredith and Somerset County Cricket...
Mandhana stars in Storm’s six of the best

Mandhana stars in Storm’s six of the best

Western Storm made it six wins out of six when they beat Lancashire Thunder after a down-to-the-wire run chase  – led by superstar Smriti Mandhana. The world’s number one ranked one-day international batter smashed 72 from just 43 balls as Storm successfully...
Moving into an exciting new era for Wollens in North Devon

Moving into an exciting new era for Wollens in North Devon

It’s all systems go for Wollens with our latest investment and growth plans for operations in the north of the county. In October last year Wollens, formally Wollen Michelmore, merged with the well-established and well-known North Devon practice Toller Beattie who...
Sparkling amount from charity walk

Sparkling amount from charity walk

The Wollens Glitter Girls are sparkling stars.The girls completed the Rowcroft Sleep Walk recently.All the sponsorship monies have  now been collected and it has been revealed they raised £904.The team from the Torquay and Newton Abbot offices of the law firm joined...
Storming to top of table

Storming to top of table

Wollens sponsored Western Storm are sitting pretty at the top of the Kia Super League as they prepare for their latest challenge tomorrow (Thursday). They made it four wins on the bounce with a 40-run victory against Loughborough Lightning at Bristol yesterday...
Cancer victim’s praise for law firm

Cancer victim’s praise for law firm

A woman from the West Midlands area who was wrongly given the all-clear in cancer tests has won compensation. The specialist clinical negligence team at Devon law firm Wollens took up her case after a hospital Trust in the West Midlands area failed to diagnose and...
Law firm’s mission to back ‘unbreakable’ challenge

Law firm’s mission to back ‘unbreakable’ challenge

How do you fancy passing through an underwater tunnel and having to rely on somebody pulling you through from the other end?Or literally running through fire?  Or wading through chest-high water and ice to cool down?Sounds just like a Commandos-style assault course –...
Kate does mum and charity proud

Kate does mum and charity proud

One in three children leave primary school unable to read to the expected level – and one in eight disadvantaged youngsters don’t even have a book of their own.That is why charities like the Childrens’ Bookshow are so vital.It inspires children to love reading through...
Storming to success on and off field

Storming to success on and off field

The Western Storm line up with the Devon under-15s. Everyone was a winner – both on and off the field – as the Western Storm cricketers began their 2019 Kia Super League campaign. They opened their account with a convincing win against the Loughborough Lightning....
Just right recipe for charity fund-raiser

Just right recipe for charity fund-raiser

They came in all colours, shapes and flavours…Staff from Wollens’ county-wide offices have been doing their bit for charity.Raising cash for the Lullaby Trust which supports families who have lost babies through Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has been the aim.And baking...
A special employment and business club is about go countywide

A special employment and business club is about go countywide

The Wollens initiative is to take in an event in Exeter for the first time. Wollens solicitors Simon Bean and Jon Dunkley lead the sessions. Jon is a partner who heads the firm’s specialist Employment Department. He advises on all aspects of employment law and is a...
Q & A with Ellie Lorimer, Solicitor, Wollens

Q & A with Ellie Lorimer, Solicitor, Wollens

  In the first of our series of Q&A’s, we caught up with Ellie Lorimer, one of our family law solicitors based at our office in Dartmouth. Ellie specialises in family law and joined Wollens in 2018 from a highly-regarded London practice. Ellie advises a broad...
Surprise guests at celebrity cricket dinner !

Surprise guests at celebrity cricket dinner !

A fund-raising night in Newton Abbot may have some surprise – and star – guests. Somerset and England cricket legend Marcus Trescothick will be the headline name for the event when he shares his memories of England’s historic Ashes win over Australia in 2005....
Teaming up to bring sporting memories back to life

Teaming up to bring sporting memories back to life

Law firm Wollens have teamed up with the Exeter City Community Trust to support a project where sporting memories are brought back to life. CITY Community Trust, Exeter’s leading health and wellbeing charity working in partnership with Exeter City Football Club, runs...
Glitter Girls sparkle for charity  – now bring on next year

Glitter Girls sparkle for charity – now bring on next year

The Wollens Glitter Girls are already planning next year’s theme after completing an ‘amazing’ Rowcroft Sleep Walk at the weekend.A team from the Torquay and Newton Abbot offices of the law firm joined hundreds of other walkers for the massive Rowcroft Hospice...
Don’t let holiday fun be ruined

Don’t let holiday fun be ruined

The school holidays are coming – and they play an important role in a child’s educational and cultural development. They are also just fun!However, holidays can also be a cause of conflict in separated families where one party wants to take a child abroad or to...
Victoria joins fight to tackle abuse

Victoria joins fight to tackle abuse

Torbay and South Devon is committed to tackling domestic abuse.Organisations have come together to share and promote their services and commitment to combat the issue.The event, arranged by Safer Communities Torbay, was an opportunity for those who work in the area of...
Make sure your business lasts!

Make sure your business lasts!

Business continuity planning may range across various disaster scenarios – from cyber-attack to fire or flood – but you can overlook the obvious, which is how the business will cope if the owner isn’t available to manage financial matters and decision...
‘Dig Deep’ for the Glitter Girls

‘Dig Deep’ for the Glitter Girls

The Glitter Girls are about to take to the streets – and they need your help.The girls are all members of the Wollens team taking part in this year’s Rowcroft Hospice fund-raising Sleep Walk.Based in Torquay and Newton Abbot, the ladies taking part are Zoe Gask, Trish...
Summer fetes, barbeques and garden parties ….

Summer fetes, barbeques and garden parties ….

NOW is the season for school and summer fetes, barbeques and garden parties. But with all the fun in the South Devon sun (fingers crossed!) comes a word of warning from the experts at Wollens.. over licensing! For various event organisers there’s much more to think...
Victoria joins fight to tackle abuse

Suffering from domestic abuse?

One in four women will suffer some form of domestic in their lifetime. Shockingly, two women are killed every week by their current or former partner. Whilst awareness of such issues is growing, many women and men experiencing abuse are not aware of the help available...
Next year it’s Banana Man for Rachel!

Next year it’s Banana Man for Rachel!

What better way to spend a wet Sunday? Wollens solicitors Katrina Vollentine and  Rachel Carter braved the elements to join around 300 other runners to take part in this year’s Exeter Age UK Superhero Run on Sunday. The run started and finished at the Exeter Quay. The...
Father’s Day first for proud Alex

Father’s Day first for proud Alex

Alex Nagy hasn’t a clue what present he may be getting for Father’s Day and has no idea what he wants either. That’s because Alex was given the best gift ever earlier this year – baby daughter Rinoa. It will be the Wollens IT Network Manager’s first Father’s Day. “I...
Cricket legend Marcus relives Ashes glory at charity night

Cricket legend Marcus relives Ashes glory at charity night

Somerset and England cricket legend Marcus Trescothick will be the star of the show at a special fund-raising night in Newton Abbot. He will be sharing his memories of England’s historic Ashes win over Australia in 2005 when the Aussies were defeated 2-1 in a...
Paul has more mountains to climb

Paul has more mountains to climb

TORBAY businessman Paul Bettesworth is off on his travels again – but he won’t have much time for site-seeing.Paul has only recently recovered from tackling the Three Alpine Peaks in Three Days challenge when he climbed mountains in France, Switzerland and France.He...
From Black Forest to Monaco Grand Prix

From Black Forest to Monaco Grand Prix

Charity rally driving solicitor Jon Dunkley has been able to take in some famous locations – and events – during his grueling trek through Europe.Wollens solicitor Jon has been behind the wheel of his Audi TTs and traveling through eight European countries in...
Saddle sore and shattered for charity!

Saddle sore and shattered for charity!

A group of Torbay business people were left saddle sore and shattered – but also delighted to raise thousands of pounds for charity. The members of the Torbay Business Cycling Club have just about recovered after completing the grueling Round Devon 3x3x3 Challenge to...
Jon firmly in driving seat for fund-raiser

Jon firmly in driving seat for fund-raiser

Solicitor Jon Dunkley is well on his way to raising hundreds of pounds for charity.He sent these pictures back to show how he had ‘landed’ safely in France.His grueling rally expedition will have taken him through eight European countries in just eight days.The...
Our Judith’s ‘privilege’ at mayor-making date

Our Judith’s ‘privilege’ at mayor-making date

Wollens solicitor Judith Manser was ‘privileged’ to attend an event at the heart of a town’s long history.Judith, a partner in the law firm’s property department, was representing the Barnstaple Chamber of Commerce at the local town council’s annual mayor-making...
Getting into the swing of things for charity

Getting into the swing of things for charity

Intrepid trio Dave Kendall, Dave Brooking and Andrew Guthrie have been getting into the swing of things for charity.They made up the Wollens solicitors team which took part in the annual Newton Abbot Rotary Club charity golf day at Stover Golf Club.Dave, a partner in...
Teamwork and planning key to selling your business

Teamwork and planning key to selling your business

Selling a private company needs planning and team-work – otherwise there could be serious consequences. Mark Roome, a partner with Wollens solicitors and who specialises in this field, says: “As the head of Wollens’ company commercial department, I, and my team, deal...
Curtain up on new look business awards

Curtain up on new look business awards

Wollens chief executive Chris Hart has helped launch the North Devon Business, Leisure and Tourism Awards.The law firm are once again the headline sponsors of the awards which have been revamped this year.They were officially launched with a reception for sponsors and...
The sheep judge, pen collector and our new branding

The sheep judge, pen collector and our new branding

What a wonderful ‘shop window’ to show off your new name and identity.Wollens took to the Devon County Show ground to join the hundreds of stall-holders and exhibitors at this year’s event.Thousands of people enjoyed the mix of goods, services – and, of course,...
Wollens team up with chamber in partnership deal

Wollens team up with chamber in partnership deal

Wollens solicitors have celebrated the dawning of a new era in the firm’s long history by securing a partnership deal with the Exeter Chamber of Commerce. The new identity and image for the law firm – formerly Wollen Michelmore – has been launched after a big renaming...
Jon’s all ready for the off!

Jon’s all ready for the off!

Solicitor Jon Dunkley is off on his travels tomorrow – embarking on a gruelling expedition around Europe.He will start a charity rally which will take him through eight European countries in just eight days.It is all part of the Monte Carlo Fireball Rally with Jon...
Thumbs up for new branding – and new era!

Thumbs up for new branding – and new era!

The new Wollens name and brand has been given the thumbs up across the board. It also took centre stage at the Torbay Business Forum’s first Business Dinner at Torquay’s Grand Hotel last week. Wollens is the bright new look and feel for Wollen Michelmore after a big,...
Simon tucks in for gruelling charity challenge

Simon tucks in for gruelling charity challenge

TWO days almost done – one more to go.It is onwards and upwards for a team of Torbay business people and their ‘Everest-style’ charity challenge.Wollens partner Simon Bean and 15 other members of the Torbay Business Cycling Club are in the middle of a gruelling...
Charity cyclists with mountain to climb

Charity cyclists with mountain to climb

A TEAM of Torbay business people are about to embark on an ‘Everest-style’ charity challenge. Wollens partner Simon Bean and 15 other members of the Torbay Business Cycling Club start a gruelling three-day cycle ‘tour’ tomorrow. The Round Devon 3X3X3 Challenge is in...
Care Homes – Look before you leap

Care Homes – Look before you leap

Two recent tragic cases have highlighted the importance of taking the utmost care when considering a care home for a loved oneIt is a decision that takes a lot of thought to ensure that the individual is going to be cared for in a safe environment, that they are going...
Delivered with a big smile

Delivered with a big smile

Paignton guest house owners Colin Bell and Jackie Dungie picked up more than just a few facts and figures on how the industry was doing at a recent tourism conference. They also walked away with a brand new Amazon Alexa – the virtual assistant that allows you to play...
Little experience could go a long way for student Jason

Little experience could go a long way for student Jason

Jason Graebert has been given a taste of what it is like to work at a law firm – and it may just have some bearing on his decision over a full–time career. The 21-year-old is planning a future in the teaching or the legal world. But his work placement at...
Just the news we were all waiting for…

Just the news we were all waiting for…

Hundreds of lives will be saved after a change in organ donation laws. It is just the news for which South Devon couple Chris and Liz Hart had been hoping after they spearheaded a campaign locally. Torbay MP Kevin Foster has also welcomed the Royal Assent for the...
Top tips for buying a new build home

Top tips for buying a new build home

As Devon grows in population, so do the number of houses that are being built. There have been many big new build developments in Devon, including in Torbay, Exeter, Dartmouth and Barnstaple Buying a new-build home is a little different to buying an existing property...
Torwood Street – Up she rises !

Torwood Street – Up she rises !

The first visible signs of the £32million Torwood Street development are quickly taking shape.A giant crane has been towering over the harbour helping to oversee the pouring of masses of concrete to form the first level of the project which will totally transform an...
DAS-LING NIGHT AT THE CATHEDRAL

DAS-LING NIGHT AT THE CATHEDRAL

The Devon and Somerset Law Society’s 2019 awards were simply DASL-ing! And although they didn’t land the silverware this time around, staff from Wollens still celebrated their shortlisting in the Team of the Year category. The society and its event partner have been...
RAISING A GLASS TO ‘PERFECT FIT’ MERGER

RAISING A GLASS TO ‘PERFECT FIT’ MERGER

RAISING A GLASS TO ‘PERFECT FIT’ MERGER Business leaders and clients celebrated the merger of two law firms in Devon. Wollens and North Devon-based Toller Beattie joined forces at the end of last year, but a special reception was held at the Barnstaple Hotel in...