Entries by Bartons


A way round the delay!

Due to a ‘perfect storm’ of staffing cuts, a change to their systems and reports of an increase in fees (which never materialised) the Probate Registry are currently dealing with a substantial backlog in applications. The additional time that it is taking for Grants of Representation to be issued has been frustrating those attempting to […]

Bartons’ Marine Team Retain Legal 500 Top Tier Ranking

Bartons solicitors’ Marine team has again secured its ranking in the prestigious legal directory, The Legal 500 UK 2020.  The directory analyses the capabilities of law firms across the world and undertakes comprehensive research with clients and peers to rank applicants. Leading Individuals and Rising Stars The Marine team is delighted to be ranked in […]

After Insolvency – Claims Against Directors and Reviewable Transactions

After the dust has settled on the repatriation of the 150,000 holiday makers left stranded in the wake of the collapse of Thomas Cook, the focus of the liquidators, the government Business & Insolvency Service (BIS) and the media is likely to shift to the conduct of the company’s directors in the lead up to the […]

Collapse of Thomas Cook – Protection For Consumers

As of 23 September 2019, Thomas Cook ceased trading with immediate effect. This means that all holidays and flights provided by this company are now cancelled. For everyone who is currently travelling or due to travel with Thomas Cook, the most important question is; what happens next? If you are currently abroad and due to […]

Plymouth’s Bartons Solicitors Marine Department shortlisted for prestigious legal award

Bartons’ Marine Department have been shortlisted in the Excellence in Client Service category for the Law Society’s prestigious Excellence Awards 2019, the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales. The Plymouth based Marine Department, established in 2000, offers a niche maritime law service for commercial clients, insurers and individuals in the UK and […]

South West law firm makes new appointments

Bartons Solicitors, a long established multi discipline law firm with four offices based in Devon and Bristol, has appointed two new Directors, Ian Spencer and Roseanna McNally, to further strengthen the team and manage ongoing growth.   Bartons’ chairman Raymond Hayes said, “We are delighted to appoint Ian and Roseanna to directorships within Bartons in recognition […]

Barn Conversions – Escaping Overage

With the intention to relax the planning restrictions on certain types of development, the current government has increased the scope of Permitted Development Rights (“PDR”). Historically, PDR mainly related to domestic changes but the recent changes have extended the scope of PDR to cover the conversion of office space and agricultural buildings to residential use. […]

Holiday Lettings – Common Restrictive Covenants in the South Hams

Around 3.4 million UK citizens have additional properties that they leave empty as an investment or use as holiday homes. In the South West, we have a much higher proportion of second or holiday homes, particularly in South Hams hotspots such as Salcombe, East Portlemouth and Dartmouth. Owners naturally wish to maximise the return from […]


We all hope that our mental and physical health will not fail us but none of us know what life has in store. What are our options? Should we plan ahead and put in place a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) knowing that should we need assistance in the future then at least we have […]