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Thomas Mansfield recognised as “best business” at the Times Business Awards

Thomas Mansfield Solicitors has been announced as the winner of the best business 26+ employees category at the Times of Tunbridge Wells Awards 2022. Neill Thomas, Emma Howlett and Anthony Kiernan represented the firm with a submission showcasing the range of initiatives which have contributed to the firm’s consistent growth and strong financial performance […]

Video-witnessed Wills legalisation extended

In January this year, the government announced that it would be extending the measures that gave some people who were making Wills a far more straightforward way of having them witnessed. The introduction of video-witnessing in September 2020 was set to apply to Wills made between 31 January 2020 and 31 January 2022 […]

Why a Small Payments Scheme could have a big impact

Anyone who has tried to deal with financial matters on behalf of someone else will know just how many barriers are in place. While there are very good reasons for this, it can be hugely frustrating for well-intentioned family members who simply want to access funds for their loved ones’ benefit. The Mental Capacity Act […]

Season’s greetings & a year in review

As the end of 2021 approaches, we want to say thank you to our clients, contacts, colleagues, families and friends for their support over the last 12 months. It’s been another challenging year as the pandemic continues to run its course, but we want to share some of the positive news and exciting innovations which […]

Thomas Mansfield Solicitors welcomes new lawyer to its private client team

Specialist law firm Thomas Mansfield Solicitors has welcomed a new lawyer with a background in education to its rapidly expanding private client team. Vicky Mansell joins the private client team as a senior associate. Before starting her legal career, she worked as a qualified special needs teacher, accruing a wealth of experience in protecting the […]

How ‘private’ is a Will?

News that Prince Philip’s Will is to be kept sealed for at least 90 years has highlighted the reality that, without some form of judicial intervention, people’s final wishes are generally open to inspection. The decision, which is planned to be reviewed in just under a century’s time, is said to have been taken in […]

Protecting Britney – the difficult question of control

The much-publicised situation surrounding the private life of Britney Spears has made for illuminating reading for those unfamiliar with the US system of conservatorship. Following concerns about the singer’s mental health more than a decade ago, the court-ordered arrangement was put in place which saw control of decisions about aspects of her life passed to […]

My father is becoming forgetful. Should we be thinking about legal protections for him?

It is always concerning when a loved one appears less able to do things they once could. While slower bodies and minds are the unavoidable byproduct of ageing, you are certainly right to be thinking about the possibility that your father may at some point need greater help from those around him. Depending on your […]

Latest statistics show 18% drop in LPA applications and a jump in digital applications and grants of Probate

The Ministry of Justice has released the Family Court statistics for January to March 2021, revealing that there were 195,734 LPAs received, down 18% compared to the equivalent quarter in 2020. LPA applications had been steadily increasing, peaking in 2020 – largely brought about by increased publicity and the new online forms introduced in July […]