July 9, 2020

Potential criminal charges for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust

Back in 2017, the Shrewsbury and Telford Trust first made headlines when an initial review focused on a cluster of 42 cases of deaths of mothers and babies in their maternity unit. However, West Mercia Police Force has now confirmed they are investigating whether criminal charges should be brought against the Trust, or particular individuals […]

July 8, 2020

Gas Safety Certificates and Section 21 notices – a new ruling

As many landlords will be aware, it was previously the case that if a landlord had not served tenants with a Gas Safety Certificate before they moved in, then the landlord would never be able to serve a valid Section 21 Notice. There was no remedy to this and it left landlords, who had fallen […]

July 3, 2020

Action Mesothelioma Day 2020: the dangers of asbestos in the workplace

July 3rd 2020 is Action Mesothelioma Day. A rare form of cancer that grows in the lining of the organs (often the lungs), mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Employers have a duty of care to their employees, and when asbestos may be present in the workplace it is vital that employees […]

July 1, 2020

Flexible furlough: how does it work?

As businesses start to reopen, the Government has now introduced more flexibility to the furlough leave scheme, allowing employees on furlough leave to be brought back into work part-time from July 1st. Furlough leave was introduced in the UK back in March 2020 to help reduce the number of job losses expected as a result […]

June 15, 2020

No-fault divorces: ending the ‘blame game’

A change in the law is set to end the ‘blame game’ experienced by divorcing couples. First introduced in June 2019, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill is expected to receive Royal assent imminently. The Bill will introduce a ‘no fault’ process to divorce which aims to reduce conflict. What changes for divorcing couples? Currently, […]

Ban on tenant evictions extended to August 2020
June 12, 2020

Ban on tenant evictions extended to August 2020

In March, the Government passed emergency legislation protecting tenants from being evicted due to missed rent payments in England and Wales. Initially introduced for three months, the ban was set to end on June 23rd but has now been extended by two months to August 23rd – meaning court possession claims will not be heard […]

June 4, 2020

Redundancy and furlough leave

Furlough leave was introduced to the UK to help prevent redundancies due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, many furloughed employees are confused about their rights.

Collaborative Law and Covid-19

As the Covid-19 lockdown begins to slowly ease, the unfortunate reality is that not all marriages will have survived the lockdown period. While some families may have loved the ‘strange new reality’, with images of family yoga sessions, homemade breakfasts and homeschooling without tantrums filling social media feeds, for many this hasn’t been the case. […]

May 14, 2020

Can you recoup ‘no win, no fee’ legal costs in Inheritance Act Claims?

An adult child with complex mental health issues has succeeded in a claim against her late Father’s estate for reasonable financial provision, despite being estranged from her parents. The judge acknowledged that may in part be due to her mental health issues. The estate was valued at £554,000 and after much deliberation, the judge awarded […]

May 13, 2020

Changes in Employment – what are your rights?

The Coronavirus pandemic has, caused panic and uncertainty amongst many workers whose employers are severely impacted by the outbreak. In response to the forced closures of non-essential businesses, many employers made fast decisions to terminate contracts, make employees redundant or place employees on furlough leave. However, the speed of which these decisions were made, and the […]

May 11, 2020

What is a protective award claim?

A Protective Award is a form of compensation. It is awarded to employees where an employer has made more than 20 redundancies without collectively informing or consulting the employees about the redundancy. With the current global outbreak of Coronavirus, and lockdown measures extended for another three weeks, many employers are looking at ways to save money. […]

May 4, 2020

Your family law lockdown questions answered

The outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK has had a knock on effect on many individuals and businesses. The increased time at home and reduced pay has put a strain on some families, which in turn has resulted in a number of questions. Here are some of the key questions we’re being asked… Can I […]

May 1, 2020

Continuing to help make Wills

The outbreak of Coronavirus is causing significant disruption to our everyday lives at present. Terry Jones Solicitors is committed to continuing to provide an excellent service to our clients, even in this time of uncertainty. Changing or updating your Will If you would like to change or amend your Will, we remain open and are […]

April 20, 2020

Companies House strike off policy and late filing penalties (Covid-19 changes)

On 16th April 2020, further alterations were made by Companies House in light of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. Following on from their announcement that organisations due to file their annual accounts could apply for a three month extension, Companies House has also revised its policies for company strike offs and penalties for late filing of documents. Companies […]

Domestic Violence during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Police forces and charities across the UK have warned of a potential rise in domestic violence cases during lockdown as families are being asked to stay at home, with many struggling on a reduced household income as a result of the current restrictions. With families being stuck at home, there is a much higher risk […]

Employment law support for your dental practice

Why labour over employment law? Running a dental practice can be challenging at times. Terry Jones Solicitors understand that you are running a business where the focus is on the care you provide to your patients. Therefore, you do not need the additional pressure that comes with keeping up to date with all HR tasks […]

April 17, 2020

What is a Settlement Agreement?

A Settlement Agreement (formerly known as a Compromise Agreement) is a contract between an employer and employee upon termination of employment, which sets out the terms of the agreement reached between them. What is the purpose of a Settlement Agreement? It is not uncommon for employee-employer relationships to break down beyond repair. A Settlement Agreement […]

Be wary of ‘DIY’ probate

Probate is the legal term given to the process of dealing with a person’s estate after they have died when there is a Will in place, although it is often used – albeit incorrectly – to describe any estate administration. Who conducts Probate? Probate is typically undertaken by the Executor(s) of the Will or, where […]

April 16, 2020

Closing the gap on forgotten employees

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was launched to support employers during this time of uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Its sole purpose was to minimise job losses. However, there are a fair amount of questions have been asked around eligibility and monitoring. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme The Government originally stated that only employees who […]

Force Majeure & Coronavirus
April 15, 2020

How effective is your Force Majeure clause?

COVID-19 virus has had a devastating impact on all aspects of our lives. A quick glance at the news shows the disruption to supply chains and the impact this is having on the availability of certain products. This is resulting in some companies being unable to fulfil their contractual obligations. Review your commercial contracts If […]

April 8, 2020

“I don’t need a Lasting Power of Attorney as my family will look after me”

“I don’t need a Lasting Power of Attorney” and other common misconceptions. By Emma Wing solicitor with Terry Jones Trusts & Estate department, Shrewsbury. Having assisted many families to consider and plan for their future there are a number of common responses that show how misunderstood Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) are. Here are some […]

April 6, 2020

Landlord and Tenant court hearings

The outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK has left many industries in shock, with no exception to the private rent sector. After reviewing the process the Courts have now published a list of Landlord and Tenant hearings that they must hear and cases that they may hear (depending on individual circumstances of the case and […]

April 3, 2020

Companies House extension for filing annual accounts

The UK Government has offered support to businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. The help has come through grants, interest-free loans and paying employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. As part of their commitment to UK businesses the government has offered a three month extension on annual accounts submissions to Companies House. Under current […]

Updates for landlords, April 2020 – COVID-19

New advice on Coronavirus is issued every day. As part of their commitment to the British public, the UK Government are offering support to both landlords and tenants. The UK Government has published some general guidance for landlords that includes specific information on their obligations to tenants. Terry Jones is providing the most up to […]

March 30, 2020

Employment law pitfalls in a pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is leading to a lot of employers feeling the need to act swiftly to safeguard their business, with making employee’s redundant or placing them on furlough leave a frequent option. However, this speed is, in turn, increasing the risk of employers being exposed to unfair dismissal claims. Smaller employers, in particular, may not […]

COVID-19 Your holiday entitlement

While the true economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic remains to be seen, on Friday 27th March, the government announced another regulatory change to support businesses and their employees during this time. Workers who cannot take their full annual leave entitlement as a result of COVID-19 will be able carry it over in to the next […]

Making redundancies due to coronavirus

Uncertainty, lack of demand and enforced closures following the coronavirus outbreak are forcing businesses to change the way they operate. A lot of business owners are currently making difficult decisions just to keep afloat – one such decision is whether you need to make staff redundant. If you are an employer that needs to make […]

March 26, 2020

Family Court Guidance during COVID-19

The outbreak of the coronavirus or COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all our lives, both at home and at work. It has also affected the legal profession. On 19th March 2020, Sir Andrew MacFarlane, the president of the Family Division announced changes to the way Family Courts will function during the pandemic. Changes […]

March 25, 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: What is furlough leave

The Government’s  Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, announced on Friday 20th March 2020, was launched to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.   A key part of the scheme is the ability for employers to designate employees as ‘furloughed workers’ and claim up to 80% of their salary from the government – however, this is caused […]

March 24, 2020

Still here for you

In line with Government advice and to protect the wellbeing of our clients and colleagues, we have made the move to remote working for the majority of our staff. We will remain open for the duration of this crisis; our teams continue to work and are fully equipped to service the needs of our clients. […]

March 23, 2020

Property & Finance Attorney under Lasting Power of Attorney

How do I act for a relative who is self-isolating? Following the recent outbreak of Covid-19, the government has advised that anyone with symptoms of the virus should self-isolate for 7 days (13th March 2020). More information about the symptoms and what to do can be found on the government website. If you are a […]

March 16, 2020


The situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is extremely dynamic and we continue to review the facts, science and government advice to make proactive decisions necessary to protect our clients, our colleagues and our communities. Our offices are open and our teams are currently working as normal. Our focus is about minimising the spread of the […]

February 12, 2020

2020 has brought about exciting changes for our residential team

To further enhance the services we offer to our clients, our property lawyers have joined forces with sister company bpl solicitors limited, a national forward-looking specialist conveyancing firm, and rebranded as Terry Jones Conveyancing, part of bpl solicitors  limited. Joining with bpl (who are already part of the same group) means we have the benefit […]

January 13, 2020

Freedom for All – Domestic Violence, Divorce and Pets

Relationship breakdown can happen for a number of different reasons; unfortunately, sometimes the reason is domestic abuse. Paralegal Gaynor Aston who specialises in Family law comments “Clients often approach me to discuss their options and to seek advice on how best to protect themselves, their children and their assets. However, in cases of domestic violence […]

December 18, 2019

Season’s Greetings

All the staff at Terry Jones Solicitors would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Throughout December we have been participating in various charity events raising funds for Alzheimer’s Society charity, Save the Children and Hilbrae Dog Rescue. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you […]

December 13, 2019

It’s nearly that time of year again, Christmas is getting closer

For many people, Christmas is a time of joy and togetherness however, for numerous years, family lawyers would see a rise in new divorce clients in January. This is often put down to the pressure of a family being together through the Christmas period. Christmas is over and the start of the New Year will […]

December 6, 2019

Elf Day for the Alzheimer’s Society Charity

Dementia is something that we all hope we will never face but many of us have loved ones who are suffering. Today is the Alzheimer’s Society charity Elf Day and staff at all our offices have participated by dressing as Elves raising money for the charity.  The Alzheimer’s Society charity is very close to the heart […]

November 5, 2019

Who gets custody of the pet?

When a couple decide to get a divorce, the decision about who gets the dog or cat can often be a bone of contention resulting in upset and protracted expensive lengthy correspondence. If a couple cannot reach an agreement, the Court will ultimately decide.  Before divorce clients often consider they have the “right” to a […]

November 4, 2019

Are you concerned about your relationship?

Relationship breakdown is something none of us would wish to experience, however it is something we may have to deal with in the future. At Terry Jones Solicitors, we pride ourselves on being compassionate and sensitive to our clients as well as providing practical legal advice in particularly emotive times. With years of experience in […]

October 23, 2019

An Ageing Population

Solicitor, Janet Stevenson talks about the importance of putting in place a Lasting Power of Attorney in an ageing population.  “With advances in medical treatment and facilities, most of us will be finding ourselves living far beyond our ‘three scores years and ten’ in today’s society.  Whilst this is indeed good news for most, we […]

October 11, 2019

Divorce is just as much an emotional process as a legal one

Divorce is just as much an emotional process as a legal one The breakdown of a relationship can cause untold stress and anxiety for all those affected. This week has seen World Mental Health Day and our staff are supporting mental health awareness by raising funds for Mind. We are also offering a free half-hour initial meeting with […]

September 18, 2019

Braving the Zip Line for Charity

Michael, Sarah and Lee recently faced their fears and took on Europe’s longest zip line – all in the name of charity! Reaching speeds of almost 100 miles per hour, the trio flew 1555 metres across Penrhyn Quarry in north Wales. As the fastest zip line in the world, the team were airborne for less than a […]

August 21, 2019

First Class Law Graduates

We are delighted to announce law graduates Nicole Beddall and Harriet Turner have joined our Commercial Property team as Legal Assistants. Nicole originally joined the firm whilst studying for her A levels and continued to support the family and property departments throughout her studies whenever possible.  Having studied LLB Law and Criminal Justice at Liverpool John […]

August 12, 2019

Shrewsbury Flower Show – A resounding success

Congratulations to Shropshire Horticultural Society for hosting another successful Flower Show. The show was a resounding success with headlining acts drawing the crowds in from all over the country. We would like to thank all our guests for joining us for beer tasting and prosecco at our trade stand and making the event memorable and […]

July 22, 2019

To Pre-Nup or not to Pre-Nup?

Solicitor Caroline Gregg who is based at our Shrewsbury office is often asked for advice regarding Pre-Nuptial Agreements. Caroline comments “To Pre-Nup or not to Pre-Nup? – this is a question you may be asking yourself in advance of your upcoming marriage. Perhaps there’s a voice in the back of your head telling you that […]

July 15, 2019

Another successful show at Newport

We would like to congratulate Newport and District Agricultural Society for hosting yet another excellent county show on Saturday last at Chetwynd Deer Park. We all had a tremendous day and it was great to see so many friends, family and clients who joined us for prosecco and beer tasting.  The entertainment was once again […]

July 11, 2019

PPI Claim Deadline is 29th August 2019

Our Trusts and Estates department would like to advise that the latest date to submit a PPI claim is the 29th August 2019. If you believe you can make a PPI claim on a deceased relation, you have until the 29th August to do so.  Sometimes families discover their loved one had taken out a […]

June 5, 2019

Ellen addresses audience at Ludlow Property Conference

We would like to thank Slawek Zalewski, Lettings Manager at Nock Deighton for inviting Ellen Roberts to speak at their Property Conference which was held at the Mascall Centre in Ludlow last night.  Ellen who is the Head of our Commercial Property Department commented “The evening was a great success and I was delighted to […]

June 3, 2019

New Trainee Solicitors

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Ajay Sharma, Luke Davies and Kerry Baker to Trainee Solicitors.  Ajay commented “It is really exciting to become a Trainee with Terry Jones. I have gained so much experience during my time here and I cannot wait to start my period of recognised training. The hard work […]