Category: News


Gard & Co Secure Top Accreditation

Gard & Co were one of the first firms in the country to achieve accreditation under The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) and have just secured their accreditation for the sixth successive year. The CQS was established in 2011 to provide a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices. The scheme is intended to […]

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Home Visit Service

You may have noticed a Gard & Co. liveried mini being driven in the Plymouth area. This is part of our new Home Visit Service, offered by the Wills and Probate, Personal Injury and Business departments. We understand it is not always easy to come to us, so our lawyers will come to you. We […]

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Inheritance Tax – The Residence Nil Rate Band

The government have announced plans to further assist people with potential inheritance tax problems. From April 2017 the government is introducing an additional residence nil rate band which is intended to be set against the value of residential property, which is the homeowner’s main property, when they leave it to direct descendants such as children […]

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New tougher penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving

It has been illegal to use a mobile phone without hands free access whilst driving or riding a motorcycle since 2003.  Despite this, the number of people doing so has been increasing ever since. Many people view the use of a mobile phone whilst driving as a minor offence but in Britain last year 22 […]

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New Probate Fees – Taxation in Disguise?

New probate fees are expected to be introduced in May 2017 with a jump in fee from £215 to £20,000 in some instances. Currently there is a flat fee of £215 for all estates (or £155 if the estate is dealt with by a solicitor), with the exception of those under the value of £5,000, […]

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New Year – New Partnership: The Magnificent Seven

Amanda Lyons became the latest member of the Gard & Co. partnership, joining, Steven, Tony, Anthony, Robert, Rachel and Natalie on the 1st January 2017. Amanda has built a strong reputation in all aspects of family law and whenever possible undertakes her own advocacy. In 2011 she became a member of the Law Society children […]

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Pilgrim Fathers Lecture 2016

The Pilgrim Fathers lecture has become a celebrated annual event in the legal profession calendar, attracting current and past Lord Chancellors, Lord Justices of Appeal and Lords of Appeal. The lecture commemorates the Pilgrim Fathers voyage to America in 1620 and traditionally embodied themes of freedom and human rights. This year’s lecture was delivered by […]

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Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) – Additional Residences

The purchase of additional residential properties, such as second homes and buy-to-let properties, now attract SDLT rates 3 percentage points above standard rates. The table below shows the existing and new rates that will apply. For example the amount of SDLT payable on a £200k second property previously was £1,500 (0% x £125k plus 2% […]

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Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for Commercial Property Transactions

From 17 March 2016, the way in which stamp duty land tax (SDLT) rates for freehold commercial property and leasehold premium transactions are calculated has changed. What are the changes? The measure changes the rules for calculating the SDLT charged on purchases of non-residential properties and transactions involving a mixture of residential and non-residential properties. […]

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Best Plymouth Law Graduate

Gard & Co. have  long recognised the importance of nurturing and encouraging the next generation of Plymouth lawyers. For more than twenty years they have sponsored the Best Law Graduate prize at the University of Plymouth. This year’s recipient is Jonathan Ward, pictured with Russell Pearce of Gard & Co., who was presented with his award […]

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