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Plans to increase probate fees scrapped

The Prime Minister has confirmed that a proposal to increase probate fees before the general election has been shelved, raising the possibility that the plans could be dropped altogether. The controversial scheme to charge up to £20,000...

Planning for the Future? Save £105 on Wills and Powers of Attorney

If you're thinking of making a Will and want to arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney, you can save up to £105 by instructing Wilkinson Woodward with these special offers: Save £50 on our standard fees when you arrange  a Lasting...

2017 Wilkinson Woodward Charity Quiz

On Thursday, 22 nd June we'll hold our (nearly famous) annual charity quiz at the MBi Shay Stadium in Halifax. This year's quiz is being organised in support of Brain Tumour Research and Support across Yorkshire, with all funds raised donated...

Welcome to commercial specialist James Bell

We're delighted to welcome solicitor James Bell to our commercial team. After completing his law degree and LPC (Legal Practice Course) in Leeds, James began his legal career working on clinical negligence cases, before joining international law...

Welcome to wills and probate specialist Heather Nuttall

We're delighted to welcome experienced wills and probate solicitor Heather Nuttall to our team. After studying at Manchester University and York College of Law, Heather began her legal career working in Leeds and Bradford, before qualifying as a...

Farewell to Gillian Leonard who retires this month

This month we bid a fond farewell to one of our most experienced solicitors, Gillian Leonard, who is retiring after more than three decades of service to the local community. Gillian began her legal career in 1981 as an articled clerk (trainee solicitor)...

We're celebrating 5 years of Wilkinson Woodward Norcliffe and Co

We’re delighted to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the merger of our Huddersfield office with Norcliffe & Co solicitors. Prior to the merger on 2nd April 2012, Huddersfield solicitors Norcliffe & Co established a strong reputation in the...

Wills and probate specialists highlighted by Alzheimers Research UK

We're delighted that Alzheimers Research UK have chosen to include two legal specialists from Wilkinson Woodward in their 2017 list of solicitors with experience of clients affected by dementia . Both Bev Mottram and Hayley Meskimmon  have...

Time is running out for victims of road traffic accidents

The rights of road traffic accident victims to claim compensation for their injuries will be significantly reduced if reforms planned for 2018 are given the go-ahead. In February 2017, the Government announced its intention to fix compensation for minor...

We Are Backing Huddersfield Literature Festival 2017

  For the fourth year running, we’re delighted to be supporting Huddersfield Literature Festival, which runs from 4-19 March 2017. The festival promises another bumper crop of interesting and innovative literary events.   Wilkinson Woodward...

Possession order to eviction in under nine weeks

According to statistics from the Ministry of Justice , in the spring of 2016 the average time between starting a claim for a possession order and getting the order enforced by the Court bailiff ranged from 40 to 45 weeks.  If you are a...

Hayley celebrates ten years at Wilkinson Woodward

  Wills, Powers of Attorney and Probate specialist Hayley Meskimmon is celebrating this month, having notched up ten years’ service at Wilkinson Woodward. Hayley graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004 and joined us as a paralegal in...

Nottingham selected for on-line divorce pilot

  The East Midlands Divorce Centre in Nottingham has been selected as the first family court in the country to run a government pilot scheme allowing certain proceedings for a matrimonial order to be filled in on-line. The pilot will...

Health Secretary urged to ban GP fees for domestic abuse letters

Last weekend The Guardian reported that the Secretary of State for Health has been urged to end the "callous, insensitive and unjust" practice of some GPs charging victims of domestic violence for a medical letter which they may need in...

New laws to tackle mobile phone use

Most people know that since December 2003, it has been illegal to use a mobile phone, held in the hand, whilst driving or whilst stopped with the engine on. However, under a new law due to come into effect next month, drivers will receive six...

Two graduates join our Huddersfield team

We're delighted to welcome two law graduates from the University of Huddersfield to our team. Lauren Allette and Emma Sheard both graduated from Huddersfield University’s Law School at the same time and, after brief spells working locally, both...

Judges change rules on child contact with violent fathers

    On 20 January The Guardian reported an announcement that some of the UK's most senior judges are taking steps to end the presumption that a father must have contact with a child where there is evidence of domestic abuse which...

If you need to call 999 but it is not safe to speak, here's what to do

  The "Silent Solutions" system is used to help the Police decide whether officers are sent out in response to a silent 999 call - thousands of these are made every day. Here's what to do: Ring 999 and you will be asked which...

Linda Heaton marks 10 years at Wilkinson Woodward Norcliffe and Co

Conveyancing specialist Linda Heaton is celebrating this month, having notched up ten years’ service at our Huddersfield branch. Since launching her legal career in Leeds, Linda has amassed 25 years’ experience in helping people to buy and...

Why we are backing Family Mediation Week 2017

23-27 January 2017 is Family Mediation Week. Organised by the Family Mediators Association (FMA), the campaign aims to raise awareness of mediation as an alternative to court battles for separating couples.  Mediation can help you take control of your...

Our Pick of the best Festive Entertainment in Calderdale and Kirklees

There are lots of wonderful events happening throughout Calderdale and Kirklees at the moment. Here's a selection of some of our favourites - tickets were still available when we checked on the 16th December! If you’re a fan of the traditional...

Our Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Our offices in Halifax, Huddersfield and Brighouse will be open until 1pm on Friday 23 December 2016 and will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 3 January 2017. Merry Christmas from everyone at Wilkinson Woodward!...

Happy Birthday to Us!

This month we’re delighted to be celebrating our 130 th birthday! Wilkinson Woodward has been trading from premises in Fountain Street, Halifax since 1886, when the town was still a force to be reckoned with in the world textile industry. Since...

Home-Start Calderdale Christmas Raffle - be in it to win it

This month we’re delighted to be joining other local businesses by donating prizes to Home-Start Calderdale’s Christmas raffle. There are some great prizes to be won, including: £150 Cash Tickets to a Halifax Town Match day A £30...

End of an era for Halifax County Court

This month marks the end of an era for the communities of Calderdale as Halifax County Court closed its doors for the last time on Friday 2nd December. The courthouse opened on 23 September 1873 and has borne witness to justice in Calderdale for over 140...