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Crane & Staples are happy to be supporting the Isabel Hospice again this year in their Make a Will Week campaign, 4th-8th March. Appointments are now limited, as we are pleased...
The Private Client department are very pleased to welcome a new member to their team, Erica Pearce-Howard. Erica  has great experience in all areas of our work including Wills, powers...

Chris Lane makes bail!

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Chris and some of his fellow inmates had to do an extra 30 minutes porridge! Chris Lane has just been released from the Howard Centre jail after raising nearly £1300...

Founder of Resolution passes away

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As members of resolution, we were saddened to hear that John Cornwell, founder of Resolution had passed away. John dedicated much of his working life to the development and progress...
The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 has made squatting in residential premises a criminal offence. Police now have the power to remove squatters from residential properties...

Jail and Bail Fundraising Challenge!

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On Friday 1 March I will be arrested and thrown in jail, in the Howard Centre, Welwyn Garden City at 11 a.m. Visiting is optional, anyone wishing to throw stuff...

Planning changes for Free Schools

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The Government has announced that from June 2013, Free Schools will be able to move into almost any empty building and operate for up to a year without planning approval...
Welwyn Hatfield Council has reached agreement to grant planning permission for 196 new homes to be built on the brownfield ‘Frythe’ site in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. The large scale project on...

Rogue Landlords Beware!

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It has recently been announced that Newham Council is to become the first local authority in the country to introduce a compulsory registration system for residential landlords, with criminal sanctions...

12 Days of Christmas

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To celebrate the 12 days of Christmas we have twelve interesting legal facts! Do you know when the 12 days of Christmas actually starts? First Did you know that your...

Award winning Crane & Staples!

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We were thrilled to reach the finals of three categories of the Hertfordshire Business Awards – for Medium Business of the Year, Best Training and Development and for Helping Young...

Wills and Kate

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The government has reached an agreement with all other Commonwealth countries to change the laws which put men ahead of women in the line of royal succession. This means Will...

Tweet at your peril!

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Many of you will be aware of the recent case concerning the wrongful accusations made against Conservative peer Lord McAlpine on the Internet. This case has shone a whole new...

Spam texters fined £440,000

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On  28th November 2012 the Information Commissioner’s Office fined two owners of a marketing company £440,000 after they plagued the public with millions of spam texts. The ICO used its power...
What a day yesterday – we entered our first ever business awards – the East of England Business Champions at Tewin Bury Farm.   We had entered just one category...

Crackers about Law!

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The team had a great day yesterday at the Herts SME Expo at Tewin Bury Farm.  We decided we’d take a different approach to our stand and as you’ll see...
The Telegraph has reported that most people they surveyed were completely unaware of the different financial products available to help them with long-term care costs. In July this year the...

Families worry over care home fees

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In recent years we have increasingly seen more and more clients coming into our offices for advice on care home fees. An article in the Daily Telegraph has compared the...

Bonnie Twiggs returns

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It is business as usual for Partner, Bonnie Twiggs, as she returns from maternity leave. I’m sure you will join us in congratulating Bonnie on the birth of her beautiful...

Crane & Staples at the Herts b2b Expo

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The team had a great day at the b2b Expo at Knebworth Barns today.  Some great new contacts made and plenty of networking, especially over lunchtime which was buzzing! Richard...
Crane & Staples are delighted to welcome the newest member of their team, Graham Davies. Graham has started his training contract in the Commercial Department in August 2012, after successfully completing...
The government is launching a secure online way of applying for a Lasting Power of Attorney. At Crane & Staples we are finding Lasting Powers of Attorney are becoming increasingly...

Tenant in Administration?

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In a recent High Court case it was held that an administrator of an insolvent tenant company was obliged to pay rent to the landlord under the lease for a...
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has informed a litigant who started 31 separate Employment Tribunal proceedings within 28 months that he is now precluded from bringing any further cases. Anthony...
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