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Separated Families in Lockdown

During periods of national and local lockdowns many separated families are questioning whether children can move between the homes of their separated parents or whether they ought to remain at the home of one parent for the duration of the lockdown period....

What is a Declaration of Trust and do I need one ?

I come across this very important question with a lot of my Clients.  The circumstance may be that my Client is purchasing a property with their partner or friend or the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is providing some part of the capital for an...

Pam Lunn Retires

We have said goodbye to one of our longest serving members of staff. Pam Lunn is retiring after more than 30 years as receptionist at our Wisbech office. If you have ever called the office or popped into our Wisbech branch it is likely that you have...

Early Lease Termination Commercial Leases

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on all businesses, leaving commercial tenants questioning the future of their business and many tenants now considering the real likelihood of having to down size their business premises or having to...

New Information Sellers need to provide

When you sell or buy a property, you may notice that your solicitor provides you with a Property Information Form. If you are selling you will complete this form with information for the buyer, and if you are buying you will be able to look through the form...

Ben Parker plays his part in the fight against coronovirus

Peterborough soldiers are amongst 2,700 Armed Forces personnel who have been helping to deliver COVID-19 testing as part of the Government’s national testing programme. Just days after being mobilised at the end of May soldiers from 158 Regiment RLC...

Understanding Restrictive Covenants - by Rebecca Gunn

As a solicitor working predominantly in Residential Property, I come across a lot of Restrictive Covenants. I am often asked by my clients; ‘What is a Restrictive Covenant?’ or; ‘It is my Property, why am I not allowed to just paint my...

Stamp Duty Holiday

Some good news for the property market, as Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a raft of measures worth up to £30 billion as part of his plan to rescue the economy amid the Coronavirus pandemic.  A Stamp Duty ‘holiday’ has been...

Margaret Taylor's Retirement

We are bidding farewell to Margaret Taylor as she retires after a career as a solicitor of over 40 years. Margaret qualified as a solicitor 1979 and has always worked in firms in the West Norfolk area throughout her long and varied career. Margaret deals...

The re-opened housing market

Last month, the government announced that the buying and selling of homes was to be permitted again amid the coronavirus pandemic. Estate agents and letting agents were also allowed to re-open and start viewings of properties for potential buyers and...

Where there's a Will, there's a way................

An article written by Amy Browning , one of our Wills and Probate team. COVID-19 – what a start to the new decade. This pandemic has meant changes to working practices for all of us not least for those of us who usually have the relative comfort of...

Housing Market to Restart

The housing market is set to resume from 13th May after changes made to lockdown restrictions were announced late on Tuesday. This has come out of the blue for many who were expecting measures to stay in place until at least June. Buying and selling homes...

Working from Home

As you will have seen, we are still busy working to provide the standard of legal services that our clients have come to expect from us whilst keeping our staff and clients safe and respecting the current government guidelines. This means that most of our...

MCP Still Open For Business

The Government restrictions to try to reduce the spread of Covid19 have now been in place for 3 weeks, and throughout that time MCP have remained open for business and we are continuing to serve our clients as much as ever.  We made the decision before...

MCP and PBW Solicitors Have Merged

We are delighted to share some good news in these troubled times. From 1st April the firms of Metcalfe Copeman & Pettefar and Pooley, Bendall and Watson solicitors have merged, and will continue to operate under the name of Metcalfe Copeman &...

Round Up of the Property Market

It has been a busy start to the year for the property market. The Land Registry’s digital mortgage service has now seen it’s 7,000th  mortgage deed signed electronically, nearly two years after starting the service. The service allows...

The Role of Panel Deputies and Panel Guardians

Ideally, most of us would wish to have sole control of our financial affairs.  However, unwelcome events can occur which may prevent that.  As a solution, many people make a Lasting Power of Attorney relating to their property and financial...

Marriage in Later Life

The number of people marrying over the age of 65 has increased dramatically. What can be done to protect their extended families and a lifetime of assets? The Office for National Statistics has shown a huge leap in the number of people marrying over the age...

Care Home Fees

The cost of care home fees can rise into the tens of thousands meaning that the family home could be at risk of sale in order to cover those costs. This could also mean that any inheritance left to loved ones may be depleted. To avoid this, many people...

Tim Stevenson

With great sadness we have to report the loss of our friend and colleague Tim Stevenson who died on Saturday the 16th November. We will miss him greatly and our thoughts are with his family.  ...

Congratulations to Jack Peart

We are delighted to congratulate Jack Peart who qualifies as a solicitor today. Jack has been with MCP since he left University after taking his law degree, firstly as a paralegal in the commercial department and then as a trainee solicitor. Whilst he has...

Help to Buy ISAs Ending

The Help to Buy ISA scheme introduced by the government in 2015 is coming to an end – act now if you want to open up an account! The scheme was introduced by the government to help first time buyers save a big enough deposit to get on the property...

Change to Shared Ownership

It has recently been announced that shared ownership properties could be getting an overhaul. Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has unveiled plans to change shared ownership schemes which allow people to buy a certain percentage of their home, as little as...

King's Lynn Heritage Open Day, 15th September

Our firm was established in 1784; that is 235 years ago.  However, even that statistic is scarcely more than a blink of the eye when it comes to the vintage of our offices at 28-32 King Street, King’s Lynn.  The substantial part of those was...

Tracey Bright, 30 Years Service

Congratulations to Tracey Bright our Head Cashier who joined MCP 30 years ago today. Tracey started work at the firm on a youth training scheme at the age of 16 as an office junior and hasn’t looked back since.  She moved into our accounts...