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Steeles Law is a modern, vibrant company providing legal services with its roots set firmly in East Anglia.

At Steeles Law we passionately believe that buying a new home, especially for the first time, should be exciting and as free as possible from any stress or worry.

Conveyancing

 

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It’s an exciting time. You’re buying a new home and as one of the single largest investments you’ll make in your life you want every step on the journey to be as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Conveyancing

Buying your home

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All land and property ownership in England and Wales is subject to a system of registration. However, 20% of all land remains unregistered.

Conveyancing

First Registration

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Ownership of a property with a long residential lease is a valuable asset. However its value decreases with each passing year and leases of less than 80 years are harder, if not impossible to sell.

Conveyancing

Lease extensions

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Before beginning the process of letting your property, be prepared. Many see letting a house or a flat as a means of generating income and growing your capital, but without the right legal advice it can still be a complicated business.

Conveyancing

Letting your property

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A point in our favour if you’re considering remortgaging, equity release, or a transfer of equity is the fact that we’re on the panel for the majority of high street lenders. When the consent of your lender is required, this is a key advantage.

Conveyancing

Ownership of your property

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Selling a home or buying a home, they’re two sides of the same coin and whichever path you’re taking, we’re happy to provide expert guidance every step of the way.

Conveyancing

Selling your home

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Work is a fundamental part of your life and problems can leave you feeling upset, confused and insecure.

Employment

 

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At Steeles Law, our family team prides itself on a down-to-earth, sensitive approach to family law matters.

Family

 

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When there are children involved, separation can become even more painful. Which parent should they live with, who will support them financially, and how much contact is each parent to be allowed?

Family

Children matters

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Ending a marriage, civil partnership or long term relationship is always a big step, and never an easy decision. Although it may be for the best, this is still one of the most emotional, unsettling moments in your life and the right support is essential.

Family

Divorce, civil partnerships and separation

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The long held myth is that if you live with your partner for a certain length of time, you become their ‘common law’ husband or wife.

Family

Living together

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In matters of the heart, it can pay to use your head and it’s not just celebrities, reality stars or Hollywood names who can benefit from a pre-nuptial agreement.

Family

Nuptial agreements

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If you’re an individual or business involved in an international transaction, the authorities in that country may well ask you to sign certain documents in front of a Notary Public.

Notarial services

 

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Planning for the later years of your life can be an uncomfortable topic for some but at Steeles Law we encourage clients of all ages to think about the future and consider making arrangements for yourself and your family.

Wills, probate and tax

 

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Frequently referred to as a Living Will, an Advance Decision is a written statement indicating that in the event of a terminal illness, mental incapacity or permanent unconsciousness, you do not wish to be kept alive by artificial means or have your life prolonged by certain medical treatment.

Wills, probate and tax

Advance Decisions

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Whatever the size of the estate, there is always the possibility of complex, emotional and drawn out disputes regarding Wills. Equally, where a Will hasn’t been made, the laws of intestacy may fail to protect the family of the deceased. Whatever your situation, we’re here for you.

Wills, probate and tax

Contentious probate

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In an ideal world, when someone you care for becomes incapable of managing their own affairs they will have a Lasting Power of Attorney in place. If they don’t, an application needs to be made to the Court of Protection to appoint a Deputy to handle that individual’s property and financial concerns.

Wills, probate and tax

Court of Protection

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When you pass away, you want to leave your loved ones as much of your wealth as possible. However, with Inheritance Tax (IHT) charged at 40% on estates worth more than £325,000, IHT can take a significant slice out of anything you wish to bequeath family and friends.

Wills, probate and tax

Inheritance tax and succession planning

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Have you considered what might happen if accident, illness or old age left you incapable of making decisions, and you didn’t have Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) in place? The answer is that someone would have to apply to the Court of Protection to be allowed to mange your assets on your behalf.

Wills, probate and tax

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)

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The good news is that most of us are living longer. The less welcome news is that these extra years can cost us more in terms of paying for care, potentially leaving our children with little or no inheritance. Even when leaving an inheritance isn’t the number one priority, protecting your independence, dignity and self-respect is surely high on the agenda.

Wills, probate and tax

Paying for care

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When someone close to you dies, we can help. Whether or not a Will has been left, we can simplify complex legal matters and provide real support at one of life’s more testing times.

Wills, probate and tax

Probate

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A legal arrangement where one or more persons, called trustees, look after assets for the benefit of others, called beneficiaries, a trust is a valuable, tax efficient means of managing your family’s future financial security.

Wills, probate and tax

Trusts

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Making a Will is something many of us put off, continually pushing it to the back of our minds because we’d rather not think about what’s going to happen when we die. Which is understandable. However a Will is the single most important legacy you can leave your loved ones.

Wills, probate and tax

Wills

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After people, property is the next major expense for many businesses and if not approached professionally can present a significant risk. With increasingly labyrinthine commercial property transactions, there is a growing need for legal specialists with the experience, foresight, and pragmatism to deliver working solutions in an ever-changing environment.

Commercial property

 

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At Steeles Law we have a large and experienced team of commercial lawyers who can advise on all aspects of running your business – from start-up, employing staff and purchasing your business premises, through to expansion, resolving disputes or selling your business.

Corporate and commercial

 

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Buying or selling a business is always a tough decision. It also has the potential to be a complicated one, with multiple legal issues to be considered before a successful transaction can be completed. Which is why you need a comprehensive plan of action from the word go.

Corporate and commercial

Buying and selling a business

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Whether you’re a start up ready for a more formal structure, or an established company that needs to restructure, we can provide experienced, expert advice tailored to your business type; advice that best protects your interests, assets, and personal liabilities.

Corporate and commercial

Company formation and restructuring

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The fact of the matter is, all companies require contracts. Whether complex agreements for specific circumstances, or basic terms and conditions for daily use, we have the experience and expertise to provide easily understood advice at every stage of the contract formation process. Clarifying the risks involved in any relationship, and guaranteeing you guard against them.

Corporate and commercial

Contracts

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Corporate finance is the lifeblood of any business. Helping you mitigate risk and maximise profit, we can provide quick, clear, comprehensive advice on how best to proceed through a range of complex deals, ensuring you make the right business decisions.

Corporate and commercial

Corporate finance

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As one of your single most valuable assets, your intellectual property rights need to be carefully guarded. Whether it’s help with brand or copyright, trademarks or design, our highly experienced team can identify where there is an automatic intellectual property (IP) right, when one needs to be registered, and how to best protect and exploit your IP.

Corporate and commercial

Intellectual property (IP)

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Our dispute resolution team will advise you on how to manage, resolve and mitigate the impact of almost any commercial dispute.

Dispute resolution

 

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"I don’t want to end up in court." No, we don’t want you to either. Fortunately, there are now many different means of resolving business disputes without resorting to litigation.

Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

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Protecting your cash flow is vital if you want to keep your business afloat. To avoid debtor issues, our highly experienced team can help you establish an efficient means of payment collection in-house. If you already face issues, we can provide a tailored debt recovery service on a fixed fee, or percentage of recovery basis. Why, we can even help you recover non-UK debts.

Dispute resolution

Debt recovery

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Property disputes are rarely black and white. Whether the dispute is between landlord and tenant, seller and buyer, a dispute over trespassers and boundaries, lease-end dilapidations or business rates, you can trust our expert team of property litigation lawyers to resolve the disagreement with professionalism, sensitivity and care, no matter how complex.

Dispute resolution

Property disputes

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You could be a Head of HR dealing with a collective consultation for potential redundancies or TUPE, or you could be facing a tribunal claim from an employee. Maybe you’re the owner of a SME with an employee issue you’re unsure how to approach.

Employment

 

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If you’re an individual or business involved in an international transaction, the authorities in that country may well ask you to sign certain documents in front of a Notary Public.

Notarial services

 

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Alongside our core services for all businesses, Steeles Law offers niche expertise in certain sectors.

Our specialist areas

 

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With our roots in South Norfolk’s Waveney Valley, it’s little wonder that agriculture is close to our hearts. Experts in our field, we regularly handle sales, purchases, easements, farm business tenancies and Agricultural Holdings Act tenancies for a solid client base in East Anglia.

Our specialist areas

Agriculture

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Recently asked to contribute to the Government’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA), our reputation for excellence, and trust, in this highly specialist area continues to grow.

Our specialist areas

Allegations of historic abuse

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If you’re based in the UK, sell goods and have a self-employed sales force, you’re probably already aware that commercial agents are particularly well protected under the Commercial Agents Regulations 1993. Which makes parting company with them a potentially expensive business for you, the principal.

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Commercial agents

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A high performing player in the East Anglia education sector, we handle the legal aspects of converting schools to academies, while advising existing academies on how to become multi-academy trusts.

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Education

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We have a track record of success in the highly competitive arena of motorsport. Attracting a world-class portfolio of global names, we’ve put together a top team of specialist lawyers perfectly equipped to meet the ever-changing needs of motorsport, and related high tech engineering industries.

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Motorsport

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