Paul Francis Trainee Solicitor

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Contact Details

Paul is as a Trainee Solicitor working in the Succession and Tax team based in Oxford.

Main areas of practice

Paul assists in the administration of estates, including those subject to the intestacy rules, and the preparation of wills and lasting powers of attorney.

Career

Paul graduated with an MA Hons in French, Russian and Latin from the University of St Andrews in 2012, before taking the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University.

He joined Blake Morgan in 2015, working as a Paralegal in the Insurance and Real Estate teams.

After successfully completing the Legal Practice Course, Paul started his training contract with Blake Morgan in September 2018.

Expertise

Paul’s Blog

Online Wills - cheap, but not always cheerful

Recent statistics suggest that as many as 60% of UK adults do not have a Will*. Common reasons given include concern over drafting costs and simple procrastination. Could the internet provide a solution to yet another key aspect of life?

Related Knowledge & Resources

Developers are warned by the Court of Appeal not to take the law into their own hands

Local authorities will be pleased to note that the Court of Appeal accepts that they only have to consider planning issues when presented with a planning application.

Chancellor announces changes to stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers but with no changes for the rest of the market

As had been hinted at over the weekend, in today's Autumn Budget, Phillip Hammond has announced changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") to assist first time buyers to be known as "Discount Relief".

'What a load of rubbish!' - Fly-tipping on private land

With fly-tipping on the increase, private landowners are becoming more concerned about their rights and responsibilities. Our expert discusses the remedies for private land owners as well as the preventive measures that can be taken.

Real Estate: Proposals for Enfranchisement Reform: Have they raised more questions than answers?

After being invited to attend the Law Commission Symposium on 5 November 2018 to hear the proposals for enfranchisement reform and discuss how they will work in practice, Louise Uphill examines the key points.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016

Client Guide: Use of Discretionary Trusts

A guide to the reasons why it may not be desirable to leave assets directly to a beneficiary on your death.