How gifts will help Cancer Research

Janet Strong, Associate Solicitor – Wills and Probate Team

Bevirs Law is proud to partner with Cancer Research UK in our will writing partnership, enabling supporters of the charity to have a simple will written or updated for free using the Free Will Service. People who use the service often choose to leave a gift in their will to the charity. Cancer Research have shared with us some examples of the impact these gifts make to local cancer research.

It’s sometimes difficult for surgeons to see and remove all cancer cells during surgery. So, some can get left behind. This can lead to the cancer coming back.  In Oxford, Professor Freddie Hamdy is tagging prostate cancer cells with fluorescent dye. Testing whether this will make them easier to see, remove and examine during surgery.  This approach could help surgeons remove all cancer cells to stop the cancer returning. 

This is only one of the projects you could contribute to by leaving a gift in your Will to Cancer Research UK.

Gifts in Wills breathe life into researchers’ work by funding over a third of their life-saving research. Legacies enable long-term research projects that allow scientists to achieve breakthroughs every day. Each breakthrough inspires the next until the day comes when everyone survives cancer.

Cancer Research UK has made a pledge to their supporters. 82p in every £1 they receive goes towards funding vital research like Professor Hamdy, while the other 18p helps raise more funds to support research.

In the past 40 years, survival has doubled in part thanks to Cancer Research UK’s pioneering research, funded by the generosity of their supporters. Cancer Research UK is committed to ensuring 3 in 4 people in the UK who are diagnosed with cancer survive their disease for 10 years or more by 2034. None of this will be possible without the help of their supporters.

You can find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to Cancer Research UK today by visiting www.cruk.org/legacies.

We have specialists in all three offices who deal with this type of work:

Please contact us if you would like to book an appointment.

23.10.2019

Why feedback matters..

We want every client to have a great customer service experience. The only way we can find out if this happens, is by asking you.

This is very important to us – so we hope you feel able to share your experience with us.

Hundreds of clients share their feedback with us every year, and it helps shape our staff training, how we answer the telephone, what changes we make, and so on. We really do read each and every single feedback form.

So, as you can see, your experience matters to us.

Today we thought we’d share some positive feedback received from a client about their experience with our Property Team. This transaction was particularly  difficult and, with the clients permission, we would like to thank Kim Thurston, a Residential Conveyancer in our Property Team.

“Thanks for all your hard work with the sale and purchase process over the last few months, your assistance was invaluable. I will be recommending you to friends and family when dealing with any other conveyancing work in the future based on your efficient service and excellent professionalism in some difficult circumstances”. Andrew

17.10.2019

Kim Thurston, Residential Conceyancer

Heather Reilly talks about the current piece of legislation known as the Domestic Abuse Bill currently being debated in the Houses of Parliament.

Heather Reilly, Solicitor in our Family Team.

A “landmark” piece of legislation known as the Domestic Abuse Bill is currently being debated in the Houses of Parliament. The Bill is currently on its second reading and has received cross party support.

If passed, the new legislation will introduce the first ever statutory definition of domestic abuse, which will not be limited to physical abuse and will include emotional, manipulative, controlling and financial abuse. The importance of a statutory definition cannot be underestimated, it will help everyone, including professionals such as GP’s, solicitors and judges (as well as the victims themselves) understand what constitutes ‘abuse’.  Whilst it is easy to identify physical violence as domestic abuse, emotional abuse and coercive control is often considered a “grey area”. Without the relevant guidelines, professionals can struggle to identify whether a victim has experienced domestic abuse.  

Psychological abuse can be just as damaging and upsetting for victims as physical violence. Examples include intimidating and threatening behaviour, aggressive shouting or constant criticism or undermining, withholding finances or food, controlling all aspects of their partner’s life such as when they go out, what they wear and who they talk to. If your partner’s behaviour has left you feeling frightened, isolated and unable to make your own choices, this Bill has been drafted to protect you.

Although this Bill has not yet been passed, the Courts are increasingly aware of the seriousness of psychological abuse. This is, in part, due to controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship being made a criminal offence in 2015.

If you have been a victim of domestic abuse, whether physical or emotional, there are legal remedies available to protect you. We can help you obtain an injunction, known as a Non-Molestation Order, to protect you (and any children) from further harm. Such orders can prohibit an abuser from using physical violence, intimidating or harassing you and can even forbid a perpetrator from contacting you directly or indirectly. Breach of a Non-Molestation Order can result in a fine or custodial sentence.

If you are still living with your abuser or have been forced to flee the family home, we can help you obtain an Occupation Order, which requires the abuser to leave the family home and allow you peaceful and exclusive occupation of the property.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, please contact Heather Reilly on 01793 532363, to discuss how we can help protect you from harm. Where appropriate, we are able to offer legal aid to fund your application.