Disputes over Japanese Knotweed?

Japanese Knotweed: Solicitors in Warrington

The garden plays a huge part of family life and for many years, people have taken great pleasure from and had great pride in their gardens:

“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives” – Gertrude Jekyll

It is understandable how people become upset when invasive species of plant life invade their cherished land, no more so than when the invader is Japanese Knotweed. Indeed more and more cases are coming before the courts concerning this species.

The recent case of Adam Smith and Eleanor Smith v Rosemary Line serves as a timely reminder to all property owners. In this dispute the court decided that the defendant was liable in common law nuisance for a 10% diminution (reduction) in the value of the claimants' £500,000 house for allowing Japanese knotweed, an invasive non-native species, to spread from her land into the adjoining property.

The decision in the Adam Smith case followed the County Court judgment in Williams v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd [2017] UK CC, in which the court suggested that knotweed was an actionable nuisance, before it caused physical damage on the neighbouring land, primarily because of its effect on the value of the claimant’s land.

Warrington is home to a great deal of national infrastructure including the rail network and consequently the invasion of land by problematic intrusive plant life is a problem faced by many homes in the Warrington area.

If you are experiencing problems such as these, please contact James Thornton at Fiona Bruce Solicitors, who would be able to help.


Weddings and Wills: Contemplating Marriage Week UK 2018

Wedding and Wills: Solicitors in Warrington

UK Marriage Week is upon us (7th-14th February 2018). The event is coordinated by the Marriage Foundation – a national champion for marriage, supported by charities and individuals who believe that healthy marriages bring benefits for all of society and should be encouraged and supported. The theme for Marriage Week 2018 is “Think Ahead!” and focuses on encouraging couples to plan their future together with the #plan5for5 campaign. This might involve contemplating your shared values, finances, that long-haul trip you have always wanted to take... or perhaps making your wills.

During this week you and your spouse may wish to consider whether you need to make or review your wills. This would be prudent because your wedding may have had an impact on wills you have previously made, whether this was intended or not.

I’m already married

Did you know that the Wills Act 1837 states, with few exceptions, that when you marry or enter into a civil partnership, this automatically revokes any wills that you or your spouse/partner have made before your union? Unless one of the exceptions applies (and we will discuss one of these below) you should consider making a new will now as, without a will, you would be intestate and any wishes you have may not be carried out. You should not assume that your spouse/partner will receive everything in your estate anyway since this depends on a number of factors.

I’m planning on getting married

Making a will “in contemplation of marriage” is an exception to this rule. This means that if you expect to marry a certain named person at the time the will is executed, and you intend your will not to be revoked by your future marriage to that person, then it will not be revoked when you eventually do marry. A clause to this effect should be written into your will.

I’ve been married for a long time

You may have made wills with your spouse/partner a number of years ago. After you have been married or in a civil partnership for a long time it is often desirable, but not essential, to redraft your wills, in order to reflect your current circumstances and take into account changes in the law. We recommend that our clients review their wills at least every 3-5 years so they can check whether their wishes are still the same. Why not use Marriage Week 2018 to talk with your spouse/partner about your wills and see if there are any changes you need to make?

Contact us to receive a quotation for our will drafting services.


New Solicitor at Fiona Bruce Solicitors

Photograph shows Emily Jordan being congratulated on qualifying as a Solicitor by Partners: Fiona Bruce; Marguerite Tyler and Stephen Gray

Photograph shows Emily Jordan being congratulated on qualifying as a Solicitor by Partners: Fiona Bruce; Marguerite Tyler and Stephen Gray

Fiona Bruce Solicitors are pleased to announce that Emily Jordan has qualified as a solicitor. Emily studied Law at Lancaster University, graduating in 2013. She subsequently completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Manchester. Emily joined Fiona Bruce Solicitors in August 2015, and went on to complete her training contract, qualifying this month.

She is currently part of the Litigation Department, advising in many areas of commercial and general litigation including landlord/tenant disputes, boundary disputes, debt claims and general contractual disputes. Emily also deals with contentious probate matters and advises on general property enquiries.

For further information on the services Fiona Bruce Solicitors provides, please contact us.


Expansion of Fiona Bruce Solicitors Personal Injury Department

Expansion of Fiona Bruce: Solicitors in Warrington

Fiona Bruce Solicitors has expanded its Personal Injury Department with the additional appointment of Jenny Gilbertson, who specialises in Medical Negligence as well as Personal Injury. Jenny has over 25 years’ experience in this work, was previously with the Claimant arm of national law firm DWF and will manage the firm’s developing Accident and Medical Negligence work.

Practice Development Manager, Richard Bruce said, “As we celebrate our 30th year in business we are delighted to have secured such a strong appointment in Jenny with her wealth of experience in the highly specialised field of Medical Negligence.”

Explore all our team profiles, on our team page.


New Appointment: James Thornton

James Thornton: Solicitors in Warrington

Fiona Bruce Solicitors welcome the new appointment of James Thornton solicitor, specialising in litigation and commercial work. James lives locally with his family and previously worked for national firm, Weightmans and international law firm, Eversheds, before joining Fiona Bruce Solicitors. He has a background in both business and the legal profession.

For more information please contact us. 



Feedback from our Clients

Feedback from Clients: Solicitors in Warrington

We ask each of our clients to complete a questionnaire with us, both on their initial meeting with us and at the conclusion of our services.  We're extremely happy with the results of these questionnaires: below are some of the key statistics and quotations from our clients.

Key Findings

  • 98% of clients would recommend Fiona Bruce Solicitors to others, according to Concluding Client Service Questionnaires.
  • 90% of comments made by clients in their Initial and Concluding Client Questionnaires combined were positive.
  • When asked to rate the service clients received in a number of areas on a scale of 1-5, where 1= poor and 5= excellent, the average score obtained from both questionnaires was 4.8

Clients' Comments

“I was very reassured and supported on my first and subsequent visits and always felt that my case was being handled effectively and with sensitivity. All staff were welcoming and polite. I felt confident that my case was being given the correct level of importance. From start to finish I felt reassured and confident that my case was being handled competently and sensitively. If I did have a problem then it was always addressed effectively. I would recommend my solicitor to my friends and family.”

“I particularly admired the professional outlook and the courteous treatment I received.”

“Efficient and accurate service, always a team member able to answer a question or advise.”

“All staff are extremely friendly, warm, professional, efficient, helpful. Everyone and everything was superb, I can't fault at all. I'm very grateful, thank you.”

“Efficient, friendly, thorough; gave sound advice.”

“Always found the service to be personal, affordable and efficient.”

“Service was professional and compassionate in difficult circumstances for me.”

“The team works well together and do their best with the situation they are presented with.”

“Everyone was pleasant and business-like and communicated in plain English.”

“Excellent service and helpful, knowledgeable staff.”

“We were very grateful for the help and efficiency received at such a delicate time.”

“Good quality service, responsive, personal.”

“Very helpful and solicitor seemed interested in us.”

“I received good advice and service at reasonable cost.”


“From start to end the advice, detail and care given to every question, query and concern was dealt with quickly and efficiently. Nothing was ever too much trouble despite how irrelevant they might have appeared; our advisers always had the time to discuss our case.”

Posted on August 24, 2017 .

Charity Representatives with Staff at Fiona Bruce Solicitors

Charity Representatives: Solicitors in Warrington

It was great for people in our firm to hear on Friday of the fantastic social action being carried out right across the Warrington community, especially amongst young people, by three organisations in the town: Active Hope; Street Pastors and Warrington Youth for Christ.

For more information on the work the charities do is available on their websites...

Please explore the rest of our website to find out more about the work we do.


Fiona Bruce LLP Solicitors Strengthens With New Announcement

Fiona Bruce Strengthens: Solicitors in Warrington

Fiona Bruce LLP Solicitors of Stockton Heath are delighted to announce the appointment of Marguerite Tyler, Solicitor and Head of the firm’s Property Team, as a Partner with effect from 1st July 2017. Marguerite has been with the firm for a number of years, having originally joined Fiona Bruce Solicitors as a trainee in 2003. In addition, two new Associates have been added to the Practice: Gareth Langham, (Commercial and Private Client Work); and Tim Grainger (Head of Employment and Litigation), both of whom have been with the firm almost a decade. Prior to joining Fiona Bruce Solicitors Tim has spent time working as a Consultant to an NGO at the United Nations. He is an active member of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship and in 2008 spent time working with Lawyers in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.

If you'd like to hear more about our team, explore the profiles on our website.