Can you make your own will? More to the point, should you make your own will?

Darren McGuinness, Solicitor at Harold Stock & Co, tackles the issue of wills, whether you can write your own will and, if you do, whether it is legally valid.

One of the most important issues we help people with is forward planning – in some cases very far forward planning! Because there is one sure thing in life, that one day, we will all “pop-our-clogs”. Continue reading…


Will the number of prenuptial agreements increase following the Court of Appeal’s divorce ruling in Hart v Hart?

Family lawyers predict a rise in the number of couples seeking prenuptial agreements after the Court of Appeal divorce ruling in which a woman’s bid for an equal share of her and her ex-husband’s combined assets was dismissed. Ruling in Hart v Hart, Lord Justice Moylan, said His Honour Judge Wildblood QC had not erred when awarding Karen Hart £3.5m, out of total resources of just under £9.4m, in a financial remedy order made in June 2015. Continue reading…


We’re Hiring!

We currently have a vacancy for an experienced Legal Secretary to work at our Stockport office on a permanent full time basis. You will be working primarily within our Personal Injury and Wills & Probate Department but will be required to assist other departments as and when necessary. The successful candidate will have previous legal secretarial experience and will have excellent IT skills including the use of a case management system and digital dictation software. 

For further details of the role, please refer to the job description – Legal Secretary Job Description

To apply for this role, please forward your CV together with salary expectations to our Practice Manager, Mrs Alexandra Newman – an@haroldstock.com 

This role is full time and is available immediately based at Oak House, 483 Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 7HE.

CVs will not be accepted from agencies. 


Government will not make an announcement on employment tribunal fee refunds until September

Are we any nearer resolving the issue of tribunal fees reimbursement following July’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that such fees were unlawful? The short answer appears to be no. According to a senior member of the employment tribunals (England and Wales), Whitehall is still working on ‘detailed arrangements’ to refund employment tribunal fees and there will be no further announcement until next month. Continue reading…


Claire Atkinson, specialist Solicitor for the Elderly defends Lasting Powers of Attorney

  • Claire Atkinson, specialist Solicitor for the Elderly based at Harold Stock & Co Solicitors, has defended lasting powers of attorney
  • This follows comments from a former senior judge that power of attorney orders are open to financial abuse
  • But national group Solicitors for the Elderly says with the right advice, powers of attorney can act as important safeguard Continue reading…