Future is bright for town's solicitors firm dating back to 1790 following expansion
Suffolk-based law firm Sprake & Kingsley is pleased to announce the expansion of its property team

with the appointment of associate solicitor Clare Gissing.

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Website by The Department for Work and Pensions to claim underpaid state pensions for next of kin 

After pressure from campaigners, DWP has produced a user-friendly website to be used by the next of kin

of those who believe that a deceased family member was underpaid state pension.

This comes too late to benefit the person who was underpaid but at least their family will receive some

compensation for the error.

It’s estimated that around 134,000 people had been underpaid and are owed around £1bn. By the time the

issue had been discovered, many of these people had died.

Until now there has been no easy way for those who believe their deceased family member was underpaid

to make sure DWP had their contact details and knew who to pay, in the event of an error being found.

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Law Society warns home buyers about risk of payment diversion fraud

The Law Society of England and Wales, along with the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC), has issued

flyers warning home buyers of the risk of payment diversion fraud.

Fraudsters have targeted property purchases and defrauded victims out of hundreds and thousands of

pounds by using spoofed email accounts and ‘tricking people into transferring over their house deposit

and /or the balance of purchase monies to them.’

The frauds almost always involve the criminals pretending to be the victim’s lawyer to con them into

diverting their payment to an account the crooks control.

See the flyer in full here 


Refund of Deputyship fees 

On 4 October 2019 the Ministry of Justice launched a new refund scheme.

The Office of the Public Guardian has decided that it needs to refund some of the fees it charged in

deputyship matters for the period 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2015.

Some refunds will be issued automatically and some will need to be applied for, e.g. by the deputy

themselves or executors in an estate.

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“Sprake & Kingsley” & “Sprake & Kingsley Solicitors” are trading names of Sprake & Kingsley LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (LLP Number OC422486) whose registered office is 16 Broad Street, Bungay, NR35 1EN. 

The firm’s Partners are:
Karen Phillips (Managing), Frances Davy, John Hay,
John Williams, Anna Farquharson
The firm’s Consultants are:
David Sprake (Solicitor),
Jennifer George (Chartered Legal Executive)
The firm, its solicitors and all fee earners are only qualified to advise on English Law within the jurisdiction of England & Wales
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