Update on Probate Fees



In April 2017, we reported on government’s  plans to increase of the probate fees. Much has changed since then. The Prime Minister has called a general election, which will take place in June this year. Reports suggest that the proposal to increase the probate fees has been put on ice for now. We will update you if and when a new government minister starts defrosting the idea of taxing estates thousands of pounds on Grant of Probate applications.

Garner & Hancock Probate and Trusts Department

New Probate fees coming into force


New Probate Fees due to come in May 2017

Time is ticking fast for those wishing to apply for Grants of Probate.  The government’s plan to raise probate fees is likely to costs thousands of pounds for estates which are relatively modest in size.

Read the full article by Jakub Kotan from our Private Client  Department

Festival of Business – Garner & Hancock

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Garner & Hancock – Syon Park on 26 January 2017


Garner  & Hancock were at full strength at the inaugural festival of business at Syon Park. Meeting business leaders and getting to know local people who serve the borough of Hounslow. Stephen Fry the CEO of the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce said “west London is the second most prosperous area in the UK and we need to keep that way”.




Ruth Cadbury MP (left), Mayor of Hounslow (middle) and Stephen Fry CEO of the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce (third from right) pictured here with all our partners and solicitors.


FullSizeRender1 Our partners and solicitors assisted people with numerous queries from Tax, to property disputes, drafting will and commercial leases.

Garner & Hancock and the Hounslow Chamber of CommerceWe shall continue to support the Chamber of Commerce and their promotion of the businesses of Hounslow.

Meet the Team – Syon Park, 26 January 2017

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Garner & Hancock will be showcasing their legal services at the Festival of Business at the prestigious location of Syon Park. Our expertise will be available, giving people a chance to ask questions to our panel of solicitors. We shall have the following lawyers available at the exhibition 

James Hadley – Wills, Probate and Tax

Daniel Flynn – Trusts, cohabitation deeds, separation Deeds and Pre-nuptial agreements.

Kiran WaliaCommercial and residential property, lease extensions

Vinay TannaDispute resolution, Landlord and Tenant

If you wish to attend all you need to do is book a free ticket:  Click here 

Details of the programme Click here 

Our stand is number 56 the first one you’ll come across on entering the site.

The show starts at 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

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Free Seminar on Wealth Protection – Bank of Mum & Dad



If you are considering investing in property with your children or helping them with their first home or simply thinking about Inheritance strategies, this seminar will give you a lot to think about


Registration and drinks – 6.45 pm

Our free seminar will cover:

We will advise on how to set up Trust Deeds to protect your interest in homes from third party claims. Inheritance Tax, Strategies, Brexit and Property investment. Advice that will help you protect assets on death,  from taxes and family squabbling.

When children get married or live with their partner can you protect your assets that you have given to them prior to their relationship? We will explain what options are available.

Other subjects:

Brexit and the Property market
Private banking

Garner & Hancock Wealth Protection Team


Vinay Tanna & James Hadley 

We will also have presentations from other professionals who will give further guidance.

Handlesbanken – Private bankers

Globe IFA  – Independent Financial Advisors

Rolfe East– Estate Agents

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(places are limited)


or you can email: dboydell@garner-hancock.co.uk

or calling Diana Boydell on 0208 104 9574

Address:  London Apprentice 62 Church St, Isleworth TW7 6BG.

Parking: outside and along Church Street and Park Road. Click for Map

Please note that you cannot now come from North or South Street to the London Apprentice. The only road to the venue is via Park Road. Follow signs for Syon Park.

Nearest overground Station is Syon Lane. Nearest Underground station: Osterley (short taxi ride required). If you are coming from Richmond catch the H37.

James Hadley heads up our Private Client Department


We welcome James Hadley, a senior private client solicitor who now heads up the department joins 4 other partners at Garner & Hancock.

James has a wealth of experience in advising in wills, tax planning and probate. He was previously a partner at a firm in the North of England and has now moved to North London.

James’s full bio can be seen here

Traditional Christmas Carols at Garner & Hancock’s annual party


christmas party garner and hancock The partners and staff of Garner & Hancock celebrated with their clients at a traditional evening of carols, mince pies and mulled wine.

The Salvation Army band led the carols introduced by the Rev Ginny Luckett of the All Saints Church in Old Isleworth.

Attended by Ruth Cadbury MP and local councillor Ed Maine, the evening was an eventful end to the year.

Every year Garner & Hancock chooses a charity to donate at Christmas. This year a donation of £100 was made to the React Charity

“Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with Potentially Terminal illness is a charity working to improve the quality of life for children with life-limiting illnesses living in financially disadvantaged households throughout the UK”





All the staff at Garner & Hancock  observed a two minute silence today. Armistice Day, on 11 November 1918 marked the end of the First World War and is a day to remember and honour those who have paid the price for our freedom.

386 Isleworth men were killed in the 1st World War.

Garner & Hancock made a donation to the Royal British Legion


Garner & Hancock Reception at Carvossos


On Wednesday 14th October 2015 Garner & Hancock hosted a reception at Carvossos in Chiswick to mark the occasion of the retirement of Mr Julian Hutson. Mr Hutson was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College Dublin and has practiced as property lawyer for over 40 years.

Mr Hutson has stepped down from being the senior partner but continues as a consultant partner.

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Mr Vinay Tanna the Managing Partner hosted the event. “this was a time to celebrate the life of a true gentleman who has brought this firm so far during his 22 years with the practice.”julian's retirement party 1

Attending  the event were former partners of the practice and clients old and new, including those sitting in the House of Lords, Judges and from industry and property fields.  This was also an opportunity to formally welcome two new partners to the the practice, Mrs Kiran Walia and Ms Julie Strudwick. They are both experienced property lawyers and will carry on a strong property department at Garner & Hancock.


Senior property lawyer joins Garner & Hancock

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It is with pleasure that we warmly welcome to the property department, Miss Julie Strudwick.  Julie is a seasoned property lawyer working previously for a Legal 500 firm.

She specialises in residential conveyancing and development work.

She loves going to the Gym and is a keen theatre and concert goer.