Archives for 2018

Harris & Harris Partner honoured with Civic Award

Harris & Harris are proud to confirm that Neil Howlett, Partner and Solicitor based at the firm’s Frome office, has been awarded a Civic Award by Frome’s Mayor, Sheila Gore.

Neil commented:

Thanks folks, and particularly to Sheila Gore. I’m getting quite used to being the only male in the line-up – here’s me with my professional colleagues in Stony Street. It takes me back to my first job as a solicitor back in 1984 when I was the first male in an all-female firm.

Read more about this news in the article featured in the Frome Times, via the following link:


Supporting the Royal United Hospital, Bath by Making a Will

Harris & Harris are pleased to announce that they have raised £1,800 in support of the Royal United Hospital, Bath’s charity The Forever Friends Appeal.

The month of September 2017 saw people across the Royal United’s catchment area being urged to put their affairs in order and make or update their Wills as part of the hospital’s third Make a Will Month scheme which raised a total of £42,000. The highest so far.

The Forever Friends Appeal provides a vital service to help improve the hospital’s environment, providing additional medical equipment, facilities as well as all the finishing touches and extras that help care for patients more effectively, together with its ongoing research and development. Every donation raised by Harris & Harris as part of the Make a Will Month will help to continue providing this care.

We are delighted to have made a contribution towards the Appeal and would like to thank all our clients who made generous donations.


Partial Refund of LPA and EPA Registration Fees

The Ministry of Justice has launched the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) refund fee scheme for payments made to register either Lasting Powers of Attorneys (LPAs) or Enduring Powers of Attorneys between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017.

If you registered either an LPA or EPA in this period and paid a fee, you may be eligible for a partial refund plus interest.

The scheme is by way of an online application, details of which can be found here:

For those who do not have internet access you can ring the OPG helpline on 0300 456 0300 (option 6).

The application can be made by either the donor (the person who made the LPA or EPA) or their attorneys appointed by the registered Power of Attorney. The refund must be made to the donor and takes approximately 12 weeks to be paid to their account.

If you have any queries regarding whether you are eligible for a refund, please contact one of our specialist lawyers:

Senior Solicitor obtains STEP Certificate with Distinction

Caroline Fletcher

We are delighted to congratulate Caroline Fletcher, Associate Private Client Solicitor, on obtaining the STEP Certificate in Advising Vulnerable Clients with Distinction. Caroline is currently studying for the STEP Diploma in Advising Vulnerable Clients and this certificate is one of several she will complete in order to obtain the STEP Diploma and achieve “TEP” status, the designation of a full STEP member.

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”) is the global professional association for practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. You can find out more about STEP via the following link:

At Harris & Harris we pride ourselves on our care for our clients and Caroline’s achievement and development of this specialism shows the firm’s continued commitment to looking after vulnerable clients.