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IMPORTANT NOTICE – Michael Bower – Horse Related Cases

Due to the unprecedented demand for Michael Bower’s legal services we have had to make the difficult decision not to take on any more horse related cases until the start of September 2018 – unless referred by the BHS.

This is to protect the service levels we offer our clients and to avoid any disappointment.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Keighley Business Club – Networking Event 06.07.2018

Keighley Business Club

The Keighley Business Club networking event on 06.06.2018 was attended by WTW Solicitors’ Cheryl Huckle, Sarah Bright and Claire Chisnall.  Harry Gration of Look North and local brewers, Timothy Taylors, supported the session.


Keighley Business Club organises regular events as part of the Keighley BID program. It aims to promote the growth of local businesses across Keighley and the Aire Valley. It is hoped that through networking businesses of all sizes will benefit.

Cheryl Huckle, our personal injury specialist, really enjoyed the event. She said “Harry Gration met us on arrival and really put us at ease. He is so easy to talk to and has some amazing stories”.

Harry Gration - Look North - Keighley Business Club

Tim Dewey, of Timothy Taylors was one of the speakers. He talked about his previous business roles as well as the challenges of taking on the CEO position.

Timothy Taylors

Future Events

Hopefully, members of the WTW team will attend future events. It is great way to meet other local businesses and talk about the challenges that we all face. Also great to see a bit of Keighley pride!


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Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney

If you want to stay in control of your future and what happens to you in the event of failing health then contact us to discuss a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney.

Solicitors for the Elderly campaign

Both Myron Handzij and Lee Kirby are members of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE). The SFE are highlighting the fact that whilst a large majority of us worry about issues such as dementia very few of us do anything about it. In other words we are leaving how we would like to be treated should the worst happen to chance.

Myron Handzij

Myron Handzij

Lee Kirby

Lee Kirby

Lasting Power of Attorney

Health and welfare

This LPA covers your personal and health care. This type of LPA can only be used if you don’t have the mental capacity to make decisions yourself.

What does this cover?

You can use it to let your attorneys decide about:

  • your daily routine
  • what you wear and eat,
  • moving into a care home
  • getting help from social services
  • to refuse or agree to any medical treatment you may need to stay alive (if your attorneys don’t have that power, doctors would decide).

For more information about LPAs you can visit:

Lasting Power of Attorney – What is it?

Contact us now on Freephone 0800 0272 005 or 01535 662644 for a free initial consultation or a convenient appointment.

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Keighley & Airedale Business Awards – Financial/Legal Business of 2018

Hurrah! We are very proud to announce that WTW Solicitors have won the Financial/Legal Services Business of the Year 2018 at the Keighley & Airedale Business Awards on Friday night.

Keighley & Airedale Business Awards - Winner - Financial/Legal Services Business of the Year 2018


The prestigious award ceremony, now in its sixth year, was held at Victoria Hall, Keighley, West Yorkshire. The awards celebrate the success of the area’s wide and diverse business community. It was great for WTW Solicitors to celebrate with some of the team and enjoy the night.

Keighley & Airedale Business Awards

We are extremely grateful to Steve Burles, the organising team and all of the sponsors who have worked so hard to put the awards and the awards evening together.

Keighley & Airedale Business Awards - Mark Hagyard & Harry GrationKeighley & Airedale Business Awards - Financial/Legal Business of the Year 2018

It was also great to meet Harry Gration MBE. He was hosting and presenting the KABAs in his normal enthusiastic fashion as well as visiting all the tables.

For further information on the other winners you can go to:


Keighley & Airedale Business Awards - Lee Kirby & Harry Gration

To find out more about our award winning service go to:


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Skipton Horse Trials – Sponsorship – 23-24.06.2018

Well it’s that time of year again and WTW solicitors are always proud to support and sponsor this local event. Oone of our directors, Michael Bower, has been a volunteer and an organiser from when the horse trials started over 25 years ago, he retired a couple of years ago, but his brother, Robin, continues the good work.

Skipton Horse Trials logo

Skipton Horse Trials

Affiliated to British Eventing the horse trials take place twice a year in June and August. Situated on the outskirts of Skipton, on the Lancashire/Yorkshire border, the event is one of the largest of it’s kind with over 500 competitors taking part over the weekend. There are three phases to an event or horse trials all requiring different skills from horse & rider:

  • Dressage
  • Showjumping
  • Cross country

Visitors will find a variety of trade stands including a food area, all making it a great venue for a day out. Some of our team will be attending and as the weather forecast is great we are sure they will have an enjoyable day out.

Skipton Horse Trials horse photo

You can find out more about the event and by visiting the website:


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Wills drafted by British banks – 1.5 million families face losing billions

The press have released startling figures concerning wills that have been drafted by the banks in the UK.

Wills – high percentage charges incurred

The small print gave the banks the right to appoint themselves as executor.  This means that they could claim up to 2.5 per cent from an estate in relation to legal fees. The inheritors of £500,000 of wealth risk paying out £12,500. This is around six times the typical cost of £2,200 charged by a solicitor or lawyer.


Wills – the costs of drafting a will

The banks taken advantage of individuals, drawn in by initial drafting charges of around £75. They have not explained the impact of their percentage fees on administering the estate and in all likelihood not provided the best options or advice.

The basic costs for a will drafted by WTW Solicitors are as follows:

  • a single standard will (all to spouse, then to children) is £150 plus VAT.
  • a joint standard will (all to spouse, then to children) is £200 plus VAT.
  • Tax planning and/or more complicated wills start at £200 plus VAT.

Solicitors for the Elderly Logo

As a firm of solicitors, of course we would prefer that people use our services. Our Wills, Probate & Elderly Care team are very experienced in what they do, and the levels of service they provide. They have a duty of care to provide the best information on how to protect your assets and to ensure that your wishes are acted upon.

Contact us now on Freephone 0800 0272 005 or 01535 662644 for a free initial consultation or a convenient appointment.

Wills, Probate & Elderly Care

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Keighley & Airedale Business Awards 2018 – WTW Solicitors Shortlisted

We are very pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted for the Financial/Legal Business of the Year of the Keighley & Airedale Business Awards for 2018.

Keighley & Airedale Business Awards 2018

We completed the renovation of our new building last year. The task was not without its challenges. The business moved in December 2017 with works still happening around us. The shortlisting is a great way to show the whole team how much we appreciate their hard work.

Home pride

Keighley has always been our home. The businesses of Waddingtons and Turner & Wall Solicitors were established nearly a century ago. After a successful merger in 2014 we knew we had to look for larger premises to accomodate further growth. Luckily buildings lower down on Devonshire Street became available and we are all settling in although more works is still required. The joys of dealing with certain contractors!

Next steps

The Keighley & Airedale Business Awards take place on the 29 June so we are hoping to take a table for some of the team and enjoy a pleasant evening with other local businesses.

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Bank Holiday Monday – 7th May 2018

Please note that we will be closed on the 7th May 2018. Our opening hours will return to normal on Tuesday 8th May.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend.

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Litigation needs a bit of common sense

When disputes arise it is easy for ‘a matter of principle’ to become the driving force for employing a litigation solicitor. This is where certain principles can become very expensive and it may seem in hindsight that the only person to really benefit, to quote Richard Attenborough’s character in Jurassic Park, is the ‘blood sucking lawyer’.

Jurassic Park image - Richard Attenborrough - Blood sucking lawyer - litigation

Why choose WTW Solicitors?

That is why at WTW Solicitors in Keighley, West Yorkshire our Litigation team will always be upfront about the costs of pursuing a claim and the chances of success. This enables you to make an informed decision about whether you want your ‘day in court’, whether the matter is better to be resolved through mediation (also known as ADR – Alternate Dispute Resolution) or not acted upon at all.

Our firm deals with a variety of disputes:

If you require straightforward, down to earth advice then please call us on 01535 662644 for a FREE initial enquiry.

Our Litigation team consists of:

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Tumble Dryer – Faults and Issues – Whirlpool

Don’t risk it…check it!

Which are continuing to highlight the issues concerned with the potential fire risks posed by a large number of tumble dryers manufactured by Whirlpool which includes the brands:

  • Hotpoint
  • Indesit
  • Creda
  • Swan
  • Proline


Which - Tumble Dryer Best Buys vs Don't Buys

Which have launched a campaign to ask the Government to tighten the legislation relating to household appliances.


tumble dryer

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