Broomhead & Saul was the first law firm in the country to appreciate the vital health and safety benefits of live-streaming video technology for its clients during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
We also set a new legal precedent on 1 May this year when, acting in association with Solicitors Title LLP, we supervised the first remotely executed video will for a client who was self-isolating 150 miles away in Surrey, from our Taunton office. This spared our client from any risk of being exposed to the coronavirus as well as allowing him to complete his will in the comfort and privacy of his home.
Dr Nicholas Bevan, senior associate solicitor, shared his ground breaking research with the government along with his proposals for an urgent intervention to encourage other lawyers to do the same.
Responding on the government’s behalf on 19 June this year, Lord Keen of Elie QC complimented our analysis, saying ‘It is an argument with force, set out in impressively comprehensive terms in Dr Bevan’s paper….I would like to thank him again for his detailed insights on the subject.’
On 25 July, the Government issued a press notice and guidance indicating that emergency legislation would be introduced in September. The Government’s proposals are based on Dr Bevan’s research.
Writing in this week’s issue of the prestigious New Law Journal, in Where there’s a will there’s a way Dr Bevan shares the further clarification provided in Lord Keen QC’s most recent letter of 4 August on the Government’s proposed wills reform. Unfortunately, according to research released today by Today’s Wills & Probate, most law firms feel unequal to the task of executing wills using video technology.
Broomhead & Saul, in partnership with Solicitors Title LLP, lead the will writing legal sector with this innovative nationwide private client service. We welcome enquiries from members of the public up and down the country. Our video witnessing will writing service has been devised to help anyone seeking to make a will in safety during the coronavirus pandemic.
For further details, please contact: Dr Nicholas Bevan on 01823 288121.