The history of GoodyBurrett

The history of GoodyBurrett

History and Heritage of GoodyBurrett

People regularly ask for an indication of the date when GoodyBurrett was founded and whilst we have rooms and chests full of historical documentation stretching back to the 5thMarch 1650, being specific about the start of the firm has proved more challenging.  From the 1650’s and into the 1750’s lawyers tended to wear a number of hats and were heavily involved in politics, municipal appointments, charitable boards and religious affairs of the town.  The leading lawyers with GoodyBurrett were no exception. We tend to use Francis Smythies the elder to provide the most specific apostolic descent but given the plethora of papers deeds and documents that precede Smythies we believe we could be much older.  We had   believed the firm started with Jeremiah Daniel JP who practised between 1710 and 1760 and later, two of his sons, Samuel Daniel and Peter Daniel who were involved with his firm. We have documentary evidence that Samuel Daniel was appointed as Agent for the Sun Insurance Company on 1stApril 1737 However, Francis Smythies was a high Tory and eventual leader of the Conservative Party in Colchester and Peter Daniel was a Lion Walk Liberal and most of his Clients were non-conformists.  We  further understand that Peter Daniel went bankrupt in 1783 and 1789 and therefore it is unthinkable that he would have been a partner of Francis Smythies. We have a mortgage document on our wall prepared by Francis  Smythies dated 23rdSep 1785.   The relationship between Samuel Daniel and Francis Smythies may have been forged through Daniel Sutton’s decent but he did not join with Smythies until 1798    

Smythies began his Articles with Samuel Enau in 1760 paying the considerable sum of £160 for this privilege, whereas the usual fee at the time was approximately £20.  We have been advised that the large sum was paid with an understanding that Smythies was in effect a trainee and would in due course become a Partner.  Smythies was the son of the distinguished Palmer Smythies, Head of the Colchester Royal Grammar School and came from higher social standing than the usual trainee.  Samuel Enau was also no small-town  lawyer, but a leading Colchester and Essex figure as he was Clerk to the Peace, Town Clerk of Colchester and backed by the all-powerful Rebow family.  Smythies did not outlive Enau long, dying in 1798 but from 1797   he took on Daniel Sutton, son of Daniel Sutton, the distinguished pioneer of Smallpox inoculation (who deserves to be better known than Edward Jenner). 

On Smythies’ death Sutton went into partnership with Thomas Hedge, the son of a distinguished watchmaker until 1804 when he went to Tasmania where his daughter married the Premier of New South Wales, Sir Charles Culper. Smythies’ business was continued by his son, Francis Smythies II, and later his son Francis Smythies III . He took into partnership Henry Sidney Goody.  By 1835 the firm was called Smythies Goody & Goody as Henry Sidney Goody was joined by his son Clifford Goody.  Two other Goodys, Neville Goody and Sidney Goody also joined the firm in the late 1800’s. 

In 1904 the firm was joined by Francis Herbert Wetherall and changed its name to Goody Son & Wetherall.  Francis Smythies III had died on the 18thMay 1888.  On 1stAugust 1911 Henry Goody Junior became a Partner and the firm   occupied 62 North Hill, Colchester.  On the 24thJuly 1914 the Solicitors of Colchester played the Auctioneers and Valuers at a cricket match at Castle Park.  The photograph still sits proudly on our reception wall. 

Since 1924 there have been fourteen Partners.  Albert Bentley Joined The partnership in 1944 with Neville Goody and the firm changed its name once again to Goody Bentley. Albert was joined by his son Bernard in 1953.  In 1971 When Albert retired John Metcalf Jones became a partner and in 1995 following the death of Bernard Bentley,  John moved from 62 North Hill   to 12 St Peter’s Court and the firm was renamed Goodys.  We were too small for St Peters Court and so in 2005 we moved to St Martin’s House  our current building,  In 2007 we merged with Budd Martin Burrett and formed an Limited Liability Partnership GoodyBurrett LLP

St Martin’s House was built in 1733 for Dr Richard Daniel who hails from the same family as Jeremiah Daniel, Sam Daniel and Peter Daniel and therefore we believe we have now returned to the family home, albeit some 280 years later. So how old are we….well maybe 1stApril 1737 at least, but we are working on it……282 years….

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Paying For Long Term Residential Care

Paying For Long Term Residential Care

Paying For Long Term Residential Care – The Basics

To help a family determine what is right for their loved one, the Local Authority will carry out a needs assessment.  This is to determine whether or not there is an eligible need and whether it is suitable for that need to be met at a residential care or nursing home.

It is important to remember that, firstly, the needs assessment must be carried out regardless of a person’s financial situation. Secondly, the recommendation that a care or nursing home would be suitable is always the last option considered, as every effort will be made to explore suitable alternatives such as arranging increasing care in a person’s home or discussing warden-controlled accommodation.

If the needs assessment shows that a need exists that would be suitably met by a residential care placement, a means test will be carried out by the Local Authority. This will determine whether or not they will be expected to provide financial support. 

When carrying out an assessment, only a person’s own resources should be considered. Property, savings and income are all taken into account. The thresholds that a Local Authority work to are the same nationally. If a person has capital of under £14,250, their funds are fully disregarded.

If a person has between £14,250 and £23,500, for every £250 above the £14,250 you are treated as having an income of £1.00. Anything above £23,500 you must pay in full for your care until it is reduced to the £23,500.

The value of your property will be taken into account if you are shown to have a beneficial interest in it and the property value cannot be formally disregarded. A disregard is a circumstance which means that the property value has to be ignored. As an example, if one spouse will continue to live in the property after the other has gone into care the property value has to be ignored.

If the value of the property is taken into consideration, the Local Authority are under a duty to ensure that the value of the property is ignored for the first 12 weeks of a permanent care placement, this is to allow time for a sale or appropriate rental arrangements to be made.

Disregards can also be applied to some elements of income and to specific types of savings products.

Being involved in making arrangements for a loved one’s long term care arrangements is often very stressful. Dealing with adult Social Services for the first time can feel daunting especially if you are unclear on what your loved ones rights are or what they can expect from the Local Authority.

Please do contact our Private Client Team here at GoodyBurrett LLP who specialise in all types of elderly client work.    You can email Georgina direct [email protected] or call us on 01206 577676.







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Protect your lottery winnings

Protect your lottery winnings

How to protect your future lottery winnings from your ex-spouse

If you become divorced and you later win the lottery, your ex-spouse may be able to make a claim against your winnings. In 2000, Wendy Page left Nigel Page for another man. They subsequently divorced, however they failed to sign an order which included a clean break clause. In 2010, Nigel Page won £56 million in the EuroMillions. As Nigel and Wendy had failed to resolve all financial matters, Wendy was able to pursue a claim against Nigel’s lottery winnings, despite Nigel winning the lottery some 10 years after the divorce.

You should avoid falling into Nigel’s trap by entering into a consent order which dismisses any financial claims that you and your ex-spouse may have against each other.

If there are assets to divide between you and your spouse, you should consider entering in a consent order which details how the assets should be divided and also includes a clean break clause. This would ensure that all financial ties are severed between you and your soon to be ex-spouse.

Even if there are no assets to divide, you should still consider drawing up a consent order to dismiss all future financial claims.

If you do not deal with finances on the basis of a clean break and you become divorced, this leaves you vulnerable to financial claims in the future.

How We Can Help

At GoodyBurrett, we provide skilled advice and assistance with your divorce.

For just £99 + VATwe can offer you an initial consultation to provide preliminary guidance to enable you to decide on the best way forward. Please do not hesitate to contact Chloe in Family team [email protected] or call us on 01206 577676 for more information.

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Help to buy ISA

Help to buy ISA

Help to Buy ISAs closed – Other Alternatives?

The Government has recently closed the popular Help-to-Buy ISA on Saturday 30thNovember, which offered a good way to help first time buyers onto the property ladder.  This also offered a brilliant 25% boost from the Government on top of the contributions. So, people are asking, why did the Government decide to close it?

The Help-to-Buy has actually been replaced by the Lifetime ISA, otherwise known as the LISA. It was introduced in 2017, and will still help first time buyers onto the difficult property ladder. In fact, the LISA offers a bigger bonus and more flexibility:

  • You can open and contribute up to £4,000 a year;
  • Receive a 25% bonus from the Government worth up to £1,000 a year up until your 50thbirthday;
  • After the account has been open for 12 months, you can use the money towards a first home worth up to £450,000. However, other withdrawals will normally be subject to a 25% penalty.

The main difference is that the LISA offers a £1000 bonus every year until you are 50.  You also receive this bonus every month on top of what you have contributed.  However, the Help-to-Buy only permitted a bonus of £3000 in total, and you would receive this on completion of buying your first property.  This is a huge difference in price. 

So, if you did not pay £1 into Help-to-Buy ISA before the deadline, and you are panicking as to how you are going to find the deposit for a house, the LISA is a much better alternative.  Its flexibility means you can pay as little and as much as you choose every month.

How can we help you?

If you are a first-time buyer and are worried about the process of buying your first home, then GoodyBurrett have a fantastic property department to help with the buying process.  If you are interested, contact us at 01206 577676 or at [email protected]

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