News from Ford Simey

Two of the oldest and most established legal firms in Devon are to merge in November.  WBW, who have offices in Newton Abbot, Exeter, Bovey Tracey, Torquay, Paignton and Launceston are to merge with Ford Simey who have offices in Exeter, Exmouth, Sidmouth and Honiton.

Announcing the merger, the Managing Partner of WBW – Steve Bulman – and Ford Simey – David Williams – stated that they were delighted with the news.  “We have talked about a merger for quite some time because we appreciate that the two firms are very complementary geographically; we have a very similar ethos and recognise that the combined firm will strengthen and enhance the legal services available to our clients”.

The merged firm will provide nine offices across the region with a total of 270 staff.



If the answer is yes, you could be due a refund from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG).

Why are the OPG offering refunds?

During the last few years the OPG have charged more than necessary for the court fee to register Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney.  Because of this, they have been told to repay some of that money.

Who is eligible?

Claims can be made by the donor (the person who made the power of attorney) or their attorney on their behalf.  The power must have been made in England or Wales.

How much?

This depends on when you paid the fees to register the power of attorney.  The following breakdowns apply:

When you paid the fee Refund for each power of attorney
April to September 2013 £54
October 2013 to March 2014 £34
April 2014 to March 2015 £37
April 2015 to March 2016 £38
April 2016 to March 2017 £45

How to apply

If you use the internet, you or your attorney can apply online.  You will need a copy of your power of attorney and the donor’s bank account number and sort code.  Please go to the following website for further information: or call the OPG on 0300 456 0300 (choose option 6).

If the donor has died, the executors of their estate are still able to claim a refund.  They will need a copy of the death certificate and will or grant of representation.  Please see the above link for how to claim.

Want to make a Lasting Power of Attorney?

If you would like more information about making a power of attorney please have a look at our leaflet (available on our website at or if you would like to speak to a member of our private client team please get in touch on 01392 274126.


Sabina SmithWe are delighted to welcome Sabina Smith as our new family lawyer at the Sidmouth office. Sabina brings a wealth of experience to the role, having practised as a family lawyer in the West Country for over 20 years.

“Family law is a very rewarding area of work. Divorce and family breakdown are inevitably  stressful experiences, and I consider it a privilege to be able to advise, guide and support my clients through the process, so that they can move on with their lives.

I am very pleased to be joining such a long established and well regarded practice as Ford Simey, and look forward to meeting my new colleagues across the firm.” Contact Sabina on or 01395  577061


Ford Simey were pleased to be part of the 2016 Exmouth Business Awards held at the Ocean venue complex on the sea front. We were able to celebrate the good and the great of the Exmouth Business community and what a way to start with welcoming drinks on the terrace watching the sunset! A wonderful 3 course meal followed and the presentation of the awards.

Exmouth Business Awards 2016

Exmouth Business Awards 2016Ford Simey would like to extend special congratulations to Suzanne Birkett, Exmouth Town Manager who won the judges special award for outstanding contribution and achievement sponsored by Ford Simey LLP.

We would also like to thank Links Estate Agents, Bainbridge’s Estate Agents and Ian Crook Wealth management ltd for helping us to celebrate on the night.


Although access to and from the car parking was rather boggy and tractors were busy with tow ropes, the rain held off and the racing was good.

David Williams and Matt Scott-Tucker presenting the trophy and prizes to the winner of the Ford Simey sponsored race.

Pictured are David Williams (Managing Partner) and Matt Scott-Tucker (Commercial Partner) presenting the trophy and prizes to the well deserved and delighted winner of the Ford Simey sponsored race.