A Journey Through Time

Liverpool’s World Museum houses the Ancient Egypt gallery, the second largest gallery of ancient Egyptian antiquities and artefacts in the UK after the British Museum.

The collection of objects from ancient Egypt and Nubia covers a timespan of over 5,000 years of human life in the Nile Valley, with highlights including one of Egyptology’s rarest discoveries – the Ramesses Girdle – a wonderfully well-preserved item of royal clothing originally worn by Pharaoh Ramesses III (1186 – 1155 BC).

The evolution of the collection began in 1852, when goldsmith Joseph Mayer opened his Egyptian Museum in Liverpool. Many of Mayer’s objects came from the same sources as those now in the British Museum and the Louvre, and there is no doubt that Liverpool’s status as a port city, supplying cotton from Egypt to Lancashire’s cotton mills, helped him build such a substantial and diverse collection.

In 1867, Mayer donated the collection to The Liverpool Free Library and Museum (now World Museum), establishing it as the most important public collection of Egyptian antiquities outside London. 3,000 objects were destroyed when the museum was bombed in 1941, but the collection subsequently increased in number by 10,000 over the next 40 years, and currently stands at around 20,000 objects – 1,2000 of which are showcased in the current ancient Egypt gallery.

Apart from the world famous Ramesses Girdle, the collection includes a gold ring that belonged to King Amenhotep II, a four-metre long Book of the Dead illustrated papyrus, and ‘Papyrus Mayer B’ – a unique account of a tomb robbery in the Valley of the Kings. The exhibition tells the story of how the collection came into being, and Liverpool’s connections with archaeological digs in both Egypt and Sudan.

As we regularly highlight, our friends and partners at National Museums Liverpool are the custodians of some of not just the UK’s, but the world’s most famous art and antiquities. Following the reopening of NML’s museums and galleries on 17th May, we encourage both locals and visitors to explore these free venues, including taking a ‘journey through time’ at World Museum’s magnificent Ancient Egypt gallery.


Solicitors That Take On Car Accident Claims

On 31st May 2021, a new regime came into force for road traffic accident victims, with the small claims limit for RTA claims increasing from £1,000 to £5,000. This means that legal costs for personal injury claims with a value of under £5,000 can no longer be recovered. Instead, unrepresented claimants will have to run their own claim via the Official Injury Claim online service:


The controversial new system will be run by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, with the reforms expected to save insurers £1.2 billion or £35 for every motorist, savings which the government and insurance industry promise will be passed on to motor insurance policyholders. 

The government is aiming to reduce the ‘unacceptably high’ number of whiplash claims made in the UK every year, which the Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland QC has condemned as ‘greedy opportunism’. It is targeting the so-called ambulance chasing claims management companies and lawyers who are seen as assisting dishonest whiplash claimants.    

For obvious reasons, road traffic accident lawyers (including Bartletts Solicitors) strongly disapprove of the new system, feeling that innocent victims will not get the compensation they deserve. Claimants will receive significantly less compensation than before due the new fixed tariff for whiplash injuries, while the 64 page guide to making a claim under the new guidelines has led to concerns about whether they will be able to navigate the portal and handle a claim in their own best interest. 

There are also serious doubts as to whether the savings from the reforms will actually result in lower premiums for ‘honest’ policyholders. The system was designed and will be operated by the MIB, an organization that essentially represents the interests of its member insurers. Fundamentally, victims of road traffic accidents caused by the carelessness and negligence of a third party have the same right to legal advice and compensation as any other claimant. This can therefore be viewed as a human rights issue.

There are two exceptions to the new rules. Children and ‘protected parties’ are exempt from the new small claims limit for whiplash claims arising from road accidents, while for ‘vulnerable road users’ (or those whose claims have other complicating factors), the small claims limit for personal injury claims arising from road accidents remains at £1,000. Children and protected parties are also classed as vulnerable road users for the purposes of this second exception, where there is no whiplash injury. Both categories of claimants will still be able to recover the cost of legal advice and representation. Specifically, these are:

Exception one:

Children aged under 18 at the date they make their claim
Others unable to manage their legal affairs (protected parties)

Exception two:

Vulnerable road users (because a collision with a car is likely to cause more serious injuries):

Pillion/sidecar passengers
Pedal cyclists
Horse riders
Mobility scooter users
Children and protected parties

If you have suffered a car accident with multiple injuries, including whiplash, contact Bartletts Solicitors for free legal advice and to get started making a No Win No Fee car accident claim.

Bartletts Solicitors in Walton Vale

Bartletts Solicitors’ Walton Vale office was opened in 1984 with the aim of creating a good out of town office to match the best in the City Centre and service the entirety of Liverpool and Merseyside.

We take on claims in several different areas of the law which our other offices do not handle, one such area being injuries abroad. Many people do not know that it is possible to claim compensation for a holiday injury or illness if the trip was bought through a UK registered tour operator. Furthermore, if a holidaymaker is injured during an activity organised by the operator, then it is also possible to claim compensation in the UK. Slips and trips in hotels, food poisoning and road accidents on touring packages are some of the injury abroad claims we see most frequently. Find out more:


Our Walton Vale office also specialises in criminal injuries claims. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authorities (CICA) is a government-run scheme offering compensation to victims of violent crime in England, Scotland and Wales. It is possible to claim criminal injury compensation from CICA for both physical and mental injuries, provided the injury is worth over £1,000 (there is a preset scale of compensation awards). While claims can take one to two years to process, the scheme deals with more than 30,000 applications every year and has a high satisfaction rating of 95% from applicants (2018/19). Find out more:


Hit and run traffic accidents is another area in which our Walton Vale office has significant experience. These accidents can be made complicated if the driver is uninsured, drives off without leaving their details or gives false details. We use the DVLA and an enquiry agent to attempt to trace the driver, otherwise we can submit a claim to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB), an organisation set up to provide compensation for victims of uninsured and untraced drivers. Find out more:


Bartletts’ Walton Vale office also handles claims for accidents at work, including back injuries from lifting and industrial diseases; slips, trips and falls in public places like shops and shopping centres; injuries sustained at hairdressers and beauty salons; and claims on behalf of tenants injured in unsafe rented accommodation.

Over the years, we have championed many causes and supported clients back to full health. Many claims lead to things being changed for the better, as well as compensation. We have grown by recommendation and the loyalty of our clients.

We are happy to conduct home or hospital visits as and when required. We are here to listen, easy to talk to, provide free advice and are always ready to act. All claims are handled by fully qualified solicitors who are experts in the field of personal injury claims to ensure the best results.


Decorative Art At The Walker

While the Walker Art Gallery is renowned for its beautiful collection of paintings and sculptures, it also houses a unique collection of British and European decorative art including pieces dating back to 1300. There are around 100,000 items in the Gallery’s collection, including ceramics, glass, metalwork, jewellery, furniture and musical instruments.

Apart from works by major UK and international makers and designers, the collection also features objects commissioned by local patrons, commemorative pieces, and other items designed, made or decorated in and around Liverpool.

Highlights include a collection of 10,000 British and European ceramics, featuring medieval pieces and a comprehensive collection of Liverpool-made ceramics from the period 1700-1850. 18th century wine glasses and stained glass windows dating from the medieval period are represented in the vessel glass collection, while the metalwork collection comprises around 1,300 precious metal, silver and gold objects, including a collection of silver items crafted by Liverpool silversmiths.

The jewellery collection features a large number of finger rings, some dating back 700 years, as well as a growing assortment of modern jewellery dating from the 1980s to the present. Items of furniture by acclaimed Liverpool-based designers and makers such as George Bullock and Herbert Macnair are among the roughly 300 pieces displayed in the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House. The textile collection, meanwhile, numbers around 10,000 items, including embroideries, lace, woolwork, quilts and household furnishings.

This brief overview gives an idea of the vast range of unique, quirky and special objects on display in the Walker Art Gallery’s decorative art collection. Beauty and functionality are the essence of decorative art, and the Walker’s stunning collection, now open to the public once again, offers an excellent introduction to this important and historical art form.


Reopening Excitement Builds

Excitement is building ahead of next Tuesday 18th May, when most of National Museums Liverpool’s venues will reopen in line with the government’s easing of lockdown restrictions.

The Walker Art Gallery, World Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House will all be open from next Tuesday, while the Planetarium is due to reopen in June, and the Aquarium is expected to reopen in time for the summer holidays.

Opening hours for NML’s museums and galleries are Tuesday to Sunday from 10am – 6pm (all venues will be closed on Mondays, except bank holidays). Free e-tickets for timed entry slots must be pre-booked on NML’s website:


Visitors to the Walker Art Gallery will be able to view the 67 artworks shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2020, including the first-prize winner, Kathryn Maple’s stunning large-scale work The Common.

While Kathryn was the jurors’ winning choice, we can all still place our votes for the Visitor’s Choice Prize, sponsored by Rathbones. Voting has now been extended until 13th June, allowing people to vote after seeing the exhibition in person. A virtual tour is also available:


We are all looking forward to the reopening of the Walker Art Gallery and all of NML’s other venues, and wish these great national institutions and their wonderful staff all the very best for the weeks and months ahead!

Wallasey Property Boom

At the start of this month, property portal Rightmove revealed Wallasey to be the location in the UK that has seen the sharpest increase in property prices over the past 12 months (the year to April). The average asking price for a home in the Merseyside town rose by 15.6% to reach £176,707, an annual increase of £24,000. Meanwhile, Birkenhead was ranked fourth on the list, having seen an increase of 12.4% over the course of the year.

One in three properties in Wallasey sold within a week, compared to the national average of around one in four, and Rightmove predicts that the strong rise in house prices will continue for at least the rest of the year, partly because the average asking price in both Wallasey and Birkenhead is well below the national average of £327,797, and partly due to the recent temporary stamp duty holiday extension.

Rightmove also reported that in the current red hot market, estate agents are increasingly prioritizing property viewings for buyers who are ready to proceed with a purchase straight away, with half of the surveyed estate agents requiring prospective buyers to already have a buyer in place for their current home before being allowed to view properties. First-time buyers need to have a mortgage already agreed in principle by many agents before viewings.

Wallasey residents may be unsurprised by the popularity of their town on the mouth of the River Mersey, which has experienced something of a boom in recent years, along with many areas of Merseyside. The seaside resort of New Brighton, with its famous lighthouse, Victorian District and £60 million Marine Point shopping and leisure complex, continues to draw thousands of visitors every year, while the clean and sandy beach offers spectacular views of both the Liverpool city skyline and ships sailing out into the Irish Sea.

Bartletts regularly handles the conveyancing process for property buyers and sellers in Wallasey and across Merseyside. Louise Nelson is a solicitor with 39 years experience of helping people buy and sell property in the area. Louise heads a friendly team of experienced conveyancers. Jenny Thomas, Louise Drewry and Lucy Baines have detailed knowledge of the files they work on, meaning when you call you will get prompt answers and updates.

Our firm is Law Society Accredited for Conveyancing Quality, and offers competitive fixed fees, no obligation free quotations and no hidden costs. Find out more and get in touch with our local experts today:


Liverpool Cathedral Reopening

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral has been open for worship services and private prayer and reflection since April 12th (Monday to Sunday from 11am – 3pm), and expects to open fully to visitors on or around May 17th, in line with the Government’s roadmap to lifting lockdown restrictions.

While the wait to visit one of the city’s most popular landmarks in person goes on, the Cathedral has recorded a virtual tour consisting of a series of videos that encompass all the building’s most important points of interest. These include the magnificent latest art installation in the Derby Transept, “The Outraged Christ” by Charles Lutyens, the iconic Lady Chapel, the Children’s Chapel, the High Altar, the Corona Gallery, the Memorial Chapel and the great Benedictine Window:


Many will be unaware that the Cathedral also hosts a collection of paintings and sculpture by some most distinguished artists of the 20th and 21 centuries, including five Royal Academicians: Tracey Emin, Craigie Aitchison, Elisabeth Frink, Christopher Le Brun and Adrian Wiszniewski.

Cathedrals and churches have always been important patrons of visual art which during earlier times, with mostly illiterate congregations, was a powerful means of communication, education, and spiritual inspiration and reflection. While modern audiences may draw different messages, the tradition has persisted to this day, with Liverpool Cathedral continuing to commission artworks from some of the most eminent contemporary artists, which are displayed throughout the building.

We would like to wish our friends at Liverpool Cathedral the very best for the impending full reopening in a little over two weeks, and hope and pray that the door’s of one of Liverpool’s greatest institutions will now permanently remain open for both the faithful and the curious.

John Moores Painting Prize 2020

John Moores Painting Prize 2020 Candidates

Established by the well known philanthropist Sir John Moores in 1957, and described by the Guardian as ‘the prize at the forefront of modern art’, the John Moores Painting Prize is awarded every two years to the best contemporary painting by a UK-based artist, with the short-listed artworks exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Walker Art Gallery has been closed for most of the past year, opening briefly once more in December, before being forced to close again on the 30th of that month when the latest national lockdown was put in place. The Walker Art Gallery is now set to reopen on 17th May, in line with the Government’s four-step ‘roadmap’ to lifting lockdown restrictions.

For the John Moores Painting Prize 2020 candidates, the gallery’s closure has meant that their work has so far been inaccessible to the general public. Fortunately, however, the Walker Art Gallery and National Museums Liverpool have put together a virtual tour of the 67 short-listed artworks for the prize. This exciting collection of paintings can be viewed on the National Museums Liverpool website:


Kathryn Maple’s acrylic on canvas work The Common was announced as the winner of John Moores Painting Prize 2020, and her painting will now permanently feature in the Walker Art Gallery’s world famous collection. As friends and partners of the gallery, we offer our congratulations to Ms Maple, and wish the Walker team all the very best for a successful (and hopefully permanent) reopening in a little under a month from now.

Probate Holdups

Financial institutions are the main cause of delay in at least 25% of probate cases, according to two-thirds of the legal professionals recently surveyed for the Bereavement Index published by Today’s Wills & Probate. The delay in receiving financial information concerning the estate of a deceased person from institutions takes at least four weeks according to the majority of practitioners.   

While the average probate case takes around three months to complete, delays of up to a year may result from solicitors encountering delays in obtaining the necessary information regarding an estate and its assets, with the report suggesting this applied to one in 14 probate cases. The average delay caused by individuals failing to leave their affairs in order prior to their passing is around two months.

The surveyed legal professionals also expressed their frustrations with the probate process, with 88% labelling it ‘slow and complicated’, and 51% stating that recent probate cases they had been involved in took longer than expected. Three-quarters (75%) believe that the probate process can be improved, indicating that reform of the system is both necessary and likely in the near future.

Bartletts Solicitors is an expert probate law firm, with Louise Nelson having assisted clients with probate matters for 39 years. We offer our clients a winning team with real experience in probate and genuine expertise in this often complex area of law.


UK Housing Market Resurgent

Halifax Bank recently reported that the average UK house price hit a record high of £254,606 in March 2021, representing a 6.5% annual rise and adding around £15,000 to the value of the average residential property over the course of the last 12 months.

Meanwhile, statistics published by HMRC show that the number of transactions in the UK residential property market increased by almost 18% in January 2021 year on year to reach 98,830, the highest monthly total since 2017.

These figures prove that the residential property market has so far avoided the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic and is being boosted by attractive mortgage offers from various lenders, as well as the Government’s mortgage guarantee scheme which ‘guarantees’ 95% mortgages for property buyers with a 5% deposit.

Another key driver of the market’s resurgence is the temporary stamp duty holiday (the tax has been suspended on the first £500,000 of all property sales), which has recently been extended by a further three months until the end of June 2021.

So what does the future hold for the UK residential property market? Experts agree that the long-term outlook is unpredictable, with much depending on the UK’s economic performance and the impact of the Government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown.

Sentiment for the immediate future is positive however, with competitive rates on offer from mortgage providers, and many buyers seeking larger properties for better work-life balance and extra outdoor space. The success of the vaccine rollout and the lifting of lockdown restrictions should also help maintain the market’s current buoyancy during 2021.

Bartletts’ conveyancing solicitors can provide you with a no obligation immediate quotation based on our transparent fixed-fee structure. Find out more about all aspects of the conveyancing process and our Liverpool City Centre-based conveyancing team: