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Private Landlords: Are You Complying With the Right To Rent Scheme?

Susan Woolford
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Landlords of private residential premises are required to check the immigration status of prospective tenants and other occupiers to check whether those individuals have a right to be in the UK.  If landlords or their agents fail to comply a fine of up...

Cohabitants need special financial protection if they split

Sara Scanlon
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When the recent case of a widowed cohabitee’s rights to her late partner’s pension made the news, I did wonder whether the decision may have an effect on co-habitation law generally. Rights for cohabitants are limited Cohabitation does not...

Wife in court battle to separate from her husband

Clive Masters
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A recent court of appeal decision reported in the media earlier this week has caused quite a stir. A wife, who petitioned for divorce on the grounds that her marriage had irretrievably broken down because of  her husband’s behaviour, has been...

Moving Home? Here's how to protect yourself against conveyancing scams

Kevin Britton
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  A recent case highlighted in The Guardian will serve as a timely reminder (to house movers and conveyancing solicitors alike) of the growing problem of conveyancing scams. In the case highlighted by the Guardian, emails were hacked which led to...

What is a Lasting Power OF Attorney?

Kelly Gill
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Lasting Powers of Attorney were brought in in October 2007 as a result of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.  Lasting Powers of Attorney were designed to produce extra protection as they need to be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before...

Busting Myths about Relationship Breakdowns

Sara Scanlon
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As a family lawyer and mediator I come across many pre-conceived ideas and misunderstandings about rights following a relationship breakdown. A few  of the most common : My ex can make me sell our home straight away This is not...

How do I get from "I do" to "I don't"?

Sara Scanlon
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  These days, once you’ve met the man/ woman of your dreams, saying “I do” is a remarkably simple process. If the relationship breaks down, for many couples, the prospect of saying “I don’t” is a very daunting...

Why the New Year Can Be Tough on Relationships

Liza Pickles
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It is a sad reality that holidays put pressure on family life. This is especially true of the period over Christmas and the New Year. The strain on families over the Christmas and New Year period can often lead to relationship breakdowns. Sadly, statistics...

Brexit fuels uncertainty over international divorces

Sara Scanlon
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Although it is over six months since the EU referendum result, we still don’t know for certain how international divorce cases could be affected when the UK leaves the EU.   The government has indicated that EU laws will be incorporated into UK...

Children flying without both Parents Could Risk Festive Getaway

Maureen Cawthorn
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As the holiday season approaches, it’s sad to think that some families could see their hopes of a festive family getaway dashed by increasingly tight immigration regulations which affect children travelling with only one (or neither) parent. Amid...

What's in a Name?

Liza Pickles
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Recently I came across a court case in New Zealand where a judge expressed the following views about a child’s name "The court is profoundly concerned about the very poor judgment which this child's parents have shown in choosing this...

How Settlement Agreements can Provide a Fresh Start in 2017

Jon Dyson
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November often marks the start of a sharp rise in demand for settlement agreements, as employers look to resolve long standing employee problems or grievances which may have stagnated during the year. Performance and absence are the two most common issues...

The Rise and Rise of Pre-nups to Protect the Bank of Mum and Dad

Liza Pickles
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A recent article in the Daily Mail has highlighted a rising trend in parents using prenuptial agreeme○nts to safeguard their investment when helping children secure a place on the property ladder.0

Domestic violence prosecutions may not tell the full story

Clive Masters
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A recent article in the Halifax Courier reports a decline in convictions for domestic violence. The latest figures (obtained from 31 police forces through a Freedom of Information request) show a fall in domestic violence convictions. Here in West...

Why would I need a Notary?

Maureen Cawthorn
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It’s a good question which is probably best answered by another question - what is a Notary? Notary work is the oldest branch of the legal profession in England and Wales.  A Notary is a lawyer (usually also a Solicitor) who has taken additional...

Moving Home? Make Sure Your Conveyancing Quote is a Fair One

Kevin Britton
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Conveyancing in England and Wales has become a highly competitive business with some, less honourable firms employing dubious tactics to make their quotes appear cheaper than they actually are. Follow these tips for a fair, value-for-money quotation. ...

Buy-to-let stamp duty: How much will you have to pay?

Kevin Britton
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Thousands of pounds of extra stamp duty taxes will become due from second homes and buy-to-let investors when they buy a property following the announcement by the government of a “landlord" stamp duty tax which will apply from April 2016. From...

The Secret Will of Lucian Freud

Katie Swift
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The life of 20th Century artist Lucian Freud seems to have been as colourful in reality as it was on canvas, with the resultant issues concerning his estate continuing long after his death in 2011. The grandson of Sigmund Freud and brother of writer and...

Christmas & the New Year can be a Tough Time for Relationships

Liza Pickles
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It is a sad reality that holidays put pressure on family life. This is especially true of the Christmas period. Here's what to do if this affects you. The strain on families over the Christmas and New Year period can often lead to relationship...

Working time for mobile workers with no fixed workplace

Jon Dyson
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Businesses wanting to exploit the current trend of moving from office-based businesses to more mobile ones will need to take a recent decision by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) into consideration before changing their approach. The ECJ held that the...

Landlords: Are you complying with the tenancy deposit scheme?

Susan Woolford
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Recent changes in the law relating to tenancies have proved a timely reminder for landlords about the tenancy deposit scheme. Where a residential property is let under an assured shorthold tenancy and the tenant pays the landlord a deposit that deposit must...

Child Inclusive Mediation - A Mediators Perspective

Alexis Walker
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Over the past twenty or so years of my practice as a family mediator, children have frequently been brought into the mediation room. Most family mediators involve children on a regular basis in one form or another. Actually bringing children into the...

What to do if youre injured on a package holiday

Nick Berry
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If you have an accident that wasn’t your fault on a package holiday, your holiday organiser might be held responsible and you might be able to make a personal injury claim when you return home, even if the accident happened abroad. Here’s what to...