April 2019

Property Fraud Alert Service

By |2019-04-10T15:48:19+01:00April 10th, 2019|Latest, News/Blog, Property|

HM Land Registry has launched a Property Fraud Alert Service in order to help prevent property fraud. The service functions by sending out an email notification each time there is any significant activity logged by HM Land Registry in relation to a property. This could be as dramatic as the Land Registry receiving an [...]

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Probate Fee Increase Update

By |2019-04-03T10:45:41+01:00April 3rd, 2019|Latest, News/Blog, Private Client|

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have confirmed that new probate fees expected to come into force on 1 April 2019 have been delayed due to Brexit talks. The  proposed probate fees were set to rise from a flat fee of £215, or £155 for solicitor applications, to the following based on the size of [...]

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February 2019

CASE LAW UPDATE: Bankruptcy

By |2019-02-06T17:15:20+01:00February 6th, 2019|Dispute Resolution, Firm news, Latest|

SHOULD A BANKRUPTCY ORDER BE MADE WHERE THE DEBT IS BELOW THE STATUTORY LIMIT OF £5,000.00 AT THE TIME OF THE HEARING OF THE PETITION ACUMENDIA LIMITED V. JENIRAJ KALAICHANDRAN [2018] This is a decision of a first instance District Judge in the County Court at Central London where the debtor did not attend.  It [...]

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January 2019

THE MYTH OF THE COMMON LAW SPOUSE

By |2019-01-31T15:27:21+01:00January 31st, 2019|Family, Latest, News/Blog|

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a common law marriage.  In fact, common law marriage has not had any legal applicability in England since the 16th century. Despite this, nearly two-thirds of cohabiting couples mistakenly believe that if they live together and are in a relationship for long enough, particularly [...]

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LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY v DEPUTYSHIP

By |2019-01-07T15:12:25+01:00January 7th, 2019|News/Blog, Private Client|

Both Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and Deputy Orders are legal instruments appointing persons to make decisions on behalf of someone who has become incapable of making or communicating that decision personally. They can be used to cover decisions relating to Property & Finance and Health & Welfare; however, Deputy Orders are rarely granted in [...]

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December 2018

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October 2018

NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

By |2018-10-31T15:59:50+01:00October 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Ministers are to bring forward a consultation on the use of non-disclosure agreements (‘NDAs’) in employment matters following another high-profile figure facing accusations of using the agreements to pay off former employees following accusations of sexual harassment and racial abuse. Theresa May has confirmed that the Government will bring forward its consultation “to seek to [...]

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Who Keeps The Engagement Ring?

By |2018-10-25T11:56:14+01:00October 25th, 2018|Family, News/Blog|

On the sad occasion that a couple decides to end their engagement prior to the marriage, a question that is often asked is who gets to keep the ring? Often, engagement rings are expensive items that can hold important familial or emotive ties. The usual rule is the person who receives the ring may [...]

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CHRISTMAS PARTY WARNING FOR EMPLOYERS

By |2018-10-15T12:20:07+01:00October 15th, 2018|Employment, Latest, News/Blog, Uncategorized|

On 11th October 2018, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgement that a company should be held vicariously liable for the actions of its Managing Director following an assault during post-Christmas party drinks held at a hotel in 2011. Mr Bellman was an employee of the Defendant and his attacker, Mr John Major, [...]

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