If you’re living in a leasehold property then Government proposals to change the law as they relate to residential leases will have a definite – and hopefully positive – impact on how your lease is valued and the control you have over your home.Read More
The problem with Christmas, I’ve found, is that it’s almost impossible to escape the company of Noddy Holder. Or of Roy Wood, George Michael, Paul McCartney, David Essex or pretty much anyone who was anyone in the music biz during the Seventies and Eighties.Read More
If some things were easy, we’d do them ourselves. As it is, and regardless of how capable we might think we are, there are times in life when things are best left to professionals with the knowledge and expertise that come from years of training and experience.Read More
This week MPs voted to push forward proposed legislation that will see tenants have far greater influence over the way landlords are expected to deal with issues that are covered in tenancy agreements. The measures will tenants to bypass local authority enforcement processes.Read More
It has taken precisely a year and an open threat to subvert a Court of Appeal ruling, but yesterday the #MeToo movement put every employer in the country on notice that they would no longer be able to rely on non-disclosure agreements to protect them from their own wrongdoing.Read More
As humans, we don’t like to think about our own mortality or the decline of our mental faculties. But ensuring you and the people you care about have some protection when things go wrong can save a tremendous amount of heartache at a time that is already very distressing.
The weekend brought news of a momentous occasion in divorce law, with an announcement from the Government that it’s intending to end the need for one spouse to be deemed at fault in a divorce.Read More
Last New Year’s Eve, British businessman Richard Cousins, his two sons, fiancée and her daughter took were killed when their pleasure flight crashed into a river, killing all on board. This month, thanks to Mr Cousins’ foresight, the Oxfam charity inherited £41m from his estate.Read More
It’s the worst feeling in the world. Your company announces a restructuring process to ‘drive efficiencies’ – a euphemism which is slightly more palatable than its actual meaning: We need to save money, so we’re making redundancies. Suddenly everyone is thrown into a tailspin of worry.Read More
Of the estimated 5.4 million private landlords currently letting properties in the UK, a significant number are what the property industry describes as ‘accidental’, people who don’t live in their main residence but who need or want to recoup some or all of the outgoings associated with that property.Read More
With rising house prices steadily widening the gap between first-time-buyers and a foot on the housing ladder, more and more people find themselves spending the first years of their independent lives in rented accommodation.Read More
A statistic that still genuinely mystifies me is that 53% of all adults in the UK have not made a Will. It’s hard to think of any reason not to plan for what happens when you die, so here are 9 reasons to organise an appointment with a solicitor to make a Will right now:
At about the same time that John Hancock was furiously dipping his quill into an inkwell to sign the Declaration of American Independence, the world’s first great economist was busy describing Britain as a nation governed by shopkeepers.Read More
I’d like to start this article by listing some things that we’ve grown up believing are true, but actually aren’t.
An Iron Maiden was often used to torture people in Medieval times.
Walt Disney invented Mickey Mouse
You can get a quickie divorce in the UK
With the number of contested Wills in the UK growing each year, the possibility that someone’s final wishes might be challenged is very real. If it happens, it will trigger a legal process that can be highly-charged and feel deeply personal to those on both sides of the argument.Read More
A great many grandparents live life without any sort of contact with their grandchildren and when access to a grandchild is denied life can become challenging and emotionally distressing. So what options exist if you find yourself in that situation?Read More
Last night’s launch of new BBC One drama, The Split, about three divorce lawyer sisters proves that the appetite for very public marriage splits and the ensuing divorces is in no great danger of being satisfied any time soon. But one recent high profile case has shown that divorce is not a financial meal ticket for life.Read More
It’s always better to be rational during a divorce, but some couples are so angry that they will do almost anything to punish each other for every transgression. Occasionally, this can include the damaging effects of one spouse poisoning their children against the other parent.Read More
The issue of whether or not to draw up a prenup is understandably uncomfortable, because it raises the spectre of divorce before promises of standing together ‘til death us do part have even been made. But there are good reasons why every couple should consider having one.Read More
If you listen very carefully, you can hear the sound of estate agents up and down the country rubbing their hands in anticipation. Along with warmer weather and new growth, spring also brings the urge for many of us to begin to think about finding somewhere new to live.Read More