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Divorce FAQs

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Divorce is often an incredibly stressful process for couples. Ending a marriage is not something that is done lightly and can often become complicated.In this article Kiren Dhillon breaks down the process and outlines how a divorce works.How does the divorce process start?The divorce starts with the "petitioner", the party who applies for...
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Professional Negligence Claims: Simple answers to your questions

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Making a professional negligence claim can seem intimidating. However, once you find a good solicitor to help you, cases can be settled with the minimum of fuss, and often without going to court.This is a brief guide to professional negligence claims in the jurisdiction of England & Wales. It is not a substitute for legal advice – each situatio...
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International Divorce: A Case Study

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Jennifer Herbert outlines a recent divorce where she acted for the wife who resided in Dubai.Jennifer represented Mrs S who was working and living in Dubai. Mr S was also working and living in Dubai. They had no children but did own a joint property in England which was registered and mortgaged in their joint names. Sadly, their relationship had br...
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Financial Penalties for HMOs

Financial Penalties for HMOs
The holder of an HMO Licence has to maintain certain standards in their Property. Local Authorities are charged with monitoring and ensuring compliance with these standards.As part of this, Local Authorities can issue financial penalties; the below sets out this process. Inspection​The issuing of a fine will usually be triggered by a tenant ma...
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Employment Law and Coronavirus – FAQs

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To assist employers and employees alike we have produced a list of FAQ's dealing with some of the most common questions which our Employment Team is being asked.Q. Can I furlough an employee who is already on long term sick? ​Furlough would usually apply only if the employee is fit for work.Q. If someone is within the 1.5 million vulnerable people ...
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Wills for Business Owners FAQs

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Why should business owners have a Will? Your business is a valuable asset that you have worked hard for. It is therefore important to have a well written Will to ensure your business passes on to the person or people you want to inherit it. Without a Will the future of your business may be jeopardised as a result of it passing to someone who has no...
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International Divorce FAQs

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Divorce is often a challenging time for anyone. If there are international aspects to consider, this can add to the stress. Our International Matrimonial Law specialists answer the questions they are most commonly asked about International Divorces:  1. Can I Divorce in England & Wales even if I am not currently living there?& ...
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Surrogacy – hand over the baby

Surrogacy – hand over the baby
More and more people, whether they are in same sex relationships or have fertility issues are choosing to use surrogates to help them have their child. It is not just for celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Elton John; but a real option for many couples who otherwise may not be able to have biological children of their own. We live in a modern world...
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Inheritance Tax FAQs

Inheritance Tax FAQs
Here we answer some of the questions we are frequently asked about inheritance tax. What is Inheritance Tax? This is a type of tax that must be paid to HMRC following someone's death if the value of their estate exceeds the available tax allowances. Any part of your estate that exceeds the available allowances is taxed at a rate of 40%. It is the v...
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Tenant Fees Act 2019

Tenant Fees Act 2019
Who does the Tenant Fees Act apply to?On 1st June 2019 the Tenant Fees Act came into force. It applies to most tenancies in the private rented sector (e.g. HMOs, and assured shorthold tenancies).What fees can a landlord charge?Under the Act, landlords can only require the following payments from tenants:Rent;Tenancy deposit (up to five week's rent ...
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Option Agreements: what are they and how can they assist developers?

Option Agreements: what are they and how can they assist developers?
Obtaining planning permission for a potential development can be a lengthy and costly process. As a developer you want to ensure that the development site is not sold whilst you are dealing with the planning process. However, you do not want to tie up all of your capital and purchase a property in haste which could potentially prove to be unsuitabl...
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Why a Cohabitation Agreement is so important to unmarried couples

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Contrary to popular belief, there is no legal concept of "common law" spouse and the law relating to cohabiting couples is outdated. The law still does not recognise a living-together relationship outside of marriage or civil partnership.How does this affect your rights if you were to ever break up?According to the Office of National Statistic...
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Converting a civil partnership into a same sex marriage

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Since 2005 same sex couples have been able to enter into civil partnerships and since March 2014 to enter into a marriage. What is not so well known is that it is possible to convert a civil partnership into a marriage. Our Family Law Team look at how you do it and what are the consequences.Any couples who registered as civil partners in ...
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Real Estate: Restrictive Covenants Affecting Land

Real Estate: Restrictive Covenants Affecting Land
A restrictive covenant imposes an obligation to do something or requires expenditure e.g. an obligation to erect a boundary wall. This article looks at the benefits, how to enforce them and also how to modify restrictive covenants.A positive covenant is a different type of agreement and does not generally bind successors to the original party that ...
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Determined Boundary Applications; Agreed and Determined Boundaries

Determined Boundary Applications; Agreed and Determined Boundaries
When it comes to registering land, mapping was imprecise for a long time, meaning many old title plans can cause confusion over boundary lines. However, agreeing boundaries amicably with your neighbour is not always possible.  Where there is a dispute, a the Land Registry adjudicator will deter...
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Financial focus: Will I pay more tax on my second property?

Financial focus: Will I pay more tax on my second property?
Over the last few years tax rules have changed, making the ownership of second properties more complicated and often, more costly. The new rules focus on 'second' properties, which can be defined as any property you own that is not your main residence.This could therefore include any of the following:Buy-to-let propertiesSecond homesHoliday homesIn...
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Getting married abroad, what could go wrong?

Getting married abroad, what could go wrong?
It is reported that as many as one in four couples are now getting married abroad; tempted by more reliable weather, lower cost and a combined ceremony and honeymoon. Whilst a wedding on a white sandy beach seems idyllic, it may not necessarily follow that the marriage is recognised in England. A wedding abroad can cause many pr...
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Houses in Multiple Occupation FAQs

Houses in Multiple Occupation FAQs
What is a HMO? Why do I need a licence? Read our frequently asked questions about houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).   What is a house in multiple occupation (HMO)?A home is an HMO if the following conditions are satisfied:At least three tenants live there, forming more than one household; andToilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are share...
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Applying for Adverse Possession

Applying for Adverse Possession
To acquire a right to be registered as the owner of land through adverse possession you need to meet three conditions:   The 3 conditionsFactual possession of the land (control over who uses it e.g. putting up fencing around the boundaries);Necessary intention to possess the land (use of the land as an owner e.g. building on the land or mainta...
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Leasehold Extensions – FAQs

Leasehold Extensions – FAQs
If you are a long leaseholder, you should be aware of how your lease can affect your property valuation. Leasehold extensions can be achieved in a few ways, but what suits you, your landlord, and your property best? 0 Advanced issues found▲  0 Advanced issues found▲     I have a lease of residential premises for 99 yea...
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