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Pinney Talfourd merges with Viewpoint Hill & Abbott

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The partners of Pinney Talfourd LLP and the directors of Hill and Abbott Limited are delighted to announce the merger of their two firms on Friday 26 November 2021.This merger brings excellent opportunities to the clients and staff of both firms. With complimentary areas of legal expertise, the merger provides greater depth of knowledge, experience...
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Brentwood Business Awards 2021

Brentwood Business Awards 2021
On Friday 12 November, Brentwood Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2021 Brentwood Business Awards.The ceremony, which took place at Orsett Hall, recognises the achievements of local businesses in Brentwood and the surrounding areas. Now in its third year, the awards were back in person after a break during the COVID-19 pandemic. Headline Sponsor ...
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Supreme Court to decide on Tate Gallery nuisance case

Supreme Court to decide on Tate Gallery nuisance case
The Court of Appeal decision in the case of Fearn and Others v Board of Trustees of The Tate Gallery [2020] EWCA Civ 104 has been appealed to the Supreme Court. Facts of the caseThis case relates to a viewing platform which was constructed at The Tate Gallery. It overlooks a nearby residential block of flats which is constructed mainly of glass. Th...
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Pitfalls of a ‘quick divorce’

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A recent judgment has highlighted the importance of seeking professional advice when getting a divorce. In the matter of Re Yorston & Ors [2021] EWF80 Mr Justice Moor handed down Judgment dismissing 28 divorce petitions which were "absolutely identical". This case illustrates in particular the dangers of engaging the divorce services of unregul...
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Can Conditional Fee Agreements be used in Inheritance Act Claims?

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A recent judgment from the Court of Appeal has brought clarification to the law surrounding Success Fee recoverability in claims made under the Inheritance Act 1975. The CaseHirachand v Hirachand [2021] EWCA Civ 1498 – This was a claim by an adult child under the 1975 Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 ("the 1975 Act").The C...
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Havering Over 50’s Forum Information & Advice Event

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We are delighted to be attending the upcoming Havering Over 50's Forum (HOFF) Information & Advice Event taking place at Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch on Wednesday 24 November.The event is being run in conjunction with the Havering Dementia Action Alliance and is an opportunity for attendees to find out about some of the local organisations which...
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Government extends Mediation voucher scheme

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In March 2021, the government launched a scheme to assist families with the cost of mediation relating to arrangements for children. For parents who are in the process of separating or who have already separated, mediation can be an invaluable tool to help them agree on the arrangements for their children.What is Mediation?Mediation involves the pa...
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Protecting your land and property from fraud

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Criminals and fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated in actively targeting property sales and purchases by committing fraud. What is property fraud?Property fraud is when a fraudster pretends to be a party involved in a property transaction such as the owner, buyer, borrower, or Solicitor. It can be very attractive to fraudsters if they success...
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Transparency in the Family Court

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Proceedings in the Family Court are currently confidential and only the parties to the proceedings and their solicitor and Barrister can attend Court hearings. Other witnesses can be called to give evidence, but they will only be in Court whilst giving their evidence. The Judge conducting the hearing does have the power to allow some form of report...
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Hybrid Working

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As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, hybrid working has become increasingly common across many sectors in the UK. Often referred to as 'hybrid', 'agile' or 'blended' working, this style of flexible working sees an employee works from more than one location. There is no fixed or legal definition of these terms, the specific arrangements will depend...
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CCTV cameras, neighbour disputes and the Law

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The recent proliferation of CCTV cameras, including the often-mentioned Ring Doorbell, is beginning to cause disputes between neighbours complaining of lack of privacy. The first case directly dealing with these issues was decided by Her Honour Judge Mellissa Clarke in the Oxford County Court on 12 October 2021 [Dr Mary Fairhurst v John Woodard - O...
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ASA to crack down on greenwashing

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If you have ever been confused about claims of environmental responsibility or wondered about their accuracy, then you are not alone. So much so that with an increasing number of complaints the ASA has taken it upon itself to review the situation, issue further guidance, and enforce if necessary.Think of the environmentIt seems that wherever you lo...
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Christmas Concert at Queen’s Theatre

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We are delighted to announce the return of our annual charity Christmas concert at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.We will be joined by Paul Rhodes and the talented Dawn Chorus who will be performing a range of classic Christmas songs to bring in the festive cheer. We will also be hosting a charity raffle which will include some fabulous prizes sourced ...
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Financial claims for the benefit of children

Financial claims for the benefit of children
When couples who are not married and have no cohabitation agreement separate, there are very limited financial claims that either party can make against the other for financial relief or support as a result of the breakdown in their relationship.There is no such thing as a 'common law' husband or wife despite many people believing to the contrary. ...
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Cryptocurrency and Divorce

Cryptocurrency and Divorce
The use of Cryptocurrencies is increasing in popularity now more than ever. Family Practitioners are often faced with questions from clients as to how crypto assets are dealt with when a couple divorce. What are Cryptocurrencies?Put simply, it is digital or virtual currency. The most common type of Cryptocurrency is Bitcoin but there are others suc...
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Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (“ALEP”) Autumn Conference 2021

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Last week, Pinney Talfourd attended the ALEP Autumn Conference 2021. The conference covered topics such as: Enfranchisement, Rights of First Refusal, and Lease Extensions. However, considerable time was spent discussing the future of leasehold reform, specifically, the two following arears: Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill 2021On 21st July 2020,...
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Free Wills & LPA Seminars November 2021

Free Wills & LPA Seminars November 2021
Due to popular demand we have booked two Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney seminars in November 2021.The seminars look at why having a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney is so important and why we recommend people do not delay putting these in place.WillsOver half of people in the UK currently do not have a Will and this can lead to unfortunate d...
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Increasing court fees but court delays continue

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September 2021 marked the increase in various court fees including those for Divorce and Children Act matters. Issuing a divorce will now cost £593 unless you are entitled to a fee remission. This is an increase from £550 and it arguably begs the question as to an applicant's ability to access the justice system and be able to afford to separate fr...
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October Possession Update

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As of 1st October 2021, The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Residential Tenancies and Notices) (Amendment and Suspension) (England) Regulations 2021 comes into force. The key impact of this is that notice periods are returned to their pre-pandemic levels. This means that for assured shorthold tenancy agreements in England the following notice periods will no...
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Upminster office re-opens on Saturday mornings

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We are delighted to announce that from Saturday 2nd October, we will be re-opening our Upminster office on Saturday mornings from 9am to midday. The office will be open for all general enquiries and appointments on Saturday mornings along with our standard opening times during the week. We will also run seminars on Saturday mornings from time ...
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