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Free Wills, LPA & Contested Probate Seminars in March

Free Wills, LPA & Contested Probate Seminars in March
**Due to current ongoing Coronavirus situation we have decided as a precaution, to cancel this event.**Thanks for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you along to more of our events in the near future.We have revamped our popular seminar schedule and are hosting free Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney & Contested Probate talks on...
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Hiring for Growth; Free Employment Workshop

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Pinney Talfourd are delighted to be presenting at the Hiring for Growth Employment Workshop hosted by Brentwood Borough Council on 14 January 2020.​Whether you're taking on your first employee or expanding your existing team, our panel of speakers will show you how to grow your company by making smart recruitment decisions, developing cle...
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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to popular belief, there is no legal concept of "common law" spouse and the law relating to cohabiting couples is outdated.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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No Fault Divorce – Finally, an end to the blame game is in sight

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The Ministry of Justice confirmed that the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill entered Parliament on 7 January 2020. The Bill seeks to introduce a 'no fault divorce' in England and Wales, whereby couples can get divorced without blaming the other party. Our Family Law Team look at this new law and what it means for separating couples.This...
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Employment Tribunal rules ethical veganism is philosophical belief

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An Employment Tribunal has ruled that ethical veganism constitutes a belief worthy of protection under the Equality Act 2010. A former employee claimed that he was unfairly dismissed was on the basis of discrimination and the court has agreed that ethical veganism can be considered under the protected characterist...
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Free Court of Protection Seminar in February

Free Court of Protection Seminar in February
We have revamped our popular seminar schedule and are hosting a new free seminar focused on issues relating to dementia.Over 850,000 people in the UK have Dementia; this figure has been estimated to rise to 1 million in 2025. Dementia can lead to you not being able to make your own decisions. Did you know that a simple docu...
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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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Corbets Tey School designs Pinney Talfourd’s 2019 Christmas Card

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Pinney Talfourd teamed up yet again with local special needs school Corbets Tey School for their 'Design a Christmas Card 2019' Competition this month.Emily from Mulberry Class won first prize with an imaginative design of a glittery Christmas pudding. It has been used to create Pinney Talfourd's Christmas card and Emily will re...
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Christmas at the Queen’s raises over £2,750

Christmas at the Queen’s raises over £2,750
Hosted by Pinney Talfourd on Monday 16 December, this year's 'Christmas at the Queen's' event was the most successful to date, raising £2,777.10 for charity.A full crowd at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch enjoyed a selection of feel-good Christmas songs and carols performed by local choir, Dawn Chorus, led by Paul Rhodes.Alongside them, the choir from C...
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Join us for Christmas at the Queen's

Join us for Christmas at the Queen's
Pinney Talfourd has once again teamed up with Queen's Theatre Hornchurch to host Christmas at the Queen's on Monday 16 December for charity.Paul Rhodes and the fabulous Dawn Chorus will be performing a range of traditional carols and upbeat Christmas songs, to remind us that "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" when we are "Rocking Aroun...
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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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The perils of the Christmas party season for employers

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​In the lead up to December and the party season, it can be easy to get carried away with the merry festivities. At this time of year, employers should take a moment to consider the potential employment law issues and go over existing company policies.Where ever the office Christmas party takes place, the location should always be considered an ext...
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Child Arrangements over Christmas

Child Arrangements over Christmas
Christmas is nearly upon us and many families have already started preparing. It is an extremely special time of year for children; full of magic and wonder. It can also be a very difficult time for separated or divorced parents who each want to enjoy this special time with their young ones. ​Like any arrangements for children, there are no legal r...
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Updated Party Wall Guidance

Updated Party Wall Guidance
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors ("RICS") has published the 7th edition of its Party Wall Legislation and Procedure Guidance Note. This comes into force on 1st December 2019 and applies to RICS members and firms regulated by RICS. The 7th edition of the Guidance Note is the first update for over eight years. It contains a summary of the...
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The lost Wills of Lloyds could mean wrong beneficiaries

The lost Wills of Lloyds could mean wrong beneficiaries
Lloyds Bank have recently 'found' 9,000 Wills in storage, meaning that many of their customers' estates may have been distributed according to previous, out of date, versions. We look out how you can ensure that you executors know which Will to use when you pass away – and where to find it. The tale of the missing Wills ​It has recently been report...
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High Court decides who died first in landmark probate case

High Court decides who died first in landmark probate case
In July we looked at the very interesting and unusual High Court case of Scarle. Mr and Mrs Scarle were found dead together at their home, which posed huge problems with their estate. In order to decide who inherits the estate, the Court needed to decide who died first. Four months later and Judgement in that case has been given. Background to the ...
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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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New Litigation Partner at Pinney Talfourd LLP

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Partner at Pinney Talfourd LLP.  Nick Hatchett is a renowned commercial litigation specialist and was appointed a Partner on 1st November 2019.Nick joined the firm in 2018 and leads the commercial litigation team within the Commercial Department,...
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