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06th December 2019
Christmas is coming around; a general election is approaching, and it is the turn of the family department at George Ide to put something interesting and innovative together for you lovely readers!   As a busy, harassed family lawyer, mediator, wife, mother of two and expecting a small army for Christmas dinner I confess my first thought – “I’ll take the easy route and refresh something…
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22nd November 2019
Leases granted after 13 October 2003 for a term of more than seven years are compulsorily registerable with HM Land Registry. As a Landlord you may think that this is purely a Tenant’s problem, however from a Landlord’s perspective it is important that you ensure your Tenant registers their Lease, as failure to do so will have implications for you as well as your Tenant.…
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18th November 2019
This week is the Brake charity’s Road Safety Week, a good opportunity for us all, as road users, to think about how safely we drive, ride, walk or run. The nature and extent of our duty of care to each other very much depends upon specific circumstances. Judges are sometimes criticised for their findings. The Supreme Court’s recent Brexit related ruling is an example. Taking…
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08th November 2019
When you hear the term “Stamp Duty”, you may automatically think of Stamp Duty Land Tax, the tax you pay on the acquisition of a “land interest”, such as your house. However, this is not the case, and in fact, Stamp Duty and Stamp Duty Land Tax are two different taxes. Stamp Duty is a tax on documents, one of these documents, which is the…
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04th November 2019
The pituitary gland is located in the brain behind the bridge of the nose. It is only about the size of a pea – the frontal lobe part of the brain is the biggest part of the pituitary, which controls your cognitive skills. It is therefore very vulnerable and open to damage or dysfunction. You can see how or why, when a traumatic brain injury…
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28th October 2019
Many of us will be following the heroics of the England rugby team and wishing them well for Saturday’s final – but rugby, as a full contact sport involving heavy body collisions between two or more players, often results in serious injury to amateur and professional players alike. It is widely accepted that, by participating in a game, rugby players accept a certain risk of injury and,…
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11th October 2019
Our prime concern, as personal injury lawyers, is the wellbeing and quality of life of our injured clients and their families. An important aspect of this is empowering those with a life-changing injury to feel in charge of their own journey to rebuilding their lives through rehabilitation and with other professional help. We use the legal process, wherever possible, to secure funding from the negligent…
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07th October 2019
The knotty subject of Japanese knotweed has been featured in this column before, from a variety of perspectives – it is a minefield for the seller of a property. If you have the plant, you are obliged to tell your buyer. If you do, they will more than likely pull out of the deal and your property will be blighted. The problem is that many…
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27th September 2019
Anyone who has applied for a grant of probate will know the original will must be sent to the probate registry – but what happens if the original will cannot be found? If a copy of the original will exists, providing certain criteria are met it may be possible to obtain a grant of probate using that copy.  It will be necessary to obtain a…
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20th September 2019
Prospective clients looking for a law firm may find the Legal Services Consumer Panel’s Tracker Survey of 2019 interesting reading. The report is based on findings from a YouGov survey of more than 3,500 users of legal services over the last two years and so is a significant sample. The findings, in this time of comparison websites, that ‘shopping around’ is often a bad thing for…
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