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Posts by Paul Lewis

20th July 2018
In my view, a recent Supreme Court ruling in favour of Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan is a decision that serves only to confuse the public. At the end of June, the court ruled unanimously that Steinfeld and Keidan had been discriminated against because only same sex couples could enter into a civil partnership. While I am not trying to dissuade anyone from this argument,…
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20th July 2018
For all family lawyers and mediators, on-going refresher training is essential if we are to ensure our knowledge and skills remain relevant and up-to-date. I recently undertook training in consulting with children to boost my family law mediation skills. It is a long established principle first set out in the 1989 Children Act’s welfare checklist that during divorce the feelings and wishes of children should…
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20th July 2018
Currently each European Union country is subject to laws enabling anyone who is unlucky enough to have a car accident abroad to make a claim in their own country against a foreign insurer and, by law, every EU insurance company must be represented in every EU country. So if you have an accident in France, for example, you can claim directly through the insurer of…
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13th July 2018
According to the children’s game, stepping on the lines between paving stones was to be avoided at all costs, although the penalty for doing so was often unclear. However, the unfortunate consequences of stepping on a defective drain or manhole or drain-cover are clearer. Injuries sustained in this way range from grazes and shock to broken bones and, in extreme cases, death – and raising…
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06th July 2018
The death of a loved one is often distressing and matters are rarely improved if those tasked with administering the deceased’s estate do not perform the duties they are required, by law, to undertake. When you make a will it is important to appoint executors who you think are up to the task and will act fairly and honestly. Whether you choose solicitors as professional…
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02nd July 2018
It is always a good idea to check that your employer holds all the compulsory insurances required by law and current employers’ liability insurance, to ensure you are protected should you have an accident at work. The law requires certificates of insurance to be displayed in hardcopy or electronically – if they are not, employers can be fined. Typically, employers who avoid their insurance responsibilities…
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21st June 2018
Research undertaken by the Macmillan Cancer Support charity revealed that nearly two thirds of adults in the UK have not prepared a will and, perhaps surprisingly, more than 40 per cent of those without a will are older than 55. Perhaps these worrying statistics are fuelled by a number of common misconceptions, for example the idea that wills are only for the elderly or wealthy…
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14th June 2018
If you are considering buying or renting a property, your legal advisor may recommend various property searches as part of a sensible information-gathering process before you commit to the deal. One search on their list is likely to be an environmental desktop search to provide details of land use in the vicinity of the property, as well as information to help establish whether those uses…
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08th June 2018
There is usually a price to pay for extending the term of a lease – so what makes a lease extension an attractive proposition for owners of leasehold residential property? Well, for starters, as the length of the remaining term decreases so does the value of the lease. Furthermore, if you are planning to sell or take out a mortgage on the property, you or…
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31st May 2018
A business lease break clause can allow tenants or landlords to end their lease early. This can be useful for a tenant as it allows them to step out of the lease if their business fails to thrive while it can give a landlord the option of ending a lease if a stronger tenant comes along or they need the premises back for other reasons.…
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